Chaffee County is a place for makers and doers actively building for the future. Check out some local business leaders as they share their passion for Chaffee County and its economic environment.


From startups and scale-ups to location-neutral employers, Chaffee County offers an impressive array of resources to empower entrepreneurs and support small businesses growth and success.


Just over 2 hours from the Denver metro and nestled along the Continental Divide, Chaffee County is home to 12 14,000-foot peaks (the most of any U.S. county) and the world-renowned Arkansas River.


It’s never been a more exciting time to be a business owner and entrepreneur in Chaffee County. Stay caught up on the latest updates and initiatives including community events and local meetups.


We’re here to help businesses thrive. Check here for startup support, talent pipeline and workforce development, and a comprehensive list of financial services, lenders, and programs in the area.


Chaffee County communities are innovative, vibrant, and actively embracing a dynamic future. We treasure our long and storied Western heritage, while keeping an eye firmly on the future.


The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation promotes the retention, expansion, and creation of jobs. Located in the heart of Colorado’s Central Mountains, Chaffee County boasts an incredible combination of human capital and natural resources. To better support the influx of entrepreneurs and to work towards a thriving year-round economy we launched a new accelerator named Central Mountain Ascent. This 8-week program is powered by a world-class roster of mentors collectively made up of investors and serial entrepreneurs to seasoned ecosystem builders each aimed at empowering a new generation of dreamers, makers, and doers. In this video, you’ll hear from Executive Director, Jake Rishavy as well as first-hand testimonials from Chaffee County business owners.



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For more than a decade, the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (Chaffee County EDC) has led efforts on behalf of primary employers to create an economy that rivals our unsurpassed mountain lifestyle. Just 2 hours from the Denver metro area and nestled along the Continental Divide, we’re home to 12 14,000-foot peaks (the most of any U.S. county) and the headwaters of the Arkansas River, making it a global hotspot for remote workers. The EDC, by supporting business growth and workforce development efforts, serves the global industry by acting as a singular point of contact for businesses interested in locating or expanding their enterprise in a few of the best small towns in America: Salida, Buena Vista, and Poncha Springs, Colorado. The region-known for more than a century for its grit, entrepreneurship, and Western ethos now supports a lively and burgeoning startup community focused on social entrepreneurship and outdoor recreation.