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Greetings LLCEDC Members & Community Leaders,

Economic Development Week - NEXT WEEK!

We are joining our partners from the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) and Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) for Economic Development Week, May 9th - 13th, to celebrate Colorado's Economic Development ecosystem and partners. The week long celebration will consist of educational webinars, social media, and networking with industry professionals, to "highlight the achievements of economic development professionals and champion new pathways of success as we continue to climb out of the pandemic-led recession".

We will be sharing our success stories, highlighting our team and our partners, emphasizing our communities vision, and more throughout the week via EDCC's and DCI's social media campaign. Along with the campaign is a series of themed webinars, with a variety of topics, to bring awareness and insight to the vitality of Colorado's economic developmental success.

To get involved and celebrate with us, click the link below to read more on Economic Development Week and register for their webinars. 

Learn more and register for webinars HERE


The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation is the leading catalyst for business success by helping to retain and expand the economic base in Leadville and Lake County.

On behalf of all of us here at the LLCEDC, thank you for your continued support of our organization - and please always reach out if we can help! See important updates below.



LLCEDC is committed to the development of all of Leadville/Lake County diverse and sustainable economy for all of Lake County. More about us » and Follow us on Facebook »


Lake County knows that we need a public transportation system to connect people to each other, stores and resources, and the outdoors. We are hoping to have a system in place in the next 18 months, but need your help to make sure we create a system that works best for our community. Your answers to this survey will help us understand your travel needs, whether you experience barriers accessing Summit Stage, and whether you feel improved bus service could be a good resource for you.

Initial bus service is planned to connect Leadville and the surrounding neighborhoods. In future years it is possible bus service could be expanded to other parts of Lake County. You may also fill this survey out online at:

Please complete the short survey and if you have any questions you can email them to Kayla Marcella at

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View the flyer in English and Spanish HERE


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Better City Website

We are excited to announce that we have been selected to participate in a pilot project with our partners at Climax with the help of Better City, with the purpose of anticipating and preparing for potential threats on our community. Through scenario planning, our goal is to develop a list of actions and projects for our purpose. Such threats that will be considered include: storms, drought, civil unrest, and pandemics. Read more on our plans of action and our scope of work we will be covering by clicking the link below.

Click here for more info

We will be reaching out to some of you to participate with project interviews - stay tuned for more details and outcomes!


"A creative and marketing team focused on the businesses and organizations small towns depend on."

At the LLCEDC, our core principals are dedicated to supporting locally owned businesses to further develop and sustain our local economy. MonkeyThis is a marketing and communications agency oriented towards the advocacy of small and rural businesses, so it goes without saying that their partnership and membership with the LLCEDC is both invaluable and self evident to the efficiency and impact of our organization, and in turn, our business community. 

Welcome MonkeyThis!


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Visit their Website

The LLCEDC will be highlighting key partners and members. Sustaining, growing and maintaining the future of Leadville/Lake County takes all of us.


Peak Health Alliance is a member-led, non-profit health insurance purchasing cooperative whose mission is to leverage the purchasing power of an entire community by negotiating on their behalf for more competitive health insurance rates. Peak partners with local providers, hospitals, and carriers in Lake County to offer a full suite of comprehensive and affordable plans in the individual, self-funded, and small group market. Please contact Devin Kepler, Manager of Outreach at for more information, or visit our website at

For an overview of Peak Health Alliance in Spanish, please click here.

Visit Website HERE

Success Isn’t Binary

A lot of people I have talked with assume that success is binary, which means everything that isn’t success must be failure. But the opposite of success isn’t failure. Or, it doesn’t have to be. And, that’s a distinction that can make all the difference. Unfortunately, it’s one that many people never learn to more HERE

Welcome to our new series...

Business Thoughts Spotlight

Each week, we will highlight topics around four key business areas:

Planning; Accounting; Marketing/

Sales; and Human Resources

Read Full Article HERE




The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works to create a positive business climate that encourages sustainable job growth and dynamic economic development. OEDIT strives to develop the state's economy financial and technical assistance as a means to support regional and local economic facilities throughout the state. To learn more about OEDIT and what they assist in, please click HERE to read more about them.

Visit website HERE


OEDIT Partnering with Exit Planning Institute on a 2022 Colorado State of Owner Readiness Survey

As the State of Colorado actively looks to support businesses through all stages of their journey, the Employee Ownership Office of Colorado is working in partnership with the Exit Planning Institute to create the State of Owner Readiness Report. This research gives an inside look on how prepared private business owners are to sell or exit their businesses and allows for our statewide business community to best prepare for this next step, consider all of their options, and improve their individual transition success. Your participation in the 2022 Colorado State of Owner Readiness survey will help Colorado continue discovering new opportunities to support business owners. Responses to the survey are confidential and it will take about 12 minutes to complete.

