Applications for Business Matching Grant Program Goes Live September 3

On August 11, the Louisville City Council adopted the Recovery & Improvement Matching Grant Program to continue assistance to businesses that have suffered economic injury to stabilize and recover. 

The program application will open September 3. The application link will be posted on the City’s website and will also be shared via an email announcement that day. 

The program is funded by $150,000 from the City’s General Fund. The City anticipates the program will run through December 31, 2020, though it may end earlier if all program funds are spent. Eligible businesses can seek 50% matching funds for projects that meet the Program Criteria, with a maximum matching grant of $10,000. Each eligible business may only receive one funded project under this program. Only projects that have not been completed or previously paid-for will be considered.

Businesses should review the program information now and consider whether to submit an application. Please contact Economic Vitality Director Megan Pierce if you have questions about whether your project will meet program criteria: mpierce@louisvilleco.gov or 303.335.4531. 

A dedicated Recovery & Improvement webpage contains more detailed information about program eligibility, criteria, and process.

Virtual Taste Race 5K

Due to the mass gathering restrictions and safety, we will be doing a Virtual Taste 5K from Aug. 29-Sept. 5, 2020 that ONLY cost $25!

You can run, walk, skip, jog…..even dance your 5K as we create a unique audio experience for you during your participation. It’s a perfect way to get out of the house and have some fun! 

The race goes from Aug. 29-Sept. 5.  So you can complete the race whenever you feel the most energetic!

Since this is a virtual race, the course can be whatever you’d like it to be.  All uphill, all downhill, a little of both or on your treadmill binge watching your favorite show!

The best part, you can participate anywhere!

Wait, we take that back, the REALLY BEST part is that proceeds from this event will benefit Louisville Rising!  This organization is raising money for local businesses affected by COVID-19.  We are excited to be able to support chamber member businesses through this organization! 

Register TODAY at http://www.louisvilletasterace.com
Cost: $25 & includes a custom T-Shirt, Mask (mask available to first 250 registered) and motivational audio to listen to along your 5K

A special thanks to our Sponsors Premier Members Credit Union, Avista Hospital, Trailhead Wealth Management, Planet Fitness , AllState Insurance – Catherine Davis & Colorado Landmark Realtors

State of the City – 6/25/2020

We are so thankful to have Mayor Stolzmann provide us with information on what has been happening in Louisville! Check out the video of 2020 State of the City here!

Spaghetti Open drawing for Imperial Membership to the Coal Creek Golf Course – worth $2400!

ATTENTION GOLFERS! WIN an Imperial Membership to the Coal Creek Golf Course – worth $2400! We know this year has been a tough one, and though we had to cancel our Annual Spaghetti Open Golf Tournament, we still want to do something fun & exciting for you!
The Louisville Chamber is presenting an opportunity for you to win an Imperial Membership to the Coal Creek Golf Course worth $2,400!

This membership includes – • Unlimited golf anytime• Unlimited range balls • $1 off carts Loyalty Point program on all golf purchases • 10% to 15% discount on all golf merchandise • 25% discount at Sweet Spot Cafe • Three prepaid guest passes • Free Gift!

Entries this competition are $25/each and you may buy as many entries as you’d like! The winner will be announced on Friday, July 10th, the day the tournament would have taken place.

We will also have additional prizes to be given away which include a ONE YEAR Membership to Planet Fitness and a CASE of golf balls from Varra Financial Associates!
We wanted to extend a special thank you to Coal Creek Golf Course for making this possible!

You can purchase your entries here with the following links:
1 Entry
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2 Entries
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3 Entries
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4 Entries
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5 Entries
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If you would like to purchase more than 5 entries, please email Amy at coordinator@louisvillechamber.comTHANK YOU for supporting the Louisville Chamber!

Support Local & WIN $500!

During this challenging time, it is critical that we support our small businesses.

When you purchase anything from a local small business, including gift cards, submit your receipts to info@louisvillechamber.com and you will be entered to win $500 cash! 

In order for our businesses to have a future, we need to help them today!

Here is a great resource on how you can support your business community www.LouisvilleCO.gov/SupportLocal

Leap of Kindness Day

We’re Taking the Leap!

