Referral Partners

It's about partnerships.
Referral Partners

We help small businesses that fall outside traditional financing guidelines

Why Refer a Business to CEF?

Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) small business lender committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. We typically focus on access to capital for startups, low-income, minorities, veterans, women, low-wealth, or underserved areas across Colorado. Basically, we help fill the gap between conventional lenders and high-interest credit card/payday-type loans.

We know telling a client “no” is difficult, so refer them to CEF! We work with entrepreneurs that are start-ups, have limited collateral, tighter cash flow, or lower credit scores. We provide capital but also business coaching to put entrepreneurs on a path to “bankability.”

CEF Provides:  
  • Loans $1K up to $1M
  • Low-cost, fixed-rate loans
  • Flexible terms and underwriting
  • Low-barrier loans
  • Free Business Navigation Services (coaching & education)
  • Loans for working capital, equipment, inventory, commercial real estate, property improvements, business purchases, and more

CEF offers capital and business coaching to entrepreneurs to strengthen small businesses, drive economic development, and create jobs. We work hard to take care of your referrals. By financial institutions and CEF working together, we will make an impact on Colorado communities, individuals, and businesses.