Meeting Archive:
Access to Capital: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Colorado Woman-Owned Business

Meeting Description:
Are you having trouble obtaining funding for your business?
Through this free statewide webinar, Small Business Majority and the Colorado Enterprise Fund will help you navigate the funding landscape to connect you with resources to help you obtain the capital you need to start and grow your woman-owned business in Colorado.

For entrepreneurs, getting a loan could mean the difference between success and failure. However, one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners and entrepreneurs has been and continues to be the inability to access sufficient credit and capital.
Topics of discussion include:
  • An overview of alternative lending options including microloans, SBA's loan guarantee program, community banks and credit unions, CDFIs, reputable online lenders and crowdfunding
  • Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights
  • Key questions to consider when seeking funding
  • Tips to help determine the best option for your small business
  • Helpful tools and resources
A question and answer period will follow.
We are pleased to have The Women's Foundation of Colorado as a sponsor and the U.S. Small Business Administration-Colorado District Office will participate in this event. 
For more information about funding options, visit our Small Business Access to Capital Resource Portal at

Small Business Majority is a national small business advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing America's 28 million small businesses today. We actively engage small business owners  to drive smart public policy and get entrepreneurs the resources they need to thrive. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with our rapidly growing network of 40,000+ small business owners across the country to ensure their voices are an integral part of the public policy debate. Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.


Date: Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM MDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Small Business Majority
 Presenter Information
Tim Gaudette, Colorado Outreach Manager
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From our Denver office, Tim Gaudette directs Small Business Majority's outreach and development efforts in Colorado, Nevada and other western states. Tim works to build and maintain relationships with small business owners, organizations and foundations.
Before joining Small Business Majority, Tim worked at a small business in Denver and his background includes significant finance and investment-related work in the regulatory, research and sales areas in Denver, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Tim also served as chairman and board member for the all-volunteer board of the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (DGLCC).
In 2016, Tim was honored as Business Person of the Year at the inaugural Power Gala, a joint awards event with Outfront Magazine and the DGLCC. Tim is a member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leadership Denver class of 2009.  
Gaudette has degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Alison Friedman, Manager of Programs, The Women's Foundation of Colorado
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Born in Colorado, Alison loves the outdoors and western ideals. After spending 10 years crisscrossing from the west coast to the east coast and then back to Colorado, she lives and works in Denver. Currently, she manages the programs at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. This gives her the privilege of making grants to nonprofits, diving into research, and advocating at the Capitol on behalf of Colorado’s women and girls. Before that she was as an intern at the think tank New America and in Congressman Michael Bennet's office in Washington DC. And even before that she lived and worked in Colorado serving as a development officer at Aspen Community Foundation.  Alison earned a Public Policy Master's from The George Washington University and a Bachelors of Arts in political science from the University of Oregon. She loves pop culture, politics, and philanthropy and lives in the Baker neighborhood with her partner who she is trying to convince to adopt a dog.

Ceyl Prinster, CFA, President and CEO, Colorado Enterprise Fund
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Ceyl Prinster is President/CEO of Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF), an award-winning nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution. CEF provides financing and support to small businesses and other nonprofits in order to build prosperous, diverse and equitable communities. Her current service roles include Trustee of The Denver Foundation and Member of its Impact Investing and Economic Opportunities Committee, Board Member of the national CDFI Coalition, Advisory Board Member of JPMorgan Chase Bank, and Member of the Boulder Economic Council. She previously served as a Trustee for the University of Notre Dame and President of its Alumni Association and was a Member of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council. Her business and community involvement awards include Outstanding Woman in Business from the Denver Business Journal, the Financial Services Advocate of the Year from the SBA, and the Tom Dooley Award from the University of Notre Dame.   

Frances Padilla, Colorado District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
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Frances A. Padilla was named the district director for the Colorado District Office in January 2017 and is responsible for directing the expansion and delivery of SBA’s various loan and business training services throughout the State of Colorado. Prior to her current position, she was the deputy district director.
Before coming to Colorado, Ms. Padilla served as the deputy district director and chief of finance in the New Mexico District Office. 
Before joining the SBA in 2007, Padilla worked for USDA Rural Development, the State of New Mexico’s Department of Finance & Administration, and the New Mexico Finance Authority.
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ms. Padilla earned her Bachelor of Arts in business management from the College of Santa Fe.
The Colorado District Office serves the entire state, a vast geographic territory of more than 104,100 square miles which includes 64 counties. Frances Padilla can be reached at or 303-844-2607.