Business Buzz: Local shopping incentive begins this week

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The Downtown Business Association has started its Locals Love You More Downtown Contest for the summer, running through Sept. 1.

Shoppers are encouraged to save their receipts from purchases at any of the 25 participating businesses in downtown Craig, because for every $250 spent, they will receive entries in the contest to win donated prizes.

The receipts can be from either one large purchase, with numerous entries from a single receipt for every increment of $250, or a large number of small purchases from multiple businesses. Multiple entries are accepted, all of which need to be verified at The Kitchen Shop or Favorite Things.

For more information, call Karen Brown at the Community Budget Center at 970-824-7898.

Cornerstone Realty to provide Thursday seminar for homebuyers

A free seminar for potential first-time homebuyers will be available at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Extension Office, 589 Barclay St.

The one-hour seminar by Cornerstone Realty will provide information about the local housing market, opportunities for first-time homebuyers and the programs that are available for first-time homebuyers.

“Interest rates remain low, the housing market has stabilized and there are some great opportunities for homeownership,” said Pam Baker, real estate agent for Cornerstone Realty.

Those who call in advance to register and attend the seminar will receive a free, confidential credit analysis provided by guest speaker Sherri Brown, mortgage planner for Guild Mortgage Company.

For more information or reservations, call Cornerstone Realty at 970-824-4455.

Business informational sessions offered June 13

The Colorado Rural Development Council will host the 2014 Rural Colorado Entrepreneurship MarketPlace starting at 7:30 a.m. and running all day June 13 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The event provides resources and technical assistance to small rural businesses or those who would like to start their own business.

Small-business expert Jon Schallert will present two keynote speeches at the event. Participants are able to attend information sessions in business development, financing, marketing, technology, community development and business in agriculture.

This year the event is sponsored in part by the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

The cost is $35 and includes lunch and an invitation to the welcome reception June 12.

For more information about the event or applying for a scholarship to attend the event, contact Michelle Alcott, business manager of the Colorado Rural Development Council, at malcott@ruralcolorado.org or 303-934-9117.

Colorado to create local shopping app

Last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a mobile “By Colorado” app to help connect consumers with local Colorado businesses.

SB14-166, which is sponsored by Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora; Rep. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo; and Rep. Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, directs the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to create a Web app. The app will allow people to locate goods and services by searching for businesses that are located, owned, headquartered or manufacture in Colorado.

So far, 575 local companies already have signed up to participate in the “By Colorado” program, including Enstrom Candies, Crocs, Otterbox, Osprey, Udi's, Wolf Robotics, GoLite and MountainSmith.

Auto sales, registrations up in Colorado

Colorado new car and truck sales increased 9.1 percent in April 2014 compared to 2013 and for the first four months of this year increased 5.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to the latest issue of Colorado Auto Outlook Report, released by Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.

New vehicle registrations for Jeep, Lexus, Acura, Ram, Mazda and Subaru each increased more than 20 percent year-to-date from January through April.

Also, the used vehicle market in Colorado, vehicles 7 years old or newer, was up 5.2 percent in April and improved 4.5 percent year-to-date.

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