Top Company 2021: Nonprofit

These two companies are shaking up the world of nonprofits

Winner: Grand Junction Economic Partnership

In its 34th year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These two companies – one winner and one finalist –represent the 2021 Top Companies in Nonprofit.


Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Grand Junction

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) works to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in Colorado’s Grand Valley by supporting high-impact capital investment and job creation. GJEP is a single stop for businesses looking to relocate or expand in the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, Palisade and surrounding communities of Mesa County. Operating as a 501(c)3, GJEP offers free services that connect businesses with Realtors, developers, workforce, financing and incentives, local leadership and more.

GJEP is the official economic development agency for all of Mesa County, with financial support from municipalities and the county, as well as dozens of local business. Its board makes up more than 20 of the major employers in the area across industry sectors.

The organization conducts quarterly strategic planning sessions, as well as annual board retreats that align goals, future vision and highlight past accomplishments.

GJEP works with many startups and smaller businesses. Its immediate goal is to open up a coworking and accelerator space that will more comprehensively and individually support businesses that it recruits into the area.


Heartlight Center



HeartLight Center offers grief support and education by providing easily accessible, non-religious based group sessions that allow participants to gather, virtually or in person, gaining insight and strength along with a deeper understanding that they are not alone.

HeartLight Center also provides an education resource and training for professional and volunteer caregivers such as counselors, clergy, hospice and health-care workers. Nearly all services are provided at no cost to the participants.

From the end of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, HeartLight Center has seen group participation double, as it has hosted nearly 3,800 group session hours this year alone. During this time, it also supported more than 500 health care providers who frequently need help themselves to continue in their crucially important role of serving others.

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