17 Nov

Announcing Launch Grants and New Loan Limits

For most of RMMFI’s history, we’ve offered business capital exclusively through loans. We started providing some grants this past year, but they were limited to entrepreneurs living and working in Northwest Aurora and business owners who were...
3 Nov

From $500 to $1 Million Lent

We’re continuing to celebrate RMMFI’s millionth dollar lent by taking a look back at our lending program over the past 14 years. As of the time we reached the $1 million milestone, we had lent $1,016,966 across 329 loans ranging from $246 to...
2 Nov

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jariatu Yillah

Owner of Israel Enterprises RMMFI’s first-ever loan went to Jariatu Yillah, owner of Israel Enterprises. Jariatu is an immigrant from Sierra Leone, and she started her business selling imported accessories more than a decade ago as a way to build...
31 Oct

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Daliah Torrez

Owner of Coffee Seasonings Daliah Torrez and her husband developed the idea for their business, Coffee Seasonings, a few years ago when they moved from Denver to Alamosa to buy land and raise livestock. Daliah has always enjoyed the atmosphere that...
20 Oct

$1 Million Lent to Colorado Entrepreneurs

We’ve reached an exciting milestone at RMMFI: $1 million lent to Colorado entrepreneurs! That’s $1 million in capital — backed by capacity-building education and mentorship — invested in entrepreneurs whose potential might have otherwise...
6 Oct

Jessica Sveen Selected as RMMFI CEO

We are excited to announce that Jessica Sveen has been selected as the Chief Executive Officer of RMMFI. Jessica has been serving as the Interim CEO since February when founder Rob Smith retired. She was selected by the Board of Directors to...
22 Sep

Making Capital More Accessible with 5% Interest Rates

For the past two and a half years, RMMFI has temporarily offered 0% interest on all loans as part of our COVID response. Our goal was to reduce the risk for small business owners as they navigated both the challenges and the opportunities created by...
14 Sep

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Betsey Kiehl

Owner of Alpen Flora Alpen Flora, which translates to mountain flower, was created by Betsey Kiehl in Vail, Colorado after one of her off-season jobs turned into a passion she couldn’t let go.  Betsey and her husband moved to the Vail Valley in...
8 Sep

RMMFI Named an Official Colorado Startup Loan Fund Lender

RMMFI is excited to announce that we are an official lender for the Colorado Startup Loan Fund, which was introduced last week by the Polis Administration and the Business Funding & Incentives Division of the Colorado Office of Economic...
11 Aug

Highlights From Our Latest Impact Surveys

Inclusive entrepreneurship can have long-term effects on individuals and communities. To capture these longer-term outcomes, RMMFI sends Impact Surveys to Business Launch Boot Camp graduates on the one, two, and three-year anniversaries of their...
28 Jul

An Update on RMMFI’s CEO Search

RMMFI is moving forward with hiring a permanent CEO for the organization, and applications for the role are now being accepted. Our Board of Directors is leading the search with the support of an outside HR firm, and RMMFI team members have been...
25 Jul

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Sam Blumenthal

Owner of Denver Tour Club Generally, small businesses fall into one of two groups: businesses that were started out of a passion for entrepreneurship and businesses that were started out of a passion for the trade. Sam Blumenthal’s business,...
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