Services and Programs

Services and Programs


SBA Start Smart Business Quarterly Workshop
The SBA Business Smart Toolkit is a ready-to-use workshop toolkit developed jointly by National Association for Government Guaranteed Lenders and SBA. The workshop lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea and understand the steps to building a business that is credit ready. The information is laid out simply in three modules.

The three modules focus on:
  1. Basics of Business startup
  2. Essentials of becoming credit-ready
  3. How and where to find additional small business support and educational resources.
Each module has approximately 60‐90 minutes of presentation material. The modules can be presented in a one-day [or multiple day] workshop(s), depending on what is best suited for the individual community.

Access to Capital Quarterly Workshop
This workshop is designed to provide entrepreneurs and business owners with information on the various sources of capital available to finance a business enterprise. These include micro loan programs, crowdfunding, alternative lenders, SBA loan products, and traditional bank financing. The workshop helps individual participants understand what various lenders are looking for in order to qualify your business for credit.  

Black Construction Group (BCG)
The Black Construction Group, a special interest group of CBCC, is composed of business and professionals interested in the construction industry. In addition to monthly meetings with key industry speakers, the BCG Summer Cookout and holiday event attract energetic members and supporters. Our members, including large prime construction companies and small specialized businesses, come to talk about their projects and meet potential partners.  

Minority and Women's Chamber Coalition Business Expo
Hosted by the Minority and Women’s Chamber Coalition, this expo is held each year in May at Mile High Stadium. It features the six coalition members; the Asian Chamber, the Colorado Black Chamber, the Gay and Lesbian Chamber, the Hispanic Chamber, the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber and the Women’s Chamber. The event draws 150 -200 small businesses that display their products and/or services via Expo Booths.   

Economic Forecast Breakfast
The CBCC partners with the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve to provide its members with the latest emerging trends in the U.S. and Colorado economies. Topics include trends in GDP (Gross Domestic Product), consumer spending, business and consumer confidence, unemployment and under-employment trends, net migration to Colorado, residential construction activity, home pricing trends, commercial and multifamily vacancy rates, manufacturing activity, and trade data.  

Denver Metro Small Business Development Center Seminars
Chamber members have the additional benefit of attending seminars at the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center at no charge. To view the upcoming training calendar or register for a seminar, visit www.denversbdc.org.

Executive Welcome Series
The Chamber’s Executive Welcome series officially replaced the traditional business-after-hours programs and provides new African American business executives a venue to ease their transition to Denver with a high-level, meet-and-greet with business and community leaders.

Emerging Professionals Leadership Series
In collaboration with its corporate members, the Chamber hosts a series of networking events and seminars focused on exposing talented, emerging professionals to opportunities ranging from financial services careers to nonprofit board service. Other events include career-focused discussions with professional employment recruiters and information on navigating the modern workplace.

Job Listings
In partnership with Jobing.com, regularly updated job listings can be found on the Chamber’s website and include both in-state and out-of-state employment opportunities for all levels of experience.

Face Time with Industry Leaders
The Chamber regularly hosts events designed to bring Chamber members face-to-face with industry leaders and corporate stakeholders. These highly customized small group settings offer a relaxed atmosphere to exchange information, discuss opportunities and build strong business relationships.

Electronic Updates, Newsletters and Bid Notices
The Chamber regularly distributes business updates, newsletters and bid notices to members. Rather than generic e-blasts, all updates are sent utilizing customizable business categories to ensure members receive information and notices relevant to their businesses.

Political Advocacy
The Chamber has increasingly been called to action to support and oppose community policies, initiatives and legislation that impact African American owned businesses. The Chamber welcomes the opportunity to advocate and serve as a strong business partner, but limits support to initiatives that have a direct impact on our most important stakeholder – African American owned businesses.

Day at the Capitol
The Chamber, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Urban League of Metropolitan Denver and others host business and community leaders from throughout the Denver metropolitan community for a day of presentations from elected officials on issues of importance to the African American community.

Community Events
Your Chamber offers a myriad of events to attend throughout the year. Beyond the Chamber’s Annual Ascension Awards Dinner, the Chamber is often a clearinghouse for community events including the Mountain Regional Business Economic Summit (MRBES), Five Points Jazz Festival, Juneteenth Denver celebration, and the Center for African American Health Annual Dinner. These and other features are listed on the Chamber’s online calendar as a value-added service to its members and the community at large.

CBCC Entrepreneurship Development Program – Under development
In partnership with the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, the CBCC is developing a new “Entrepreneurship Development Program” to assists members with the knowledge and training necessary to: (1) launch a successful new business enterprise; or (2) grow from a small business to a midsize business.  
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