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.
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:
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.
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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.
Telluride Venture Accelerator
The Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) is an annual competition seeks talented entrepreneurs with high-growth businesses focused in the areas of natural and organic products; health and healthy living; tourism; recreation; outdoor products; energy; water; and education. Up to six companies are chosen to receive $25,000 in seed funding, valuable free services from companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, and a five-month residential mentoring program in Telluride, Colorado.
Telluride Arts is an organization that provides a vibrant voice and resource for the Telluride Arts District, supporting artists and connecting the public to the area's wonderfully vast array of arts and culture. At TellurideArts.org, find a clearinghouse for the arts that provides a comprehensive list of resources for artists, local non-profit arts organizations, galleries, performance venues, upcoming and annual events, and a directory of the numerous artists who contribute to such a rich cultural life in Telluride.
State of Colorado Resources
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.
For a complete list of tax-related information:
Colorado.com is the official tourism website for the State of Colorado. The CTO generously awarded a 2016 grant to the Telluride Tourism Board for digital marketing initiatives.
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. The SBDC combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the private sector to meet the needs of the small business community.
Get free assistance with marketing, advertising, social media, bookkeeping, Quickbooks, taxes, financing and loan assistance, licensing and registration, business plan development, human resources, exit strategies and more. To register for counseling in San Miguel County, please visit http://www.region10.net/register-for-business-consulting. You can also contact the West Central-Region 10 SBDC office, located in Montrose, Colorado at 970-249-2466.
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
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
This site includes the statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers.
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