FirstBank has always been an avid supporter and promoter of local businesses and manufacturing companies. This is why we’re especially excited to partner with The Colorado Chamber of Commerce (CCOC) on their Coolest Thing Made contest, which celebrates the state’s manufacturing industry.

Fun fact:

Over 4,900 manufacturing firms contribute more than $28 billion to Colorado’s economy and employ nearly 150,000 Coloradoans.

Do you manufacture products or know someone who does? Here’s what you need to know:

  • The nomination period runs from July 1 through July 26.
  • An independent panel of judges will select the top ten finalists to be recognized at the CCOC annual meeting luncheon on October 17, 2024.
  • The winner will receive the Coolest Thing Made in Colorado trophy and the title/recognition of the Coolest Thing top winner for 2024.

There is no cost to participate in the contest and a membership with the Colorado Chamber is not required. Anyone can nominate a product, and self-nominations among companies are encouraged.

Submit your nomination here:

Nomination rules:

  • The product must be manufactured in Colorado.
  • The company does not have to be located in Colorado, but the product must be manufactured in a Colorado-based facility.
  • The product must be made using a manufacturing process. For example, a restaurant that makes “made to order” pizzas would not qualify, but a food manufacturer that mass-produces frozen pizzas would.
  • If a nomination does not meet the above criteria, it will not be entered into the contest. Due to time constraints, we are not able to notify nominators of these circumstances.
  • Winning companies are prohibited from participating in a future Coolest Thing contest for one year, while each winning product is indefinitely prohibited from being nominated again.
  • Companies may only have one product featured.
  • All individuals are encouraged to submit their favorite product. Self-nominations from companies are also encouraged.

Last year, the contest garnered 100 nominations, representing various industries, from medical devices to outdoor gear and beyond. Among the finalists, Lockheed Martin’s OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft, which was designed and built to study near earth asteroids, claimed the title of Coolest Thing Made in Colorado for 2023.

This is just one of several ways FirstBank helps bolster area businesses. Read our success stories and find out how we can help companies grow by going to

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