Small Business Development Center
The Colorado SBDC Network service-centers provide free one-on-one counseling services in the areas of business research and marketing, new business feasibility analysis, business plan preparation, finance packaging and other small business topics. Local SBDCs offer workshops for business owners and act as information clearing houses. Individual local offices specialize in international trade, government procurement, manufacturing, home-based business and technology resources. The SBDC receives inputs from the SBDC State Advisory Board. www.westernsbdc.org
Chaffee County Visitors Bureau
The Chaffee County Visitors Bureau mission is to maximize marketing dollars for the common goal of attracting visitors, therefore advancing the economic impact for businesses that rely on tourism for revenue. Over the years, this county marketing effort, supported by a 1.9% lodging tax, has produced significant impact upon the number of visitors to the area. The CCVB has also moved our counties social media presence into the 21st century. The Chamber Executive Director is a standing board member of the Chaffee County Visitors Bureau. www.colorfulcolorado.com
Chaffee County Economic Dev. Corp.
Established in 2009, the CCEDC functions as a liaison with government and provides end-to-end support to businesses wherever possible, including developing plans and strategies to ensure that Chaffee County remains “Open for Business.” Workforce Development, job creation, and advocacy for businesses and their needs such as workforce housing in Chaffee County are the primary mission of the corporation. www.chaffeecountyedc.com
Colorado Workforce Center
Career counseling and training for job seekers; and recruitment of workers, pre-screening and referral services, tax credits, and training reimbursement for employers. Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their needs. www.connectingcolorado.com
Salida Business Alliance
The Salida Business Alliance works together for a united approach in enhancing the business districts to strengthen the community and economy. Cooperative marketing efforts, networking, sharing business resources, and fostering working relationships for the economic growth of small business in Salida. www.salidabusinessalliance.com
Upper Arkansas Area Dev. Corp.
The UAADC provides gap financing in concert with bank financing, and provides direct financing (without a bank) up to $100,000 to applicants unable to obtain all the financing necessary for their needs from a bank. The UAADC is a subsidiary of the Upper Arkansas Area COG that has provided over 120 loans to businesses in the Upper Arkansas valley and Salida area since 1989. You can contact the UAADC Administrator, Jeff Ollinger, at 719-395-2602 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.uaacog.com/programs/businessloanfund.html
Colorado Mountain College
Never stop learning! Enjoy credit and non-credit classes for young and old. www.coloradomtn.edu