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Dealing with stress when it crops up in the workplace

No matter what facet of our lives we examine, it would seem as though stress is unavoidable. Maybe we experience stress at home, maybe we experience it at work, and maybe we experience it at home...

DATE: April 17, 2021 | COLUMN: Local First

Unapologetic advocacy for local self-reliance

What does it take to make positive change in the world? How can an individual make an impact on a system that is so much larger than herself? It certainly seems daunting, but one individual can...

DATE: March 20, 2021 | COLUMN: Local First

Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace

Many of us are familiar with efforts to increase workforce diversity in relation to characteristics such as gender, religion, ethnicity, race, disability, age, sexual orientation and education....

DATE: Feb. 20, 2021 | COLUMN: Local First

Local First is the voice of the local business community

Now, more than ever, supporting local, independent business is critical to bolstering our economy. Local First is proud to be working with La Plata County through their Cares Act funding to...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

La Plata Cares: Support for businesses hit by COVID-19

Well, 2020 couldn’t get any weirder. And just as the business community is buckling down for a long, hard winter, another financial support mechanism has emerged: La Plata Cares. The program’s...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

The case for providing a supportive workplace

Researchers have known for several decades that providing a supportive workplace pays dividends. To be more specific, employees form an overall sense of how much...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Bringing price relief and accountability to healthcare

It’s been a long, winding road since January 2018 when Local First received impassioned feedback at our annual meeting that the price of healthcare, and health insurance premiums in particular,...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Keep doing your part to support local businesses

We are fortunate to live in an area with such a strong and ethical local business community. The vast majority of our local business leaders believe in the old...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Now more than ever, look Local First when shopping

These are strange times. The COVID-19 weirding experience that we are all facing personally and professionally continues to hang over our homes and the economy.

DATE: June 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

How do we go back to ‘normal,’ and should we?

As we enter May, we enter what is normally a time for celebration around Durango – event season begins, Fort Lewis graduation occurs and almost every weekend there are multiple happenings around...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

The COVID mandate: Adapt and survive

The theme song that appears to be emerging from the COVID-19 health crisis is “adapt and survive.” As thousands of businesses come to a screeching halt, we are all scrambling to reinvent ourselves...

DATE: April 18, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

Supporting local business during the coronavirus

As I sit here trying to write my first column as managing director of Local First, three months into the job, the world is facing a pandemic. Whether we actually get hit hard by coronavirus or just...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Local First

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