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Weld County Enterprise Zone (EZ) - Firestone Sub Zone
State Income Tax Credits
Colorado’s Enterprise Zone (EZ) program provides state income tax credits to encourage businesses to locate/expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state. Firestone is a Weld County community that has state EZ designation. The Weld County EZ program is administered by Upstate Colorado Economic Development.

Program Summary
Pre-certified companies that locate or expand within the physical boundaries of the Firestone portion of the Weld EZ (see Firestone Map) are eligible to earn a variety of state income tax credits based on their specific activities primarily in equipment investment, job creation/training, research and development activities, etc. Earned credits are applied to the company’s Colorado income tax liability.

Weld County EZ Program Brochure
Information Sheet
Upstate Colorado Community Services/Firestone
Weld County Enterprise Zone Map

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Cathy Schulte, Senior Vice President & EZ Administrator
Upstate Colorado
970-356-4565,

Weld/Larimer Revolving Loan Fund
The Weld/Larimer Revolving Loan Fund was established to assist with the financial needs of companies expanding or locating to the rural areas of Weld or Larimer County. The program was originally funded through the State of Colorado Community Development Block Grant Allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Upstate Colorado Economic Development administers the RLF on behalf of the two counties.
Revolving Loan Fund Informational Sheet

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Cathy Schulte, Senior Vice President & EZ Administrator
Upstate Colorado
970-356-4565,

Weld County Loan Fund Grant for Small Business Development
The Weld County Board of County Commissioners approved the renewal of a loan fund grant agreement with Colorado Enterprise Fund, Inc. (CEF) for $150,000 and CEF will match the $150,000 for a loan fund totaling $300,000 that CEF will administer to small and emerging businesses. CEF has been successful in making loans to over 20 businesses which have created over 130 jobs in Weld County since the initiation of the loan fund agreement in 2013. The agreement requires small business to become a client of the East Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) prior to receiving funding. The money will come out of the Colorado Development Trust Fund.

CEF is a nonprofit organization that offers loans up to $500,000 to support the success of small and emerging businesses. The organization also offers one-on-one business advising to assist with long-term business success as well as training in various areas such as accounting, marketing, technology and human resources. SBDC assists people in starting a business, growing and sustaining a business by providing resources and seminars on marketing/branding, bookkeeping, website creation, managing employees, taxes and much more.