Colorado is lucky to have over 630,000 small businesses that fuel our local economy and contribute to our communities. In fact, 99.5 percent of all Colorado businesses are small businesses. As a former small business owner herself, Rep. DeGette knows first-hand the unique challenges that these hardworking entrepreneurs face.
If you are a small business owner in need of assistance, we may be able to help.
Below you will find a list of helpful resources that are available to small business owners in our area. If you have any questions or need more information about any of the programs mentioned below, or if you need other assistance of any kind, please don’t hesitate to call our District Office at 303-844-4988 and we’ll be happy to help.
Rep. DeGette meets with Denver small-business owners Brendan Pleskow and Jenn Sickels (and baby Avery), who have been running a popular local brewery in our area since December 2017.
Helpful Resources for Colorado Small Businesses:
Connect for Health Colorado: Connect for Health Colorado is Colorado's official health insurance marketplace, which provides small businesses with a way to shop for, compare, and purchase health insurance that meets your needs and fits your budget. Learn more information online at http://connectforhealthco.com/.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA is a federal organization dedicated to providing small businesses across the country the tools they need to compete in the 21st century, global marketplace. From working with over 5,000 banks to helping small businesses find capital, to ensuring that 23% of federal contract dollars flow to small businesses, the SBA is a critical resource for start-ups as well as companies looking to grow and expand. Visit them on the web at www.sba.gov to talk to one of their 14,000 SBA-affiliated counselors.
General Services Administration (GSA): The GSA procures a range of products and services for use in government facilities and construction projects across the country. Through their Offices of Small Business Utilization, the GSA maintains tools to help small businesses navigate the federal procurement process, and resources to ensure that local business owners know the opportunities available to them through the federal government. Visit them online at https://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21983.
Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC): Colorado PTAC provides counseling and resources to Colorado small businesses to help them obtain local, state, and federal government contracts. According to PTAC, almost $938 million in federal government contracts will be awarded to Colorado in the next year, and the PTAC is dedicated to helping businesses navigate the process and target the appropriate contracts to help grow their business and support economic activity. Find them online at www.coloradoptac.org/.
SCORE: SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to helping Small Businesses at every stage of their development and growth. SCORE’s network of over 13,000 volunteers in a range of fields represent more than 270,000 years of experience and are available to counsel and mentor small business owners as they navigate personnel, financial, and other logistical headaches. Find a mentor online at www.score.org.
The following agencies and organizations are also good resources for local small businesses:
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federal Trade Commission
- Federal Reserve System
- IRS Small Business
- Occupational Safety and Health Association
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Small Business Disadvantage Utilization
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development