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Business Buzz: Colorado partnership to highlight economics of hunting

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

A group of local and regional leaders representing Colorado sporting organizations, small businesses, lodging and retailers recently announced the launch of the Hunting Works For Colorado partnership. Stressing the major impact hunting and recreational shooting have on Colorado's economy, the organization credits sportsmen and women as key drivers of both rural and urban economies.

Pete Nichols, owner of Craig's Northwest Pawn Inc., is a co-chair of Hunting Works For Colorado.

"Businesses across Colorado, large and small, are benefiting from spending by hunters and recreational shooters. The variety of businesses that benefit from hunters and other recreationists using firearms is vast, everything from my pawn shop to restaurants to sporting goods stores to motels," he said. "Hunting is an important component of our local economies and should be recognized appropriately."

According to Hunting Works, 259,000 people hunt in Colorado each year, with hunters spending $185 million on hunting equipment and $221 million on trip-related expenses annually, not including the additional input into the state's economy from recreational shooters.

According to Hunting Works, this pattern of spending happens all over the state, with each hunter spending an average of $1,800 per season to pursue their passion.

The partnership has more than 70 partner organizations and seeks to add more. The effort is supported by sporting organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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"The simple fact is that hunters and recreational shooters are supporting jobs and funding conservation simply by following their passion," said Pat Martinez, Hunting Works For Colorado co-chair and a retired biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. "By bringing so many businesses, sporting groups and chambers of commerce together, we will reach more people with this important message about the economic benefits that hunting and the shooting sports bring to our state."

Hunting Works For Colorado also plans to monitor public policy decisions affecting gun ownership, wildlife conservation and recreational shooting opportunities and weigh in on hunting-related issues that in turn impact Colorado jobs.

For more information, call 720-420-1745 or visit http://www.huntingworksforco.com.

Better Business Bureau offers help against fraud

The Better Business Bureau recently released a list of tips for business owners and charity workers to prevent fraud to their organizations.

Among their reminders about different kinds of fraud:

Office supply swindle — This happens one of two ways: Fraudsters send out invoices for office supplies such as toner or paper that you never ordered, or sometimes they send the supplies and then demand payment.

Overpayment scams — Be extremely cautious if a customer or donor overpays using a check or credit card and then asks you to wire the extra money back to them or to a third party.

Directory scams — A perennial problem is that of deceptive directory sales. Commonly, the scammer will call the business claiming they want to update the company's entry in an online directory. The business later is billed hundreds of dollars for listing services they didn't agree to or for ads they thought would be in a legitimate directory.

Check cheat — Your business or charity may get something that looks like a refund or rebate check. Read the fine print on the front and back carefully. By cashing the check, you may be agreeing to be billed monthly for something you don't want or need, like Internet access or a listing in an online directory.

Charity con — Many businesses make it a point to support worthy causes in the community. So when a group claiming to help firefighters, veterans, police or kids asks a company to buy space in a calendar or publication, you're happy to chip in. Fraudsters take that money and disappear. Of course, crooks cover their tracks by picking names confusingly similar to reputable charities, so it's hard for businesses to find out they've been had.

BBB and the Federal Trade Commission advise taking steps to protect companies from fraud, including educating staff members about how scams work, closely inspecting invoices, verifying messages from companies that may look legitimate but seem suspicious and filing complaints with organizations such as the BBB or FTC or with the state attorney general, if necessary.

For more consumer tips and information, visit http://www.bbb.org.