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United For Business

Mile High United Way’s United for Business program works to strengthen under-resourced communities by focusing on economic stability and mobility for businesses and startups.

United for Business 2019-2020 Impact

Play the video to see the impact Mile High United Way's United for Business program has had this past year.

Strengthening under-resourced communities by helping small, locally-owned businesses realize their growth potential

With an emphasis on women- and minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, United for Business provides direct services and specialized assistance that help promote the attraction, retention, and expansion of quality jobs in the Denver Metro area.

The program works collaboratively with individual business owners, many of whom are in the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea (GES) neighborhood, to understand their needs and utilizes professional services and skills-based volunteers, or Business Advisors, to help owners reach their goals.

Learn more about our small business clients and how the program has helped their business in our 2019-2020 Impact Report.

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How the Program Works

Initial Consult

Business owners are consulted on their current needs and goals are set.

Volunteers are Matched

Mile High United Way identifies professional services and small business experts that can help.

Goals are Met

Business owners work directly with skilled volunteers to reach set goals.

Helping Local Businesses in Metro Denver Thrive During the Pandemic

Learn how Mile High United Way provides small business support to help local business owners, like Brittney and Joslyn of FIT & NU, adapt and thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pivoting to Support Local Businesses Impacted By COVID

As the coronavirus has caused daily life to change drastically, many small businesses find themselves faced with unprecedented challenges. In order to respond to these emerging needs, Mile High United Way is pivoting our United for Business (UFB) program to help small, local businesses stabilize and focus on their recovery.

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Helping Local Grocery Store Owners Better Serve the Community

'El Tepetate' is the go-to neighborhood source for fresh and quick produce at a fair price in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. With help from UBA volunteers, owners Jesus and Maria are getting they support they need to better serve their community.

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More Than Just Business

Working with UBA, Oscar and Rocio believe they are doing more than just business. "We’ve survived one way for so long, but now we have a structure and are smart about the direction we want to go in and how we want to grow."

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Women Supporting Women: The Launch of a Mobile Coffee Truck

Bold Beans is a girl-voiced, girl-run, girl-led coffee business, and it gives teen girls an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship, gain tangible life-skills, and it sets them up for long-term economic independence.

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Meet the United for Business team

Fermin Avila

Director, United for Business

Contact Fermin if you’d like to learn more about United for Business, have questions about the businesses we serve, or would like to partner to create a positive impact on our small business community.

Email fermin.avila@unitedwaydenver.org

Vanessa Huerta

Business Advisor, United for Business

Contact Vanessa if you’re a business owner seeking for resources to stabilize or grow your business. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Email vanessa.huerta@unitedwaydenver.org

Bryn Nelson

Specialist, Workforce Development

Contact Bryn if you are a business owner who needs to hire or train employees or if you are a partner organization looking to collaborate on workforce development efforts.

Email bryn.nelson@unitedwaydenver.org

Get Involved

 

Have questions about our program or need business consulting?
Contact: UFB@UnitedWayDenver.org or call 720-501-3920.

 

Interested in donating your time and expertise by becoming a volunteer?
Contact: Volunteer@UnitedWayDenver.org