The Cortez Retail Enhancement Association (CREA) is a 501c(6) nonprofit corporation was established in 1999 to assist in promoting retail opportunities in Cortez, Colorado.
Funded by local vendor fees, we assist with numerous community events, offer business training opportunities and event promotion assistance, and administer our shop local program, Cortez Cash.
Cortez Cash was established to encourage locals to spend dollars with local merchants. There are many studies to support the value of shopping local, with one statistic showing that each $100 spent at local independent stores will generate an additional $45 of secondary spending.
Each year, CREA grants funds to local community events, such as the Four States Ag Expo, Montezuma County Fair and the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo, and offers marketing assistance and promotion guidance. Organizations can apply via our annual application. Please read the Procedures and Requirements document, as well.
Local training assistance is also offered by CREA. Have an idea or a need for your business? Give us a call.