Businesses, Nonprofits, and Community Leaders:

As we approach Thanksgiving, many of us take time to reflect on the things for which we are thankful. It is an especially meaningful time for me this year, as I prepare to embark on a new venture.  I am resigning to take an economic development position in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Located in the eastern part of the state, I will be close to my family home. It was a very difficult decision, as I found the people of this area to be truly special, both as professional associates and personal friends. 

I want to express my sincere thanks for the opportunity to have served as your economic development director. It has been a wonderful experience and I can assure you that your leaders have a genuine commitment to making Leadville/Lake County an even better place to live and work. The LLCEDC is led by those who have an understanding of the need for smart growth, which means evaluating opportunities and meeting challenges without diverting from a solid vision and goals set for the region. The claim that residents of Leadville/Lake County have grit is real.

It was a privilege to have been part of the community and I look forward to following your progress remotely as well as returning for visits to see the exciting changes that I am certain will be made. I will be leaving at the end of December. On behalf of myself, my husband Ron, and our beloved canine Zig Zag, thank you and sincere wishes for all the best.   

Marla Akridge

email: director@lakecountyedc.com

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 »

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LLCEDC & Lake County Public Health Pulse Check

November 18, 2021 @ 2pm

The LLCEDC, Mainstreet and Lake County Public Health are doing a Pulse check for businesses around keeping staff safe and healthy as we move into the Winter season. Public Health will be there to listen, answer questions and understand what is needed. Your input and feedback is critical as we navigate virus season and how it impacts your business.

Thursday, November 18, 2021


LLCEDC & Public Health - Pulse Check 

Time: Nov 18, 2021 02:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 844 0938 3675

Passcode: 114450

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LLCEDC Annual Membership Meeting

December 9, 2021

Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Report


Officer & Board Election

Budget Approval

December 9, 2021

5:00pm-5:30pm - Networking & Introductions

5:30-7:00pm - Annual Membership Meeting

Hybrid Meeting


LLCEDC 400 Harrison Avenue, Suite 100

**Masks Required**


Topic: LLCEDC Annual Membership Meeting

Time: Dec 9, 2021 05:00 PM Mountain Time

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Meeting ID: 824 6548 1347

Passcode: 814356

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Special Grant Announcements

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Helping Underrepresented Small Businesses Thrive

As small businesses continue to feel the impact of the pandemic, many still need support keep their doors open. To back underrepresented small business owners as they navigate the pandemic and plan for long-term success and resilience, American Express is partnering with Main Street America to launch a $1.65M year-round program called

 Inclusive Backing. Part of American Express’ Backing Small initiative, the program will provide hundreds of underrepresented small businesses with financial support as well as other resources to address their critical needs and challenges.

More than 250 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded in four cycles over 12 months to small business owners in older or historic commercial districts across the country, with priority given to businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Applications will open Nov. 18 at 9am CT.

More Info HERE
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Disproportionately Impacted Business Grant

The Disproportionately Impacted Business Grant provides funding to Colorado businesses that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and did not receive meaningful access to federal loans and grants.

Businesses will receive a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $10,000. This grant is intended to cover expenses that have not been covered by other federal funding.


Type: Grant

For: Businesses disproportionately impacted by the pandemic

Amount: $1,500 to $10,000 per business

Application period: November 5 to November 21, 2021.

More Info HERE

Offer health insurance benefits to your employees tax-free! 

Businesses of any size can offer plans with more savings, cost control, and choice than traditional group plans. 


Peak Health Alliance is excited to introduce a new health insurance product for small business called “ICHRA”. ICHRAs will allow businesses of any size to contribute to an amount they determine, tax-free, to their employee's health insurance premiums.


This is a fantastic benefit for a small business owner who can now offer health insurance as a recruitment and retention tool to both fill time and part time or seasonal workers. Businesses can determine the amount of the contribution, then the employees will use the individual marketplace to find a place that fits their budget and situation best.

Thanks to LLCEDC's partnership with Peak, LLCEDC members will receive a $25 direct rebate from Peak by enrolling in ICHRA or another Peak group insurance product before December 1, 2021.


Click here to To learn more about Peak options for business  

Click here Once enrolled, to redeem your rebate 

Or contact Peak directly at 970-455-0381 or info@peakhealthalliance.org  

Get Started HERE


The Leadville Main Street Program and Leadville Lake County Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that we are partnering once again for our 6th Annual Shop Leadville and Small Business Saturday®, a day to give extra love and support to our small businesses & kick off the holiday season!

Mark your calendars for November 27th at Zaitz Park from 12pm-5pm (weather dependent) - we will be handing out free swag while we warm up around the fire pit.

Also - let's show our community spirit! We will be giving a prize for the best decorated storefront! And if you have an event you would like featured in the newsletter please reach out.

NOW is the time to submit your "specials" by November 25, 2021! If you need ideas, please reach out to us so we can add you to the list!


Please help us welcome the newest members on the roster! Because the LLCEDC is a community-based membership organization, each investment is the key to our existence and success. Promoting members, providing insider information, identifying and addressing business and community needs remain our number one priority. We continue to be committed to attracting and retaining important jobs and industry by marketing Leadville/Lake County and all it has to offer. Your support also strengthens our goals in job creation, capital investment, smart growth, and an improved quality of life for our community.

Form Works Design Group

Studio Inspire

Blue Flower Candy & Provisions

eBike Leadville

Leadville Liquors

Golden Burro Cafe

Leadville ATV Tours

Mountain Peaks Motel

Additional Info & Updates

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WE NEED YOU! We are close to our goal but there are still open spots and items up for bid in the Leadville in Bloom Online Auction! We need your help to deepen our roots and grow our planter box program for the summer of 2022.

THE ONLINE AUCTION HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 30! With new options for flower sponsorships, choices on locations, and even some unique items repurposed from former planter boxes, there are unique opportunities to get involved for all!

If you've already placed a bid ... THANK YOU! If you haven't checked it out, follow this link to browse and bid: bit.ly/3ixFB4y #LeadvilleInBloom

Leadville in Bloom IS NOW LIVE!

October 15 - November 30, 2021

Check out the flyer HERE

SBDC Webinars & Workshops


Nov. 17 noon to 2:00pm - SmartStart: How to Start a Business details & register. Starting a business takes more than being great at something or having a good idea. Come and learn what is required by state and local officials to get started and the ins and outs of running a successful business.


Nov. 22 noon to 1:00pm - LEANUP Start and Scale Series - Unique Value Proposition & Channels of Distribution details & register. We will discuss how to create a Unique Value Proposition which is what you are proposing to offer to your customers. It sets out the unique value that your business will provide. You need to think about what makes your brand, product or service different from others who are trying to solve the same problems and offer solutions as you. We will also explore what channels you will use to reach your customers? Nov. 23 noon to 12:45pm - Marketing Hours - Reaching Your Ideal Customer Through Social Media: What Makes A Great Post? details & register

Nov. 30 noon to 1:00pm - LEANUP Start and Scale Series - Cost Structure & Key Metrics details & register we will review the different types of Cost Structure(s) that you could offer. These are the costs that your business will have in order to run and market your product. Such as your cost of goods and retail or service pricing, staff costs, technology and more. Then we will discuss your key metrics which are what you will use to monitor how your business is performing.


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

Thank You Partners

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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 • admin@lakecountyedc.com