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Colorado Companies to Watch energizes
the state of Colorado by recognizing second-stage companies that
are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs,
enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the
state. Second-stage companies fuel the economic fire of Colorado by
accounting for much of the economic growth and economic independence of
individuals throughout the state.
This unique awards program developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation produces a multitude of benefits for all stakeholders.
Participating companies have the opportunity to gain increased
visibility in local and state communities as well as to improve
stakeholder relationships and contribute to a dynamic business
environment. Citizens will have increased access to rewarding income
opportunities and be able to build pride in innovative and valuable
entrepreneurial companies. The state of Colorado will be able to
showcase trend-setting leaders in diverse entrepreneurial fields that
strengthen the state's economy.
Do you know of a company that's worth watching? Nominate that company. If yours is such a company, apply directly.
Who is Colorado Companies to Watch
Colorado Companies to Watch is presented by the Colorado Office
of Economic Development and International Trade in association with
the following members of the Advisory Board: Arvada Economic
Development, Colorado Lending Source, Colorado Rural Development
Council, Edward Lowe Foundation, Jefferson County Business Resource
Center, Jefferson Economic Council, Littleton Business and Industry
Office and the City of Westminster Economic Development Office.
It is our goal to provide a top-notch program our businesses,
community leaders, and State government can be proud of -- a program
that will be recognized widely, giving the state of Colorado and its
companies increased visibility throughout the nation.
We are excited to announce the launch of this dynamic business
recognition program that celebrates second-stage companies. This
unique program will identify second-stage (growing) companies in
At the first annual awards event to be held June 25, 2009 - 50 of these growing companies will be recognized for their contribution to the economic vitality of Colorado.
Benefits of Colorado Companies to Watch
Two basic traits ensure Companies to Watch is different from
many existing awards programs. Because the program focuses on our
entire state and not specific industries, it provides an opportunity
to paint a realistic picture of a true statewide economy. Since
applicants are evaluated on more than growth, it widens the playing
field to companies not often recognized for the critical differences
they make in their industry, their community, region and our state.
Participating companies and sponsors will:
- Gain more visibility
- Opportunities for Collaboration
- Improved Stakeholder Relationships
- Strong Recruiting Tool
- Showcase the State support in the Creation of Jobs
- Build Pride in Innovative Colorado Companies
- Educate Citizens to the Value of 2nd Stage Companies
- Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities
When is Colorado Companies to Watch
Company nominations are due by January 9, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Nominate a business now!
A top-notch event honoring the awardees and recognizing the
contribution second-stage companies make statewide will be held in the
Denver area on the evening of Thursday, June 25, 2009. Additional details about the event and ticket purchasing to come.