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, Denver’s central hub for entrepreneurship.


This post was written by Sarah Hughes, Lead Economic Development Specialist for the SBA Colorado District Office. In this capacity, Ms. Hughes builds and maintains a local network or collaborative partnerships with Colorado small business stakeholders such as economic development practitioners in Federal, state, regional and local government organizations, chambers of commerce, business associations, educational institutions and civic/community organizations. Outside of work, you’ll often find her exploring either Colorado’s great outdoors or its restaurants and coffee shops.

Celebrating National Small Business Week in Colorado

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.

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of National Small Business Week, celebrated during the first week in May, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Corresponding with National Small Business Week, Colorado Small Business Week is a week-long and state-wide collaboration between cities, community organizations, financial institutions and small businesses to support and highlight the critical contributions of Colorado’s entrepreneurs and small business owners during April 30 – May 6, 2017.

With over 560,000 small businesses in the state and half of the Colorado workforce employed by small businesses, this week of workshops, events and festivities will celebrate Colorado’s entrepreneurial spirit.

To help make it easier for Colorado entrepreneurs and small business owners to navigate the various workshops, celebrations, trainings and other events going on through out the state, several statewide small businesses, community organizations and financial institutions – including the City and County of Denver’s Office of Economic Development– launched a website in honor of Colorado’s Small Business Week.

The website, www.coloradosmallbizweek.com, will serve as the one place where Coloradans can find all the events and celebrations in honor of National Small Business Week in Colorado. The website features a shared calendar of the participating organizations, utilizing a platform even created by a Colorado small business, Flowh. For entrepreneurs and small business located in downtown Denver, many of the Denver-based events will be hosted at The Commons on Champa.

Be sure to check Colorado Small Business Week frequently as events will continue to be added through out the state in the coming weeks.

In addition to partnering with the City and County of Denver’s Office of Economic Development during National Small Business Week, the SBA Colorado District Office partners with the City of Denver’s Office of Economic Development to serve as one of OED@Commons team of advisors at the Commons on Champa. The SBA Advisers at the Commons specialize in explaining and connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners to federal resources that can help their small business start, build and grow.

We look forward to seeing Colorado entrepreneurs and small business owners through out the state during events, workshops and celebrations during National Small Business Week; during an upcoming advisory appointment at the Commons; and through out the year.

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

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Colorado District Office
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps American start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA deliver its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about the SBA District office and partnerships in Colorado, visit: www.sba.gov/co