Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

We work with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth.

Global Business Development

The Global Business Development (GBD) division supports Colorado businesses and communities by using a data-driven approach to recruit, support, and retain businesses that contribute to a robust and diversified economy. We regularly host foreign delegations and participates in trade and investment missions around the world to strengthen global awareness of Colorado.

Our services include:

  • export services and promotions
  • foreign direct investments
  • business recruitment, retention, and expansion
  • data analytics
  • advanced industries accelerator grants

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GBD Programs and Funding

Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs
These grants support job creation and innovation for businesses creating advanced technologies and operating in one of Colorado’s seven advanced industries.

Export and International Programs
These programs support Colorado businesses looking to expand their reach globally.

Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit
This tax credit provides a state income tax that supports competitive, multi-state, or country relocation and expansion projects.

Trade and Investment Missions
Trade and investment missions promote foreign investment into Colorado and help Colorado companies become more globally competitive.

All GBD Programs and Funding

Business Funding and Incentives

The Business Funding and Incentives (BF&I) division works closely with the Global Business Development (GBD) division and the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) to provide the funding and performance-based incentives needed to create and retain jobs in Colorado.

The division manages:

  • grants
  • tax credits
  • debt and equity financing
  • referrals to local, state, federal, and private financing options
  • assistance with finding available programs that best fit business operations and goals

Programs and Funding

Advanced Industries Investment Tax Credit
Improves access to capital for Colorado’s early-stage advanced industries businesses by reducing investor risk

Enterprise Zone Program
Supports business expansion in economically distressed areas throughout the state through a variety of tax credits that help economic development

Rural Jump-Start Program
Provides relief to new businesses and employees when they locate in economically distressed areas of rural Colorado

Opportunity Zone Program
Provides federal tax incentives for investors of low-income urban and rural communities

Venture Capital Authority
Invests in early-stage startups headquartered in Colorado outside of the front range

All BF&I Programs and Funding

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) creates a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. We advance the state’s economy through financial and technical programs under the leadership of the Governor and Executive Director.

We work hard to grow a resilient economy where everyone not only gets by, but thrives. Our agency consists of 12 divisions and offices that support various industries, regions, and sectors.

Our name is long, so we call ourselves OEDIT (pronounced oh-eh-dit).

Our mission is to achieve and sustain a healthy Colorado economy that works for everyone and protects what makes Colorado the best state in the country to live, work, start a business, raise a family, and retire.

OEDIT Performance Plan 2021-22 

2021-22 Wildly Important Goals

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Provide Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Promote entrepreneurship and boost economic growth statewide by launching and implementing new programs that increase access to capital for small businesses from $0 to $84,077,800 by June 30, 2022.

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Attract and Retain Rural Jobs

Support rural communities in attracting and retaining jobs from 0 to 5,000 jobs by June 30, 2022.

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