Business Resources on Demand

Connecting businesses to the right resources at the right time is kind-of our jam. Numerous organizations exist throughout Denver South to contribute to your success. Let us be your guide.

Civic Resources for Business

Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center is a member of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s statewide network of workforce centers, which provide a variety of no-cost services to job seekers and businesses. Arapahoe/Douglas Works! serves as a critical resource to connect employees and businesses in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, and throughout the Denver/Aurora metropolitan region.

Arapahoe County Libraries

Arapahoe County businesses and entrepreneurs can access the Arapahoe County Libraries for industry or market research, business planning, and job search needs through the resident business librarians or Small Business Reference Center.

Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center

Small business owners in Denver South can benefit from valuable information designed to help start and expand their businesses. The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers comprehensive education and training programs presented by local business leaders from many professional disciplines. By leveraging the resources of professionals in the community, the SBDC provides a wide range of workshops, conferences, seminars, and courses conducted at a number of locations throughout the county and region. Topics include Business Start-Up Basics, Business Plan Basics, and Cash-Flow Techniques, among others.    

Douglas County Libraries

Douglas County businesses and entrepreneurs can access a variety of business tools at their fingertips through Douglas County Libraries. Conduct market research through their online database, visit with a business librarian for industry trends, sample business plans, or other information to meet your specific needs.

Business Financing Programs

  • Access Venture Services – Access Venture Services invests at the validation and growth stages of a company’s evolution (seed & series A), as an early institutional investor, and keep significant reserves for further follow-on investment support.
  • B:Side Fund – B:Side is a Certified Development Company that seeks to foster the economic growth of diverse small businesses by ensuring every entrepreneur has access to responsible capital.
  • Colorado Advanced Industry Grants –The Advanced Industries Early-Stage Capital and Retention Grant helps Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses develop and commercialize advanced technologies that will be created or manufactured in Colorado.
  • Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) – The CEF assists small business owners in accessing affordable loans and lines of credit with flexible rates and terms.
  • Denver Angels – Denver Angels is creating an ecosystem where individual investors can invest in the fastest-growing companies in the state, and Colorado companies can receive local capital.
  • Innosphere Fund – Innosphere Fund is partnering with promising entrepreneurs in the Mountain Plains Region to drive innovation.
  • Keiretsu Forum – Keiretsu Forum is a global investment network with over 50 chapters and over 3,000 accredited private equity investors, venture capitalists, family offices and corporate/institutional investors.
  • Rockies Venture Club – The Rockies Venture Club is an angel investing group dedicated to accelerating economic development by educating and connecting investors and entrepreneurs.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Programs – SBA offers a variety of loan programs for specific purposes. Review the programs to determine if your business meets the participation qualifications.

Business Advisory Services

  • Innosphere VenturesInnosphere supports entrepreneurs in many industries, including but not limited to: bioscience; medical device; energy; advanced materials; hardware; enterprise software; fintech; and artificial intelligence.
  • Manufacturer’s EdgeManufacturer’s Edge provides onsite support, strategy and planning, and technical assistance to manufacturers of all sizes.
  • Social and Advisory Group for Entrepreneurs (SAGE)Social and Advisory Group for Entrepreneurs is a program specifically designed to provide early stage startups with advisory and mentoring assistance as they prepare themselves to become a sustainable business.
  • True SpaceTrueSpace is a professional learning community for Founders and their leadership teams. True Space teaches a new model of business building to change how entrepreneurs use their time, invest capital and lead talent.

Finding & Training Talent

  • Arapahoe Community College Sturm CampusACC Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock was designed to allow you to earn an associate degree from Arapahoe Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University all in one convenient location.
  • Arapahoe/Douglas Works!Arapahoe/Douglas Works! provides no-cost services to job seekers & businesses, as a resource to connect talent and industry throughout metro Denver.
  • CareerwiseCareerWise Colorado’s mission is to create opportunities for youth and businesses across Colorado by developing and supporting an innovative, sustainable youth apprenticeship program.
  • Cherry Creek Innovation Campus – The CCIC is a stand-alone college and career preparedness facility accessible for high school students in the Cherry Creek Schools. With curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trade certifications ranging from the computer sciences to aviation to health sciences, this facility offers students a new kind of bridge to college and viable, successful careers.
  • Community College of Aurora – CCA is a unique, diverse community that offers quality education on campuses in Aurora and Denver, Colorado and through online classes.
  • Douglas County Schools Legacy Campus – The Douglas County Schools Legacy Campus seeks to cultivate a Career & Technical Education environment where post-secondary and industry partnerships provide relevant learning opportunities for high school students and the Douglas County community in order to ensure a competitive advantage and workforce readiness.
  • Littleton Public Schools EPIC Campus – The LPS Explorative Pathways for Innovative Careers “EPIC” Campus provides opportunities for students to experience hands-on learning using state-of-the-art technology and innovative processes.
  • Skill Advance Colorado Job Training Grants – The Skill Advance Colorado Job Training Grant (formerly the Colorado First and Existing Industry Grant) helps businesses and nonprofits create customized job training for employees.

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