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PeopleParticipation Opportunities...

 
Become a participating member of CIO Colorado as a Public Citizen, a Small Business Member, an Advisor, or a Sponsor !

We are a grass roots citizens’ task force comprised of small business owners with the goal of reforming economic development within our State of Colorado.

Everyone talks about how we, small businesses, are the primary source of new jobs. We are needed now to create those jobs and turn around the economy of Colorado.  However, we are struggling in a soft market that is not helped by higher government taxes, greater government regulations and new laws that make running a small business more complicated and more expensive.  The economy and these governmental burdens are keeping private money on the sidelines and limiting bank lending when they are willing to do so.

We are asking everyone to send us their ideas on how to make Colorado the best place in the world to start and run a small business.  Members of CIO Colorado and economic development experts will work in teams on developing plans for the implementation of public and private sector initiatives for economic development.  Our Members will vote on these initiatives, creating a Top 10 list that will be presented to Governor-elect John Hickenlooper, the Colorado legislature, our federal representatives, local economic development agencies and programs and local and state business organizations.

We have already received ideas to unify sales taxes in Colorado, to enable the State of Colorado in invest directly in businesses and to waive State taxes for the first five years of operations of any new business.  What else can we do to make a better environment for our businesses?

CIO Colorado represents the interests of small businesses.  Only individuals who have owned and operated a small business in Colorado within the last 5 years may be a Member.

We need your ideas.  We need $100 from you as your membership fee to cover the costs of our operations.  We need your time and support on one of our teams.

The election is over! 
Now, it’s time to get to work! 
We have 60 days until the next legislative session starts! 
Let’s get going!


Get Involved...

 
The efforts of CIO Colorado will be led by small businesses. However, the goals of CIO Colorado are to benefit all citizens of the State of Colorado. Therefore, we have established multiple ways to participate. We encourage anyone with an interest in economic development in the state of Colorado to join us in one of the following groups described below:

 
There are 4 Ways to Participate: (See program details and web-site links below)
 
As Council Members
(By Invitation)
 
As Subject Matter Advisors
(By Request)
 
As Small Business Members
 (Open to All Colorado Small Businesses)
 
As Program Sponsors
(Open to All Small and Large Businesses as well as Citizens in Colorado, National Organizations, Trade Associations)
 
As a Council Member:

Participants in this group will have an opportunity to:
 
  • Support the efforts of CIO Colorado as primary community outreach represenatives, contact and communications collaborators, and ambassadors of change for the CIO "Chief Innovation Office". 
  • Lead an Economic Development Reform "Innovation Initiative Team" in a specific area.  Also depending on your time and availability, you can support the efforts and activities of other Initiative Teams.
  • Vote on the Top 10 Economic Development Initiatives
 
Participants in this group are limited to professional entrepreneurs with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the operation and ownership of a small business. Participation will be by invitation only. Anyone interested in being a member of the Council should submit a request to CIO Colorado using the Contact Us e-Mail submission form HERE
 
As an Advisor:

Participants in this group will have an opportunity to:
 
  • Suport efforts of CIO Colorado as Subject Matter Experts in specific professional disciplines like Alternate Energy,  International Trade, Tax Accounting, Corporate Finance, Muncipal Government, State Legislative Affairs, etc.
  • Become a member of an Economic Development Reform "Innovation Initiative Team"
 
Participants in this group may be representatives of big businesses, economic developers, civic leaders, educators and government officials.  Participation will be by request only. Anyone interested in being an Advisor should submit a request to CIO Colorado using the Contact Us e-Mail submission form HERE

 

Small Business Owners / Members

 
Participants in this group will have an opportunity to:
 
  • Support efforts of CIO Colorado as an "At-Large" Representative with the ability to submit ideas for Economic Reform, participate in Innovation Initiative Teams, paricipate as a Subject Matter Advisor, (See above).
  • Comment on all Innovation Initiative Team concepts
  • Become a member of an Economic Development Reform "Innovation Initiative Team"
  • Vote on the Top 10 Economic Development Initiatives
 
Participation in this group is limited to individuals who have owned and operated a small business within Colorado during the last five years. Anyone interested in becoming a member of CIO Colorado must complete a questionnaire with regard to membership criteria and pay a sponsorship fee of $100.  For more information on the Small Business Membership Program click HERE.
 
The Public:
 
Participants in this group will have an opportunity to comment on Initiative concepts and is open to anyone, anywhere.  Any Citizen interested in commenting on the CIO Colorado Initiatives should go to the User Registration Page HERE to obtain a web site login account.
 
Sponsors

We are looking to individuals, businesses, organizations and government organizations to support our efforts with cash sponsorships in three basic areas. 
 
  • Silver Sponsor - $10,000
  • Copper Sponsor - $5,000
  • Bronze Sponsor - $1,000

For more information on our Sponsorship Programs go HERE.

 

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