Build Your Business

Whether you're looking to start or grow your business in Denver, we've got resources and ideas to get your enterprise up and running--and thriving--as quickly as possible. 

OED's business development professionals maintain regular hours at OED@Commons, our offices in The Commons on Champa at 1245 Champa St. We offer free advisory sessions (appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcome) as well as training and workshops on a range of topics. Come see us! Here's the Summer 2015 schedule.

For retail business start-ups, expansions, or relocations, begin with www.denverretailscene.com

For site selection or business relocations, start at Choose Denver.

For fresh-food grocery projects, both new and expansions, start by learning about Denver FRESH.

To apply for the 2015 JumpStart BizPlan Awards, start here.

LET'S TALK! We know that every business, and every business owner, is unique. If you'd rather start with personalized attention from one of our staff members, start here.

Success Story


What’s old is new again


When OED launched The Welton Design/Development Challenge, the proposals submitted and projects funded spanned a range of size and purpose. One of the smaller winning projects, and thus the first to be completed, was Rosenberg’s Bagels at 2714 Welton, an older building rich with community history and formerly known as The Arcade.

OED’s $75,000 investment in early 2014 to fund pre-development has helped make Rosenberg’s a true hot spot along the Welton Corridor. Today, loyal customers pack the deli on weekends and the owner is hoping to expand with a catering business in an adjacent space.

This renovation represents a unique partnership between the property owner and the business tenant. The landlord is Dr. Renee Cousins King, whose grandfather Charles L. Cousins purchased this building in the late 1920s and built the space out with his own hands. In his restoration to create Rosenberg’s, entrepreneur Joshua Pollack strived to replicate the art deco style from the building’s past. Joshua has an affinity for the history of Five Points; the project also pays homage to when his grandfather revitalized neighborhoods in Brooklyn, building retail stores for businesses like Rosenberg’s to call home.

Rosenberg’s lines-out-the-door success is just the first evidence that the right chemistry of good ideas, leadership, and timely seed funding can and will revitalize the dormant opportunity of Five Points. OED’s sense that the time was right for the developers and dollars to come together on Welton is a source of great pride and anticipation as subsequent projects from the Design/Development Challenge are taking shape.

For information about our neighborhood investments and projects, contact Seneca Holmes, (720) 913-1533.

 


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