Small Business Loans


The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network provides the following lenders as possible sources of funding for small businesses in Colorado.

You may apply to any or all of the following lenders. We recommend you start with the lender that seems to work with businesses that look like yours and provide the types of loans that you are looking for.


Type: Loans

For: Entrepreneurs and businesses

Application deadline: Rolling

OEDIT division: Colorado Small Business Development Center Network


The Colorado Enterprise Fund finances and supports entrepreneurs and small businesses. It started in 1976 to expand access to financing and offer flexible terms to business owners when traditional lenders were unable to do so. Today, the Colorado Enterprise Fund provides business consulting services and connects small businesses and entrepreneurs to resources. Loans vary from a few thousand dollars to $500,000.

Colorado Enterprise Fund is a lending partner, not a bank. It uses basic lending guidelines when reviewing a small business loan application. The difference is flexibility in applying these guidelines.


DreamSpring (formerly known as Accion) is an award-winning nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to increase access to business credit and provide loans to enable underserved entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. Founded in 1994 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, DreamSpring has grown to support entrepreneurs across the country.  

DreamSpring offers small business loans ranging from $200 to $2 million along with training and support services in English and Spanish.


B:Side Fund is a membership-based organization made up of lenders, small businesses, community organizations, and government groups. Membership is free for individuals. B:Side Fund helps people create thriving businesses with funding, education, and resources.

Loans include:

  • Colorado Main Street
  • commercial real estate
  • community advantage
  • general business

Colorado Enterprise Development Services assists immigrants, refugees, and those from underserved communities to start, grow, or improve small businesses in the Denver metro area.

Colorado Enterprise Development Services started in 2009, and became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2011, a Community Development Financial Institution in 2012, and a Small Business Administration Microloan Intermediary Lender in 2015.

Funds come from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Small Business Administration, and The Denver Foundation.

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