Eastern Plains: entrepreneurs uncover small-town advantages.

Author:Romig, Suzie

Lunch in La Junta means entrepreneur Rod Stambaugh is meeting a potential employee at the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill at the local golf course for an interview over a burger.

The small-business owner doesn't have much time to play golf these days because he needs to hire more workers. The owner of Sprout Tiny Homes started his business in a vacant, city-owned warehouse in La Junta in February 2014. Stambaugh leases the 14,000-square-foot manufacturing space, a former fabric company, at about one-tenth the rate he priced in Boulder County.

"I moved (to La Junta) because, being a startup, you need to spend your capital on things that matter rather than on expensive buildings and...

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