It is easy to see why Boulder, Colorado is a popular place to live and work. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder boasts more than 300 days of sunshine, thousands of acres of open space, the University of Colorado, and a bold entrepreneurial spirit. With a population of 104,810 residents, Boulder repeatedly tops quality of life lists, and has been named the “Smartest Town in the Country” by Forbes, "Best Place in America to Start a Business" by NerdWallet and the “Foodiest Town in America” by Bon Appétit.
Known as one of the hottest start-up communities in the country, Boulder is home to diverse companies and supports a concentration of national research labs, energy and high-tech companies, and robust outdoor recreation, tourism, and sustainable living industries.
The City of Boulder established its Economic Vitality program to reinforce the importance of economic health to our overall quality of life, and to demonstrate the city's strong support of business and economic sustainability. The city's Economic Vitality programs and strategies promote innovation, competitiveness and entrepreneurship in Boulder. The program coordinates and supports efforts within the city organization, and with partner groups in the community, to foster the retention and expansion of existing businesses and enhance business services.
For more information about the Economic Vitality program, please contact Liz Hanson at 303-441-3287, or Jennifer Pinsonneault at 303-441-3017.
- Assistance with business relocation and expansion options
- Referrals and resources for start-ups and growing businesses
- Customized services to support local businesses
- Input and analysis of development concepts and feasibility
- Identification of locations that match business needs
- Outreach visits
Business Incentive Programs
- Flexible Rebate Program—for primary employers
- Boulder Microloan Program—for small businesses
- Parks and Recreation Employee Discount Program
Economic Sustainability Strategy
On Oct. 29, 2013, City Council adopted the Economic Sustainability Strategy .
Business Partner Initiatives
- Boulder Innovation Center
- Small Business Development Center
- Boulder Economic Council
Boulder Business News
“The healthy lifestyle (we take lunch hour mountain bike rides in Valmont Bike Park), the beautiful scenery, and the environmental stance of the community not only created the ideal atmosphere for HEAD employees, it matches the ethos of HEAD as a company. Our employees are happier, the environment is blossoming, and our business is booming since we moved to Boulder.”
-- Kevin Kempin, President & CEO of HEAD North America