New partnership provides health and wellness resources to small businesses in Colorado

Colorado--The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and Health Links™ have come together to provide more health, safety and wellness resources to Colorado small businesses. Today, OEDIT and Health Links announced a Memorandum of Understanding to support businesses in integrating healthy practices to enhance their business vitality.

OEDIT recognizes health and wellness as an integral part of statewide economic development and has been working with Health Links as a trusted partner and adviser to encourage healthy behavior in businesses across the state. This partnership connects small businesses with in-depth assessments and trainings provided by Health Links, through the Colorado Small Business Development Center (CSBDC) network, a division of OEDIT.

“Colorado is a leader in health and wellness, and this is an economic opportunity to further invest in statewide talent attraction and retention through a focus on employee well-being,” said Meridith Marshall, Health and Wellness Champion at OEDIT. “With CSBDC serving as the foundation of small business development, our partnership with Health Links is a natural integration of health and wellness into the backbone of small businesses.”

Health Links is a program of the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health that collaborates with employers to build a culture of health and safety in the workplace. Housed within one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®, a prestigious designation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Health Links is able to bring the latest science in workplace health and safety to small businesses across the state.

“This partnership is an opportunity for Health Links to share our expertise in workplace health and safety with the employers that ask for our advice the most — small businesses,” said Lili Tenney, director of Health Links. “We know that small businesses have a lot on their plates so we are happy to be working with OEDIT to make the process of building a culture of health and safety a little easier.”

The OEDIT For Colorado: For the Health of It! Initiative aims to cultivate a culture of health and well-being in small business and communities to enhance economic vitality statewide. Working with the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, For the Health of It! offers wellness consultations to integrate health and wellness into the backbone of businesses at any stage.