Business Incentive Programs
The City of Boulder has several business incentive programs to support the city’s small businesses and primary employers. Boulder values its local businesses and acknowledges the important economic benefits that they and their employees bring to the community. Boulder-based businesses also support the city’s sustainability goals.
Flexible Rebate Program
The Flexible Rebate Program is primarily a business retention tool, investing in Boulder’s high impact primary employers as they remain and grow in Boulder, making new investment in facilities and/or equipment. Boulder’s city manager can approve a customized incentive package of tax and fee rebates. Companies demonstrate compliance with sustainability guidelines and receive a rebate once they have paid taxes and/or fees. The program can also be used by eligible primary employers that are moving to Boulder.
The Boulder Microloan Program is a partnership with local banks and the Colorado Enterprise Fund to provide loans to qualifying small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Boulder market. The program makes loans available up to $50,000, for businesses with annual gross revenues of less than $2 million.
Parks and Recreation Employee Discount Program
The Parks and Recreation Group Discount Program offers all employees of businesses located within the City of Boulder resident pricing on annual and multi-use passes at City of Boulder Recreation Centers, the Boulder Reservoir, and outdoor pools. All employees of Boulder-based businesses are eligible by providing proof of employment to receive the resident discount. In addition, companies located in Boulder can register for the Parks and Recreation Group Discount Program which offers discounts on annual passes.
State Business Incentive Programs
A number of business grants and incentive programs and offered through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
“This program is critical in helping a boot-strapped, fast-growing company like ours to stay in Boulder. Boulder is our home and community. It’s where our employees and their families live, and it is an important part of our brand."
-- Upslope Brewing Founder Matt Cutter