Every four years, Leap Day presents a unique opportunity to consider how we would use an extra day if we had one. This year, The Louisville Chamber is elated to use the extra day to give back to our community through participating in the second national Leap of Kindness Day on February 29. In concert with our fellow Northwest Chamber Alliance members in Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior, we will hold a food drive in recognition of the ongoing food insecurity issues that affect our beloved communities.

What will you do with the extra day we all get this Leap Year?”

The Saratoga, NY Chamber of Commerce initiated the first Leap of Kindness Day in 2016 by asking this very question. In the spirit of mobilizing the power of the business community to do good, their goal was to inspire fellow chambers of commerce across the country to utilize Leap Day to create a positive impact. And in 2020, we’ve decided to answer the call by giving back to the very communities that support us day in and day out.

Addressing the needs of the Boulder Valley region

So out of all of the ways, we can serve our communities, why did we choose to organize a food drive? After the holidays, food banks can tend to experience a slowdown in donations during the spring season that tends to last through the summer. Food insecurity, however, is not a seasonal event. In an effort to support the thousands of Boulder Valley residents who experience food insecurity throughout the year, our intention this February is to keep food insecurity issues top of mind – beyond the holiday season.

A ripple effect across the nation

The first Leap of Kindness Day in 2016 saw over 50 chambers in 30 states participate in the initiative. This year, the goal is for over 100 chambers across the country to dedicate February 29 to acts of service in their communities.

As T.J. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Superior Chamber of Commerce and coordinator of the Northwest Chamber Alliance Leap of Kindness Day efforts, notes, “As chambers of commerce, our communities feed us. This is a chance for us to return the favor.” Our goal this February 29th is to unite with our fellow chambers of commerce here in Colorado and across the nation to amplify the power of community service. We hope you’ll join us in the effort.

The Louisville Chamber will be accepting non-perishable items for Louisville Community Food Bank on Leap Day, Saturday, February 29th from 10 am-2 pm at the Chamber office located at 901 Main Street.

If you can’t make it that day, you can drop off items at the chamber office the following week!  

For more information on the national Leap of Kindness Day, visit the Saratoga County Foundation page here.

6th Annual Pints in the Park

Don’t miss your chance to end the summer with your friends and neighbors in, what we think, is the greatest community around!
Pints in the Park will be held on Saturday, August 31st from 12-4pm at Community Park in Louisville (955 Bella Vista Drive).

Tickets are ONLY $25 for UNLIMITED tastes, souvenir taster glass, live music, a silent disco and fun in the sun! Price of the ticket increases the day of the event, so be sure to grab yours here!

Here is a list of the 2019 participating Breweries!

300 Suns
5280 Beer Co
Big Thompson Brewery
Boulder Beer
CB & Potts
Crystal Springs Brewing co
Endo Brewing Company
Gravity Brewing
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co.
New Planet
Oasis
Odd13
Redgarden Restaurant & Brewery
Stem Cider
Twisted Pine Brewing Co
Upslope Brewing Co
West Flanders Brewing
Wild Cider

Food will be available for purchase from these yummy vendors!

Tibet’s Restaurant
Lulu’s BBQ
Abo’s Pizza
Bela Luna Gelato
Hey! Franks Hot Dogs

E3YP – East 3 Young Professionals

If you’ve ever felt “young” at a chamber event, there’s finally something for you. The E3YPs intent is to encourage young professionals to interact and grow within their community through our local chambers. We recognize the business needs of young professionals can differ greatly from other chamber members and in an effort to better serve these individuals we have created a collaborative space to network together, build their brands, and contribute to the community. Young Professionals who are members of the Louisville, Lafayette, and/or Superior chambers (the “East 3” Boulder Valley chambers of commerce) are invited to E3YP events.

Come learn about how this new organization will add value to your professional experience through future training, community service, and social opportunities.

Stay up to date with all the E3YP happenings by checking our events calendar, the E3YP Facebook Page, or TEXT “E3YP” to 888111.

December Business Tip

How to Reduce Stress over the Holidays

If you spend the holiday season rushing about like a panicked lemming, it’s time to apply some time management strategies.
For many, the holiday season is the season of stress. There are just so many things to do, and a limited time to do them in. Working people may feel especially harassed, trying to cram holiday activities into their already limited “leisure” time.
If you’re one of those people feeling more frazzled than festive, taking the time to use a few time management strategies can really reduce stress over the holidays and you’ll feel as if you’re in control.

