Skip to main content

Original text

Powered by Google TranslateTranslate
Powered by Google TranslateTranslate
Types of Businesses
August 30, 2022

Table of Contents:



The information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by SCORE Denver and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.
Through this website, you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of SCORE Denver. We have no control over the nature, content, and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.
Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, SCORE Denver takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.



Out-of-State Business


Must check with the Department of Homeland Security if they wish to operate or own a business in the state.

Persons doing business in Colorado from out of state

Any out-of-state business with a physical location in Colorado and/or operating in the state for more than 30 days, must register the business in Colorado with the Secretary of State.  Such businesses are required to file Colorado income taxes for all wages and income earned from work and operations conducted in the state, regardless of the person’s/business’ residency.  Employers must withhold income taxes.

Persons doing business in other states, based in Colorado

Any business or person with a physical location in another state and /or operating in that state for more than 30 days should check with that state’s registration requirements.







International Trade Administration

Export-related information, statistics, and country report – the federal government.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC)

Combines resources within the SBA, U.S. Department of Commerce, Export-Import Bank, and other agencies to improve the delivery of services to small- and medium-sized businesses.

International Trade Office (ITO)

Part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade assists businesses in exporting.

World Trade Center (Denver)

Offers classes, seminars, and workshops on international trade.


Global online marketing services for importers and exporters.

Export-Import Bank of the US

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States, assisting in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

Hong Kong Suppliers and Manufacturers

Marketing and sourcing assistance:  Online marketplace, exhibitions, and conferences, product magazines, business-matching services, seminars and workshops, business news, and trade information.

Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration provides counseling, training, and financing to support small business export opportunities.

Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Customs Brokerage Firms

Customs brokerage firms handle the transport of imports and exports.  They can arrange shipments, do all the paperwork, and ensure those shipments are in compliance with U.S. Customs regulations.  Check the yellow pages for local brokers such as:



Web-Based Business


Internet/Web Sales Tax

A Colorado Internet business must collect sales tax on items sold to customers in Colorado.  Sales tax is not collected on Internet sales to customers outside of Colorado.

Go Daddy

Domain Name Registration, Do it Yourself source

Google:  Online Success

How to Grow Your Business

Inter NIC

Domain Name Registration. Lists accredited registrars. Shop for needed services and prices.

Network Solutions

Domain Name Registration

Register Domain Name

Register a domain name for a business


For those interested in doing business on the Internet. Articles, links, tips, and useful information.

Small business website design.



Veteran-Owned Business


SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development. OVBD

Dedicated to serving the veteran entrepreneur by formulating, executing, and promoting policies and programs of the agency that provides assistance to veterans seeking to start and develop small businesses.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affair





Minority-Owned/Disadvantaged Business


Colorado Minority Business Office (MBO)

Collaborates with other state agencies, the private sector, federal agencies, state chambers of commerce, and regional business councils throughout the state to expand opportunities for minority and women business owners.

Colorado Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

The Office of Certification administers the Colorado DBE Certification Program.  This process determines the eligibility of minority and women-owned businesses to participate in projects for Colorado government agencies.

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Start-up assistance for people with disabilities - $5,000 - $10,000 grants available

Denver City/County DBE Certification

Office of Economic Development

Division of Small Business Opportunity DSBO)

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

DBE certification is a federally initiated and mandated program established to ensure that only those firms meeting the prescribed standards receive the certification as a DBE.  There is no single all-encompassing certification program for women and minority-owned businesses.  Certification is only required if a business desires to sell products or services to a government agency or private firm that requires certification as part of its contracting process.  There are 3 types of certification depending upon the type of contracting:

Federal Certification - 8(a) - apply by registering with the CCR at

Unified Certification Program - CDOT and the County of Denver on one application at the State Office of Certification

Private Certification may be used for private corporations:

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (MPMSDC)

MBE Certification

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

WBE Certification


Enterprise Zones

Colorado's Enterprise Zone program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state. There are 18 enterprise zones and subzones in Colorado. Businesses located in a zone may qualify for ten different Enterprise Zone Tax Credits and Incentives to encourage job creation and investment in these zones. To determine if a specific address is within a zone, contact the local zone administrator.


Historically Underutilized Business Zone. The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program provides federal contracting opportunities for qualified small businesses located in distressed areas.

Mi Casa Resource Center for Women

Advances self-sufficiency for primarily low-income Latinas and youth.  Offers training in traditional and nontraditional careers for women, training to help women start and grow a business and to keep youth achieving in school and making good decisions.

360 Acoma Street

Denver CO 80223

Phone:     (303) 573-1302

FAX:   (303) 595-0422


Office of Women's Business Ownership (SBA)

409 Third Street SW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20416

Phone:     (202) 205-6673


Small Disadvantaged Business Programs (SDB)

The SBA certifies SDBs to make them eligible for special bidding benefits. The SBA administers two particular business assistance programs for small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs). These programs are 8(a) Business Development Program and the Small Disadvantaged Business Certification Program. SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in Federal procurement. Companies that are 8(a) firms automatically qualify for SDB certification.  Once certified, the business is added to PRO-Net or CCR.  For more information on federal certification for DBEs, go to or call 303-844-2607, ext. 226.

Minority Business Development Agency

U.S. Department of Commerce

Small Business and Self-Employment Service (SBSES)

The SBSES is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor which provides information, counseling, and referrals about self-employment and small business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities.

Women Business Owners

A trade association for women business owners.  Research articles about women and minority businesses.




Franchises and Licenses


A franchise is a legal and commercial relationship between the owner of a trademark, service mark, trade name, or advertising symbol and an individual or group seeking the right to use that identification in a business.  A franchise agreement governs the method for conducting business between the two parties.    Generally, a franchisee sells goods or services that are supplied by the franchiser or that meet the franchiser’s quality standards.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state regulations require sellers of franchises to provide disclosure statements to the buyer.


Licensing is used by companies that are in the process of establishing a brand and name recognition.  There is no FTC or state regulations as with a franchise.  Unlike a franchise, licensors do not charge franchise fees or royalties, nor do they have strict rules that franchisors impose on their franchisees.  A license agreement governs the method for conducting business between the two parties.  Understanding franchise regulations is necessary to avoid being classified as a franchise. 

Federal Trade Commission:  Buying a Franchise Consumer Guide

Be The Boss

Franchise information and opportunities.


Broker for franchises

International Franchise Association

Information on over 800 franchises



Home-Based Business


The Home Office Association

Have very good links, ideas, tips, and resources.

Work at Home Careers

No cost pre-screened work-at-home jobs, articles, videos & scam avoidance information.

Work at Home Moms

The magazine for work-at-home moms

Working Solo

Information and services for and about home-based businesses.





1165 Herndon Parkway, Suite 100
Herndon, VA 20170
(303) 927-3480

Copyright © 2023 SCORE Association,

Funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

In partnership with
Jump back to top