LAKE COUNTY'S INDUSTRY WORK BASED LEARNING BOOTCAMP: FUTURE OF WORK EVENT- RECAP
Hello Future of Work Registrants and Attendees!
Thank you so much for joining us at our first Future of Work Bootcamp. This 1 day bootcamp was a pilot for future events which we plan on putting on quarterly, starting in 2023. To those who were in attendance (even if you couldn’t stay the whole day!) we ask that you take a moment to fill out this feedback survey if you didn’t already get the chance. If you were unable to make it, feel free to look through the presentation which contains a multitude of resources for businesses. Click Herefor the Future of Work Slide Deck.
LEADVILLE LAKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (LLCEDC) ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND OPEN HOUSE
We are excited to announce the return of our in-person Annual Membership Meeting & Open House! Please join us at the Community Banks of Colorado's building for appetizers and drinks.
December 8, 2022
Board Meeting and
2023 Board of Directors Installation
Networking and Open House
(ALL ARE WELCOME)
400 Harrison Avenue
719 293 2316
Important message to PHA members:
Bright recently announced they are exiting the Colorado Market (and all other commercial markets across the United States) meaning that Peak Health Alliance won’t have a health insurance plan for 2023. All current Peak-sponsored plans remain fully in effect and Bright HealthCare is responsible for fulfilling its obligations for the remainder of 2022. However, you will need to pick a new plan for 2023 coverage. Open enrollment begins November 1st. To ensure your new coverage begins on the first day of the new year, you must enroll before Dec. 15, 2022.
BETTER CITY CREATES A RESILIENCE PLAN FOR LAKE COUNTY
For those that haven't heard, Climax Molybdenum and Better City have chosen the LLCEDC as their Community Champion partner for their resiliency action plan project, which is geared to develop preventative measures towards community threats. These threats can include a variety of incidents, such as the Closure of the Climax mine which will inevitably result in decrease in job loss and property tax value.
Herald Democrat published an article to review the project and updates since its first steps, which can be viewed HERE.
BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION (BR&E) COMMITTEE UPDATE
In the attempts to sustain and develop our local economy, we at the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation have begun work to launch our Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Committee. This sub Committee will orient themselves around the scope of work needed to better identify the needs and setbacks of businesses in Lake County.
In May of 2022, the LLCEDC hired a contractor to lead the Committee, and since, the BR&E Committee has identified over 500 businesses to visit with the purpose of finding the challenges and struggles they are facing in today's economy. There have been upwards of 40 site visits to Lake County businesses since the Committee's start on June 15, 2022. Common issues that have been stated include long term staffing, inability to keep up with business growth, and lack of recognition/marketing issues.
Stay tuned for more updates as the Committee continues their important work.
Leadville-Twin Lakes Tourism Stakeholder Survey
Visit Leadville-Twin Lakes / Lake County
This Tourism Stakeholder Survey is designed to help Visit Leadville-Twin Lakes create a feedback loop with local tourism-related businesses to understand their outlook, barriers, and priorities.
The benefits of collecting this important information include:
Provide an avenue for local tourism businesses to provide input on decisions that impact the destination.
Understand how the local tourism business community is operating.
Understand what barriers may be impacting the success of local tourism businesses.
Receive input from local tourism businesses on destination priorities.
Identify opportunities that will benefit the local tourism industry.
Foster a shared sense of ownership in the future of your destination
In the LLCEDC's Quarter 3 update, our partners from the Colorado Workforce Center gave an Economy Overview from Lightcast. To see the update, click HERE.
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS
As a means to further address the employment crisis in Lake County, us and our partners at the Northwest Colorado Workforce Center will be announcing local job postings on a bi - weekly basis. If you have open positions that you are looking to fill, please contact our Leadville specialist, Sue Miller, at (719) 486-2428 or email at email@example.com stop by their office at Colorado Mountain College, 901 S. Hwy. 24, New Discovery Building, Room 219, Leadville, CO 80461.
For further information on the Northwest Colorado Workforce Area, please visit their website HERE
On your home page, enter the job number (JO#) in the first field on the Job Search and click "Search," or put the desired job in the job search field up top by location. We can help, call Employment Specialist Sue Miller at (719) 486-2428.
During the pandemic, small business weaknesses were exposed. Many failed because they did not align their marketing and sales functions into an integrated process. By this I mean that marketing, the sales personnel and all of the company employees must work together in the areas of strategy, tools, and customer acquisition to maximize the business profit potential.