1) Make a list.
Divide a page into two columns. List the things you have to do to prepare for the holiday season, such as gift shopping, on one side of the page and the things you want to do, such as special holiday baking, on the other side of the page.

2) Pick and choose your holiday activities.
Many of us do what we do during the holiday season just because we always have, turning the entire month of December into a mad whirl of non-stop holiday preparations and activities. If the things on your list that you have to do outnumber the things that you want to do, it’s time to make your list more manageable by eliminating some of these holiday activities.

3) Get an early start.
There’s no rule that says that all holiday activities have to be crammed into one week. You can decorate your home for the holiday season in November if you want. Food for the holiday season can be bought in advance, and gifts can be bought any time of year.

4) Get help.
Who says that you personally have to do all the baking, and/or do all the holiday season decorating? This year, give yourself the gift of holiday stress relief by patronizing a local bakery, hiring a cleaning service to clean your home, or even having your holiday season party or festive dinner catered. Think about how much your time (and sanity) is worth, and contract out accordingly.

5) Avoid rushing around in a holiday frenzy.
To reduce stress, pre-plan and coordinate your journeys. You can easily combine running errands with shopping, for example, so why make separate trips? And why go shopping 10 or 12 times? Use your list and make your calls to cut down on the hours you need to spend shopping.

6) Turn chores into events.
Everyone finds some holiday season activities that have to be done drudgery. Make whatever it is you find drudgery more enjoyable by making it special and different.

7) Build time to relax and enjoy the festive season into your schedule.
Take the time to drive around and enjoy the incredible displays of holiday lights, attend a special holiday concert, make snow angels with the kids, or just take a long hot bath. Your holiday stress will drop considerably.

By Susan Ward

November Business Tip

Techniques for Increasing Motivation
Increasing motivation in your workplace can help improve performance, raise morale and boost productivity. While different motivators work for different types of employees, there are several common techniques for getting employees excited and energized for their jobs. If in doubt, ask employees what you can do for them to help them feel more motivated about their professional setting.

 

Creative a Positive Work Environment

Motivate employees by giving them an upbeat, positive work environment. Encourage teamwork and idea-sharing, and make sure staffers have the tools and knowledge to perform their jobs well. Be available when employees need you to be a sounding board or a dispute mediator. Eliminate conflict as it arises, and give employees freedom to work independently when appropriate.

 

Set Goals

Help employees become self-motivated by helping them establish professional goals and objectives. Not only does this give employees something to strive for, but your business benefits when goals are tied to corporate contributions. Make sure goals are reasonable and achievable so employees don’t get discouraged. Encourage them when they hit notable milestones.

 

Provide Incentives

Increase motivation by providing incentives to work toward. You can create individual incentives for each employee or team incentives to motivate employees as a group. Financial incentives can include cash prizes, gift cards or restaurant gift certificates. Nonfinancial incentives can include extra vacation days, compressed work weeks or choice office space or parking spots.

 

Recognize Achievements

Celebrate employee achievements through employee-of-the-month or star performer awards. Make a big deal out of accomplishments by celebrating at staff meetings. Print certificates or engrave plaques, issue a press release or post a notice on your company website. Recognize team accomplishments as well as individual efforts.

 

Share Profits

Motivate employees with the incentive of a profit-sharing program. In this way, employees increase their earnings when they help you increase yours. This approach simultaneously promotes collective goal-setting and teamwork. It also gives employees a sense of pride in ownership and can improve performance and reduce turnover as well as raise morale.

 

Solicit Employee Input

Regularly survey employees about their levels of satisfaction. You can conduct anonymous polls or hire an independent party to conduct a formal focus group. This will help you catch potential morale breakers before they get out of hand. Soliciting employee input also shows staffers that you care about their opinions and want to continually improve working conditions.

 

Provide Professional Enrichment

Encourage employees to continue their education or participate in industry organizations. Provide tuition reimbursement or send employees to skills workshops and seminars. If an employee is motivated to an upward career path, offer mentoring and job shadowing opportunities to keep them focused. Promote from within whenever possible, and create opportunities to help employees develop from a professional standpoint.
by Lisa McQuerrey, studioD