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La Plata Cares: Support for businesses hit by COVID-19

Well, 2020 couldn’t get any weirder. And just as the business community is buckling down for a long, hard winter, another financial support mechanism has emerged: La Plata Cares. The program’s...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

The case for providing a supportive workplace

Researchers have known for several decades that providing a supportive workplace pays dividends. To be more specific, employees form an overall sense of how much...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Bringing price relief and accountability to healthcare

It’s been a long, winding road since January 2018 when Local First received impassioned feedback at our annual meeting that the price of healthcare, and health insurance premiums in particular,...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Keep doing your part to support local businesses

We are fortunate to live in an area with such a strong and ethical local business community. The vast majority of our local business leaders believe in the old...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Now more than ever, look Local First when shopping

These are strange times. The COVID-19 weirding experience that we are all facing personally and professionally continues to hang over our homes and the economy.

DATE: June 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

How do we go back to ‘normal,’ and should we?

As we enter May, we enter what is normally a time for celebration around Durango – event season begins, Fort Lewis graduation occurs and almost every weekend there are multiple happenings around...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

The COVID mandate: Adapt and survive

The theme song that appears to be emerging from the COVID-19 health crisis is “adapt and survive.” As thousands of businesses come to a screeching halt, we are all scrambling to reinvent ourselves...

DATE: April 18, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Supporting local business during the coronavirus

As I sit here trying to write my first column as managing director of Local First, three months into the job, the world is facing a pandemic. Whether we actually get hit hard by coronavirus or just...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Centura backs out of Southwest Health Alliance

In response to the growing support of the Southwest Health Alliance, a community-based health insurance cooperative in affiliation with the Peak Health Alliance, Centura Health announced today a...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Here’s how to help your Local First Foundation

Local First, the nonprofit organization that is the voice of local, independent businesses in La Plata County, has been serving the business community for 12 years now. We are approaching 300...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

’Tis the season for the Be Local Coupon Book

You’ve seen it around town – the bright teal book with the close-up of a Local First board member donning cool shades with a reflective Local First logo encouraging us to hone our 20/20 vision and...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Look local: Amazon enters the public sector

At Local First, we talk a lot about the impacts of shopping online to our local economy. And, to remind our readers, our name is “Local First,” not “Local or Death!” We encourage all community...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

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