About the Program

The El Paso County Business Loan Fund (BLF) program provides loan funding to private, for-profit small businesses and startups in El Paso County who otherwise may not be able to access financing through conventional lenders. The BLF program is administered locally by Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) for El Paso County. Borrowers have access to loan funding and wrap-around support services, such as education, consulting and/or mentorship, and technical assistance services through CEF. Loans range from $5,000 – $50,000.

First Steps

If you are interested in learning more and starting the application process, click “Start Here” to head to Colorado Enterprise Fund’s website and fill out a loan questionnaire form. As soon as the form is reviewed by CEF, someone from their team will reach out to you directly regarding your submitted form and next steps.

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Eligibility Requirements


Businesses must be for-profit entities.

Small Business

Businesses must have 500 or less employees.

Annual Revenue Cap

Businesses must have $5M or less in annual revenue.

Eligible businesses must also satisfy at least one of the following conditions:

Woman Owned Business

Located in the Enterprise Zone

Minority Owned Business

Located in an Opportunity Zone

Veteran Owned Business

Located in unincorporated El Paso County

Click to view the Business Loan Fund flyer

Eligible Loan Uses

  • Financing of fixed assets (machinery, equipment, land, buildings)
  • Furniture and fixtures
  • Business supplies
  • Working capital
  • Inventory purchases
  • Minor renovations/rehabilitation to owner-occupied facilities
  • Business acquisition

Loan Parameters

Loan parameters depend on multiple factors and specific loan needs. Loan terms typically range anywhere from 1-10 years, and the interest rate is fixed, depending on loan size and terms. All loans are fully collateralized and personal guarantees are required of all borrowers.

Contact Us

Katie Plutz
Business Incentives Analyst
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903