About

The Minority Business Office (MBO), located within the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, is dedicated to advancing the efforts of Colorado’s minority and women-owned businesses. We have an established network of public, private and government resources that can be leveraged by businesses of all types and sizes. We can help you establish yourself in the marketplace, expand your knowledge of business, get in front of the right people, and help expand your prospects.

In addition, we can walk you through the various city, state, federal and private certifications available for minority and women-owned businesses and help you determine which ones will allow you to participate in the types of government contracts you are interested in pursuing.

We also work the other side of the equation on your behalf, providing information, tools and events that help private businesses find the right minority and women-owned businesses to fit their exact needs.

We are your connection to guidance, your connection to understanding and your connection to access.

We are the MBO.

We are your connection to opportunity.


The Opportunity to Start.

It takes courage to venture out and start your own business. One thing that can help make it less intimidating is having an experienced resource to help you navigate the maze of requirements, registrations and certifications. The MBO is that connection for minority and women-owned businesses. We will sit down with you and create or review your business plan and then help you determine a plan of attack that is right for your venture. We can direct you toward community resources and organizations who are dedicated to helping area business owners like you succeed. We can help you find options for gaining the business expertise you need. Most of all, we can help you find a place you can turn to for answers, so you don’t have to feel like you are going at it alone.

The Opportunity to Know.

In business, it’s not always enough to be an expert in your field. From bookkeeping to managing employees to finding the right suppliers, a lot of knowledge goes into running a successful business. Fortunately, an abundance of local resources also exists to help minority and women-owned businesses fill in any gaps. We work closely with small business associations, government agencies, state and local chambers and economic development offices all over the state, so we can help you connect with the right resource to help you build the knowledge you need to run your business more successfully. 

The Opportunity to Connect.

It doesn’t take long in business to realize that who you know can be just as important as what you know. A simple introduction from a trusted source is sometimes all it takes to open doors and get you a seat at the table. For minority and women-owned business owners, the MBO can provide that introduction. We have a strong network of relationships with companies, government departments and business organizations that spans both the public and private sectors. We can help you identify the right people and organizations to help you meet your goals. With our networking and minority business showcase events, we make it easier for you to get your business on the radar of the public and private businesses, so you can reach that next level. 

The Opportunity to Grow.

Each business has its own definition of success. For many minority and women-owned businesses, these goals include a vision for growth. Whether that means becoming the largest business of your type in your city, expanding your business to other parts of the Rocky Mountain region, or even breaking into national and international markets, the MBO can help you identify who you need to talk to and how you can work to make it happen. We can even help you engage with people in the Colorado business community who can provide the knowledge and advice you need to help you turn your vision into reality.