Colorado Small Business Owner Highlight

Ba-nom-a-nom

Ten years ago when Sarah Ladley started her Colorado, banana-based ice cream food truck Ba-Nom-a-Nom, she was ahead of the curve. Now, after nearly a year and a half of Covid setbacks, she is fighting to keep up. 

Never in a million years did Sarah think she would become a business owner. In fact, she was on a pre-med track in undergrad when she started learning about population health and became interested in the failings of the American food system.

Colorado Events

Monday, June 17, 2024 | 10:00am-11:00am MT

Join Small Business Majority and other Colorado business organizations as we provide an overview of new laws and tax credits in 2024 that affect our small business community.

Webinar | CO
Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 1:00pm ET

Our nation's healthcare affordability crisis not only harms patients and their families, it is actively hurting workers and small business owners.

Workshop | National
Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 8:00am - 7:00pm MT

Join Small Business Majority, The Latino Chamber, Boulder SBDC and the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder for the Bilingual Small Business Conference & Expo.

Expo/Fair | Boulder, CO
Thursday, July 11, 2024 | 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

Did you know 70% of women will become pregnant while employed, and 80% of those women will work until the final month of their pregnancy?

Webinar | National

Colorado Policy

Browse our latest state-based regulatory comments and legislative testimony in this area below, or click the button to view all records.
Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Colorado. The state’s nearly 690,000 small businesses employ 1.2 million people, accounting for 99.5% of all businesses in Colorado.

Monday, April 1, 2024

On April 1, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda testified before the Colorado House Finance Committee on HB 24-1312, proposal to create a state income tax credit for careworkers, many of whom are small business owners and key to our economic success.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

On March 20, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda testified before the Colorado House Business Affairs and Labor Committee on SB 24-155.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

On March 12, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director, Lindsey Vigoda, testified before the Colorado House Health and Human Services Committee in support of HB 24-1223.

Colorado Research

Published:
Wed, 04/03/2024

While small businesses employ nearly half (46.4%) of the private workforce in the United States, many are struggling to hire and retain a ready workforce. Our poll of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas small business owners reveals strong support for legislative solutions that would remove barriers for justice-impacted individuals by making reforms to occupational licensing and debt-based driver’s license suspensions. These politically diverse small business owners believe these measures would enable employers to tap into an underutilized workforce and open up opportunities for entrepreneurship.

Published:
Thu, 03/07/2024

Small Business Majority’s new poll of Colorado small business owners reveals strong support for legislative solutions that would remove barriers for justice-impacted individuals by making reforms to occupational licensing and debt-based driver’s license suspensions. These politically diverse small business owners believe these measures would enable employers to tap into an underutilized workforce and open up opportunities for entrepreneurship. 

Published:
Wed, 04/27/2022
Colorado Poll

As entrepreneurs continue to navigate business and economic challenges stemming from pandemic, Small Business Majority surveyed small business owners and operators in Colorado to assess business conditions and the rising costs of healthcare. 

Colorado Resources

Colorado voters approved Proposition 118 in November of 2020, paving the way for a state-run Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program. FAMLI will allow small employers in Colorado to facilitate access to paid time off to their employees when they need to care for a family member. This is crucial for small businesses and their employees and a welcomed initiative in Colorado.

Colorado SecureSavings is a new state workplace retirement savings program created by the Colorado SecureSavings Board. The program is designed to help Colorado employers and employees set automatic payroll contributions to a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) account and save for the future. Colorado SecureSavings is an added benefit to offer and comes at no cost to employers. 

The Colorado Option was established by the Colorado Legislature to give the Division of Insurance the ability to develop standard benefit plans. This allows small businesses to easily compare and choose the plan that is right for them through the individual and small group marketplace.