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Denver City began as a mining town in November of 1858.  General William Larimer, who was a land speculator from what was then eastern Kansas Territory, founded the settlement.  Larimer named the city after Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver, according to Thomas J. Noel’s book Denver History: The Arapaho Camp.  Larimer wished to be admitted into Denver’s good graces, so that the governor would make the new town the county seat of Arapaho County.  Unbeknownst to Larimer, however, Denver had already resigned from office.

Today, Denver is the capital and the most populous municipality in the state of Colorado.  It was estimated in 2013 that the population of the city was 649,495.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this makes it the 22nd-most populous city in the country.  The 10-county Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area is estimated to have a population of 2,697,476.  This would make it the 21st most populous metropolitan statistical area in the nation.  The 12-county Denver-Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area was estimated in 2013 to have a population of 3,277,309, which ranks as the 16th most populous metropolitan area in the US.

Denver has often been nicknamed ‘Mile High City’, to due its elevation exactly one mile above sea level.  (5,280 feet or 1,609.344 meters) The city of Denver sits on the very edge of the Mountain Time Zone.  In fact, the 105th meridian west of Greenwich, which serves as the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station.

The Globalization and World Cities Research Network rank Denver as a beta world city.  Additionally, in 2013, Denver was ranked No. 6 on Forbes’ list of ‘The Best Places for Business and Careers.”  According to Greyhill Advisors, in 2010, the city had a GMP of $157.6 billion.  This would make Denver the 18th largest metro economy in the United States.

Multiple large companies are headquartered in and around the city.  These companies include Denver Instrument Company, MediaNews Group, The Gates Corporation, The Wright & McGill Company, DIA, Village Inn, Big O Tires, Molson Coors Brewing Company (U.S. headquarters), The Newmont Mining Corporation (which is the 2nd largest gold producer in North America), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quizno’s, Smashburger, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Noodles & Company, and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard.

Apollo Hall was opened during the very early days of Denver, in 1859, while Horace Tabor built the city’s first Opera House in the 1880s.  The Municipal Auditorium was home to the 1908 Democratic National Convention.  It is now known as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second largest performing arts center in the world after New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Denver is home to five major professional sports teams.  The NFL’s Denver Broncos play their home games in Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  The Broncos won two Super Bowls in back to back years in the late 1990s (1998, 1999).  MLB’s Colorado Rockies play at Coors Field, while the NBA’s Denver Nuggets play in the Pepsi Center.  The NHL’s Colorado Avalanche also play their home games in the Pepsi Center.  They have won two Stanley Cups since 1996 (which is quite impressive, given their establishment in Denver in 1995.)  MLS’ Colorado Rapids play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and were the champions of their league in 2010.

Do you own a small business in the Denver area?  Are you thinking about starting one?  These resources could prove useful:

Apply for a Business License in Denver

Small Business in Denver

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

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Lakewood, CO. 80228
720-737-7666
www.archersignanddesign.com

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