Colorado Small Business Owner Highlight


Photo courtesy of Triston Dimery

Denver student Kamiya Willoughby is challenging preconceived notions about a popular type of food that is often construed as unhealthy and unsophisticated. 

“Soul food is a legitimate cuisine, but most people see it as a snack or junk food that you can only eat every once in a while.” Kamiya said.

“It is such a classic American cuisine that deserves a spotlight and deserves a step away from the stereotypes,” added Tess Hurlbert, Kamiya’s fiancée and business partner. 

Colorado Events

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 11:00am PT

As you work to grow and strengthen your business, it is important to be informed of the resources available to you as a business owner.

Webinar | National
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 2:00pm PT

Mientras trabaja para hacer crecer y fortalecer su pequeña empresa, es importante estar informado sobre los recursos y las opciones que tiene como propietario de una empresa.

Webinar | National
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

Join Small Business Majority, Operation HOPE and TMB Tax & Financial Services for a free webinar to learn about tax considerations when choosing a business entity.

Workshop | National
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 12:00pm MT

In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore what it means to build and maintain an inclusive workplace.

Workshop | Denver, CO
Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

In honor of Women's Small Business Month, join Small Business Majority and Verizon Small Business Digital Ready for a free webinar to learn about digital resources for your business and how to qualify for a $10,000 grant.

Workshop | National
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 11:00am PT

El ser empresario es un camino comprobado para desarrollar su independencia y seguridad financiera.

Webinar | National
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 12:00pm MT

While healthcare benefits are increasingly becoming an expectation of job seekers and employees alike, the cost of insurance continues to skyrocket. This event will explore a variety of healthcare options available to employers across a wide spectrum of price points.

Workshop | Salida, CO
Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 5:00pm ET

Join Small Business Majority and Represent Justice for a virtual film screening of the documentary Apart. This intimate portrait follows three formerly incarcerated women as they attempt to rebuild

Conference | National
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 12:00pm MT

From the back of the napkin ideas that launch a business to visions for growth and expansion, and even the exit - planning plays an important role in helping you get from one phase of your business to the next.

Workshop | Denver, CO

Colorado Policy

Browse our latest state-based regulatory comments and legislative testimony in this area below, or click the button to view all records.
Thursday, January 27, 2022

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.

Friday, August 5, 2022

On August 5, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda submitted recommendations to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), concerning the proposed benefits rules of the Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program.

Monday, August 1, 2022

On August 1, Small Business Majority's Colorado Director Lindsey Vigoda submitted comments to the Colorado Division of Insurance concerning the rate review process of the Colorado Option's small group market filings, which could impact small business participation in the standardized health benefit plans. 

Colorado Research

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. 

Thu, 03/18/2021
Employees working

During a series of three focus groups across the state of Colorado, Small Business Majority facilitated discussions with a variety of small business owners and self-employed workers to better understand their personal experiences that could inform policy conversations regarding Medicaid expansion, healthcare costs and coverage. These roundtable discussions occurred while COVID-19 dramatically impacted business and local economies. While the pandemic’s effect was often brought up by participants, this issue brief focuses on the broader impact of Medicaid expansion and of small business owners’ experiences and observations about Medicaid expansion and health insurance.

Thu, 03/28/2019
Colorado small business owners support paid family and medical leave insurance program

The Colorado state legislature is considering a bill that would make Colorado the seventh state in the country to establish a program guaranteeing access to paid leave to care for a newborn child or a sick family member. Small business owners and their employees are particularly affected by the current lack of access to paid family leave as many small businesses can’t afford to offer robust benefits, putting them at a disadvantage with their larger counterparts. Small business has been central to ongoing debates over the legislation, and new polling sheds light on their views on the proposal and their struggles to offer access to paid family and medical leave benefits.