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.
Public Improvements 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 Public Improvements 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.
- Sign-up for E-newsletter
- Like Us on Facebook
- Watch us in the Media
- Reach local customers through cost-effective advertising:
- 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
Certifiably Green Denver can help you save hundreds on your business’s utility bills.
Clean & Safe
- We work with property owners, the City of Denver and neighborhood police to maintain a clean and safe district. Here’s how you can help:
- Report graffiti to the Denver Public Works for free removal or call 3-1-1
- Report suspicious activity to the Denver Police Department at (720) 913-2000, or call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
- Contact the Community Resource Officer, Sharon Avendano, District 2: firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 913-1094.
- Report overgrown weeds or rundown properties to Denver’s Neighborhood Inspection Services or call 3-1-1
- Security services and camera systems available from Statewide Lock & Safe on East Colfax.
- Tips for Crime Prevention: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
- Post this sign near your cash register to prevent “smash & grabs.”
- Display this Keep Colfax Clean Sign in your window.
Business & Workforce Assistance
- Denver’s Office of Economic Development: Help with questions about starting or growing a business, including licenses, permits, regulations and more.
- Denver Small Business Development Center: Professional small business counselors, educational seminars, start-up assistance and more. Located on Johnson Wales University campus on Montview Boulevard and Quebec Street. Make your appointment now.
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.
- Colfax Corridor Connections Transportation Study
- East Colfax Re-urbanization Study
- East Side Mobility Study
- Mayfair Town Center Assessment