Working with La Plata County’s local, independent business community to create an economy that values the people, planet, and prosperity for everyone!

We Stand With You

 As a small business owner you may feel like you’re on this journey alone. Competing with online retailers, big box stores, and high rent prices can be overwhelming. 

That’s why we’re here. Meet our other local, independent business owners and learn why we stand with you. 

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2021 La Plata Relief Fund

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The State of Colorado’s Division of Local Government (DOLA) is administering a $35.15 million Small Business Relief Program (Senate Bill 20B-001) to provide direct relief payments to eligible small businesses operating in the defined industries. Local First has partnered with La Plata County to administer these necessary funds to the hardest-hit small businesses in our community as we continue to navigate the effects of the pandemic together.

Any corporation, LLC, partnership or sole proprietorship (nonprofits are not eligible) that fits into the following types of businesses are eligible for relief payments: Restaurants, Bars (includes establishments like a Winery, Brewery, Distillery, etc.), Caterers, Movie Theatres, and Gyms & Recreation Centers.

Pledge to Stop The Spread

Receive FREE masks and hand sanitizers for your employees and customers!

In order to support our independent businesses and bolster our local economy, we must support the public health and safety of our community. 

We invite the La Plata businesses and nonprofit community to join us in signing San Juan Basin Public Health’s #PledgeToStopTheSpread to support our local workforce and community.

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Let Us Be Your Voice

As a nonprofit business alliance, we serve as the voice of the local, independent business community.

We advocate for you on the issues that you care about, whether that’s having a greater choice in local energy generation, informing you on increased sales taxes, or creating events around shopping and eating local. We show up for the meetings you can’t so that you can spend more time running your business.


Local Starts With You

Don’t own a business? Support the local, independent businesses you know and love here in La Plata County. Check out our latest ways to get involved to meet other people who love where they live, go to fun localist events, and get exclusive deals and offers.  

The 2021 Be Local Coupon Book

The 2021 Book is now available in participating stores! Already got yours? Get the bonus app of additional coupons.

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