Business News and Notes: A generation of kids influences the face of downtown

— Downtown Yampa Avenue will look a little different in a couple weeks.

Though Lori Romney said she loved her shop and her customers, she will close the Sweetwater Trading Co. home decor gift shop, 508 Yampa Ave., to spend more time with her children.

"You only have them for a short time," Romney said. "I've really enjoyed doing this for the last 10 years, but I'm ready to move on and do something different."

Romney wants to support her children with all of their extracurricular activities, she said. Her 15-year-old daughter plays year-round sports, and her 12-year-old son is "very into music."

"I did this kind of as a hobby," Romney added. "I've really enjoyed my customers and helping them. I want to focus on (my kids)."

Romney's oldest son graduated from high school last year. Right now, he's working and will probably go to college, she said.

"You only have them for a short time," Romney reiterated.

The location has garnered interest from commercial entities that plan to use it for something other than retail, Romney said.

SCORE again

Scott Ford thinks he can help anyone with a dream of owning their own business with their first move.

Ford hosts the free First Steps business seminar, sponsored by Yampa Valley SCORE, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Center of Craig. It will be the second time the seminar has come to Craig.

"I have seen a lot of people who now own successful businesses take their first steps to making their dream a reality by coming to this seminar," Ford said in a SCORE press release dated Sept. 27.

The seminar focuses on how to evaluate ideas and tell if they can become viable businesses.

Ford himself has started four businesses, according to the press release. He currently is the interim director for the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.

Common issues addressed include financing, licenses, location and professional business plans attendees can take to the bank.

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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