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
https://pl.mxmerchant.com/mxcustomer/d/a50168b6-ae89-4cd9-bd5c-d430a3b18c7b/v3?amt=25
2 Entries
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3 Entries
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4 Entries
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5 Entries
https://pl.mxmerchant.com/mxcustomer/d/a50168b6-ae89-4cd9-bd5c-d430a3b18c7b/v3?amt=125

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.

Engage

President’s Message ~ 2016

I was sitting in one of our local coffee shops, reflecting on 2015 and what I hope to see in this New Year, and had an overwhelming thankfulness for this town. We may not be “so little” any more, but the character and charm of Louisville has carried on through every growth spurt, and that’s what makes it unique. A community of small and large businesses, people, dreamers, and doers that put us on the map and make this place thrive!

So when I think about what I hope for in 2016, I hope to ENGAGE this wonderful community, made up of everything listed above and more, and tap into all you have to offer!

What do I mean by engage? Well, I believe the best way to create & sustain a thriving business community is to find out what people are most passionate about, and let them run with it. This year, I look to engage our Chamber members by asking you to find what you’re passionate about and put it to use for your fellow members and community!

At some point you wanted to be a part of something bigger, but often busy schedules and life stresses pull us away from what we want to do. They disengage us without us even realizing it, but now you find yourself in a comfortable routine, and it’s a little daunting to risk changing that.

I want to challenge you to try, to become engaged again, to rekindle whatever made you want to get involved in the first place.

What does this look like?

  • Get involved with the events that interest you most. We have no shortage of fantastic events to be a part of! Like beer? Find out how you can be a part of Pints in the Park!
  • Have a great business tip? Share it at a networking event, or better yet, host a happy hour with the Chamber to share it with our members.
  • Engage in social media. You are on there already, share what you find interesting from our page with friends, and share what you think we should know on our pages!
  • Push past your comfort zone at the next After Hours, meet someone new, and then visit their business. The only way to make meaningful connections is to be a meaningful connection.

I read recently that “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there”. Let this be a year of growth for you, for our Chamber, and for our community. I look forward to all you will get to experience this year when you take that leap!

Sarah Giammaria ~ 2016 Chamber President

What Does “Involved” Mean To You?

Summer is one of the best times to take advantage of our thriving Louisville community by getting involved!  I realize the word “involved” can feel a bit daunting … especially if you’re not certain exactly what IS involved.  It can mean many different things.  Most importantly it means you can be directly connected to a variety of events, festivals, special programs and fundraising activities on any level that works for you!  Here are my 3 top, easy and fun ways to get involved:

#1 – Networking: if you aren’t already regularly attending our Louisville Chamber networking events such as our “Business After Hours” and our new monthly “Biz Crawl,” to name a couple, please consider attending.  These events are a direct benefit to the profitability and success of our member businesses and organizations.  You will meet new people and see familiar faces!

#2 – Special Programs and Fundraising Activities: Getting involved in these types of opportunities are not only important by giving your support, but they are also great ways to market your business and pick up on practices and ideas that you may not have thought of!

#3 – Volunteer: By offering your time to volunteer with fellow Louisville Chamber members, you are helping to improve and protect our business environment and overall quality of life in our Louisville community.  Our Chamber is always looking for and welcoming volunteers for our events and we are so very grateful for your time and support!  Just give us a call if you are interested.  It is A LOT of fun!

The Louisville Chamber of Commerce is committed to making our community a fantastic place to live, work, have fun and thrive.  There are lots of fun options of entertainment and adventure –day or night–  all year long.  Please consider getting involved … you will be glad you did!