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B CORPS Boulder has a high concentration of certified B Corporations (B Corps). B Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.

As of November 2017, a total of 46 companies based in the City of Boulder are certified as B Corps and represent many of Boulder’s main industries.

Collectively, B Corps lead a growing global movement of people using business as a force for good. Compared to peer cities, Boulder’s high number of certified B Corps companies suggests a clustering of business owners whose progressive management values align with the unconventional leadership often associated with creativity and innovation.

CERTIFIED B CORPS PER 1,000 RESIDENTS (CITY)

When compared to its peer cities, Boulder had the third-highest total number of certified B Corps, behind Portland or (71) and San Francisco, CA (65).

BOULDER KEY INDUSTRY CLUSTERS Boulder has at least ten established industry clusters, including aerospace, biosciences, clean energy, ITsoftware, natural products, outdoor recreation and creative services, among others. An industry cluster refers to a concentration of companies, professional services and suppliers supporting a particular industry. Six industry clusters in the Boulder MSA are regularly profiled by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. These clusters are important to Boulder’s economy because each has levels significantly higher than most other regions in the United States. “Location quotients” are a measure of industry concentration compared to a U.S. average quotient of 1.0. Boulder MSA industry location quotients indicate concentrations ranging from 2 times the U.S. average for the beverage industry and up to 13 times the U.S. average for aerospace.

BOULDER ECONOMIC COUNCIL

INDUSTRY CLUSTERS: BOULDER MSA Industry Cluster

Number of Businesses

Total Concentration Employment

Aerospace

44

5,682

13

Beverage

38

1,036

2

Bioscience

149

4,775

4

Cleantech

290

4,551

4

IT-Software

920

1,164

3

Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

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Innovation Venture  

The Boulder Innovation Venture Report is a product of an initiative launched by the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber in 2017....

Innovation Venture  

The Boulder Innovation Venture Report is a product of an initiative launched by the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber in 2017....