Small Business Support
The city of Boulder supports small local businesses through partnerships and by providing direct assistance and business incentive programs. Support available in Boulder for helping small businesses thrive and grow is highlighted below. Information about doing business in Boulder can be found on the Business in Boulder page.
Small Business Support provided by the City of Boulder
Economic Vitality Partners and Programs
The city of Boulder supports several nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to small businesses. More information can be found on the Economic Vitality Partners page. The city's partners include:
• Boulder Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Boulder CVB)
• Boulder Economic Council (BEC)
• Boulder Independent Business Alliance
• Downtown Boulder Partnership
• Boulder Small Business Development Center (Boulder SBDC)
• The Latino Chamber of Boulder County
The Boulder Microloan Program is a partnership between the city, the Colorado Enterprise fund, and area financial institutions. The program provides general working capital to qualifying small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Boulder area that have the ability to repay a loan but may not be able to obtain financing through traditional sources.
The program encourages business ownership and self-employment as a means of economic self-sufficiency for low and moderate-income individuals. It also facilitates job creation and retention for low and moderate-income residents of the community who are employees of small businesses that would access the fund. Since the program launched in 2009, it has made 119 loans totaling over $4.7 million. Borrowers included restaurants, childcare providers, microbrewers, landscapers and other small businesses in many industries.