Starting a business in Colorado

MyBizColorado – This link will downloads a PDF document that outlines the way to register a business with the Colorado Department of Revenue and/or the Department of Labor and Employment and more. Download and read this document before proceeding to register your business. Then click on title to go to the State’s on-line website for “Starting a Business in Colorado“.

The Secretary of State’s office is the filing office for business names. This tutorial will walk through the online filing process. In this module you will learn how to:

  • Register your business name
    • You will need to determine your legal business structure (Tradename, LLC, Corp, etc.) before registering the name
  • Secure your business record
    • For more information on securing your business record, refer to the tutorial video

*This tutorial is not intended to provide legal or business advice. For advice specific to your business or organization, contact an attorney or advisor.

Trademarks can be registered at both the federal and state levels. If your business is only conducted within the state of Colorado’s borders, a state trademark registration may be appropriate. If filing only in Colorado, you may not register the trademark until you have actually used it in your business. Trademarks registered in Colorado are valid for ten years and may be renewed for an additional ten year term, as long as the goods and services are still being used in the business.

Here are some next steps you might need to take, and some helpful resources. Learn how to:

Open a bank account.

Obtain a federal tax I.D. number.

Obtain a sales tax license and wage withholding account.

Obtain a business license.

Access other resources.

The following video will help you make better understand the business filing process and use of business filing data available on the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM). There are four different data sets updated daily on CIM from our business database: (1) business entities in Colorado, (2) trade names for businesses in Colorado, (3) trademarks for businesses in Colorado, and (4) business entity transaction history.

 By the end of this training video, you should be able to understand:

  • How the data is collected
  • How to access the data on CIM
  • What information is and is not available
  • Common misconceptions about the data

A business that’s located outside of Colorado may need to file a Statement of Foreign Entity Authority with our office. See tutorial below.

Statement of foreign entity authority (SOFEA) filing

(Estimated time: 8 minutes) By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to:

  • Define what “foreign” means
  • Know what it means to do business in Colorado
  • File successfully
  • Identify what you need to do after you file


Colorado Information Marketplace (Estimated time: 15 minutes)

Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) is the central online home for state open data, giving the public greater access to free public data and increasing transparency in government operations.

By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to:

  • Access data sets on the Colorado Information Marketplace
  • Understand different properties of the data sets
  • Interact with the data table
  • Download and work with data in Microsoft Excel and CSV

Business Intelligence Center Data Tools Tutorial (Estimated time: 90 minutes)

This course, created in partnership with the Business Research Division of the University of Colorado, teaches you how to access, interpret, and analyze public data via a step-by-step tutorial.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Access federal and state public data sources
  • Work with and analyze public data to make informed business decisions

Colorado Business Resource

Your one-stop resource for everything related to starting a small business in Colorado.

The Colorado Business Resource Book

The Colorado Business Resource Book is one of the most successful and comprehensive business start-up guides in the nation. It helps with doing business in Colorado by providing small business tips and best practices.

Colorado SBDC

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Denver

1445 Market Street

Denver, CO 80202


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ State

1600 Broadway, Suite 2500

Denver, CO 80202


Aurora South Metro Small Business Development Center

15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., #2300

Aurora, CO 80012


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Aurora

15151 E Alameda, City of Aurora Municipal Bldg

Aurora, CO 80012


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ North

3645 West 112th Avenue

Westminster, CO 80031


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Boulder

1001 Arapahoe Ave

Boulder, CO 80302


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Pikes

559 East Pikes Peak Ave, Suite 101

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ East

800 17th St, Kepner Hall #0025, UNC Biz Hub

Greeley, CO 80631


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Larim

320 E Vine Dr #303, Rocky Mtn Innosphere

Fort Collins, CO 80524


Central Mountain SBDC

142 Crestone Avenue

Salida, CO 81201

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ North

500 Broadway

Eagle, CO 81631

970-468-5989 ext 280

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ East

300 Main Street

Fort Morgan, CO 80701


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ South

301 N. Main St., Suite 205

Pueblo, CO 81003


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ South

1802 Colorado

La Junta, CO 81050


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ San L

610 State Ave., Suite 120

Alamosa, CO 81102


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ West

145 S. Cascade

Montrose, CO 81401

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Grand Junction

2591 Legacy Way

Grand Junction, CO 81503


Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ South

1000 Rim Drive, 140 EBB

Durango, CO 81301


SBA Colorado District Office



SBA VIII Regional Office

721 19th Street Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202


SCORE Business Mentor

SCORE Denver

US Custom’s House,SBA, 721 19th Street, Ste. 426
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 844-3985

Colorado Springs SCORE

559 E. Pikes Peak, Suite 101
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(719) 636-3074

Tri-Lakes SCORE

166 Second Street

Chamber of Commerce Building

Monument, CO, 80132

Ph: 719-481-3282

Ft. Collins SCORE

1648 Greenstone Trail

Fort Collin, CO, 80525

Ph: (970) 846-3042

Leadville SCORE

400 Harrison Ave Suite 100

Leadville, CO, 80461

Ph: 719-293-2316

Cheyenne SCORE

330 East Pershing
Cheyenne, WY 82001

(307) 632-1588

Women’s Business Center

Mi Casa Resource Center

345 S Grove Street
Denver, CO 80219


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Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Colorado PTAC

1675 Garden of the Gods Rd, Suite 1107
Colorado Springs, CO 80907


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U.S. Export Assistance Center

Denver U.S. Export Assistance Center

1625 Broadway, Suite 680
Denver, CO 80202



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Community Economic Development Companies

Community Economic Development Company of Colorado

800 W. 8th Ave., Suite 103

Denver, CO 80204



Colorado Lending Source, LTD

1441 18th St.,

Denver, CO 80202


Denver Urban Economic Development Corporation

140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 202

Denver, CO 80203



Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners

Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners connect innovative entrepreneurs and businesses with experienced mentors, managers, tools, and resources to accelerate the development and success of Colorado businesses.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is the principal department of the Colorado state government responsible for public health and environmental regulation. Click the title to see areas of regulation related to businesses.

Other Resources

There are many other resources available to assist in starting your new business in Colorado. Here are some you might find helpful:

Business Registration

Colorado Secretary of State – Records business names and other information in Colorado.

Taxes and Employment

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – Provides employer resources and information.

Colorado Department of Revenue – This is Colorado’s state tax office.

Other Assistance

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade – Offers many programs designed to support Colorado businesses.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver – Promotes and advances the growth of Hispanic business.

Southern Colorado Economic Development District

The purpose of Southern Colorado Economic Development District (“SCEDD”) is to support the economic development efforts of our partner counties – Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, and Pueblo.

Southern Colorado Economic Development District 121 W. City Center Drive, Suite 200, Room 200B Pueblo CO 81003 (719) 545-8680

Southern Colorado Community Foundation

Southern Colorado Community Foundation (SCCF) is a family of funds (50+) created by individuals, businesses and organizations that care deeply about the communities of southern Colorado. SCCF brings together leaders from the private, public, nonprofit and business sectors to identify and address the needs, problems and opportunities facing the southern Colorado region and uses grants as a catalyst to stimulate action.

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