Thirty-four businesses in Grand Lake, Granby secure massive grants

Thirty-four downtown businesses across Grand Lake and Granby were awarded more than $1.7 million from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Main Street Program for improvement projects. This work could entail new paint jobs, replacing old roofs, installing energy-efficiency doors and windows, redoing heating and cooling systems, and more. Needless to say, town officials and business owners are expecting a busy spring.

The Department of Local Affairs is responsible for the Colorado Main Street program and its grants, designed to support local empowerment and rebuild central business districts based on each community’s unique architecture, character and local ownership. For its application, Grand Lake enlisted a town-wide effort and lumped two dozen downtown businesses’ needs into a single request. Altogether, DOLA approved funding for 23 of them. “It’s pretty amazing; I still can’t believe that,” said Mike Tompkins, who was key in helping organize the Grand Lake businesses’ joint application. He added that with the owners kicking in 20% of the projects’ costs, Grand Lake’s award will actually amount to more than $1.2 million worth of improvements across the downtown area.

Granby took a similar approach in collaboration with Destination Granby covering 11 businesses in the town’s application. The $757,140 grant will cover 80% of costs, with businesses contributing 10% and the town providing the remaining 10%. Along with exterior improvements, two Granby businesses will be getting HVAC replacements, quite a few will get window upgrades, one will add an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramp and two will build back patios.

“It’s going to look good,” Tompkins said. “Of course, I always think Grand Lake looks good, but it’s going to look better than it does.” Read full story from the Ski-Hi News here.

Shore Up Celebrates the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Vail Valley and Recognizes Entrepreneurial Community Heroes 
Source: Northwest SBDC Enews 10/19/21
Over the past five years more than 100 local entrepreneurs from the region have graduated from the CU Boulder Leeds School of Business workshop series. This year’s Shore Up cohort featured a diverse range of businesses and concepts such as sustainable apparel, engineered plant-based plastics, human resource services, immigration law and advocacy, children’s books, home organization, lightweight adventure packrafts and more. 
 
This year’s finale workshop hosted over 20 local entrepreneurs and featured interactive panel discussions with successful small business owners and operators from the Vail Valley, including: 

Erick Mueller and Cynthia Banks, entrepreneurs and award-winning professors at CU Boulder Leeds School of Business, presented the SBDC regional director and program coordinator with certificates recognizing each of them as a local Entrepreneurial Community Hero.  “The value in this workshop comes from the connection of the cohort, driven by the fantastic facilitators. You feel the energy in the room as business owners and entrepreneurs find new sources of inspiration,” said Erin McCuskey, regional director of the Northwest SBDC. "This course tends to kickstart a higher engagement with other local entrepreneurs and resources. We are so grateful to the Deming Center faculty for their commitment to the Vail Valley."
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