Strengthening The Community Through Small Businesses

Steve Conklin is Edgewater Mayor

The vibrancy and diversity of Edgewater’s business community makes the city a great place to live and visit. Did you know that just under 80 percent of the City of Edgewater’s revenue comes from sales tax generated through Edgewater businesses? The city does not get revenue from property tax, that goes to fire protection and county services. Many of the over 150 Edgewater businesses generate sales tax that strengthens our city. Generally, services that a business provides aren’t taxable, but the products and supplies they sell are. So, support our local businesses by shopping and eating locally – some businesses even give perks if you bike to their store! 

Recently, I was talking to a small business owner who said that they wouldn’t have survived the past three years without Edgewater’s assistance and support. In recognition of the many pressures on businesses, especially local small businesses, we’ve been working on an expanded Business Support Program to continue to help our partners thrive. 

There are several components of the program:

Small Business Grant: This grant program is to provide support to Edgewater brick-and-mortar businesses. Grants are up to $1,500 that provide training to enhance business operations and/or a year membership in a regional business support organization (such as the West Metro Chamber, Colorado Hispanic Chamber, Good Business Colorado, and the Denver Metro Chamber). 

Customized Business Training:  We are collaborating with the Jeffco Small Business Development Network to establish training tailored specifically to Edgewater businesses. Head to to give your input.

New Business Welcome Program: We also want to support businesses moving into Edgewater, whether they are expanding, relocating, or opening a totally new business. Just some of the offerings are: 

• Ribbon Cutting Ceremony attended by elected city leaders and city staff. Think big scissors, big ribbons and big rewards!

• Individual Welcome Meeting with the City Manager 

• Introduction of New Businesses to the public at a City Council meeting and New Business Profiles in this publication, the Neighborhood Gazette

The recently redesigned City of Edgewater website has more information about business resources and the support program: www.EdgewaterCO.Gov/Business. We want to take this moment to thank all of the Edgewater Businesses who support and strengthen our city and communities. 

Airwaves in Edgewater: Radio History

Back as far as 1924 and again in the 1950s-80s, Edgewater was the home of successful radio stations. Those businesses thrived and impacted the entire metro area. On Thursday, July 13, at 6 p.m., at the Edgewater Civic Center, I’ll be presenting on the history of radio in Edgewater.  It’s free and a fun look back in time!

Steve Conklin is an Edgewater City Council member.

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