Colorado is a place of extremes. From the snowy heights of the rocky mountains to the arid desert plains, it contains some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. Indeed, the extreme natural environments might be the first thing you think of when you picture Colorado – but there is another side to the Centennial State.
Denver, the state’s capital city, is a thriving hub of business and culture. Built a mile above sea level, the ‘mile-high city’ boasts a flourishing downtown district, great bars, restaurants, and an ever-expanding business sector.
Here are a few reasons you should ditch New York or the Silicone Valley and move your start up to Denver, Colorado – where the air is crisp and the potential is unlimited.
It Is Well Connected
Because of its position in the center of the United States, Denver is a wonderful place from which to distribute goods nationally. It has great transport links to all of the Central and Mountain cities, as well as good links to massive West Coast cities such as Los Angeles.
In the past, this made Denver a distribution hub for industrial products, oil, and gold. These days, those industries have largely been dwarfed by the consumer products distribution industry in the city, which makes use of the same great transport links as its predecessors.
You’ll Be in Good Company
A quick read of the Denver Business Journal ‘Business Pulse’ website reveals the extent to which business is flourishing in the mile-high city. The real estate, technology, and transportation industries are all established in Denver. You’ll be in good company as you expand your start up. Denver has dedicated business hub networking events (now largely held online) that have been set up with the aim of providing networking and collaboration opportunities for new and established businesses.
It Has a Growing Business Infrastructure Sector
With an established business sector already present in the city, you shouldn’t find it hard to locate contractors to help sure up your business infrastructure. Companies like Iconic already offer managed IT coverage in the city, and several other organizations offer office rental, cleaning, and manufacturing.
When doing international business, you’ll want to be able to call clients and contacts all over the world during your normal business day. For those businesses that operate in the far West and far East of the country, this is a pipe dream. International networks have to be contacted via email or phoned out of hours. Denver is one of the only major business hubs in the United States from which you can call the Eastern and Western United States, Asia, South America, and Europe all on the same business day. This is because it is in the Mountain Time Zone (UTC-7).
If you are trading internationally, this can be a huge boost. If your start-up is involved in telecommunications, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor by settling in Denver.