December 2023
Dear Friends~ 
Happy New Year! 
We finished the year strong, awarding $150,000 in Technology Innovation Grants to 16 business in Colorado, for a total of $300,000 in grants awarded in partnership with The Colorado Startup Loan Fund. 
And we continue to offer low interest loans, including agriculture loans for BIPOC, women and young farmers and ranchers. More information is below.
And, wow, what a year we've had! Check out my 2023 reflections on our work as an organization. 
I am amazed at all that our small and mighty team, and the entrepreneurs and small business owners we worth with, continue to achieve. 
There are numerous great resources in Colorado to support entrepreneurs, one featured below is Startup Colorado. 
Start Up Colorado helps rural entrepreneurs access the human, financial and social capital they need to build a thriving business where they live. Learn more and join their networks below.
We have opportunities to join our team as an employee - in our Director of Lending role, or as a volunteer - in a Board Position Role. Details are below and on our website. 
We will be adding a new program in 2024. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months!
It's been an honor to serve as Interim Executive Director helping to lead this great organization and recruit some incredibly talented new staff. As I reflect back on our 2023 accomplishments, I’m in awe at the impact we have on our region and state.
Thank you, as always, for being a part of the FSWCF community. May we continue to achieve great things together in 2024.
Sherry Waner
Interim Executive Director


At First Southwest Community Fund, we provide a range of funding opportunities to rural entrepreneurs and small business owners. If you are looking to start or scale your small business or non-profit, explore our programs and see how we can help.

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