The Business Improvement District was created to support business and property owners within the BID boundaries. We are here to help you!Contact Hilarie Portell, Executive Director, for assistance with any of the following resources.

BID Resources

 

Streetscape Improvement Project

The priority for the Business Improvement District this year is the design of an improved streetscape. Our goal is to create a better environment for visitors, consumers and new businesses. To learn more about the process and how you can get involved, visit the Streetscape Improvement Project page.

 

Upcoming Events & Meetings

The BID Board of Directors typically meets the third Wednesday of the month. Visit the Events & Meetings page for updates and other opportunities.

 

Marketing & Media Attention

We are constantly talking to consumers who live or work in the area. Send us your news and we’ll incorporate it as appropriate in our marketing.

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Financial Assistance

 

    • Acción Colorado: Increased access to credit for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
    • Colorado Enterprise Fund: Providing small business loans to entrepreneurs who are unable to obtain financing from traditional sources.
    • Denver Enterprise Zone: 9 state tax credits for new business facilities, expansions, job creation and equipment purchase.
    • Denver Revolving Loan Fund: Gap funding to help business start-up or expansion, including real estate acquisition, renovation, FF &E and working capital.
    • Denver Business Investment Program: a business personal property tax credit, designed to encourage business start-ups and reward existing businesses of all sizes that expand their operations
    • Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute: Support for entrepreneurs, including access to small, low-risk loans to launch or grow a business concept.
    • Denver Capital Matrix, a resource directory of nearly 400 funding sources for Denver small businesses and entrepreneurs

 

Energy Efficiency

Certifiably Green Denver can help you save hundreds on your business’s utility bills.

The free program provides no-cost assessments to help your business improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention.

 

Clean & Safe

 

Business & Workforce Assistance

Low or No-Cost Business Assistance

 

Skilled entry-level employees

      • Johnson & Wales University: More than 1,600 students attend classes just blocks from the ‘Fax corridor. JWU’s employer relations staff can connect you with students who have the right skills and training for your company for part-time, full-time or internship work.
      • Mi Casa Resource Center provides training, job placement and employer support services. Its highly-reputable career training program is used by large employers like King Soopers and US Bank as well as local businesses who need screened, skilled and job-ready workers.

 

Reduced Investment Risk

Colfax has long been home to gas stations, dry cleaners and other uses that may or may not have created environmental issues. This concern sometimes hinders redevelopment. Now you can eliminate that risk by applying for a grant from the City of Denver.

The Colfax Mainstreet Coalition is a partnership among the City and County of Denver, the City of Lakewood, and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA). Property owners can apply for funding for environmental site assessments, to determine the presence, nature and extent of potential contamination at sites and to identify specific cleanup needs. These funds have been utilized by many new developments on Colfax Avenue.

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Market Data

District Market Profile

Planning Initiatives

The City of Denver has made significant investments to attract new business and sustainable development on the Colfax corridor, including: