SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, COLORADO BOY BREWERY, AT HIGH NOON!
I am hosting a experimental small/micro business happy hour at the Colorado Boy this Saturday, Jan 8, from noon to 2pm. Paul Gray, Executive Director of Region 10 will be there.
The purpose of the happy hour is to reach out to our Ouray County, Ridgway & Ouray small and micro businesses and highlight the opportunities such as tax credits, job training reimbursements, and other incentives to doing business in Ouray County that are currently available right now. The entire County is an enhanced rural enterprise zone, and this does not seem to be commonly known. Also, Region 10 has enhanced its Small Business Loan program recently, so those who may have had trouble in the past, should come and learn what's new and if they could benefit.
In addition Beth Taylor, Western Colorado Business Development Representative of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, will either be present or will have info for us to give out about free business development and enhancement programs that are available to small businesses such as help with marketing plans, business plans and more.
We also hope to hear from our small and micro businesses what barriers and challenges we have, and what local government's role should be in encouraging economic development. I will be carrying the take-home messages and action items from those present to the Governor's economic development team later this month, and to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in March.
I apologize that this event conflicts with the Ice Festival this weekend. It is my hope that the happy hour concept can be repeated in the future at various small businesses and venues around Ridgway and Ouray, to really reach out to those who might not be able to attend a forum, may not be Chamber members, and may not be using a CPA.
This happy hour is free, and open to all. I hope to see you there, and that you will forward this info to your friends and colleagues, even if they are working as a consultant out of a home office. These are opportunities for us all.
Lynn Padgett | 970-417-9901
Ouray County Commissioner, District 1
Bin C, Ouray, CO 81427
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