Leadville News – June 19

Doing Business in Leadville Today

Have you been thinking about starting your own business in Lake County? Or maybe you already own a business in Leadville? Either way, America’s Highest City is fortunate to have some local resources available to budding entrepreneurs, from how to stay current with the ever-changing employee paperwork requirements to figuring out whether your business should be a LLC or a S Corporation.

Kim Rodriguez from Leadville’s Colorado Workforce Center assists Leadville students in registering for work at a recent Community Fair. Photo: Leadville Today.

Leadville is lucky to have a Colorado Workforce Center, which provides a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers alike.  And their staff knows just what you need when it comes to finding employees and sending your business the qualified staff you need to make your engines run. So let them do some of that work for you and register your job openings with the Leadville workforce office. Isn’t that better than having some giant “Help Wanted” sign greeting your customers as they walk through your front door? Plus, it’s nice to know you can take something OFF your plate and it doesn’t cost you a dime! Pssst, it was the Leadville Workforce Center crew that helped Leadville Today get off the ground and seven years later this business is running stronger than ever. So, check out their services.

The Leadville Workforce Center’s next training session – “Learn More! I-9 forms and more” – will be held on Wednesday, June 27. This program is designed for whoever is in charge of your payroll/HR paperwork. And it’s FREE! Details:

  • Do you process new hire paperwork or does an employee in your organization?
  • Do you want to Learn More about reading required proof of status to work in the US?
  • Do you want to learn about keeping proper files and what you need and don’t need in your employee’s personnel folder?

This session will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Colorado Mountain College Library Building. This is a FREE class. Please contact the Workforce Center at 719.486.2428 or email: Leadville@state.co.us to register and for more information.

In other business news, if you’re a small business owner in Leadville Today and wondering whether you should remain a LLC or make the jump to an S Corp. then make time to attend the free seminar addressing taxes. This Thursday, June 21 business owners may find out more about “Accounting/Taxes & the 2018 Tax Law,” with a program sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Looking for help with your business? The Leadville Workforce Center is here to help you hire the right staff for the job. Photo: Leadville Today

Native son and Leadville small business(es) owner himself, Ken Olsen, CPA will share his knowledge about the 2018 Tax Law & implications for local businesses. In addition, there will be a brief presentation from Rocky Mountain General Counsel on whether businesses should consider changing their form of entity in light of the new tax law. This event will be Thursday, June 21 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. up at Colorado Mountain College – Leadville, Room 317. It is sponsored by the local EDC and SCORE Branch. RSVP is encouraged to 719-293-2316 or admin@lakeCountyedc.com.

So there you have it, some good news and helpful information to set you on your path to entrepreneurship. Chase you dreams, fall down, get back up and never look back! Start a business in Leadville Today and you’ll never regret it!

Leadville News – June 18

Conservancy Hosts Special Field Trip

The Central Colorado Conservancy is conducting a field program next week, on Tuesday, June 26, south of Leadville. The event will take place on their conservation easement with the Colorado Outward Bound School.


The Central Colorado Conservancy’s naturalist, Sally Waterhouse,will lead a small field program on June 26 near Leadville. Photo: C3

Join the Conservancy’s naturalist, Sally Waterhouse, as she explains the value of protecting this property. She will also help participants explore the local natural history, including taking stream samples looking at local aquatic invertebrates. Waterhouse has a lifetime of experience as an educator and naturalist. The Conservancy’s Executive Director Andrew Mackie, calls her, “An enthusiastic, effective and dynamic teacher, fostering connections between people and our natural world.”

The Colorado Outward Bound School property is not open to the general public, this is a special and limited opportunity to visit this unique natural area. This program is restricted to 12 participants, on a first-come basis. Pre-registration is required and specific meeting directions will be given at the time of registration. The program is $5 for Central Colorado Conservancy members and $10 for non-members. The program is designed for adults and not suitable for children under 15 years of age. To register call the Conservancy at 719-539-7700 or email Julie Richardson, julie@centralcoloradoconservancy.org.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end by noon. Participants should dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get wet. The Conservancy recommends all participants bring water, hat and sunscreen.

Outward Bound Crew 2

The Colorado Outward Bound School offers programs that Leadville students can participate in, helping to build lifelong friendships. Photo: Lake County School District