Businesses, Nonprofits, and Community Leaders:

Hi – I'm reading "Agents of Economic Development: An Essential Guide for Navigating Good, Bad, and Uncertain Times" by Neal Wade, Dr. Bill Smith and wanted to share this quote with you.

One of my all time favorites:

"Former Tennessee basketball Coach Pat Summitt wrote about success in her book Reach for the Summit – “Success is a project that’s always under construction. Somehow, you have to commit to get better every day, no matter how successful you were the day before."

Start reading this book for free: https://a.co/257MkHy

Leadville/Lake County we have to be strategic for Smart Growth of the future.

FYI: The City Council of Leadville would like to hear from you. Join them for an Open House at City Hall on 9.28.2021at 6:00 p.m. Come with your Budgetary priorities for 2022.

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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Take the Survey HERE

The Lake County Tourism Panel is asking residents and business owners to take a survey to give feedback on local tourism. The surveys are part of the Restart Destinations grant-funded work the Lake County Tourism Panel is doing to help Leadville and Lake County create a post-pandemic marketing plan that is sustainable and meets locals’ needs.  Locals who take the survey may enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Lake County business of their choice.

Mountain Town Virtual Job Fair- Business Registration Open

According to the most recent data, there are over 231,000 jobs posted in Colorado for about 189,000 unemployed people.

Stand out in a challenging labor market and leave no stone unturned when recruiting for employees! Register today for the Mountain Town Winter Job Fair and find candidates for your open positions. It's FREE!

Employer Registration HERE
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Job Seekers Register 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.


To learn more about Peak options for business: https://peakhealthalliance.org/business-plans/  


Once enrolled, to redeem your rebate, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9S23Z36 


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

Get Started HERE

The Power of WE!

Now available via an awe-inspiring In Person Conference or Hybrid Live Virtual Experience on 9/27 - Still time to Register!

The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) will offer thought provoking content, resources and tools to inspire women’s leadership development, creativity, and innovation. It will also share the many Federal, State and local funding opportunities that are available to women owned businesses and share tools and resources to access them. WE welcome anyone who has an interest in she/her/hers topics & discussions.

Interested in a scholarship? Click here for details.

Registration and Agenda Details HERE

Outdoor Industry Summit


Now available via an awe-inspiring In Person Conference or Hybrid Live Virtual experience! 

October 25, 2021 8am-5pm


The Outdoor Industry Summit is an exploration of growth/scale opportunities, stewardship & education for those operating an outdoor recreation business or nonprofit in the Central Mountain region of Colorado. Others in the state are welcome too!

We will combine Central Mtn adventure tourism-based industry businesses and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, and diverse community minded support resources to educate and protect our public lands while still promoting tourism and outdoor adventures to all.

We will share the many new state funding resources available to rural small businesses/entrepreneurs to contribute to and/or expand their brands and purpose driven joint ventures.

Finally, this summit will hold the space to collaborate on methodologies to tap into entrepreneurial energy to address community scale challenges facing our rural area (i.e. workforce, housing, childcare, social inequities, environmental concerns etc.).

More Info HERE

Business Thoughts Spotlight

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.


According to the US Department of Labor and Statistics, turnover can cost an organization 33% of an employeeʼs total compensation including both salary and benefits. But the impact is not only financial it also affects employee morale. Therefore, it would be prudent for managers to focus on reducing turnover rates but in order to do that they must first understand the reasons why employees quit. There have been many studies and articles written on why good employees leave their current positions.

Read Full Article HERE

Additional Info & Resources


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