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Business Buzz: CMEDP to host board meeting Sept. 25

Craig Press staff report

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors will host its next boardroom meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St. This meeting date marks a change in the regular schedule, which was necessitate by a date conflict.

Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact 970-620-4370 or director@cmedp.com.

Digital marketing workshop scheduled for Sept. 20

Businesspersons, nonprofit leaders, and community members are invited to attend "Digital Marketing Fundamentals," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St.

The event is hosted by Colorado Small Business Development Center and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, with presenters from Animas Marketing of Durango.

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The agenda includes how to use search engine optimization tactics to increase customer acquisition and how to leverage social media for business growth.

The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

To register, visit coloradosbdc.org/training. For more information, call 970.620.4370.

CRAFT Studio 101 workshop schedule announced

Moffat County Tourism Association and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership are working with the Colorado Tourism Office to bring the Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism Studio 101 program to Moffat County.

CRAFT Studio 101 is a 12-week, comprehensive training program held to select rural communities that are in the beginning stages of building tourism into a viable, sustainable economic strategy.

The CRAFT technical assistance opportunity will bring six full-day training workshops to Craig, as well as provide an opportunity to apply for $10,000 to help with implementation of strategies developed during the workshops.

"I am truly excited the Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism program has been awarded to Craig and Moffat County, the timing is perfect for our community," MCTA Director Tom Kleinschnitz said. "This program promises to connect all of us in the very important and emerging tourism business sector. These efforts will help create a visitor ready atmosphere that will ultimately benefit the entire county."

There are tourism planning workshops scheduled at the start and finish of the 12-week program, with industry-specific learning labs in between. The full schedule is as follows.

• Kick-Off & Tourism Visioning Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 640 East Victory Way.

• Rural Tourism & Sustainable Tourism Learning Lab from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth Street.

• Outdoor Adventure Tourism & Visitor Readiness Learning Lab from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth Street.

• Marketing and Social Media & Culinary and Agritourism Learning Lab from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth Street.

• Local Tourism Planning Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth Street.
• Program Wrap-Up Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth Street.

The workshops are free and can be taken a la carte or as a complete program. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP for any or all workshops to mcta@moffatcounty.net. For more information, call 970.824.2335.

Business consultants sought, invited to orientation

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is seeking experienced businesspersons to serve as Colorado Small Business Development Center consultants.

Local consultants are paid for their time and allow the organizations to offer free, confidential consultations to start-up and growing companies.

"Serving as a consultant is a meaningful way to make a difference in our local economy," CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Perry said. "We seek to work with local businesspeople with experience in their field and passion for helping others. If that sounds like you, I hope you will consider serving in this rewarding role."

Those interested may learn more by attending an informational session from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St.

RSVP to director@cmedp.com. For more information, contact Perry at 970-620-4370.

Economic Development Principles & Practices slated Sept. 24

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is hosting Economic Development Principles & Practices from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 640 East Victory Way.

The agenda for the event includes Economic Development 101, presented by Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD, executive director of Region 9 Economic Development District. CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Perry will present a report overview from the Business Opportunity Toolkit project and host a workshop discussion for implementation steps and local incentives.

Perry said the ideal audience for the event includes elected officials, board members, staff, and community members interested in economic development opportunities in Craig and Moffat County.

“This is a great opportunity to understand the foundational elements that make a strong economic development program and direct our implementation of the steps outlined in our soon-to-be released toolkit,” Perry said.

The event is free, and lunch will be served.

RSVPs are required by Wednesday, Sept. 19, to director@cmedp.com.

For more information, contact 970-620-4370 or director@cmedp.com.

Economic development organization hiring executive assistant

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is accepting applications for its executive assistant position.

CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Perry said she is seeking to fill the position after former executive assistant JoBeth Tupa resigned Aug. 24.

“The CMEDP Board of Directors and I are seeking a dynamic individual who will help advance the organization’s primary economic development and entrepreneurial programs,” Perry said. “We have multiple projects underway and seek an executive assistant to help us to continue to achieve our community’s economic goals.”

The position is funded through financial contributions, which allow CMEDP to lead the administrative responsibilities of the Moffat County Broadband Initiative. The funding partners include the city of Craig, Moffat County, Memorial Regional Health, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Moffat County School District, Moffat County Local Marketing District and CMEDP.

Perry said applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The full job description and call for applications can be found at choosemoffatcounty.com/employment.php.

Salon & Spa at CNCC in Craig closed for classes

The Salon & Spa at Colorado Northwestern Community College will be closed the first 10 weeks of the fall semester, through Oct. 29. During this time, instructors will be educating and training future cosmetologists.

“We value all our patrons and thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you when we open on Oct. 30,” instructors wrote in an open letter.

Students will be ready to serve customers once they have completed their instruction.