Are you looking for a program to recognize the driving force behind your state’s economy and to accomplish it in a collaborative way? CTW delivers the most important growth segment in your state — the second-stage companies that are often flying under the radar of recognition. For example, between 2011 and 2012, only 9.1 percent of the establishments in the nation were second-stage — yet they accounted for 33.3 percent of the jobs (source:

See how CTW has benefited the states, organizations and companies where it has operated:

  • CTW is not your usual recognition program — it is a force to bring every element of the business landscape together. In Colorado, 16 entities from the public and private sectors work together to deliver this highly dynamic program.
  • CTW transforms the reputations of ESOs from doing good work to helping companies that make a difference. Says Michigan SBTDC state director Carol Lopucki, “Now we’re a player that provides statewide visibility for companies on the cutting-edge,” adding that these companies are quick to say, “The SBTDC nominated us because they’ve watched us grow.”
  • CTW has changed the conversation from “too big to fail” corporations to “too hot to ignore” second-stage companies. According to Chris Gibbons, who served as director of business and industry affairs for Littleton, Colo., for more than 25 years, “During the most severe economic event in 50 years, CTW honorees have continued to innovate and create wealth — and most of them have kept adding jobs, which is astounding.”
  • In 2008 at the height of the recession, Michigan CTW winners were notable for 36% growth job creation. More than 1,200 jobs were created by these companies, giving an economically challenged state a cause for hope instead of despair.
  • To winners, CTW bestows instant credibility: “One bank specifically mentioned the award when they contacted us. Having people knock on your door instead of having to knock on theirs is impressive, especially in a down economy,” says Todd Anthony, CEO of in Indianapolis, a 2009 Indiana Companies to Watch winner
  • In the eight states where CTW has run since 2005, 1,190 companies have been identified. Those second-stage companies produced $8.8 billion in annual revenue and employed more than 41,000. Collectively, they projected growth to $12 billion for the following year. These companies are the role models of our new economy.