Services Offered


Entrepreneurship & NEW Business

Do you have a great business idea, but no idea how to get started?  Set up a time to talk to our Director, and you will be led through the process of starting your own business.  We also serve as a resource/liason for potential NEW businesses to expand or relocate into our community.

Workforce/Employee Development

Providing educational workshops, skills training, resume building, and more to residents to help create a culture of learning and constructive attitudes that will enable our community to better manage and deal with future challenges. 

Internships & Youth Engagement

We partner with Santa Fe Trail BOCES and their efforts in youth engagement through our local schools, by providing individuals the opportunity to become involved in potential future career fields.  We are also working to bridge the generational gap to encourage community involvement.

Grant Writing Assistance

We are here to help find funding to promote Arts & Culture, Education, Children/Youth Services, Community Improvement, Economic Development, Health & Wellness, Housing, Philanthropy, Sports & Recreation, Technology, and more.

Online & Social Media

Providing accurate information online is crucial in this day-and-age.  The BCDF can aid in website development and social media marketing for your business.  These efforts will contribute to continued success of your business.

Regional Economic Support for SE Colorado

We partner with organizations throughout the region, as well as with state and federal agencies and organizations to retain, support, and promote the well-being and economic health of Bent County and our neighbors.

Partnerships include:

Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED)

Southeast Colorado Business Retention Expansion Attraction (SEBREA)

Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD)

Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)

Tri-County Housing


Entrepreneurship is vital to growing communities.  Out of every 1000 people across the nation, 3 will become entrepreneurs every month- it's up to the remaining 997 to show support for those businesses- to help them thrive, and to help our communities prosper.


Agriculture is vital to Bent County.  There is a growing shortage of young farmers getting started in agriculture, and there's a never ending demand for food... what will be done to make up the difference in that dilemma?