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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

Business resources through the Boulder Public Library including research assistance, access to databases, online courses and more. Additional resources and services including opportunities for doing business with the City of Boulder are available through other city departments.
The BLDG 61 makerspace at the main library provides community access to workshop space, equipment and classes, as part of its mission to cultivate hands-on-learning.
Free technical support to help small businesses achieve sustainability goals in energy, waste, water and transportation is available through the Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program. The city also works with small businesses developing new technologies and programs that support sustainability. Examples include the Boulder Energy Challenge and a partnership with Avery Brewing to use brewery waste products in treating wastewater.
A Downtown Employee EcoPass program and the Pilot Hill Employee Eco Pass program provide free EcoPasses bus passes for full-time employees that work downtown or on University Hill.
General information, assistance and connections to resources for businesses is available through the city's Community Vitality department. 
Downtown Boulder: Lane Landrith ([email protected])
University Hill: Sarah Wiebenson ([email protected])
Other areas: Jennifer Pinsonneault ([email protected])

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

Boulder Microloan Program

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. 

Personal Investment Enterprise (PIE) through Boulder County

The Personal Investment Enterprise provides tools for low-income individuals to work toward starting a small business by helping them save and build assets through matching funds from private and public sources.