Mustard and Mining: Doing Business in Leadville
Hot-Diggity-Dog: Two Decades And Counting!
From the hotdog cart on historic Harrison Avenue to the mega-mining giant up on the hill, it’s some business #newsyoucanuse in Leadville Today. When it comes to special summer treats the only thing better than a juicy frank or tasty brat is having someone who knows exactly what you like on it. And for many who live in Leadville Today that bun-filling guru is none other than Jane Harelson from Jane’s Hot Dog Cart.
Did you know that this summer marks 20 years for everyone’s favorite red and white umbrella of happiness? It’s true, Harelson recalled starting the business at the turn of the millennium in 2000. Since then, Jane’s Hot Dog Cart can be found from Memorial Day past Labor Day in front of the Lake County Courthouse in downtown Leadville providing locals with a quick and inexpensive lunch – you can still get a dog, chips and a drink for $5 – and a place to catch up on the local news of the day.
For visitors, the quaint cart adds to the charming stage set on historic Harrison Avenue. Plus, Harelson is Leadville’s virtual Chamber of Commerce serving up the answers to questions ranging from where someone can buy a mosquito stick to what the conditions are like atop Mt Elbert.
“I do my best to answer their questions,” Harelson humbly states, although clearly as a native daughter of The Cloud City, she’s not likely to be stumped. Cart-side diners are also likely to find her daily cash tips going to a local cause, whether it’s someone needing help covering medical costs or funds towards a new diving board for the community swimming pool. It might be done just one hot dog sale at a time, but those frankfurters add up.
Any guesses to the low and high-end sales records for this wiener-mobile? It’s 11 and 250! Two-fifty? Yep, and it was during the 2011 Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. While many would think that number should be higher, the hot dog cart not only competes with today’s ever-louder “healthy-eating” message, but events like free community BBQs on one of the busiest summer days, has many culinary entrepreneurs scratching their heads as they watch their bottom lines get short-changed by the very agencies that rely on those sales taxes to fund their payrolls.
In fact, Jane reported that the last year (2017) that the airport held their 4th of July BBQ, her sales were low as folks were encouraged to leave downtown and head up to the airport. However, the next year when the county didn’t provide the FREE feeding frenzy (2018), her hot dog cart saw record sales numbers. It’s a fact that lends itself to a growing sentiment that tax-funded entities and agencies should try to avoid taking money from the very tax-paying coffers that feed them. After all, it’s these kinds of considerations that just might help Jane’s Hot Dog Cart continue to serve up the kraut for another 20 years! For now, wiener-lovers can find this one-woman show most summer days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jane’s Hot Dog Cart in front of the courthouse. Hot-Diggity-Dog!
Freeport’s Climax Earnings In The News
The Climax Mine’s parent company, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) came up on the Leadville news feed recently as business and financial analysts discuss the future of the billion-dollar, international corporation. What does its recent balance sheet say about its future? For readers interested in what the stock market experts are saying, you can find a worthwhile read from Simply Wall Street HERE.
And what about NYSE:FCX’s connection with Leadville Today? Freeport’s Climax Mine holding has been a historic lifeline for Lake County, providing an economic anchor throughout the 20th century. Has its present-day, tethered bond wandered out even further from America’s highest city as new community leadership shifts its focus from mining to recreation? Here’s a look into Leadville’s historic connection to the stock-exchange mega giant that tills the earth in Lake County’s backyard. In this 2014 LT video entitled: “The Birth, the Death and the Resurrection of the Climax Mine,” Leadville Native Son and former County Assessor Howard Tritz recounts the connection. Will history repeat itself?
Sec. Warns Businesses of Misleading Filing
Yesterday, July 8 the Colorado Secretary of State’s office issued an alert to small business owners about potentially misleading notices requesting an extra fee for a third party to file business documents. The Secretary of State’s office has received multiple reports of these potentially deceptive or misleading solicitations being sent to Colorado businesses. The Colorado Secretary of State maintains an easy to use online filing system for businesses. Use of a third party to complete filings with the Secretary of State is not required.
The solicitation may:
- Appear similar to a government form.
- Contain your business entity’s actual business ID number and date of formation, as reflected in the Secretary of State’s business records.
- Contain a “Customer ID Number” that does not match a number given to you by a State or Federal Agency.
- Contain a warning to make sure that the form’s instructions are followed exactly when completing the form.
- Contain a due date for your response.
- Mention a periodic report.
Please be advised that the Colorado Secretary of State’s office does not send these solicitations. A sample of the misleading notice is attached. In this example, the company is charging a $75 “processing fee” for a $10 filing. The Secretary of State’s office does not mail out business filing forms and compliance with these notices is not required. Additionally, business owners can visit www.sos.state.co.us to verify their business status, file a form or obtain a free certification.