About this Series: When you’re starting or growing a business you’ve got to use all of the free resources you can find to your advantage. In this series, we’re bringing you tips for how to make the most of the resources available to entrepreneurs here at The Commons, your hub for entrepreneurship.

This post was written by Carrie Singer who has over 12 years experience leading programs for Denver’s Office of Economic Development, a founding partner of The Commons on Champa. She is passionate about small business and works hard to ensure entrepreneurs have the necessary resources to be successful.


City services can be hard to find and difficult to access, but our agency is on a mission to prove otherwise when it comes to serving entrepreneurs. Conveniently located at The Commons on Champa, Denver’s Office of Economic Development has created a team of advisors that has assisted nearly 400 entrepreneurs in launching a startup idea or taking an existing business to the next level– without setting foot inside a city building. At OED@Commons, we’re making it easy for entrepreneurs to tap into our resources that help businesses thrive.

This team comprised of OED staff and a variety of community organizations are able to guide you in any of these mission-critical areas:

  • Startup assistance & referrals
  • City agency navigation
  • Research & Development
  • Small Business Financing
  • Workforce & Training
  • Government Contracting
  • Veteran & Minority resources
  • Patent & Trademark assistance
  • Tax Credit Programs
  • Industry expertise
  • Referrals to technical assistance providers

To make the most of your visit, it’s best to book an appointment and come prepared with questions. Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm and walk-ins are encouraged.

“The Commons on Champa is an incredible resource, from the highly informative seminars to the always helpful staff. We love how the team here actually listens to our business needs and provides time-saving information and help to grow our business. Whether you are a company of 1 or 1000, virtually every Denver entrepreneur can benefit from making a visit.”
Jason Badgley, CEO of Phunkshun Wear

The OED also contributes to programs and events at The Commons. Coming up you will see seminars aimed to tackle the technical aspects of running a business: Strategic Marketing, Financial Planning, Recruiting Talent, and the Balanced Scorecard approach…to name a few.

To learn about programs and events, check out The Commons Community Calendar and subscribe to the newsletter.


About Denver’s Office of Economic Development
A founding partner of The Commons on Champa, the OED is a city agency dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. From small business financing to regulatory assistance, employee recruitment, Enterprise Tax Zone Credit assistance and a myriad of other services, we serve as a resource to help businesses thrive. We also help promote small and disadvantaged businesses by providing access to contracting opportunities within Denver through a rigorous certification process. Working in concert with every agency in the City and County of Denver, we are intent upon delivering a world-class city where your business gets the support it needs to be successful!