Business Resources for New Americans

Starting a business can be complicated. By the numbers, about 1 in 10 immigrants will start their own business. If you're reading this, you may be one of them!

In this guide, you will find resources for starting a business, learning English, and learning more about local business regulations.

Having trouble getting started? Ask a Librarian or attend a free computer class.


Library Resources


Local Organizations

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center, opens a new window

https://www.adworks.org, opens a new window  | General Phone #: 303-636-1160

Arapahoe/Douglas Works, Workforce Center. A proud partner of the americanjobcenter network, opens a new window

  • Free assistance with recruiting qualified employees, training, and retaining them.
  • Reports on the local workforce and competitive wages.
  • Wage Reimbursement Program (M.A.T.C.H.) - Get reimbursed for an employees wages when you allow them to train on the job.
  • COVID reopening/recovery resource list.

El Centro Humanitario Para los Trabajadores, opens a new window

http://www.centrohumanitario.org, opens a new window  | General Phone #: 303-292-4115

  • Promotes the rights and well-being of day laborers in Colorado through education, job skills, leadership development, united action and advocacy.
  • Business owners can hire day laborers.
  • Women can join a worker-owned cooperative and learn business related skills to prepare for starting their own business.

Centro San Juan Diego, opens a new window

https://centrosanjuandiego.org, opens a new window  | General Phone #: 303-295-9470

Centro San Juan Diego Archdiocese of Denver, opens a new window

  • Small business classes (currently on hiatus)
  • Tax preparation assistance
  • GED preparation and English language classes
  • Legal nights every first & third Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00 pm. Appointments required, go here to register for one.

Mi Casa Resource Center, opens a new window

https://micasaresourcecenter.org, opens a new window | General Phone #: 303-573-1302


Small Business Development Center, opens a new window

https://www.aurora-southmetrosbdc.com, opens a new window | General Phone # 303-892-3840

Colorado SBDC, Aurora-South Metro. Small Business Development Center, opens a new window

  • Free business consulting including Spanish language consultants.
  • Low cost classes & trainings, in both English and Spanish.
  • Help with developing a plan for your business, manufacturing, lending, exports and imports, market research, and more.

Work Options for Women, opens a new window

https://workoptions.org, opens a new window | Phone #: 720-944-3393

  • Provides free training in food service, including classes
  • Help with job-search, resumes and interviews

Suggesting Resources

Please let us know if there are additional resources in or near Arapahoe County for new Americans. You can comment below or Contact Us.

Have Questions?

Have questions about starting your own business? We have the know-how and resources to get you started. Ask a librarian today or visit the Business Help page to learn more.

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