FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 25, 2019 

CENTER FOR DIGITAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES MYBIZCOLORADO AS 2019 GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE AWARD WINNER

 One-Stop Business Registration Website Cuts the Red Tape for New Businesses


DENVER, Colo.— Today, the Center for Digital Government announced the winners of the third annual Government Experience Awards, which included the State of Colorado's MyBizColorado (mybiz.colorado.gov) small business online filing tool. The national award recognizes the achievements and best practices of states, cities, and counties that are radically improving the experience of government and pushing the boundaries of how citizen services are delivered. MyBizColorado was possible through a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Office, Secretary of State, a number of state agencies, Colorado SIPA, and Colorado Interactive. 

MyBizColorado was created to help new businesses get up and running efficiently to become part of the Colorado economy. This user-friendly and intuitive website provides a single path for registering new businesses with the State of Colorado, and obtaining necessary licenses from multiple state agencies. MyBizColorado pulls in business owners’ information from the Secretary of State’s application and allows them to register for:
a sales tax license with the Department of Revenue,
a wage withholding account with the Department of Revenue, and
an unemployment insurance account with the Department of Labor and Employment.

MyBizColorado is especially helpful to emerging small businesses that do not have the resources of larger companies. Upon completing their applications, business owners have the option to download a user guide about starting a small business published by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Colorado Small Business Development Center. 

Spearheaded by the Governor’s Office and the Secretary of State, this project was implemented in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (Colorado SIPA), the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, and Colorado Interactive. In addition to the project sponsors and team, participating agencies included the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado Department of Revenue, Department of Regulatory Agencies, Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

“This award is a testament to the impressive results achieved when government agencies partner to deliver convenient, reliable, and innovative products for Colorado residents, and in this case, small business owners” stated Dr. Theresa Szczurek, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology.

"SIPA's self-funded model eliminated the need to use general fund dollars for the completion of this project," said SIPA Executive Director Jack Arrowsmith. "We are honored to play a role, alongside our partners at the Governor's Office of Information Technology, in the development of this wonderful tool which provides the state's simplest path forward to opening a business."

The award will be jointly accepted by the Governor’s Office of Information Technology Chief Information Officer and Executive Director Dr. Theresa Szczurek and the Statewide Internet Portal Authority Executive Director Jack Arrowsmith at a private awards event this Friday, Sept. 27 in Denver, Colorado.


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About the Governor’s Office of Information Technology


The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is a dynamic organization responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and driving innovation across Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT delivers smart technology solutions, provides quality customer service, and supports state agencies whose missions are critical to serving Coloradans. OIT oversees technology initiatives at the state level and recommends strategies to maximize efficiencies and offer cost-effective services through the application of enterprise technology solutions. The Office’s enterprise approach also enables the agile delivery of new applications to state agencies that improve the overall customer experience and citizen access to government services while increasing accountability and transparency.

OIT is home to the Office of Information Security (OIS) and the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO), and manages the Public Safety Communications Network which includes the Digital Trunked Radio System, a statewide wireless system that enables direct communications between first responders and agencies. 

About SIPA

Created by Colorado Statute in 2004, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (Colorado SIPA) is a self-funded government authority made to be Colorado's single most comprehensive delivery channel for eGovernment services. Colorado SIPA strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient and effective eGovernment services by helping governments put more information and services online to benefit the residents of Colorado. In addition to no-cost websites, payment processing, and event registration setup, SIPA provides SaaS technology solutions, consulting, and cyber security assessments. For more information about SIPA, please visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.

TAGS:  Digital Government, eGovernment, State of Colorado, Governor’s Office of Information Technology, OIT, Statewide Internet Portal Authority, business registration, myBizColorado, innovation, small business

Sample Tweet: MyBizColorado, one-stop #business registration website, wins 2019 #Government Experience Award from Center for Digital Government (@govtechnews) via partnership with @OITColorado 


Media Contact: 

Brandi Simmons
Chief Communications Officer & PIO 
303.764.6897
brandi.simmons@state.co.us