While this specific emphasis to support more healthy food retail is new with the Denver FRESH program, a wide range of services to help build our local economy have long been available to assist entrepreneurs and local business owners—from the newest start-ups to the region’s largest employers, and everything in between. For example:
Financing: OED has many existing relationships with small business lenders and commercial banks with which financing may be available. The Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) is also able to provide funding specific to fresh food related endeavors. Additionally, OED offers two "gap" financing program to assist startup and expanding businesses.
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit: This is a State of Colorado tax credit program that allows businesses located within a specific geographic area to receive tax credits against their state tax liability.
Business Investment Program: This program’s tax credit/incentive approach encourages firms to hire more people and invest in more equipment by eliminating the general fund portion of business personal property tax for four years for any Denver-based business that meets certain criteria of new business investment and job growth.
Workforce Development: Within OED’s Workforce Development programs are no-cost services to help you strengthen your recruiting, screening, interviewing, assessing, training, re-training, or displacement support of workers.
Site Selection: OED can assist you with finding the right building or site to meet the needs of your healthy food retail business.
Certifiably Green Denver: This program provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community. The program helps your business find opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention. Sustainability advisers are provided at no cost and begin by visiting your business to complete a comprehensive assessment identifying ways to conserve.
Brownfields Redevelopment: OED works with developers, investors, stakeholders and members of the affected community for the successful redevelopment of brownfields sites. This includes sustainable environmental cleanup, removal of blight, reinvestment in our established communities, and neighborhood revitalization with a focus on providing community benefits, healthy environments and job creation.