Business Resources for Immigrants

Recursos de negocios para nuevos americanos

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.

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Library Resources

Local Organizations

Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center, opens a new window, 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, 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, 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, opens a new window | General Phone #: 303-573-1302

  • Free business development consulting with experienced, bilingual business coaches.
  • Classes & workshops for starting a business, social media marketing, and more.
  • English classes, GED preparation, computer classes.

Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI)  |  General Phone #: 720-941-5037

  • Free or low-cost classes and workshops (in English and Spanish) to help test, launch, or grow your business
  • Individualized mentorship and coaching plus connections to trusted community resources
  • Grants and low-interest loans to help with start-up or operational costs

Small Business Development Center, opens a new window, opens a new window | General Phone #303-326-8686

logo for: Colorado SBDC: Aurora, South Metro. Small Business Development Center. Serving Arapahoe & Douglas Counties

  • 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.

United for Business, opens a new window, opens a new window | General Phone #: 720-501-3920

  • Free business consulting, including in-depth consulting for businesses in their target cities or neighborhoods: Aurora, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea.
  • In-depth consulting also includes free consulting from specialized volunteers, such as accountants or marketing experts.

Work Options for Women, opens a new window, opens a new window | General 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 immigrants. 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.