Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Small Business Help

Business Resources

Entrepreneurial-based small business is the backbone of the Routt County economy (90 percent of registered businesses have less than 10 employees). But while the sense of independence that comes from moving to a mountain town lends itself to entrepreneurship, how do you get started in a new community with few connections?

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College helps budding entrepreneurs bridge the gap between a good idea and a feasible business plan. Offering a free First Steps monthly workshop with basics on business planning, a Success Steps business luncheon series, and a low cost small business workshop called Next Steps, the YVEC has numerous programs and resources to help you start a business.

SCORE, a free business counseling service, is also hosted at CMC. Its counselors are highly experienced professionals who volunteer to assist small business owners and start-ups on creating budgets, marketing strategies, operating plans and overcoming barriers to success.

CMC’s business incubator also offers professional office space in its Academic Center for entrepreneurs who wish to work in a supportive, flexible environment with an assigned mentor. Conference rooms, shared office resources, plus the convenience of a campus cafeteria, fitness facilities and academic learning options create an ideal environment for an office-based business launch. Info: 970-870-4491, www.coloradomtn.edu/yvec.

Starting a Business in Steamboat

Want to open a business in Steamboat Springs? The following business resources can help:

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association: www.steamboatchamber.com

Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council

www.steamboatbiz.com

SCORE

www.score.org

Main Street Steamboat Springs

www.mainstreetsteamboat.com

Steamboat Sales Tax Reports

www.steamboatsprings.net

Yampa Valley Partners/Community Indicators

www.yampavalleypartners.com/community_indicators

Routt County Livability Index

www.livabilityindex.com

Colorado Mountain College/Yampa valley Entrepreneurship Center

www.coloradomtn.edu

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

www.advancecolorado.com

Community Information Center

www.yampavalley.info

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Looking for a job?

Job-hunters in Steamboat Springs have great resources for finding employment.

YampaValleyJobs.com/Steamboat Today Classifieds: The newspaper’s classified sections offer multi-category job listings; the paper’s sister site, www.yampavalleyjobs.com, showcases a wider range of categories and tips and resources on how to grow your career, job matches and alerts. Info: (970) 879-1502, www.steamboattoday.com   

Steamboat Workforce Center: This office connects job seekers with jobs, provides economic barometers, assists injured and unemployed workers, and more. Employer services include applicant screening and referrals, recruitment assistance, labor market information, on-the-job training, reimbursement, workshops, information on tax credits and layoff assistance. Info: (970) 879-3075, www.colorado.gov/cdle, www.steamboatchamber.com

Young Professionals Network: A division of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, YPN helps entrepreneurs and other professionals interact, share ideas, attend symposiums and leadership development seminars, and more. Info: www.steamboatchamber.com.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. Job Fair: One of the largest employers in the valley, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. offers employment opportunities at all levels. Held twice a year in the fall, its job fairs let applicants speak with representatives from each department to learn about job opportunities. Info: (970) 871-5132 www.steamboat.com.

Web resources

Want fingertip resources for your move to Steamboat? Visit www.SteamboatBiz.com and www.MovetoSteamboat.com. The Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council is a 25-member volunteer council promoting environmentally sound and long-term economic stability and diversification. Its web site (www.SteamboatBiz.com ) is designed to foster economic growth in the community. “Its purpose is to provide all the information existing or new businesses might need in one cohesive site,” says SSCRA president Jim Clark.  “It’s designed to support everything the Steamboat business community has to offer.”

STRATEGIC BUSINESS ADVANTAGES

  • Yampa Valley Regional Airport 22 miles west of Steamboat
  • City airport for private and charter service
  • Four-hour drive to international airport
  • Full option of product shipping and delivery services
  • Multiple options for cellular and high-speed Internet services
  • Plenty of industrial space for commercial growth
  • Affordable utility costs compared to the rest of the nation
  • Colorado tax rates for individuals remain low relative to national average
  • Business taxes on par with national average

“With advances in both communication and transportation technologies, the concerns of needing to be in a big city are a thing of the past for small outdoor manufacturers.”

–Butch Boucher, president, Moots Cycles.

AMENITIES AND SERVICES FOR EMPLOYEES, FAMILIES

  • Fifth-largest ski area in Colorado; indoor Olympic-sized ice rink; six-court indoor tennis center; 1,053-acre Steamboat Lake
  • Highly rated public school system as well as private and Christian school options
  • Active church congregations in many denominations
  • Quality, regional health care services and hospital ranked safest in Colorado by Consumer Reports
  • Numerous restaurants, bars, retail stores; three major grocery stores
  • Strings Music Pavilion; Free Summer Concert Series
  • Taxi and shuttle services; bike lanes and trails; free city bus system

ENTREPRENEUR AND SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

Small business owners and location-neutral workers receive encouragement through networking opportunities and support from the city, county, chamber and community college.

  • Colorado Mountain College’s Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center
  • Yampa Valley SCORE office of U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Colorado Mountain College Customized Business Services training
  • Colorado Mountain College business courses
  • Young Professionals Network 
  • Ignite Steamboat group for entrepreneurs and tech-types
  • Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association membership benefits

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association strives to support, encourage and sustain a vibrant, healthy economy in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding areas. It focuses on traditional chamber of commerce activities and membership relations as well as economic development and destination marketing of non-ski season months. The Chamber hosts networking and educational events throughout the year in addition to an annual meeting and Navigator Award ceremony. A multitude of special events focused on driving visitation are also produced by the Chamber. For more information contact Jane Blackstone, Economic Development Director, jane@steamboatchamber.com, (970) 875-600

Tax Structure – Fast Facts

  • Sales tax:  Steamboat Springs 4%, Colorado 2.9%, Routt County 1%, Routt RE School District 0.5%
  • Short-term accommodations tax: 1%  
  • Local marketing district lodging tax: 2%
  • School tax: 0.5%, allocated by the Education Fund Board
  • Routt County reappraises property every odd year for the two following years.  This market value is multiplied by the assessment rate of 7.96% for all residential properties (29% for all other properties).
  • Commercial property accounts for four times the amount per $100,000 in valuation as residential property tax.
  • Colorado income tax: 4.63% of taxable federal income.

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