Monument firm Advanced Contracting LLC has been invited to participate in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business, or 10KSB, program.

The Colorado Enterprise Fund announced that six current and former borrowers, including Advanced Contracting LLC, were accepted into the program, starting next month at Babson College near Boston. CEF’s class of six small businesses joins other nationally sourced peers who are owners of small businesses that have been in operation at least two years, have a minimum of $150,000 in revenues and employ at least four.

The Colorado Enterprise Fund was founded in 1976 as a non-profit lending source specializing in microloans for small and emerging businesses unable to receive traditional bank financing. According to its website, the CEF has grown to offer loans up to $500,000 “to continue supporting the success of small businesses, the prosperity of local communities, and the strength of Colorado’s economy.”

Launched in 2013 and designed by Babson College, the Goldman Sachs 10KSB curriculum focuses on practical skills that small business owners can immediately put into action within their companies to fuel growth. During the 11-week program, “small business owners gain the skills needed to recognize new opportunities, embrace practices that increase business growth and, ultimately, develop a customized growth plan for their own business,” according to a news release.

  • Advanced Contracting. Founded in 1988 by Steve and Rhonda Gilkey, Advanced Contracting is a supplier and installer of Division 10, 11 and 12 materials for use in military, government, health care and private industry facilities. “I look forward to the round table discussions with other small business owners to discuss how they have handled growth issues as they pertain to employees as well as how they handle minimizing their tax burden,” Gilky said.
  • CandyGrind (Denver). Founded in 2006 by Brandi and Austin Paik, CandyGrind is an outdoor apparel company that designs and produces active wear and accessories for board sports, for distribution in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Goddess Gear (Longmont). Founded in 1998 by Anna Elmore, Goddess Gear locally designs and manufactures natural and organic fiber clothing for women for sale through retail partners in North America and internationally.
  • Living Design Studios (Lafayette). Founded in 1994 by Jessica Adams, Living Design Studios designs and fabricates award-winning custom metalwork for use in commercial and residential projects.
  • Maria Empanada (Denver). Founded in 2010, Maria Empanada is an award-winning Zagat-rated restaurant and bakery specializing in made-from-scratch Argentinian pastries known as empanadas, as well as, tartas, tortillas and salsas. Owner Lorena Cantarovici emigrated from Buenos Aires and took her passion for pastries from catering to create a business named after her mother.
  • Service First Permits (Denver). Founded in 2009 by Andrew Fairbairn, Service First Permits provides permit expediting and project submittal oversight services to private sector companies involved in commercial and residential construction in the Metro area.

“We are so proud of these borrowers and the success they have achieved with their businesses,” said Ceyl Prinster, president and CEO of the Colorado Enterprise Fund. ”The Goldman Sachs 10KSB program is the kind of opportunity we love to see our borrowers take advantage of to continue their personal and professional growth as entrepreneurs.”

The next class of Goldman Sachs 10KSB program starts this fall with a priority application deadline of April 1. To apply online, visit

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