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Economic Development



Colorado American Indian Resource Directory

CCIA Economic Opportunities and Resources Committee

State of Colorado Procurement Agency Contacts word document  


Business Incubators

Business incubators provide facility and management assistance for emerging growth companies. They offer new and existing companies affordable office, manufacturing or kitchen space, resource libraries, shared services and office equipment, meeting rooms and access to professional administrative services. The objectives of these centers are to stimulate small business growth, assist with the beginning stages of start-up, direct new businesses toward realistic and achievable goals and support cultural and neighborhood revitalization. For more information and to check on space availability contact the incubator administrator in your area.
Denver - Inner City Community
Development Corporation
Telephone: (303) 298-8371



City and County of Denver
Purchasing Department
201 W. Colfax Ave., 11th Floor, Dept. 304
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone: (720) 913-8100

Purchasing Division is an agency within Department of General Services. Responsible for acquiring goods and services (not construction or professional design/construction services) for agencies of City and County of Denver utilizing various governmental procurement “best practices,” including competitive bidding and direct “open market” purchases.


City and County of Denver
The Division of Small Business Opportunity
201 West Colfax Ave. Dept. 907
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone: (720) 913-1714

  • Programs
    • Small Business Enterprise (SBE/SBEC)
    • Women/Minority Owned Business (W/MBE)
    • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
    • Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)



Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Colorado PTAC
6 S Tejon Street, Suite 850
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Telephone: 719-434-3470
Email: info@ColoradoPTAC.org
Website: http://www.ColoradoPTAC.org

Colorado PTAC assists Colorado businesses in becoming informed government vendors.



Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce
924 W. Colfax Av., Suite 104F
Denver, CO 80204
Telephone: (303) 629-0102
Fax: (720) 974-9450
Email: info@rmicc.org

Promote business, provide resources and opportunities to leverage success, and forge alliances that foster opportunities and growth for American Indian-owned businesses and Tribes. Serving the Rocky Mountain region for over 14 years, RMICC is committed to bridging economic opportunities among corporations, American Indian-owned businesses and Tribes.


  • Member benefits include:
    • Opportunities to increase your visibility
    • Monthly networking luncheons and business presentations
    • Business to business procurement opportunities
    • Professional development
    • Introduction to corporate buyers
    • After-hours business networking
    • Alliances with members in other minority chambers
    • Members doing business with member's Professional mentors and peers




SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, is an 11,000-member volunteer program, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. There are over 150 members throughout Colorado. The program matches experienced volunteers with small businesses that need expert advice. These men and women business executives, whose collective experience spans the full range of American enterprise, share their management and technical expertise with present and prospective owners/managers of small businesses. The SCORE chapter in Denver runs four workshops entitled Starting Your Business, Expert Advice, Promoting Your Business and Writing a Business Plan. For additional information on SCORE call (303) 844-3985 x213 or online atwww.scoredenver.org.



Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
1445 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone: (303) 620-8076
Fax: (303) 534-2145

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping small businesses throughout Colorado achieve their goals by providing free confidential counseling and various training programs. The SBDC combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community. Regulatory, management, financial and marketing experts work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.


State of Colorado


Department of Revenue
Taxpayer Service Division Trainer
1375 Sherman St., Room 336B
Denver, CO 80261
Caron Notarmuzi
Email: publiceducation@spike.dor.state.co.us

Frequent classes on state taxation: http://www.revenue.state.co.us/TaxClass/Default.aspx


State of Colorado
Department of Transportation
Center for Equal Opportunity
4201 East Arkansas Ave., Room 200
Denver, CO 80222
Cecelia Garcia, Civil Rights Specialist
Telephone: (303) 512-4144
Fax: (303) 757-9058
Toll Free: 1 (800) 925-3427
Email: cecelia.garcia@dot.state.co.us

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is federal program of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Purpose: To remedy past and current discrimination; To ensure level playing field; To foster equal opportunity on U.S. DOT- assisted contracts, (US DOT 49 CFR Part 26). City of Denver and State of Colorado have implemented a one stop DBE certification process.


Office of Economic Development & International Trade

The mission of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is to foster a positive business climate through financial and technical assistance for local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.

The Office of Economic Development and International Trade works with business owners starting, expanding or relocating in/to Colorado. OEDIT offers a wide range of services to assist new and existing businesses of every size. The services focus on making Colorado the premier business climate for: quality jobs, excellent infrastructure, exceptional environment, superior education system and workforce training, reasonable taxes and regulatory climate, quality of life and entrepreneurial opportunity and success.


Office of Economic Development & International Trade
Minority Business Office

Minority Business Office

The mission of the Minority Business Office (MBO) is to promote development of existing and new minority businesses across the state and to establish a network for distribution of information listing references that are available to help new and existing businesses across the state. The MBO is responsible for serving in an advisory capacity to the Governor and General Assembly.

Activities and Objectives

Act as a clearinghouse to disseminate information to the minority business community.

Establish networks between the majority and minority business sector. Increase minority participation in public and private sector contracting.

Establish a link between the minority business community and the Governor's office.


Purchasing office

John Cisneros
Small Business Development Coordinator
633 17th St., Suite 1520
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone: (303) 866-6104
Fax: (303) 866-6016
Email: john.cisneros@state.co.us

Colorado BIDS for Goods and Services (Bid Information and Distribution System)
BIDS acts as a centralized clearing house of information on bidding opportunities for State agencies.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Native Americans
Administration for Children and Families
370 L'Enfant Promenade SW
Washington, D.C. 20447
Lillian A. Sparks, Commissioner
Telephone Contact: Natasha Coleman (202) 401-5590
Fax: (202) 205-5770
Email: lillian.sparks@acf.hhs.gov

Grant Program: one focus is on Economic Development.
Tribal Enterprise Developer Guide
Indian Social Entrepreneur’s Guide
Indian Business Owner’s Guide

U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”)
CO Dist. Office
721 19th St., Room 426
Denver, CO 80202-2599

Carolyn A. Terrell
Lead Business Development Specialist
Telephone: (303) 844-2607 x260
Fax: (303) 844-6490
Email: carolyn.terrell@sba.gov

U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) created in 1953 is federal executive agency created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. Services provided include:

Help in developing and maintaining business plans.

Financial counseling.

Marketing and contract capture assistance.

Improving management practices.

Equity and debt financing – several loan programs.

Obtaining surety bonds.

Information on (i) sole source; (ii) limited competition; and (iii) subcontracting under prime federal contracts.

Understanding SBA joint venture, teaming and mentor-protégé programs.

Assistance in purchasing federal surplus property.



Women’s Business Center

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Colorado is located at three Mi Casa Resource Center locations in Colorado. These locations are Pueblo, Denver and Colorado Springs. The purpose of the WBC is to promote the growth of women-owned businesses through programs that address business training, technical assistance, access to credit, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities. The programs offered by Mi Casa are based on the needs of the small business community. For more information call 303-573-1302 or go to www.micasadenver.org.



Small Business Formation for Indian Entreperneurs

  • These include
    • Small Business Formation: Legal Structure and Licensing
    • Federal and State Taxation
    • Understanding Financial Statements
    • Small Business Administration Opportunities
    • Employment and Labor Law
    • Contract Terminology
    • Marketing Your Art
    • Allotment Taxation Issues
  • The seminars focus on achieving two objectives:
  1. A comprehensive understanding of business formation issues affecting Indian entrepreneurs.
  2. 2. Fostering an awareness and dialogue on these issues.