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Global Business Development


If you’re expanding globally, Denver is the perfect location for your business. Denver’s central location in the US means you can talk to someone in Asia or Europe in the same business day. As a regional and national business center for both private and public organizations in the United States, the Mile High City has become one of the most important communication, transportation and distribution hubs regionally, nationally and globally. Located midway between New York and Los Angeles, and between Europe and the Pacific Rim, Denver offers excellent access to the world.

Global Landing Pad

The Denver Global Landing Pad is a business acceleration program providing a virtual introductory tool kit on doing business in Denver. We aim to create ideal conditions for foreign small businesses to validate their fit in the US market and explore opportunities in Denver.

The program offers:

  • Collective workshops with experts on the legal requirements for the creation of a company in Denver, how to hire talent, and to open a bank account
  • Access to resident experts within the Dener entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • A group experience during Denver Startup Week
  • Dedicated support from Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Join companies and professionals from around the world on this learning experience. 

Global Landing Pad 2020 Participants










DMC Sport


Marketing & Communications

Fluid Attacks





Drone Manufacturing

Lif Limpieza y Frescura


Personal Care Products



Software Development






Software Development

Ossus Biorenewables


Bio renewables

S4N Americas, Inc.


Software Development

Shout Platform Ltd

United Kingdom

Software Development




Skyclass Information Ltd.

New Zealand

Online Education

Spot Parking


Parking and Mobility


Foreign Trade Zone

Whether your business imports or exports, or both, the City and County of Denver can help. The City and County of Denver is the grantee of Northern Colorado’s two general use Foreign Trade Zones. The original site is located near the old Stapleton airport and is operated by Aspen Distribution, Inc. The newer location is located the Worldport @ DIA and is minutes from our world-class Denver International Airport.

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a site within the U.S. that is considered by federal government to be outside Customs territory.

  • No formal entry is required of foreign merchandise brought into the FTZ.
  • Importers can choose to pay duty on the item as it was when it entered the FTZ or, if it has changed within the FTZ, one may opt to pay duty based on its status when it actually enters the U.S.
  • Duties and internal revenue tax are not payable until merchandise is imported.
  • Processing, assembly, repackaging, manufacturing, inspecting and labeling are possible within the FTZ.
  • Quota restrictions do not apply.
  • Merchandise can be re-exported or destroyed without ever incurring Customs duties.

You may if you do two or more of the following things:

  • Import goods with a high duty rate.
  • Import and export goods.
  • Add value through assembly, manufacturing, packaging, etc.
  • Combine foreign and domestic goods.

For high volume, high tariff distributors, the OED can assist you with an application for a specific use subzone status at your manufacturing off-zone facilities. Applications for subzone status must demonstrate a significant public benefit for approval. 

For more information on how your business can benefit from being located in a FTZ Subzone, contact Global Business Development Specialist Vanessa Simsick, 720-913-1907.

Global Landing Pad 2020 Participants

Get to know our Global Landing Pad 2020 cohort


Stephanie Garnica
Global Business Development Director

Tim Martinez
Global Business Development Manager

Vanessa Simsick
Global Business Development Specialist


Location & Hours
101 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Phone: 720-913-1999

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