All Things Business!

Successful businesses are the heart of the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce. We want to do everything possible to help your business succeed from the time you first dream of it to the day you open your doors and beyond.

Having the proper tools to build and grow your business can make a huge difference. We are always happy to speak with you personally to answer questions or discuss ideas. In addition, we have created this information page which will guide you through the many areas that will make a diffence to your businesses success.

Each highlighted topic will lead you to a page with information specific to that area as well as numerous helpful links. Start with these and if you then need additional information, click on the Tools for Business box located on the right side of this and subsequent business pages. 

Top Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Business
Economic Development Letter to Businesses from the City of Cortez


Information, Tips & Education

IGNITE program 
Local Logistics: City & county tax information, permits and licensing
Business Formation & Planning: Evaluating your concept, business plan development and evaluation
Employer Assistance Finding the right person and retention
Marketing Letting others know about your business 
Government Bidding & PTAC Local and state agencies are potential valuable clients so find out how your business might benefit
Technology in your Business Website design, communicating and more
Networking & Social Media Word of mouth and social interaction are a key to business success
Free Online Business Workshops with SCORE: Offer a wealth of webinars and other support

Regional, State & Federal Resources

Montezuma Community Economic Development Association
Region 9 Economic Development District
Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center Network: weekly appointments are available with Southwest Colorado SBDC at the Chamber; call 970-247-7009 to schedule
Colorado Small Business Development Center Network
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
United States Small Business Development
Native American Business Primer
National Association of Women Business Owners
Small Business Loans (microloans)