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Business Buzz: Chamber mixer at Craig Daily Press Thursday

A partnership between CMEDP and Craig Daily Press
Shaeli Hatten has purchased Studio 7 Salone in Craig even before graduating from CNCC's cosmotology program.
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You’re invited to a Chamber Mixer hosted by Craig Daily Press. Join us at the Craig Daily Press to learn all about the exciting changes coming up. 5 to 7 p.m., July 13, Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave. Please RSVP by calling the Craig Chamber of Commerce by calling 970-824-5689.

CMEDP board meets July 19

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors will meet for its quarterly boardroom meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19 in room 175 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 West Ninth St. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 620-4370 or email

New owner for Studio 7 Salon

Business runs in the family for the new owner of Studio 7 Salon in Craig.

Shaeli Hatten graduated from high school about six weeks ago. In another six weeks she will compete the Colorado Northwestern Community College Cosmetology program and sit for her state boards. And now she’s the new owner of the Salon.

“It all happened so fast,” Hatton said.

She wasn’t sure if she should buy the salon when one of her instructors offered some advice.

“She said ‘you’re a Hatten, Hatten’s run businesses. That’s what you do,’” Hatten said. “They (my parents) were on board. They have been extremely helpful, generous and behind me the whole way. No way I could have done this without them.”

About a year ago Hatten was thinking of going to the University of Northern Colorado to study speech pathology, but last summer she decided that she would rather fast-track her career and make a life in her home town.

“I’ve been cutting my dad’s hair with a clipper kits since I was 10,” Hatten said.

In her final year of high school she enrolled in CNCC’s concurrent program for Cosmetology.

“This is my hometown. I grew up here, so it seemed silly to go somewhere else to build a clientele of people who didn’t know me,” Hatten said.

Two professionals currently work at the salon and Hatten is interviewing for a full-time hair stylist. She can’t work as a cosmetologist until she earns her qualifications at the end of August.

“Until then I’m here at the desk, checking-in and meeting customers. I’m beyond ready to start this new chapter of my life,” Hatten said.

Hatten used to get nails her nails done at the Salon when Heather Overton was a nail tech.

Previous owner Megan Mudge, had worked at the shop before purchasing it 6 years ago. Earlier this year Mudge decided to sell to move to Colorado Springs.

Now that the shop has sold, she’s helping Hatten learn the ropes by providing training on the equipment, deep cleaning, tanning bed repair and helping Hatten acquire all the licenses she needs to operate,

“She’s been nothing but helpful,” Hatten said.

The salon will continue to offer hair cuts, colors, perms, manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, facial and body waxing, and full service tanning in either stand-up or lay-down tanning beds.

In the coming months current and new clients can look forward to a new name, extended hours and some other enhancements to make the salon more convenient for customers.

“I’m extremely excited,” Hatten said. ”I’m hoping for a lot of support for the community.”

Business development workshops offered throughout summer

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:

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.