Prosper Glenwood

Prosper Glenwood is a group dedicated to enhancing the economic sustainability and vibrancy of Glenwood Springs through community partnership. This partnership includes the City, Glenwood Chamber, Downtown Development Authority, Visit Glenwood, Post Independent, Colorado Workforce Center, and local businesses. Although Prosper Glenwood may be new to you, this group came together at the beginning of the pandemic to support our local businesses during those unpredictable times. Today we continue this partnership and work on developing new resources for our business community to support local businesses. Please check out below helpful resources and up to date information on key issues impacting businesses. 

Business Resources:

From City, County, Regional, and State there are a variety of resources, programs, grants, loans, tax credits, and much more. Resources can be found for businesses at any stage and in a variety of industries. Please follow the link below to open or download a spreadsheet of these resources. 

Download Business Resource List Here

Housing:

At the September 2, 2021, meeting, City Council approved the formation of an Ad-Hoc Housing Committee to review and recommend policies for a dedicated funding source to provide affordable and workforce housing. Ad Hoc Housing Committee, which was recently renamed the Glenwood Community Housing Coalition, held “Workforce Housing Roundtable Meetings” to engage small group discussions about Glenwood Springs housing challenges and the role of creating a dedicated source of local funding as part of a larger housing strategy.

City Council is currently in deliberation on recommending a ballot question for the November election for a housing fund. If you have questions or know more about the Housing Committee or ballot question, please reach out to Clark Anderson at clark@communitybuilders.org.

Retirement, Closing, or Selling:

If you are ready to retire or considering selling, there are key steps to take to get your business ready. SBA has developed a resource to prepare your business. Please click on the link below. If you want direct one-on-one support for your business, please reach out to our local SBDC at https://northwestsbdc.org/ or to Program Manager, Ashley Pynes ashley@northwestsbdc.org. 

https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/close-or-sell-your-business

Workforce and Staffing: 

In today’s economy, we understand housing is a key challenge to retaining and attracting talent. Please refer to the above for how the city is approaching the need for attainable housing. However, there are partners and resources to support staffing. The Colorado Workforce Center free services to assist employers with the recruitment of workers, pre-screening, and referral services. Reach out to Carolyn Tucker, Regional Business Services Coordinator, at carolyn.tucker@state.co.us to get plugged in.

In addition to national online job postings (i.e. Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc.), there are local job postings links including the following:

Local Agencies Supporting Business:

  •  Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association: The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is the longest-standing community and business organization in Glenwood Springs. Since 1919, the Chamber has provided quality programs and services to drive economic prosperity and sustainability. Creating a climate of growth and success has involved efforts to improve opportunity, infrastructure, development, tourism, and education.
  • City of Glenwood Springs: City of Glenwood Springs Economic Development Department’s role is to support our local businesses. Questions regarding resources available, licensing, or general concerns this department is here to help.
  • Downtown Development Authority: The Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has several over-arching goals: It seeks to enhance and broaden the downtown experience for residents and guests through infrastructure, beautification, pedestrian access and connections to open space, views and river corridors.
  • Colorado Workforce Center: Workforce Centers provide a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers alike. These include Job listings, computer and internet access, career counseling and training for job seekers, recruitment of workers, pre-screening, and referral services, tax credits and training reimbursement for employers. Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options to meet their employment needs.
  • Northwest Small Business Development Center: The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of entrepreneurs within our region.
  • Northwest Colorado Council of Governments: The purpose of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments is to be responsive to our members’ needs and interests by providing guidance and assistance in problem solving, information sharing and partnership building, advocating members’ interests and needs with local, state and federal entities, and providing quality services to our membership that are relevant, effective, and efficient. (The City of Glenwood Springs is a member)
  • COVENTURE: COVENTURE is a non-profit organization committed to building economic resiliency in the Roaring Fork Valley through programming, mentorship, incubation and community coworking. We collaborate with organizations and individuals across Colorado to cultivate business solutions and develop a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Startup Colorado: Colorado’s rural entrepreneurs are building some of the most exciting business opportunities in the state. At Startup Colorado, we support these change agents via a free peer-to-peer Entrepreneur Network, scholarships, event programming, and collaboration with local business support organizations

State Agencies Supporting Business:

  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: CDLE connects job seekers with great jobs, provides an up-to-date and accurate picture of the economy to help decision making, assists workers who have been injured on the job, ensures fair labor practices, helps those who have lost their jobs by providing temporary wage replacement through unemployment benefits, and protects the workplace - and Colorado communities - with a variety of consumer protection and safety programs.
  • Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade: We work with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth.
  1. Contact Us: Danielle Campbell, Economic Development Specialist danielle.campbell@cogs.us 970-384-6424