Press Release

U.S. Small Business Administration Awards Colorado $500,000 STEP Grant to Spur Small Business Exports

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) a $500,000 State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) grant to promote international exports for small businesses. Through this funding, the Global Business Development Division of OEDIT will continue its work to help small businesses across Colorado participate in activities that promote international sales and trade. 

Six New Community Revitalization Awards Provide Community Arts Spaces Across Colorado

Today, the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced six new recipients of the Community Revitalization Grant, including projects in Ignacio, Mancos, and Steamboat Springs. This program is intended to help creative districts, historic districts, main streets and neighborhood commercial centers across Colorado revitalize community spaces.

Colorado Startup Loan Fund Introduces New Financing Options to Help Small Businesses Grow

The Colorado Startup Loan Fund, announced today by the Polis Administration and the Business Funding & Incentives Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), introduces new financing options for small business owners across Colorado looking to start, restart, or restructure a business.

Community Revitalization Grant Boosts Economic Development in 3 Arts Communities Across Colorado

Today, the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced three new recipients of the Community Revitalization Grant, including one in Gunnison, Colorado. This program is intended to help creative districts, historic districts, main streets and neighborhood commercial centers across Colorado revitalize community spaces.

Documentary featuring Denver Rustlers to premiere on PBS12

A documentary featuring the Denver Rustlers and the Colorado State Fair Champion Junior Livestock Sale will air on PBS12 this Friday, August 26 at 9 p.m. The half-hour documentary, Denver Rustlers, was produced through the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) and celebrates a 38-year tradition of helping Colorado’s young farmers and ranchers showcase their livestock to earn money for college.

West Denver Rising International Night Market highlights transformational power of community-led revitalization projects

The second West Denver Rising International Night Market coming up this Saturday, August 20, will showcase the transformational effect of community-led revitalization efforts in collaboration with state government agencies. This innovative project turned a Colfax Viaduct underpass typically reserved for parking into a vibrant community gathering space in the Sun Valley neighborhood of West Denver. 

Polis Administration Secures $100M+ Funding to Create and Retain 11,000 Jobs through the State Small Business Credit Initiative Grant

Today, Governor Polis, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper, and State Treasurer Dave Young announced that the U.S. Treasury Department has awarded the State of Colorado a State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) grant. This funding could result in more than $100 million over the next 5+ years to leverage ten times that amount in private financing to help Colorado’s small businesses access the capital they need to invest in their businesses and create new jobs across the state. 

The Engagement Plot, filmed in Colorado Springs, to premiere on UPTV August 21

A 2022 production filmed primarily in Colorado Springs will premiere on UPTV August 21. The Engagement Plot, executive produced by Jim Janicek from Janicek Media, Brian Bird, Access Media Group, True Brand, and Offspring Productions, received a film incentive from the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) to offset production expenses and support the state’s film industry.