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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber of Commerce today opened nominations for its first annual Coolest Thing Made in Colorado contest, a new statewide, community-driven competition celebrating the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry.
“The Coolest Thing contest is a unique opportunity for Colorado manufacturers from every corner of the state to put their best creations on display,” said Colorado Chamber President and CEO Loren Furman. “Colorado is home to some of the most innovative companies in manufacturing, and we’re proud to bring attention to the many fascinating products made right here in our state.”
The nomination period closes on September 9. An independent panel of judges will review the nominations and select the top ten finalists in late September. The finalists will be honored at the Colorado Chamber’s annual meeting luncheon on October 20, 2022, where the Coolest Thing winner will be announced. The winner will be awarded the Coolest Thing Made in Colorado trophy along with the title and recognition of the Coolest Thing top winner for 2022.
In order to be eligible to enter the contest, the product must be made in Colorado using a manufacturing process. For example, a restaurant that makes “made to order” pizza would not qualify, but a food manufacturer that mass-produces frozen pizza would. The company manufacturing the product does not have to be located in Colorado, but the product must be manufactured in a Colorado-based facility. There is no cost to participate in the contest and membership with the Colorado Chamber is not required. Anyone can nominate a product and self-nominations among companies is encouraged.
Colorado’s 4800+ manufacturing firms contribute more than $26 billion to the state’s economy, accounting for 6.75% of total output and employing approximately 152,000 Coloradans. The Colorado Chamber has been the state’s affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers since 1965 and is proud to count many of Colorado’s prominent manufacturers among its members.
Nominations can be submitted at: https://coolestthingcolorado.com/nominations.
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.