Our History

Naturally Boulder, a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization formed in 2005 as an economic development initiative by a dedicated group of industry veterans, entrepreneurs and supportive organizations and individuals including the City of Boulder and the Boulder Economic Council. Its mission was and still is today to nurture conscious growth, leadership and innovation in the Colorado natural and organic products community.

Naturally Boulder was first established as an arm of the City of Boulder’s economic development program. The extension program, named the Naturally Boulder Products Task Force (NBPTF), aimed to solidify Boulder as the epicenter of the natural products industry by supporting nascent businesses to launch and remain in the city.

To accomplish this goal, the NBPTF provided a platform for entrepreneurs to receive business education, to gain access to shared resources, and to network with seasoned industry professionals who could offer guidance and investment. The community model was wildly successful and the NBPTF (soon renamed Naturally Boulder) comprehensively wove together the industry hub, earning the organization acclaim throughout Colorado.

Today, Naturally Boulder has approximately 1,000 members and 100 sponsoring companies and serves as a voice for the industry, offering year-round education programming and networking events, mentoring for entrepreneurs, and celebrations that bring together Colorado’s natural and organic products community. The success of Boulder caught on with members joining from other cities who were eager to create similar communities closer to home.

In 2018, Naturally Boulder replicated its model in California’s Bay Area in pursuit of creating a network of natural product accelerator communities. Naturally Bay Area became the first affiliate of the Naturally Network, with Naturally Chicago, Naturally San Diego, and Naturally Austin following in 2019. In 2000, we added Naturally North Bay, in Northern California, and in 2021, welcomed Naturally New York and Naturally Los Angeles. The makeup of each affiliate is representative of its unique local culture but all affiliates share the idea that we are a community that advances conscious business practices for the natural and organic products industry. Together, we’re changing our industry for good.

Why Boulder?

Boulder and Colorado’s Front Range communities are on the cutting edge of innovation in sustainable food and agriculture, with a long history of successful business formation and growth.

OUR SPONSORS

More than 100 companies, from large to small to start-ups, help provide the financial support that makes Naturally Boulder programs possible. Our Sponsors are our greatest support system and we sincerely thank you.

The Naturally Boulder Guiding Principles

  • Naturally Boulder defines natural products and practices as those made with the goal of promoting human, animal and environmental health. This is why we actively encourage organic and regenerative practices that take into account the impact on our climate;
  • We believe that regenerative businesses measure success not only by financial gain, but also by long-term, conscious business practices that positively impact human health, communities, and the planet;
  • We value connection and provide a platform for education, dialogue and generous sharing to help the Colorado organic and natural products community grow with integrity and higher purpose;
  • We support the entrepreneurial spirit and honor the excellence in business that will accelerate growth of the Colorado organic and natural products community;
  • We know that healthy, dynamic communities drive healthy, dynamic business. As organic and natural products industry members, we pledge to actively nurture a culture of shared ideas, collaboration and mentorship within the Naturally Boulder community.

 

GET INVOLVED

Our board of directors, volunteers, and staff are passionate, welcoming veterans of the natural products industry who work to help our community thrive. Email info@naturallyboulder.org to express interest in working with and supporting our community.

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