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Business Buzz: The Winner Is?

Samuelson's True Value Hardware receives June community improvement award.

The Community Improvement Award for June was given to Samuelson’s True Value Hardware, 456 Breeze Street. The Board of Realtors chose to recognize owner Mark Samuelson for the upgrades he made to the inside and outside of the store earlier this year.

Economic development board to visit Yampa Valley Fiberworks

Yampa Valley Fiberworks

The next business visit meeting of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 21 at Yampa Valley Fiberworks, 41180 N. Hwy. 13, Craig.

The CMEDP board convenes in a boardroom-style meeting quarterly — in January, April, July and October — and tours local businesses in the remaining months. CMEDP board meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested is encouraged to attend the business visit.

"The business visit meetings are a great way for us to be out in our local companies, seeing the work they are doing, deeply understanding our economy and making decisions based on the feedback we hear from local business owners and managers," CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck said. "We are eager to tour Fiberworks and discuss with owners Lorrae and Lewis Moon what trends they are seeing in the industry and how we can best support their growth."

For more information, contact Balleck at 970.620.4370 or

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Business development workshops offered throughout summer 

Audrey Anna Masterson

Audrey Anna Masterson, Moffat County's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consultant, will lead a series of business workshops this summer.

"Starting a Business 101" will feature tools and tips to turn an idea into a business by leading attendees through assessing the market, creating a business plan, accessing capital and filing all of the proper paperwork. The course will be offered at the following dates and times:

  • 6 to 8 p.m. June 20
  • 9 to 11 a.m. July 20
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14

"Beefing Up Your Business Plan" takes a deeper dive into this critical document and is ideal for operating business owners whose business plan needs an update and prospective business owners who have taken "Starting a Business 101." The workshop is offered at the following dates and times:

  • 2 to 4 p.m. July 10
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6

"I am excited to lead these workshops to help those with great ideas develop them into a start-up business that can grow and thrive," Masterson said. "I am truly here to help and look forward to sharing this important information."

All workshops are offered free of charge and will be hosted in Room 175 or Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St. in Craig.

The workshops are made possible by SBDC, the U.S. Small Business Administration Portable Assistance Program and the Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center.

Registration is requested and may be completed by visiting

For more information, contact Michelle Balleck at 970.620.4370 or Other topic-specific workshops will also be offered soon, and those interested may contact Balleck to be placed on a mailing list to stay apprised of those opportunities.

Blend business workshop event on June 28

“What's Going on in Business?” — a free Blend business workshop opportunity — is scheduled from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 28 at Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Everyone seems to have their own story about how the economy is faring in Moffat County. During this session, workshop attendees can learn straight from business owners how the community is doing and what tactics they use to maintain a successful business.

RSVPs are not required, and the event is offered free of charge.

Blend events are hosted at 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month by Colorado Northwestern Community College, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Workforce Center and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership in collaboration with the Clarion Inn & Suites.

For more information, call Desiree Moore at 970-824-1135.

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