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May 2016
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Former Mile High Greyhound Park development moves forward with master agreementmhgp

Commerce City's Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and City Council approved a master development agreement with REGen, LLC, for the former Mile High Greyhound Park site during the city council meeting on April 18. This milestone enables the development project to move forward with the zoning and land use process, and urban renewal planning. The 65-acre site in historic Commerce City was purchased in 2011 to advance the city's strategic vision of a mixed-use area that could bring civic and educational uses, retail business opportunities, multifamily housing and office space to the city. Infrastructure construction is expected to begin in 2017. Find out more in the press release here. Prospective businesses should contact the Economic Development Division or REGen, LLC directly if they are interested in being part of the development.
Honoring Commerce City's Small Businesses May 1-7bizweek

Eighty percent of the city's businesses have less than 20 employees making significant contributions to the city's vibrant economy. From storefront shops to high-tech startups, small businesses create two thirds of the nation's jobs.

In honor of National Small Business Week, and all of the small businesses operating in Commerce City, City Council adopted a proclamation on May 2. Representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration and local small business, Asahi Foods, accepted the proclamation. Find out more about National Small Business Week here.

Commerce City Small Business Resource Center Open Houseopenhouse

The Commerce City Small Business Resource Center hosted an open house on May 3 at 7220 Monaco St. from 1-3 p.m. with a presentation at 2 p.m. Formerly known as the Derby Resource Center, the newly named center will focus on programs and consulting that help new and existing businesses grow and thrive in Commerce City. Partners in the center include the North Metro Denver Small Business Development Center and Adelante Community Development. Refer to the Events Calendar for more information about upcoming meetings and trainings offered in the center.
Ardent Mills Celebrates 80 Years of Mill Operations in Commerce Cityardentmills

Ardent Mills will celebrate 80 years of grain milling heritage and innovation in Commerce City at a community event on May 5 at 4545 E. 64th Avenue, 11:30-3:30 p.m. Guests can learn how to mill wheat into flour, experience the life of wheat through hands-on stations, tour the Mobile Innovation Center (a complete culinary kitchen on wheels), meet and mingle with a Colorado Rapids player, and dine out at two of Denver's top rated food trucks.

Adams County Microloan Fund Receives $1 Million to Spur Small Business Growthmicroloan

The Adams County Microloan Fund has been created out of a partnership between The Adams County Board of Commissioners, Adams County Economic Development (ACED), Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) and the North Metro Small Business Development Center. The Microloan Fund has starting capital of $1 million, the largest in the metro area. This program is designed to provide access to capital for Adams County's small businesses, particularly those that have difficulty obtaining financing from traditional sources but are capable of repaying debt. Qualifying businesses can apply for loan amounts up to $50,000 maximum for five years. Find out more here.
Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGEadvantedge
 
Commerce City is offering three, $600 scholarships to Commerce City businesses interested in participating in the Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGE (SMA), a partnership program that aims to provide support to small manufacturers across Colorado. SMA enables industry experts to provide coaching, consultation, and/or training to companies. Eligible manufacturers must have fewer than 20 full-time employees, be able to demonstrate support and commitment to implementing recommendations in order to improve your business and maximize results, and be willing to report impact data to Manufacturer's Edge and the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network. Potential applicants should apply online at www.ManufacturersAdvantEDGE.com
Harpel Oil Closes Commerce City Operationsharper

Harpel Oil, Co., opened its doors one final time for a heartfelt remembrance of the late Doug Harpel, president of Harpel Oil, on April 22. Founded in Commerce City in 1940, Harpel Oil provided oils, lubes, and fuel for a variety of equipment from its location at 5480 Brighton Blvd. Commerce City thanks them for their 76 years of service and wishes the family well.
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Fire Truck Crepes

Welcome Fire Trucks Crepes. Michelle and Robert Loop, co-owners of Fire Truck Crepes, LLC, have been Commerce City residents for 13 years. They purchased a retired fire truck outside of Seattle, Wash., and fabricated it into a fully functional food truck with a seating area in the back. It is the only fire truck food truck in Colorado. They started serving in May 2015 and are very excited to be celebrating their one year anniversary next month. They serve 18 varieties of crepes and will begin appearing at public and private events around the city. Find out the truck's weekly schedule here.

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Commerce City Economic Development Division
City of Commerce City
7887 E. 60th Ave
Phone: 303-289-3620 
Events Calendar

Startup Orientation
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
English: May 12 or July 14
Spanish: June 9 or Aug. 11

Commerce City Small Business Resource Center
7270 Monaco St.
Register here
Fee: $0

Adelante Community Development Workshop
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Creating Business Habits 101: May 10
City, County, State, Federal Taxes: June 14

Commerce City Small Business Resource Center
7270 Monaco St.
Register: Call (720) 379-3815

Metro North Chamber of Commerce Development Council
Bus Tour, Part 2
May 13
7- 9:30 a.m.

Brighton Armory
300 Strong St.
Brighton, CO 80601
Fee: $25 (Development Council Member), $40 (Chamber Member), $50 (Non-Chamber Member)
Register Here

City of Commerce City, Housing & Community Needs Assessment Workshops

May 3

5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Our Lady Mother of the Church
School Room 4
6690 East 72nd Avenue
Spanish interpretation will be available.

May 4
6 -7:30 p.m.
Council Chambers
Commerce City Civic Center
7887 E. 60th Avenue

May 5
6 -7:30 p.m.
Commerce City
Recreation Center
6060 E. Parkway Drive

New Business Licenses

Caliber Collision Services

Lifestyle Foods Inc.

LV Unique Lofts General Contractor

Region 8 International

Sedita Manufacturing

Sylver Auto Sales Inc.