Colorado Enterprise Fund | Supporting Small Business


To accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) was founded in 1976 as a non-profit lending source specializing in loans for small and emerging businesses unable to secure traditional bank financing. By offering flexible financing options, personalized customer service, one-on-one business advising, and access to entrepreneurial resources statewide, CEF has grown to offer loans up to $500,000 to continue supporting the success of existing businesses and start-ups, the prosperity of local communities, and the growth of Colorado's diverse economy.



snapshots of our impact:


  • $46 million loaned to small businesses since 1990
  • 14.5 jobs assisted on average per CEF loan in 2015
  • 97% of all CEF loans were fully repaid in 2015
  • 53% of CEF loans are to low income owners*
  • 50% of CEF loans are to women*
  • 25% of CEF loans are to minorities*
  • 37% of CEF loans were to start-ups in 2015
  • * since 1990



where our borrowers are:


Map shows businesses that received CEF loans through January 2016.