The Business Loan Fund (BLF) of Mesa County is a lending program operated by the Western Colorado Business Development Corporation (the Business Incubator Center). The BLF was created to enable businesses to grow, create jobs, and improve the local economy.
COVID-19 Related Funding Sources
Energize Colorado Gap Fund
The Energize Colorado Gap Fund will provide more than $25M in small business loans and grants to boost small business enterprises that are the economic engines throughout the state. Sole proprietors, businesses and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.
Anyone eligible is welcome to apply, preference will be given to small businesses majority-owned by small businesses owned by minority, women or veterans and or located in a rural area, and that have not been successful in pursuing and/or receiving funds from other federal, state and local assistance programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program.
The application is anticipated to go live in early August.
Please fill out the application in full, including signatures as needed. You may include your own resume form in lieu of the resume attached to the application. An application ready for submittal to the Business Loan Fund also requires:
- The last three year’s business and personal tax returns. If you are a sole proprietorship or have not yet been in business, please include your personal tax returns.
- A business plan. If you do not have one, and would like assistance in putting one together, please contact the Front Desk to schedule an appointment with an SBDC coach or SBDC staff. A template is available by clicking the Business Plan Template link above.
- A 3 year cash flow projection. A template is available by clicking the Cash Flow Worksheet link above.
- If your business has been in operation, please provide a current balance sheet, and Year-to-Date Profit and Loss Statement.
If you feel your application is complete, please call 970-243-5242 to schedule an appointment with BLF staff. Additional information may be required to complete the application as determined by BLF staff and your particular borrowing needs.
The Business Loan Fund is accessible to the handicapped. With advance request TDD is available. Please call 970-243-5242 or send and email to our front desk.
- Business must be for-profit.
- Must be located within Mesa County, and must remain in the county for the term of the loan.
- Preference given to businesses that will create or retain jobs in the county.
- Most often acts as a “secondary” lender. Typically, potential borrowers will obtain a majority of their project financing from other sources.
- Loan amounts range from $8,000 to $300,000 (see micro loan funds for smaller loan amounts).
- Terms typically extend 3-7 years. One year line-of-credit loans also available.
- Interest rates vary, depending on the risk and economic incentives.
- The BLF will seek to secure the loan with available collateral, but insufficient collateral is not a sole reason for rejection of loan application.
- Less than ideal credit is not a sole reason for rejection of loan applications.
- Loans are available for working capital, inventory, equipment, building improvements, and real estate.
Loan funds for businesses inside the City of Grand Junction and the City of Fruita may be eligible for loans from the City of Grand Junction CDBG Loan Fund or the City of Fruita Loan fund.
Micro Loan Funds: The “Bootstrap Fund” is a loan program only available to Incubator Client Companies. It is designed to provide low interest, short-term loans to help finance the expenses associated with completing certain contracts or purchase orders. The Petersen Fund and Women Foundation of Colorado Fund are micro-loan programs that provide start-up or expansion money to small businesses in Mesa County. These funds require the business owner to meet the State of Colorado low-to-moderate income guidelines. The initial funding for these programs came from private donations/grants.
Micro Loan FAQs
- $1,500 to $5,000
- Terms are 1-3 years
- Current prime rate interest
- Can be used for start-up or existing business expenses, capital expenditures and working capital