Partners Invited to Apply to Administer Startup Loan Fund Program

We are accepting applications for program administrators for the Colorado Startup Loan Fund. Mission driven nonprofits, technical assistance providers, and community development financial institutions are encouraged to apply. View the solicitation on the State of Colorado Vendor Self Service (VSS) portal under solicitation number 2022000153. Apply by 2pm on January 5, 2022.

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Business Funding and Incentives

The Business Funding and Incentives (BF&I) division works closely with the Global Business Development (GBD) division and the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) to provide the funding and performance-based incentives needed to create and retain jobs in Colorado. 

The division manages:

  • grants
  • tax credits
  • debt and equity financing
  • referrals to local, state, federal, and private financing options 
  • assistance with finding available programs that best fit business operations and goals

Programs and Funding

Advanced Industries Investment Tax Credit
Improves access to capital for Colorado‚Äôs early-stage advanced industries businesses by reducing investor risk

Enterprise Zone Program
Supports business expansion in economically distressed areas throughout the state through a variety of tax credits that help economic development

Just Transition Community Funding
The Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) and the Office of Just Transition (OJT), within the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, are partnering to make a new phase of grants available to Tier One & Tier Two Just Transition communities to support their economic and workforce development activities. 

Rural Jump-Start Program
Provides relief to new businesses and employees when they locate in economically distressed areas of rural Colorado

Opportunity Zone Program
Provides federal tax incentives for investors of low-income urban and rural communities

Venture Capital Authority
Invests in early-stage startups headquartered in Colorado outside of the front range

All BF&I Programs and Funding