Resources and Support for Social Equity Applicants

The City and County of Denver is committed to providing ongoing support and education to social equity applicants.

Social equity resource fair information

On Saturday, October 16, 2021, the Department of Excise and Licenses hosted the first Denver Social Equity Resource Fair at the Galleria at the Performing Arts Complex. Attendees connected with city and state agencies and private vendors who offer free, low-cost, and meaningful support to social equity applicants. Denver's Cannabis Process Navigator, Joey Peña, gave a presentation on Denver's Cannabis Social Equity Program(PDF, 798KB)

Stay in the know

  • Sign up for Denver’s marijuana information bulletin 
  • Sign up for the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division’s email list

Recommended reading

  • This webpage has a link to a map. To enter an address where you lived for 15 years between 1980 and 2010 to see if it is in a disproportionate impacted area or an opportunity zone.  
  • There is also a link to a median income table to help understand whether you might qualify under the income criteria.

Business development resources

The following is a non-exhaustive guide to technical and financial assistance programs and educational resources available to cannabis entrepreneurs at no cost. Listing in this guide does not imply an endorsement of a program or its contents by the City and County of Denver. If you know of a free technical or financial assistance program or other educational resource that should be listed, email marijuanainfo@denvergov.org. 

Technical assistance programs 

Colorado Cannabis Technical Assistance Program 

Self-paced online coursework focused on the foundations of cannabis business development. Learn more about this program provided by the Colorado Cannabis Business Office.

Marijuana Industry Group Mentorship Program

Free six-month social equity business mentorship program beginning May 31. Registration closes May 13. Contact admin@marijuanaindustrygroup.org. 

The Color of Cannabis 10 Week Business Course 

Coursework in cannabis policy, cannabis licensing, and business planning. Saturday, March 5, 2022 to Saturday, May 7, 2022. Register for the program. 

Weedmaps Social Equity Program 

Free business support tools for social equity licensees. Sign up or email socialequity@weedmaps.com to learn more. 

Eaze Momentum Program 

Twelve-week educational program with grant funding. Learn more about the program. Applications are closed for 2022. Check back in 2023. 

Financial assistance programs 

Colorado Cannabis Business Pilot Grant 

Funding opportunity for social equity cannabis businesses that have been awarded, or are actively pursuing, a marijuana business license. Learn more about this program and sign up for the Cannabis Business Office newsletter to be notified when applications open.  

Webinars and other educational resources 

Webinar: Cannabis Accounting 101: Intro to Accounting for Social Equity Operators 

Hosted by Vicente Sederberg LLP – Watch a recording of the webinar. 

Webinar: Cannabis Real Estate Considerations 

Hosted by Vicente Sederberg LLP – Watch a recording of the webinar.  

Webinar: Hot Topics for Accounting and Tax for the Cannabis Industry 

Hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association – Watch a recording of the webinar.  

Guide: Colorado Business Resource Book  

Published by the Colorado Business Development Foundation and the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, the Colorado Business Resource Book details information about the basics of starting a business in Colorado. 

Guide: Business Startup Checklist 

Published by Denver’s Office of Economic Development and Opportunity, the Business Startup Checklist covers the basics of starting a business in Denver.