Business Buzz: 7 business events and announcements |

Business Buzz: 7 business events and announcements

From mixers to grants to calls for volunteers and artists, need to know opportunities know for the week of Jan. 22

A partnership between Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Craig Press

CMEDP, Clarion Inn to host mixer Thursday, Jan. 25

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Clarion Inn & Suites will co-host a Craig Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the hotel, 300 S. Colo. Highway 13.

The event is open to anyone interested. Appetizers and drinks will be served, and CMEDP will release its 2017 annual report.

RSVPs are requested to the Chamber at 970-824-5689.

For more information about the event, contact CMEDP at 970-620-4370 or

Artists, chocolatiers, musicians sought for 23rd annual Art Walk, Twelfth Taste of Chocolate

Registration is open for artists, business owners, chocolate makers and musicians who want to participate in this year’s Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate, organized by the Downtown Business Association.

The event, which be held 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, showcases local artists’ work, acts as a fundraiser for community organizations and helps businesses in the downtown area build their base of customers.

Typically, between 300 to 400 people walk from business to business in downtown Craig, meeting the arts, rekindling friendships, enjoying tasty treats and shopping. Of these visitors, 125 ticket holders will sample and vote for their favorite chocolatier in the Taste of Chocolate competition.

The downtown business association encourages businesses to treat the event as an open house opportunity to create visibility and meet the public during a fun, informal event.

Participating businesses and arts pay $35 to help with publicity and advertising for the event.

Musicians interested in performing are asked to call Liane Davis-Kling, at Downtown Books, 970-824-5343.

To sign up to be a chocolatier, call Kandee, at KS creations, 970-824-2151.

Businesses and artists are asked to complete a registration form and submit fees, making checks payable to DBA. Forms and payment are due by Feb. 5 to KS Creations, 523 Yampa Ave.

For information and to register, contact Kandee at KS creations at 970-824-2151

Colorado First and Existing Industry grant applications due Feb. 2

Two grants are available to help employers pay for 60 percent of employee training.

Colorado First Grants are specifically intended for new industries or the expansion of existing firms and will help fund $1,200 per full time employee for new positions and pay for pre-employment training, new hire training and retraining of workers for new jobs. To qualify, employers must pay an average wage of $10 per hour, the positions must be newly created and the employees must be permanent, full-time and non-retail. Only private-sector companies are eligible.

Colorado Existing Grants are for companies that need to train or retrain their workers. Grants provide $1,000 per full-time employee to train on specific jobs to keep the industry profitable and competitive, adopt new technologies and prevent layoffs. To qualify, employers must pay an average wage of $10 per hour, the positions must be newly created, the employees must be permanent, full-time and non-retail. Only private-sector companies are eligible.

Grant applications are due Feb. 2.

More information about the grants is available at

Business owners or managers who would like to discuss potential benefits from Colorado First and Existing Industry grants are invited to contact Desiree Moore at 970-824-1135

Business volunteers sought for Junior Achievement program

Children believe they can be whatever they want when they grow up, and they’re right. But getting there isn’t always easy.

The staff at East Elementary School has invited Junior Achievement into their classrooms to provide programs for all grade levels, from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Volunteers are needed to lead these programs on Friday, April 6, and Friday, April 13.

No matter the profession, life experience and determination has prepared people in business to serve as role models.

Junior Achievement volunteers teach students about the economics of life and help them understand the fundamental connection between school and success.

Volunteers do not need any special financial skills or knowledge.  JA provides all materials to ensure volunteers are successful in the classroom. Volunteers receive training about how to use JA’s hands-on, engaging curriculum, and the teacher is always there with support.

Each volunteer will be assigned to a class and will lead two 45 minutes sessions the morning of the first day and three 45 minute sessions the morning of the following Friday.

To learn more and volunteer, contact Sally Messinger at

Deadline approaching for inclusion in Farm Fresh Publication

Published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and presented by Kaiser Permanente, the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, community-supported agriculture producers, agritourism activities and farms and ranches that sell directly to the public.

The 2018 edition is being organized, and producers are encouraged to submit information for inclusion.

“Consumers love Farm Fresh, and they look forward to the new edition every year,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “It is a great publication to market local agricultural products.”

More than 100,000 copies of the publication will be distributed to consumers in June through libraries, extension offices, farmers’ markets, welcome centers, chambers of commerce, home milk delivery services and other businesses. In addition, Farm Fresh will be available as a mobile app for smartphones and online at

The fee to be included in the directory is $25, and the listing deadline is Feb. 15. For more information or to request a listing form, contact Loretta Lopez at 303-869-9175 or visit

Register for tax help from United Way

Moffat County United Way is offering free income tax assistance for people who earn less than $54,000 per year and have simple tax returns. Appointments are required for the service, and most take less than 30 minutes.

Northwest Colorado Center for Independence is offering transportation for individuals who need it. Help will be given from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 in room 201 of the CNCC Bell Tower Building, 50 College Drive.

The services are free, but qualifying individuals must bring identification, Social Security numbers for family and financial statements — such as W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-MISC, bank statements, total paid for day care, health insurance statements — to the appointment. To learn more and make an appointment, call Moffat County United Way Community Impact Coordinator Kristen Vigil at 970-326-6222.

Craig Press, CMEDP solicit business news

The Craig Press and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership have a cooperative agreement to share news from businesses and industry with the community in the “Business Buzz” section, which runs each Wednesday in the Craig Press. The entities are seeking news items to share through the weekly section.

“This partnership give us a unique opportunity to share the positive happenings within our business community — new employees, added service lines, expanded and renovated locations, and more,” Balleck said. “There’s plenty of news to be celebrated within our community, and I am pleased to be a part of this program.”

To share news about your business or another business in Moffat County, contact Craig Press Business Reporter Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or or CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck at 970-620-4370 at