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Letter: Building the bridge to a stronger local economy

Building the bridge to a stronger local economy

The Roaring Fork Valley is a unique place and a home to passionate people. With the economy climbing out of the recession it is tempting to say that business development should take a step down in our priorities as a community and we can all have a collective sigh of relief – but this is not the case at all. Now, with the economy recovering, the Roaring Fork Valley has to focus on business development, planning and the task of developing local investment, entrepreneurs and infrastructure.

The upcoming Investing/Pitch Academy on Friday, June 27 – hosted by the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center – is a great example of these efforts. The organization and its founder, Randi Lowenthal, need to be recognized for their outstanding efforts to bring jobs and growth to the region. This ‘PitchFest’ is an exciting occasion, offering real entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to real investors and investors the introduction to new investments as well as an educational offering for both groups. This event is a win-win for the valley and the workforce. This letter is a call to action the people of the valley: 1) please submit your application to pitch; 2) if you are a small business owner with big ideas and if you invest, please consider going to the Angel Investing 101; 3) if you want to find out about and encourage big ideas, attend the Pitch session. Go to the website at http://www.rfbrc.org to learn more. With the right tools local investing can net a huge payout with much less risk than many people think.

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center’s efforts connect entrepreneurs of all stripes with investors and access to capital, which has brought new life to the valley. Colorado Lending Source is the state’s trusted not-for-profit resource for small business lending, celebrating our 25th anniversary next year – and we rely on partnerships with organizations like the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center. Commitment to both business development and the organizations that keep our area vibrant needs to be demonstrated. Our communities at large and their support need to be redoubled, not just by the business community and leaders, but by everyone, as everyone has a part to play to lay the foundation for the jobs that our children will need to realize their version of the dream in our high mountain paradise.

Nicole Christianson

Glenwood Springs

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