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Posted: September 03, 2013

2013 Top Company finalists: Ingredients of success

Colorado standouts in 12 industries vie for Top Company honors

Gigi Sukin

Business is sort of like baking. Per industry, as per recipe, there is a list, whether written or committed to memory, of specific ingredients that must be included. Creativity and innovation can be deliciously appealing, but depending on the company or dish, a little can go a long way. Also, proper timing is essential; otherwise the final product may not fit the taste of its intended audience.

Business and baking aren’t exact sciences. But in Colorado, where the air is thinner and the spirit is fueled by a work-life balance that the Rocky Mountain landscape can’t help but inspire, what makes each a success story is a combination of ingredients, time and commitment.

Since its inception in 1988, ColoradoBiz magazine’s Top Company Awards program has traversed tricky economic terrain and some 2013 Top Company finalists have been along for the entirety of the wild ride. This year, the strength of the candidates – regardless of their lifespan, size, scope, products or services offered – reflects the revitalized strength of various market sectors, such as manufacturing, technology, real estate and others.

The standouts and success stories featured were whittled down by ongoing program sponsor, Deloitte, from more than 100 companies that submitted nominations.

“Companies of all sizes, from small independent companies to multi-billion dollar companies illustrate innovation, a dedication to excellence and highlight why the state of Colorado is such a great place for business to thrive,” said Sandy Rothe, managing partner of Deloitte Denver. “To determine finalists, and later select winners, the judges look for those companies that clearly display outstanding achievement and sustained success ... their ability to seize the opportunity to differentiate and capitalize on delivering a value to their clients and customers.”

Three finalists from each of the 12 categories were chosen, and a panel of business professionals and policy officials select the winners, to be featured in the November issue of ColoradoBiz.  Additionally, the 12 winners will be announced at the 26th annual Top Company Awards celebration Sept. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Seawell Grand Ballroom of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Denver.

For registration information, contact Daron Linton at, or register by going to and clicking on the “Events” tab.

Download the Top Company finalist list along with all other ColoradoBiz lists at

Gigi Sukin is an Associate Editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at

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