Your Sales and Marketing strategy is your plan for reaching, engaging, and converting target prospects into profitable customers. It’s the charter that guides Marketing and Sales in their daily activities, helping them clarify shared objectives and how to achieve them. Without a strategy, all your Marketing and Sales activities and tactics might be for nothing. After all, if they don’t all work in concert to drive pipeline and customer acquisition, what’s the point?
Colorado Mountain College Leadville will be hosting a Speaker Series throughout 2022 and 2023. CMC intends for this series to add thoughtful conversation to our community and provide new resources to help attendees grow personally and professionally.
The first “Community Lecture” welcomes Bert L Ballard, Ph.D & Sarah J. Ballard M.A, who are certified conflict mediators and will be speaking on conflict, communication and de-escalation in a talk called "What Animal Are You?".
November 7, 2022
Climax Building Room 401
The next lecture will host Meara Faw, Ph.D, an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Colorado State University. In a presentation called “We Need To Talk - Delivering and Responding to Bad News,” this speaker will go into how relationships affect our well being.
Colorado Small Business Development Center's "Implementing Colorado SecureSavings (CSS) Program: For Small Biz Owners, 1099 Employees + More"
In 2020 Colorado passed the Colorado Secure Savings Program. This law mandates that small business owners enroll in a state-run retirement savings plan. Employers throughout Colorado will be required to comply starting in 2023.
This workshop will easily review: What is CSS? A Quick Definition; The Launch Date; Who is impacted?; Required participants; Optional participants; Benefits of CSS for Employer and Employees and 1099 contract and sole owners
5 Easy Steps to Set Up Your Business on CSS;
Educating Your Employees on How It Works;
Resources; Program links for employers and Link to FAQs - most valuable
The purpose of this mandate is to increase access to retirement savings for workers in Colorado.
For more programs and dates, visit Central Mountain SBDC's website here.
October is Employee Ownership month, as Gov. Jared Polis signed a proclamation recognizing October as the official Employee Ownership Month in Colorado. Employee-owned businesses contribute a significant benefit to employees, business owners and our communities by promoting a higher quality of life for employee-owners including higher wages, lower turnover rate and access to better benefits. The business owner, on the other hand, benefits from a more engaged workforce, a guaranteed succession plan and a way to attract and retain top talent. If you know a business that may be interested in pursuing employee-ownership, theEmployee Ownership Toolkit is a great resource to share, especially with a business owner who may be looking to retire but wants to ensure their business continues to be a source of good employment in the community.
For more October 2022 updates from OEDIT, follow the link below.
Get Grants™ – will provide nonprofits with best practices in grant writing and tips for success. Through interactive exercises, participants will understand the essential elements included in a grant proposal and how to craft a compelling case for support. We will discuss grant terminology, sources of grant funding and research tools, including the Colorado Grants Guide®. This training will also cover topics including grant funding in the context of your fundraising plan, research and grants management, developing goals, objectives and activities, and a general overview of attachments.
This training is being offered by Community Resource Center, through the GrantCorps.
SCORE'S "MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS AND DRIVING SALES" WORKSHOP
The ability to locate, educate, qualify and sell to new customers is a critical skill for most entrepreneurs. This workshop will first discuss marketing strategies, including product or service pricing, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing techniques. It then covers the basics of how to build a solid foundation for sales success using multiple methods and sales models including direct sales, telephone sales, and online sales. The instructor will show you how to shorten your sales cycle and motivate prospects to action as well as hire and manage top sales performers.
LEADVILLE MAIN STREET'S ANNUAL SHOP SMALL SATURDAY
We are happy to announce that the Leadville Main Street Program will be celebrating Shop Small Saturday on Saturday, November 26th! We are so excited to host our 7th annual American Express Small Business Saturday, a day to give extra love and support to our small businesses and kick off the holiday season!
Participate by getting your Shop Small passport at our Check In Station at Zaitz Park, and get it stamped by at least 3 different Leadville retail businesses or restaurants (must spend a minimum of $10 each location). Then, return it to Zaitz Park before 5 pm to be entered into a drawing for a special gift!
This year we are bringing back "Bertie" the Burro! Look for "Bertie" at one of the retailers on Harrison Avenue. Participants will need to find him and take creative photos with him, then post to Instagram or Facebook and tag #shopleadville #shopsmall and #bertietheburro.
Thank you for Shopping Local!
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Check In Station at Zaitz Park
612 Harrison Avenue
12pm - 5pm
Be sure to check out the workshops and sessions offered by our SCORE Partners.
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.