SCORE to offer seminar for starting businesses

— A great business idea is worthless until you take your first steps.

Moffat County SCORE, a business mentoring program conducted by Scott Ford, plans to host a free business seminar from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Center of Craig.

The seminar is free, and Ford wants to focus on teaching prospective entrepreneurs to assess whether their ideas can become feasible business plans. Before now, he conducted the seminar once a month in Steamboat Springs.

"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 wrote in a press release.

Ford is the new interim director for the Economic Development Partnership. He is expected to hold the position for 120 days, enough time for EDP to learn from the Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission if it will be funded next year.

Those interested in attending the SCORE seminar do not need to pre-register and can meet at the scheduled time. Anyone with questions should call Yampa Valley SCORE at 870-4549.

Walgreens ain't the only construction

Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services received approval for a new building site plan at the Craig City Council meeting Aug. 28.

The business plans to move from its current location at 11 E. Victory Way to the empty lot at 100 E. Victory Way.

"We've grown out of our building here," operations manager Mike Stephens said. "We have four offices (around the valley) and want to make this our centralized office."

The new building is planned for 8,000 square feet, up from 1,500 square feet at the current office, and has room for all customer service and processing work for the company, Stephens added.

"We're building for the next 30 years," Stephens said.

Site excavation begins this week, and construction should start soon so the foundation and walls can be up before winter, Stephens said. If that happens, construction can continue through the cold months so that Mountain West can move into the new building in June 2008.

Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or cesmith@craigdailypress.com for all business news and notes

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