Small Business Resources

Small Business Resources

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking in Telluride. Listed below are useful resources to help you research new business opportunities in the area or improve your organization's performance.

Telluride Tourism Board/Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1009
Telluride, CO 81435

Local & County Resources


Sales tax in both Telluride and Mountain Village is 8.4%, of which town tax is 4.5%, Colorado State sales tax is 2.9%, and San Miguel County sales tax is 1%. In addition, there is a 2% restaurant tax and 4% lodging tax.

For a complete list of tax-related information:

Business Licenses

The Towns of Telluride and Mountain Village both require organizations that conduct business within town limits to hold current business licenses. To apply for a business license or for more information, please refer to the links below:

  • Town of Telluride has a business license law that mandates the licensing of persons doing business within Telluride Town limits (Municipal Code Section 6-1-10 through 6-1-100) and Lawson Hill. Non-profits are exempt from this requirement. Business license proceeds are distributed to the visitors bureau and Marketing Telluride, Inc. for regional marketing (74%), to the Open Space Fund (20%), and to town administration (6%).
  • Town of Mountain Village requires a business license for all businesses and in-home businesses operating within Mountain Village Town limits, including non-profit organizations. For those conducting temporary activities (i.e., building, housekeeping, landscaping and painting) with out-of-town office locales or on a contractual basis, you must also apply for a business license. 

Liquor Licensing

The Telluride Liquor Licensing Authority and the Colorado Department of Revenue must both approve any application for a liquor license or any change to a liquor license. Neither entity may issue a license without the consent of the other.

In Telluride, a hearing officer acts as the local Liquor Licensing Authority for all liquor matters except new licenses, with Town Council approving or denying new licenses and appeals. The local Liquor Licensing Authority meets on a regular basis. An application is placed on the agenda after it is complete and public noticing requirements have been met. For application information, please click here.

In Mountain Village, if you plan to serve and/or sell alcohol to the general public, the Mountain Village Town Council grants such licenses. Click here for complete application information.

There is a comprehensive application process, and your first contact is the Mountain Village Town Clerk. Acting on behalf of the local Liquor Licensing Authority, the Town Clerk is authorized to:

  • Accept your liquor license application
  • Process your application
  • Schedule public hearings regarding your liquor license request

For state liquor law, it is recommended that you order a code book from the State Forms Center. Click here to review the code online.
4200 Garfield
Denver, CO 80261

State of Colorado Resources

Colorado Tourism Office

The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) was created in 2000 to promote Colorado as a tourism destination.  A board of directors oversees the CTO and is compromised of 15 individuals from hotel, restaurant, attraction and other tourism-related businesses as well as Colorado legislators. is the official tourism website for the State of Colorado.

The CTO generously awarded a 2011 grant to the Telluride Tourism Board for online marketing initiatives.

Created by the State of Colorado to benefit businesses and private citizens, the site includes information on the following:

  • Starting a business
  • Running a business
  • Relocating a business
  • Closing a business
  • Professional licenses
  • Online services for businesses

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) fosters a positive business climate that encourages quality economic development through financial and technical assistance provided in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout the State of Colorado.

1625 Broadway St., Ste. 2700
Denver, CO 80202
Fax: 303.892.3848

Small Business Development Centers 

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network is dedicated to helping small businesses throughout Colorado achieve their goals by providing free confidential counseling and various training programs. The SBDC combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community. Regulatory, management, financial and marketing experts work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure. Contact 303.592.5920 for more information.

Federal Resources

US Department of Labor

This site includes the statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers.

US Government Official Web Portal

Services on this site include the following:

  • Filing taxes online
  • Filing wage reports
  • Getting a state business license
  • Getting an Employer ID Number
  • Getting online training
  • Verifying an employee’s Social Security Number
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