First Southwest Community Fund
First Southwest Community Fund provides inclusive and equitable access to capital through a range of innovative programs for rural Colorado entrepreneurs and small business owners–ensuring these businesses have access to the capital they need to grow and enrich their communities.
FSWCF’s Rural Women-Led Business Fund is designed to give access to funding and education for women entrepreneurs and small businesses in rural Colorado through loans, education, and technical assistance. The Rural Women-Led Business Fund offers loans of $10,000-$75,000 and focuses on providing accessible capital to women, especially women of color in the San Luis Valley. This program is dedicated to supporting multicultural, multilingual, and multigenerational women-led businesses.
RMMFI and FSWCF partner to deliver business development programming and capital access to women entrepreneurs at our site in the San Luis Valley.
Re:Vision works to build an equitable and thriving neighborhood with economic, food, and cultural systems owned and led by Westwood neighborhood residents. Led by an all-women of color leadership team, Re:Vision brings residents together to create localized systems for opportunity to counter a legacy of racist systemic disinvestment in Westwood.
Re:Vision has three flagship programs. The Re:Farm program tackles the problem of food inaccessability by helping families in Westwood cultivate food in the community, by the community, for the community. The Re:Unite program trains resident community leaders called Promotoras, who teach nutrition courses, help families cultivate gardens, and monitor the general well-being and health of the community. The Re:Own program supports the growth of local LatinX artisans and entrepreneurs through their low-cost commissary kitchen and retail spaces.
RMMFI and Re:Vision worked together to create our first Spanish-language programming and continue to partner to deliver business development education to Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in the Westwood neighborhood of Denver.
Second Chance Center
Second Chance Center is determined to be Colorado’s premier community re-entry program and a model for the nation. SCC offers case management, mentoring, and vital resources to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in reestablishing their lives and becoming successful members of the community.
SCC is determined to reduce recidivism rates and protect future generations from the continuing cycle of incarceration. They aim to transform the futures of formerly incarcerated people and how they are viewed in our country by reversing the negative impact of incarceration on communities and encouraging life-changing habits.
RMMFI and SCC partner to deliver business development programming to formerly-incarcerated entrepreneurs in Aurora, Northeast Colorado, and Southeast Colorado. In NE and SE CO, SCC is also delivering a new Entrepreneurial Leadership Training Program as part of the RMMFI journey. The ELTP is designed to support the development of leadership and professional business/entrepreneurial skills through a curriculum that is uniquely attuned to the perspectives of justice-involved individuals.
Partner With Us
We know there is entrepreneurial potential waiting to be unleashed across Colorado. To learn how to bring RMMFI’s proven capital-meets-capacity model to your community, contact Sera Muñiz, Director of Growth and Expansion, at [email protected].