Business Assistance

How to Start a Business
Summit County business roundtable

Summit County business roundtable

Business USA – serves as a “one-stop-shop” that matches businesses and entrepreneurs to the full range of services and resources available to them at every state of development


U.S. Small Business Administration – easy to follow steps to help get a small business started, from questions to ask before starting to business plans, licensing, financing and more.


Northwest CO Resource Center – regional links with local business information by county and town


Business Counseling/Mentoring

NW Small Business Development Center – FREE business consulting services

Interested in being a SBDC business consultant? We are looking for experienced consultants in the following areas: basic accounting, loan  packaging, retail, restaurant, non-profit.  Submit your proposal – NWCOSBDC Business Consultant RFP


Grand County Enterprise Initiative – FREE business consulting services


Roaring Fork Business Resource Center – initial counseling is no charge with discounts available for registered clients of the center for subsequent consulting


Managing Your Business – SBA – information and guidance to help you manage and grow your business effectively


Industry-Specific Business Assistance:

Connect2DOT – formed as a result of an innovative partnership between the Colorado SBDC Network and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The program is designed to help small businesses in the transportation industry become more competitive and successful in bidding and contracting with CDOT and other local transportation agencies. In addition to free one-on-one consulting and business training, Connect2DOT provides online resources and events tailored to construction contractors and professional design, architecture and engineering firms. Whether you’re just starting your business and want to explore opportunities with CDOT, or you’re an experienced subcontractor looking to grow and expand your business, Connect2DOT has the expertise and resources to help.

Access to Capital

Northwest Loan Fund – offers business loans that will create or retain jobs and bring a value added product or income to the local economy in the 9 Northwest counties (Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt & Summit). The NLF loans money for start-up and expanding businesses that may not qualify for traditional financing.


Colorado Enterprise Fund – a nonprofit lending source specializing in loans up to $250,000 to support small business. CEF funds many small businesses that are not able to receive traditional bank financing. We also provide guidance, training, and resources to help small and emerging businesses succeed.


Colorado Lending Source – Colorado’s leading not-for-profit lending expert – provides the financing, education and support that small businesses need to succeed. Working with the Small Business Administration, Colorado Lending Source provides loans that help small businesses grow.


Rockies Venture Club – Educating and connecting investors and entrepreneurs; access to angel and venture capital.


Accion – a global nonprofit dedicated to creating economic opportunity by connecting people to the financial tools they need to improve their lives.


Small Business Lending – Colorado Bankers Association – provides entrepreneurs and small business owners in Colorado with the information and resources to successfully apply for a business loan, access a line of credit, pursue micro-lending solutions or find other financing options.


Funding Resources Page (offered by Roaring Fork Business Resource Center) – clearinghouse of information on accessing capital.


Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) – OEDIT provides several financing tools for businesses throughout Colorado including debt and equity financing, cash incentives, grants, and tax credits to support economic development activities that improve and support employment opportunities.


Colorado Housing & Finance Authority (CHFA) Programs – CHFA’s Business Finance team partners with a wide range of traditional and non-traditional lenders, economic developers, and other stakeholders to help small businesses access capital needed to grow and expand.


Help Hiring Employees

Colorado Workforce Center – The Colorado Workforce Center (Frisco Office is the region’s office) serves job seekers, employers and employees by providing a wide array of employment and training services at no charge.


Training & Education

Colorado Mountain College  Customized Business Services -Contact any of our Customized Business Services team members at our various locations to learn more about our solutions and resources for your business challenges, or to schedule an appointment for a customized training consultation.


NW Colorado Small Business Development Center – The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) is dedicated to helping small businesses throughout Colorado achieve their goals by providing free, confidential counseling and various training programs.


Roaring Fork Business Resource Center – A virtual business incubator and resource center nurturing start-up enterprises and assisting established businesses to grow and prosper.


Summit Independent Business Alliance – SIBA serves the local independent business community of Summit County. SIBA, a membership- based non-profit is Summit County’s network for entrepreneurs.


Vail Leadership Institute – The Vail Leadership Institute is a leadership development organization that convenes individuals and groups with the goal of inspiring them to lead purposeful lives.


Institute for Economic Innovation – The Institute partners with startup and high-growth institutions to foster successful launches and growth of upstart companies.