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Denver should focus on second stage businesses, not startups

While business startups are a critical source of job creation, it is middle-market businesses that are arguably more important than startups for stimulating the economy. But even though they have the potential to be the greatest generators of good-paying new jobs, most investors and top talent have lost interest in them, making growth at this stage even more difficult.

Early childhood ventures get a leg up from new Colorado initiative

Futurebound is a new initiative focused on building a thriving ecosystem comprised of startups, educators, healthcare practitioners, researchers, policymakers, funders, child care workers and for-profits/nonprofits.

Infinity Goods is fighting plastic pollution in the grocery space

Infinity Goods sources and delivers a wide selection of food and household goods in reusable containers. Then, like the milkman, they retrieve, clean and reuse the containers for future deliveries, taking plastic packaging waste out of the grocery experience.

Zeppelin Development is building communities around art

Although Zeppelin Development has been around for some 40 years, the group found new popularity with its recent projects and development of the River North (RiNo) neighborhood and arts district.

America's Mattress of Western Colorado honored for its support of the arts

America’s Mattress of Western Colorado was honored for its unique support of Weehawken Creative Arts, a creative arts organization serving Ouray and Montrose Counties. America’s Mattress went above and beyond its financial support of the organization to provide logistics support for its many performances.

Anythink Libraries inspires creativity in Adams County

Anythink Libraries are not your average libraries. The public library, which has seven branches serving the residents of Adams County, transformed ten years ago to become an “experience library.” Anythink Libraries were honored by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts for its activation of this transformation.

Centura Health's Healing Arts Program is honored by CBCA

Centura Health uses the arts to improve the quality of life for its patients. The Healing Arts Program employs 20 certified music practitioners to play for patients one-on-one to meet the needs of patients.

The creative activation of downtown alleyways brings new business

Between Us is a collaborative effort between local artists, businesses, fabricators, electricians and others to reimagine alleyways as spaces for art. The idea being that public art helps activate public spaces, which in turn helps businesses thrive.

Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries embeds arts in its ethos

Each of Mountain Sun’s five locations feature a rotating display of original chalk art and live music. In placing art and music at the center of each pub, Mountain Sun strives to serve as the focal point of the communities it serves.

Inside RFTA's artistic transformation of the Rio Grande Trail

RFTA manages the largest portion of the Rio Grande Trail, which runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and serves as a multi-use trail, protected from vehicular traffic. The transportation authority transformed one mile of the trail into the ArtWay, which was created in collaboration with 250 locals, artists, designers, architects and businesses.

Youth on Record is supporting upward mobility for young creatives

The nonprofit organization has been serving Denver’s youth for more than ten years through music and art education. It believes that music has the power to impact communities by inspiring people to make positive change in the world around them.

Denver Metro Chamber Names 2020 Business Awards Finalists

Recognizing the best in the Denver metro area, 18 organizations have been named as finalists for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Business Awards, presented by BOK Financial.
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