It is the mission of the Bent County Development Foundation to increase the general economic development and improve the quality of life for existing and future residents of Bent County.
We focus on supporting existing businesses, bringing in new business, and strengthening the economic infrastructure of the community so that every business can thrive.
Retention - Expansion - Development
We also partner with the following:
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Southeast Business Retention, Expansion, and Attraction (SEBREA)
Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED)
BBA- Colorado Mesa University
Business Owner- Good Day Disc Golf
“I am honored to be a part of the Bent County Development Foundation. I grew up in rural Colorado, and I understand the importance of growth and development in our small communities; which hinge on the foundation of our proud histories, and those who have come before us. Moving forward, we all have the opportunity to explore new ventures and avenues of economic growth and development; and I am excited to be an integral part of that movement.”
Bryan Simmons- First National Bank
Kim MacDonnell- Bent County Commissioner
Victoria Valdez- Valley-Wide Health Systems
Chuck Netherton- Bent County Commissioner
Sonny Smith- City Council Member
David Armstrong- City Council Member
Nancy Gerlock- Chamber of Commerce
Dale Leighty- First National Bank
Bill Long- LA Fast Food, Inc.
Kep Proctor- Mountain Prairie/Hormel
Elsie Goines- Las Animas School District
Sam Vigil- Vigil Law Office, LLC
Adam Nevland- First Insurance Services
Our goal is to create quality jobs that will support and sustain the community. We are always looking for opportunities to bring new business and activities to Bent County. We offer numerous resources for start-ups as well as for businesses looking to expand in our area.
Job retention and business assistance go hand-in-hand. We are here to support local businesses in their efforts to not only survive, but to THRIVE. Through community support activities, employee trainings, workshops, and more- we are here to help!
Safety, education quality and opportunity, poverty reduction, environmental quality, and cultural and recreational amenities all feed into our quality of life. Good quality of life makes living, working, and conducting business in a community worthwhile. We are here to advocate for the businesses and the residents of Bent County.
Do you have a great business idea, but no idea how to get started? Set up a time to talk to our Director, and you will be led through the process of starting your own business. We also serve as a resource/liaison for potential NEW businesses to expand or relocate into our community.
Do you have a great business idea, but no idea how to get started? Set up a time to talk to our Director, and you will be led through the process of starting your own business. We also serve as a resource/liason for potential NEW businesses to expand or relocate into our community.
The BCDF and Santa Fe Trail BOCES are coordinating opportunities for local businesses and community leaders to connect with local students through job shadow opportunities, unpaid semester student internships, or real world problem scenario experiences. Contact Sammie at the Bent County Development Foundation
We are here to help find funding to promote Arts & Culture, Education, Children/Youth Services, Community Improvement, Economic Development, Health & Wellness, Housing, Philanthropy, Sports & Recreation, Technology, and more.
Providing accurate information online is crucial in this day-and-age. The BCDF can aid in website development and social media marketing for your business. These efforts will contribute to continued success of your business.
We partner with organizations throughout the region, as well as with state and federal agencies and organizations to retain, support, and promote the well-being and economic health of Bent County and our neighbors.
Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED)
Southeast Colorado Business Retention Expansion Attraction (SEBREA)
Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD)
Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
Total Concept (formerly Tri-County Housing)
Regional Coordinating Council (RCC)
Entrepreneurship is vital to growing communities. Out of every 1000 people across the nation, 3 will become entrepreneurs every month- it's up to the remaining 997 to show support for those businesses- to help them thrive, and to help our communities prosper.
Agriculture is vital to Bent County. There is a growing shortage of young farmers getting started in agriculture, and there's a never ending demand for food... what will be done to make up the difference in that dilemma?
The impact that water has on Bent County is immeasurable. From farming/ranching to recreational activities and fishing- water is the life-blood of our county.
Our goal is to connect with the community and provide support to Bent County businesses and residents. Please let us know how we can support you.
332 Amb Thompson Boulevard, Las Animas, Colorado 81054, United States
The office may be closed during normal business hours, as Sammie often works off-site. Please call ahead to make sure she is in.