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Business Learning and Development


Business Development Training Academy

The nine-week BDTA seeks to support small businesses during the lifecycle of its interaction at DEN by providing training at all transitional points of the industry.

The BDTA helps these firms have a systematic approach to entering DEN as a subcontractor in the areas of Construction, Professional Services, Goods/Services and Concessions. The three primary goals of the BDTA are to create, educate and cultivate an environment where they can grow and connect with other companies and industry groups.

The BDTA helps build a pipeline for certified firms, from learning about opportunities to graduating from Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO) certified program. As a result of these trainings, DEN will be able to increase the pool of certified firms ready, willing and able to do work and be successful at DEN.

Learn More about BDTA View the BDTA Graduate Directory and Read What Graduates Learned

The business learning and development portfolio focuses on supporting certified firms and advancing the City and County of Denver’s priority of small business equity, sustainability and growth.

Mentor Protégé Program

This program is managed by the City’s Division of Small Business Opportunity (DSBO) and supports the City’s commitment to expanding the capacity of minority/women-owned businesses (M/WBEs).

In support of that commitment, the Citywide Mentor-Protégé program matches larger firms with M/WBEs to assist small firms in developing the necessary skills to scale their businesses and gain educational and networking opportunities directly from participating City departments and agencies.

The Commerce Hub team sets up introductions to various team members in other DEN divisions throughout the season that can assist the teams with their goals. Currently the focus is on construction, design, engineering and professional service teams. The Commerce Hub team is working on expanding the program for concessions in the 2023 season.

Visit the Citywide Mentor-Protégé Program to Apply

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