The State of Colorado offers a host of incentives for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Colorado has low taxes and business costs, provides performance-based incentives to qualifying companies that create new jobs, and offers customized training grants.
- Job Growth Tax Incentive
The Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit provides a state income tax credit to businesses undertaking job creation projects that would not occur in Colorado without this program.
- Strategic Fund Incentive
The Strategic Fund Incentive program supports and encourages new business development, business expansions and relocations that have generated new jobs throughout the state. In some cases, the Strategic Fund may also be able to provide support for initiatives led by nonprofit entities pertaining to key industries or regional development.
- Enterprise Zone Tax Credits
Colorado's Enterprise Zone (EZ) program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state.
- Local Government Incentives
Local governments can provide property tax credits or incentive payments based on the amount of increased property taxes for qualifying new business activity in their jurisdictions.
- Job Training Grant Programs
The Colorado First and Existing Industry grants are jointly administered by OEDIT and the Colorado Community College System. The state may be able to provide specific support to retain jobs or offers business-friendly tools that assist in retaining jobs (such as the Enterprise Zone Program) for this grant.
- Public Infrastructure Grants
The Infrastructure Assistance program is designed to create new permanent jobs and retain existing jobs, primarily for low‐ and moderate‐income persons. The state may be able to provide specific support to retain jobs or offers business-friendly tools that assist in retaining jobs (such as the Enterprise Zone Program) for this grant.
- Biotechnology Sales and Use Tax Refund
Colorado promotes its biotechnology industries by providing them with a taxpayer-friendly means to recover the sales and use previously-paid tax expenses on equipment and supplies used for research and development.
- Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption
Colorado encourages manufacturers to locate their manufacturing operations in Colorado, recognizing their importance to the state's economy. Colorado provides an exemption from state sales and use tax on purchases of manufacturing machinery, machine tools and parts.
- Sales Tax Exemption on Components for Productin of Energy from Renewable Energy Sources
Components used in the production of electricity from a renewable energy source, including wind, are exempt from state sales and use tax. Components used in solar thermal systems are also exempt from state sales and use tax.
- Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit
The Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit helps Colorado advanced industry companies receive capital from Colorado investors.
- Aviation Development Zone Tax Credit
A business, or any portion of a business that is involved in the maintenance and repair, completion or modification of aircraft located within the boundaries of an airport designated as an Aviation Development Zone, may qualify for a state income tax credit of $1,200 per new full-time employee.
Other Incentive Programs
- Colorado Tourism Matching Grant Program
CTO Matching Grant Program provides assistance to the tourism industry for marketing efforts.
- Film Incentive Program
The Office of Film, Television & Media attracts and facilitates content creation in the state in order generate economic growth and job creation in all of its communities. The office administers a 20% performance-based rebate.
- Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Grant Program
The REDI Grant Program help eligible rural communities develop plans and undertake projects to create jobs, drive capital investment, and increase wages to help grow and create resiliency and diversity in the local economy.
- Colorado Creative Industries Grants and Programs
Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International trade. CCI's mission is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.