To see a full list of open OEDIT programs, please click on the link below.

See Programs HERE


Employee Ownership Grant

Deadline: May 6 | More info here. If your Colorado business is actively pursuing an employee ownership structure, be sure to check out the Employee Ownership Grant. The grant is available to eligible Colorado-headquartered small businesses, awarding up to $3,000 to reimburse professional technical service costs required when transitioning your business to an employee-owned structure. Professional services covered by this grant include accounting, legal, business valuation, and technical services. Eligible employee ownership structures include any model requiring 20% of the business to be owned by employees, excluding founders. To receive the grant, the employee ownership conversion must be completed by June 17. 

Colorado Creates Grant: The Colorado Creates Grant helps organizations and communities create art and cultural activities through general operating support funding. Funds are distributed throughout Colorado with a focus on rural communities. Grant awards are flat amounts based on your organization’s cash operating revenue for your most recently completed fiscal year. All successful applicants in the same revenue range will receive the same amount of grant funds. Applications close June 2, 2022.

For more opportunities and resources, click here

COMMUNITY SURVEY: Affordable Housing Development in Leadville

If you weren't able to attend either of the charrette sessions on April 14th for Leadville and Lake County's Affordable Housing Conference, you are still encouraged to take the housing questionnaire for your housing experience. To fill out the questionnaire, scan the QR codes attached to the flyer HERE. It is available in English and Spanish.

Lake County Website
City of Leadville Website
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Additional Updates & Resources


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Click HERE for the flyer in English


Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish

Join us, our partners, and your community for our 2022 Community Clean Up Day! Help pick up trash, weed planters, and clean up Lake County. Trash bags will be provided, starting at 9am, from the Volunteer table at the County Courthouse lawn, 505 Harrison avenue. Please be sure to bring your own work gloves, snacks, and water, and register ahead of time for an accurate headcount! Burritos will be provided after words from the Golden Burro. We hope to see everyone there!

Saturday, June 11th

9:00am - 1:00pm

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Team discounts and scholarships are available. Contact Miranda Grant at for details.

More info HERE


May 16th, 8:00am-5:30pm

Salida Steamplant Event Center

Registration Fee: $90

Come attend the 2nd annual "Power of WE" conference, a Central Mountain SBDC event inspired by women for women in business! If you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or aspiring to be either, then this event is made for you. This will be a great and beneficial experience for any woman (or anyone who's interested in she/her/hers topics) to network, connect, and get inspired by other women working to make their community, nation and world a better place!

The registration fee is $90, with team discounts and scholarships available. However, the $90 fee is still worth the cost as there are plenty of things to look forward to, and with your registration comes:

An incredible line-up of inspiring women in business and across industries as diverse as Wellness, Outdoor, NGOs, and much more

Free book by the Keynote speaker, Holly Woods, PhD - "The Golden Thread: Where to Find Purpose in the Stages of Your Life"

Delicious lunch catered by the incredibly-talented Michelle Gapp, owner of Kalamatapit Catering

Break-out sessions of your choice to inspire and fortify you for the rigorous biz-owner life

And so much more!


Be sure to check out the workshops and sessions offered by our SCORE Partners.

Check out Workshops HERE
Workshop Calendar HERE

Check out SBDC resources available to support small businesses, non-profits, freelancers, and independent contractors.

SBDC Workshops HERE
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Need a refresher on what the LLCEDC does and the role we play in our community?

Check out the FAQ HERE


Membership benefits are extensive and include…

  • Involvement and decision making in the direction, goals, efforts, and accomplishments of the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation.
  • Ability to participate with our healthcare alliance and enterprise zone programs.
  • Participation in developing business resources and the small business lending resources to further enhance the benefits of the LLCEDC to local businesses as well as other LLCEDC members. AND MUCH MORE!

To read more about the benefits are of becoming a member, click here. To become an LLCEDC member, fill out the application form here or click the link below.


Check out the 2022 LLCEDC Board of Directors and Meeting Schedule HERE

Thank You Partners

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Thank You Donor Members

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Click HERE for a full member list

Our Mission Statement

The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation is the leading catalyst for business success by helping to retain and expand the economic base in Leadville and Lake County.

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400 Harrison Ave, Ste #100, PO Box 1503, Leadville, CO 80461

719-293-2316 •