David Lewien – Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Go West IT is a proud sponsor of this year’s Colorado Companies To Watch, a unique awards program that honors second-stage companies that are “developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state.”

Second-stage companies play a critical role in our economy. They are the role models of our new economy, being responsible for a significant amount of Colorado’s economic growth and stability.

The Companies To Watch program gives participating companies a chance for greater visibility and generates increased awareness of career opportunities with some of the state’s most innovative companies. The program is a powerful vehicle that energizes the entrepreneurial community in our state by rallying around fast-growing businesses, their communities and the organizations that support them.

Participating companies possess attributes such as:

  • Growth focused
  • Privately-held, headquartered in Colorado
  • 6 to 99 full-time equivalent employees
  • $750,000 to $50 million in sales or a similar range of working capital

For more information about Colorado Companies to Watch, including the 2013 Annual Gala Awards Dinner on June 28th, visit CompaniesToWatch.org.



See how CTW has benefited the states, organizations and companies where it has operated: (From http://edwardlowe.org/tools-programs/companies-to-watch/)

  • CTW is not your usual recognition program — it is a force to bring every element of the business landscape together. In Colorado, 16 entities from the public and private sectors work together to deliver this highly dynamic program.
  • CTW transforms the reputations of ESOs from doing good work to helping companies that make a difference. Says Michigan SBTDC state director Carol Lopucki, “Now we’re a player that provides statewide visibility for companies on the cutting-edge,” adding that these companies are quick to say, “The SBTDC nominated us because they’ve watched us grow.”
  • CTW has changed the conversation from “too big to fail” corporations to “too hot to ignore” second-stage companies. According to Chris Gibbons, who served as director of business and industry affairs for Littleton, Colo., for more than 25 years, “During the most severe economic event in 50 years, CTW honorees have continued to innovate and create wealth — and most of them have kept adding jobs, which is astounding.”
  • In 2008 at the height of the recession, Michigan CTW winners were notable for 36% growth job creation. More than 1,200 jobs were created by these companies, giving an economically challenged state a cause for hope instead of despair.
  • To winners, CTW bestows instant credibility: “One bank specifically mentioned the award when they contacted us. Having people knock on your door instead of having to knock on theirs is impressive, especially in a down economy,” says Todd Anthony, CEO of NTsupply.com in Indianapolis, a 2009 Indiana Companies to Watch winner