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Brighton EDC News & Updates

By Brighton EDC 22 Nov, 2016

America's small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing half of our country's private sector workforce and creating nearly two out of every three new jobs in our country. Representing the quintessential American ideals of hard work and ingenuity, small businesses -- from startups to mom-and-pop shops -- are crucial to our national and local prosperity and economic security.

There are over 560,000 small businesses in Colorado and half of our workforce is employed by small businesses. In Brighton there are 2,500 small businesses. 

When citizens shop local the sales tax goes to support our local economy as well as the city services, parks, water and many other amenities citizens enjoy in our community. Shopping small and local not only helps our small businesses, it helps keep our community a place we can shop, live, learn and play.

 The City of Brighton, Brighton Economic Development Corporation, North Metro Denver SBDC at Brighton, the Downtown Partnership and the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce encourage all to get out and shop small, shop local and Support Small Business Saturday, November 26th. 

Remember our small businesses represent what is best about our community -- the idea that with determination and responsibility, anyone can build a better life for themselves and their loved ones; and create economic vitality in our local community.

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By FBD Strategies 03 Nov, 2016

The Brighton Economic Development Corporation (Brighton EDC) has announced that Ulta Beauty will join a long list of premium retail shops at the Prairie Center in Brighton during the second half of 2017.

Ulta Beauty is a unique specialty retail concept that has a 26 year history of providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place. It provides a convenient and welcoming shopping environment with more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points. Each store also has a full-service salon offering hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty also offers a comprehensive loyalty program, Ultamate Rewards, which offers access to top trends, tips, and special invites to exclusive events as well as targeted promotions and coupons.

The new Ulta Beauty store will be located in the Prairie Center between Ross Dress for Less and Kohl’s Brighton.

For more detailed information, please call 303-655-2155

By FBD Strategies 03 Nov, 2016

The Brighton Economic Development Corporation (Brighton EDC) would like to congratulate, drynkware, the first winner of the Brighton Business Innovation Pitch Competition! The company competed against four local entrepreneurs and was named the winner by a panel of five judges. As the winner, drynkware was awarded the grand prize of $10,000.

drynkware is a small, independent barware brand built by true libation aficionados. It designs and produces high-end, unique and fun bar utensils to help companies and hosts/hostesses differentiate their guests' experiences. The drynkware brand caters to the full spectrum of the beverage industry, including retailers, bar owners, bartenders, home bars, cocktail enthusiasts, and the wedding and event industry. drynkware can be found online at drynkware.com , Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Snapchat.

"The Pitch Competition was such a great opportunity for small businesses like ours in Brighton, to not only have access to potentially life changing seed capital for our company but to also shine a bigger spotlight on the awesome things these local small businesses are doing,” said drynkware founder Alyssa Ryley. “We want to thank the Brighton EDC for their consideration and also congratulate the other amazing finalists we competed against as we are genuinely honored to be recognized among them.”

“I am very pleased with all of the businesses who entered the contest. Brighton has innovation and entrepreneurship in its foundation and that continues to show through companies like those who participated in the event,” said Director of the Economic Development Corporation Michael Martinez. “All of the presentations were worthy of winning the grand prize and I am amazed at the talent we have in our community.  Congratulations to drynkware for taking home the grand prize and we look forward to seeing your growth and continued success in Brighton.”

The Brighton Business Innovation Pitch Competition took place at the Armory Performing Arts Center on Oct. 27. Spectators watched as five local entrepreneurs took the stage to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges in a “Shark Tank” style pitch competition for a chance to win $10,000. The competition opened in September 2016 targeting entrepreneurs and small businesses currently operating in Brighton or planning to open in Brighton. The goal of the competition was to find a viable business or business idea and help get it to the next level with a $10,000 cash infusion.

The Brighton EDC would like to thank all of the applicants who submitted their ideas and would like to congratulate the contestants who competed in the event: Honeykohm, Inc., Prairie Girl Wine Bar, Prodigys Technology Solutions and Something Brewery.

Funding for the Competition is made possible through a Brighton Lodging Tax Committee grant.

For more information about the competition, please visit the Brighton EDC website at http://www.brightonedc.org/ or call 303-655-2155.

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By Brighton EDC 19 Aug, 2016
The Brighton Housing Authority's Launch Program was named as the 2016 recipient of the Brighton EDC Executive Committee Special Project Fund!  The Brighton EDC is excited to present the Brighton Housing Authority team with a donation of $4000, which will help provide and connect eligible Adams County residents get the certifications, training, and/or specialized licenses they need to launch a business.

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