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Some people know exactly what they want to do but don’t know exactly how to carry it out while others aren’t immediately sure what kind of business they should start. Consider your interests and skills in developing your business idea. Research business potential by gathering information from industry associations, Web searches, periodicals, federal and state agencies, and other resources. Develop your idea by putting it in writing; outline the tools and strategies for your business success. This written Business Plan is your roadmap for starting and growing your business.

To access resources to assist you in this process, the La Plata Economic Development Alliance works together with SBDC, the Small Business Development Center, the Region 9 Economic Development District and the local Chamber Business to connect you with the best possible help in starting your business.  We can assist in getting you on the right path to explore business ideas, research opportunities, write your business plan, and kick-start your business.

“La Plata County is more than just a great place to live…it’s a great place to do business!”

Here you will find information about the demographics of La Plata County, our largest industries and employers, wages, and economic indicators such as sales tax collections, enplanements, and the unemployment rate. Whether it is workforce, construction permits, travel or the gas and oil industry, we have the Economic Dashboard to assist you in getting the information that you need for La Plata County.

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Everything you need to know about starting and growing your business is right here in La Plata County! Find out more about business planning assistance from the SBDC, loans and state programs from Region 9, networking and business training from the Chamber, and statewide programs that are offered in our region.

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The local Chambers of Commerce are invaluable resources for small businesses. La Plata County has Chambers in Ignacio, Bayfield and Durango, that can assist with business networking, lunch and learns, and other training programs and seminars.

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There are hundreds of events throughout the year to help with the challenges you face everyday in running your business. Whether you want to find out more about the local economy, meet with Alliance investors, attend conferences and workshops, network with fellow business owners, or go to seminars on specific topics, there is something happening almost every day to help you out. Find out more about upcoming events that might be relevant for you on the Alliance calendar.

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Know before you grow! The La Plata Economic Development Alliance works closely with the governing bodies in La Plata County to make sure that all businesses get the assistance they need in order to succeed here. Here you will find more information on the local governing bodies, how to contact them, and key information for buying, building, and permitting your business.

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Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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