Building a Better Manitou Springs
Business + Community + Environment
More than just a tourist town
Here you’ll find resources for Manitou Springs businesses and employers. With a historically tourism-dependent economy, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau & Office of Economic Development is committed to providing resources to help diversify the local economy.
The report is in
The Economic Development Plan
A two year action-plan for the Manitou Spring Chamber of Commerce in support of the definitions, visions, and plans of the City of Manitou Springs.
We are happy to support local businesses and start-ups. Here are the answers to some of our more frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to give us a call or stop in the office. We look forward to meeting you!
A business license is required for all businesses operating in Manitou Springs for more than seven (7) days in any calendar year. Business licenses can be obtained through the City of Manitou Springs Finance Department.
Visit the Business Page on the City of Manitou Springs website for more information.
Businesses are required to pay a 3.5% Use Tax on all purchases made outside of Manitou Springs for business operations within the city including, but not limited to Fixtures, Decor, Computers and Programs, Dishes, Linens, etc. You may submit your Use Tax when you apply for or renew your Business License, but you may monthly depending on the size and preference of your business.
Once Use Tax has been figured on the Use Tax Form, payment can be remitted via mail by check or in person by check, cash, or credit card to the Finance Department.
Renewal in the Gateway to Manitou area is happening now! The City is encouraging investors to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in our community. The City of Manitou Springs and the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority are readily available to work with you to help make your plans a reality.
Visit msura.org to learn more!
Looking out for Small Business
Revolving Loan Fund
In 2018 we launched a low-interest, revolving loan fund program to assist Manitou Springs businesses impacted by construction, utility work, and other factors. The Chamber partnered with the City, Vectra Bank, Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority, Pikes Peak Bulletin, Accion Microfinance Bank, and community members to create this fund.
The Chamber will issue the loans while chamber members, Vectra, Accion, and the Small Business Development Center will serve as advisors. Manitou Springs businesses are eligible for loans of up to $10,000 and have access to low-cost or free consulting support.
For more information, give us a call at (719) 685-5089.
The tip of the iceberg
Join the Chamber
Do you want access to liaisons working to communicate your needs with City officials? Are you looking for increased digital and print presence? Look no further than the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce. We are happy to support local businesses who help us grow the local economy and create a resilient community.
It Pays to Do Business in Manitou
Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone
Colorado’s Enterprise Zone program provides tax credits and incentives to businesses and projects that invest in economically depressed regions. All commercially zoned property in Manitou Springs falls within the Pikes Peak Enterprise Zone, and any business located within this zone that operates legally under both state and federal law is eligible to participate.** Participating businesses could save on their Colorado income tax bill for:
- Research and Development
- Employee training
- New hires
- Capital investments
- Employee training
- Rehabilitation of old and vacant buildings
**Marijuana-related businesses may not be legal at the federal level.
Existing Community Plans
Manitou Springs is a uniquely engaged community. Here you’ll find links to existing plans and documents related to economic development and the community vision.
This 2014 document offers suggestions related to disaster recovery and general economic development strategies to be used in future planning and implementation efforts to improve the local economy.
A 2012 community plan committed to economic vitality and sustainability, as well as, protect our heritage, natural beauty assets for arts, culture, life-long learning, and well-being.