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  • Colorado Business Express

    Welcome to Colorado Business Express. To begin, select whether you are starting a new business and need information to form your business, or you are an existing business and would like a list of services and information. Content Detail

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    Colorado Business Express
  • Colorado Business Resource Guide

    This guide references most city, state and federal forms needed to establish a business in Colorado. Content Detail

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    Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
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    Spanish / Español
  • Colorado Department of Revenue

    If you’re starting a business, eventually your business is going to have to collect taxes and pay taxes. The place to go for what taxes you’ll have to pay and how you’ll have to pay them is at the Colorado Department of Revenue. You can also download tax forms, tax certificates, and tax rate tables to make sure you’re business doesn’t run into any problems. Content Detail

  • Colorado Enterprise Fund

    This is a non-profit community development financial institution to help small businesses. They provide small business loans to entrepreneurs who are unable to obtain financing from traditional sources. If you receive a loan from CEF, you will have access to management consulting and business training. Content Detail

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    Spanish / Español
  • Colorado Leading Edge Program

    This program provides training, including courses, to Small Business owners. The program is offered through the CO Small Business Development Center (SBDC). After training, businesses are encouraged to get follow-up counseling and help from their local SBDC. Content Detail

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    Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
  • Community Reinvestment Act: Does Your Bank Measure Up?

    Under the Community Reinvestment Act, the Federal Reserve Banks evaluate banks' records of meeting the credit needs of communities including low and moderate income neighborhoods. When banks apply for permission to expand, merge or acquire another institution, the government takes into account whether the bank has been meeting the credit needs of its community. Learn about the Congressional Act enacted in 1997 to encourage insured banks and other depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of their communities. Content Detail

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    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • EEOC Compliance for Small Business

    Preventing employment discrimination from occurring in the workplace in the first place is preferable to remedying the consequences of discrimination. EEOC is committed to providing training and technical assistance, outreach and education programs to assist employers, employees and stakeholder groups understand and prevent discrimination. We believe that discrimination can be averted if companies, federal agencies and individuals know their legal rights and responsibilities. Content Detail

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    Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC)
  • Employers Prepare and File W-2's Online

    Employers can now prepare and file their W-2's online. This is the Employer Reporting Instructions and Information. Content Detail

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    Social Security
  • Franchises and other Business Opportunities FAQs

    This site contains information for people planning to start up their own businesses or purchase a franchise in another business. It includes information about pre-sale disclosure documents, complaints filed against a company and how to find a lawyer who specializes in franchising. Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
  • From idea to independence...

    This organization that provides micro-financing and enterprise support services to emerging Colorado entrepreneurs which include, access to capital business training and development; and technical assistance. Content Detail

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    Microbusiness Development
  • Get Government Assistance in Starting Your Business

    Information on what new business owners need to know about starting their new companies. The site includes links to resources for new business, help for women-owned and minority-owned businesses, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. You can also download the Colorado Business Resource Guide, which is a guide for start-up businesses. Content Detail

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    Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
  • My Own Business

    This site has a free Internet business course on how to avoid failure in starting and operating your own business. This free course is run by successful entrepreneurs who donate their time and experience to point out the common, avoidable pitfalls. Please be aware there may be items for sale on this site. Read the site carefully. Content Detail

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    myownbusiness.org
  • Office of Dispute Resolution

    If you have a legal dispute, the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) may be able to help. This link will take you to their homepage. The ODR exists to establish and make available dispute resolution programs and services within the Colorado Judicial Branch. Content Detail

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    Colorado Judicial Branch
  • SBA Online Women's Business Center

    The Office of Women's Business Ownership promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through programs like business training and technical assistance. It also provides access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities. Check out this site for more information. Content Detail

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    U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Setting Up Your Business in Colorado

    This site has information on setting up your business, whether it?s a corporation, limited liability corporation or partnership. It includes downloads of all the forms you?ll need to file with the state, and some things that can be filed online. Includes information on trademarks and copyrights. Content Detail

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    Colorado Business Express