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Takeaways from GBC Road Tour stop in Durango

By |2021-11-11T09:25:42-07:00November 11th, 2021|Uncategorized|

2021 Good Business Colorado Road Tour On October 25th, the team at Good Business Colorado joined Local First at Fort Lewis College's Center for Innovation for an interactive business mini-summit to help inform policy-makers ahead of the 2022 legislative session. Together, local business owners and economic development leaders spoke about their experience [...]

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La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $36,965 in grants to local non-profits in Q3 2021 

By |2021-10-04T09:32:43-06:00October 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|

La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $36,965 in grants to local non-profits in Q3 2021  DURANGO, Colo. – The La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approved a total of $36,965 in grant funding to local non-profit organizations at its meetings in July, August, and September of 2021. Durango Food Bank, Bear Smart Durango, League of Women Voters, LASSO Horse Rescue, Pagosa Play Place, Silver Spruce [...]

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ReHire with Resilience Workshop – Debrief

By |2021-07-13T13:01:22-06:00June 16th, 2021|Eat Local, Uncategorized|

ReHire with Resilience Workshop Hosted by GBC’s Resilient Restaurants in Collaboration with Local First & In the Weeds Monday, June 7, 2021 at Zia Taqueria  The Issue: Restaurants are experiencing record-low application rates, compared to previous seasons, despite increased incentives.  While labor trends have shown a steady retreat from demanding work cultures, [...]

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Durango Creative District to host a new outdoor Art Market this summer

By |2021-06-14T10:30:28-06:00June 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Durango Creative District to host a new outdoor Art Market this summer Durango Art Market will be held outside at 11th Street Station on Sundays from 10am-2pm, beginning in early July The Durango Creative District is introducing a new Art Market that will take place on Sundays at 11th Street and Main Avenue, beginning [...]

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An Interview with Black Bear Carpet Cleaning & Repair

By |2021-05-27T15:15:02-06:00May 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Black Bear Carpet Cleaning & Repair 10 TOWN PLAZA #95 | DURANGO, CO 81301 blackbearclean.com| (970) 382-1344 | bbearcleaning@gmail.com Jeremy & Brooke Ham How long has your business been open and why did you choose to open it in La Plata County? Black Bear opened for business in [...]

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SJBPH Announces “Shot and a Beer” Vaccine Offer in Partnership with Ska Brewing

By |2021-05-24T11:48:16-06:00May 24th, 2021|Uncategorized|

SJBPH Announces “Shot and a Beer” Vaccine Offer in Partnership with Ska Brewing Free beer tokens will be available to residents age 21+ receiving COVID vaccination on Saturday, May 22nd   Durango, Colo.: Thanks to the generous support of Ska Brewing Company, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is announcing a “Shot and a Beer” [...]

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Non-profit Organizations Play a Key Role in Setting Policies That Benefit our Community

By |2021-06-04T10:33:21-06:00May 20th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Non-profit Organizations Play a Key Role in Setting Policies That Benefit our Community (This article was written for Local First's June 12, 2021 Herald Column) One of the most important roles of non-profit organizations is to advocate for overarching policies and goals on issues that impact the community. While promoting these policies, non-profit organizations [...]

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LPEA Candidate Forum Recap

By |2021-05-21T16:59:47-06:00May 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

2021 LPEA Board Election Announcing Local First's Support for LPEA Board Candidates 1/3 of La Plata Electric Association’s Board of Directors seats are up for election - which means prioritization of local, renewable energy is at stake. Local First's Board of Directors are encouraging support for the following candidates: Over the last decade, [...]

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New Restaurant Revitalization Grant Program

By |2021-07-13T13:01:45-06:00April 27th, 2021|Eat Local, Uncategorized|

New Restaurant Revitalization Grant Program Webinar Hosted by Hickenlooper & the Colorado Restaurant Association Click Here to View Recording On Demand Colorado restaurants, breweries, food trucks & other businesses are invited to learn about applying for the new $28.6 billion COVID relief program Senator John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Restaurant [...]

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Independent Businesses Launch Coalition to Fight Monopoly Power

By |2021-04-06T10:34:10-06:00April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Small Business Rising Brings Together Over 20 Independent Business Organizations To Call on Congress and the Administration to Reinvigorate Antitrust  A new coalition of independent businesses is launching today to urge policymakers to rein in monopoly power and level the playing field that has long left them at a competitive disadvantage. For the first [...]

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