MBO Community Partners and Resources

Community Partner Resources

In addition to the programs and funding offered through our office, we would like to highlight these opportunities that are helpful to our minority, women, and veteran-owned business community. 

Colorado Small Business Development Center Network

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network helps small businesses achieve their goals by providing free, confidential consulting, and low or no-cost training programs across the state.

The SBDC Network includes:

  • 15 statewide centers
  • over 70 part-time satellite centers
  • over 300 specialized business consultants with tailored services to local regions 

Visit the SBDC website to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Alliance Business Assistance Center

The Alliance Business Assistance Center is an alliance of private, public and non-profit small business resource providers joined together to support and help local businesses as they survive and recover from COVID-19.

Learn more in English      

Alianza, Alianza, el Centro de Asistencia para Negocios es una alianza de proveedores de recursos para pequeñas empresas privadas, públicas y sin fines de lucro que se unieron para apoyar y ayudar a las empresas locales mientras sobreviven y se recuperan del COVID-19.

Aprender más en español      


NEWSED’s primary focus has been to solve long-term economic problems in disadvantaged communities by securing and coordinating resources for neighborhood revitalization, developing needed shopping areas and services, fostering minority and neighborhood business ownership, job retention and creation, increasing home ownership and affordable rental opportunities, neighborhood organizing and hosting cultural events and activities that showcase the neighborhood’s predominately Chicano/Mexicano population.

Visit NEWSED Lending Circles and Small Business Seed Lending.

Minority Business Mentor-Protégé Programs

Mentor-protégé programs help small businesses and larger companies to build business relationships, skills, and contracting opportunities. Some programs match businesses as mentors and protégés, while other programs require businesses to sign up as a pair.

City and County of Denver Mentor-Protégé Program
The Citywide Mentor Protégé Pilot Program matches successful, seasoned businesses with smaller minority- and women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) to provide coaching on competing for City contracts in construction and related professional services. Through mentorship, MWBEs can learn from larger firms and develop the necessary skills to scale their businesses. 

Colorado Department of Transportation Emerging Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Emerging Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program helps small businesses to hone their business skills by working closely with established firms in highway construction or professional services. The program helps CDOT, contractors, consultants, and Colorado’s transportation industry be more effective and diverse.

U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program
The U.S Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program is the oldest continuously operating federal mentor-protégé program in existence. The mentor-protégé program helps eligible small businesses expand their footprint in the defense industrial base. Small businesses are paired with larger companies to help small businesses fill unique niches and become part of the military’s supply chain. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor, and the DoD.

State of Colorado Disparity Study

Pursuant to Senate Bill 19-135, a disparity study was conducted in 2020 for the State of Colorado by Keen Independent Research. The purpose of the study was to examine the utilization and availability of State contracts to businesses owned by people of color, women, persons with physical or mental disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.

Lending Resources

Browse the resources below to connect with lenders that work with small businesses.