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Business buzz: Craig Chamber of Commerce to host business mixer Wednesday

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a business after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites, of Craig. Food and drinks will be on hand.

A Big Barnyard Burger challenge will be one highlight of the event, where contestants will be challenged to eat a five pound meal, and meet the Clarion’s owner, Shalom Jacobs.

For more information, call 970-824-5689.

Colorado employment situation for September 2014

A news release from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment outlines that nonfarm payroll jobs increased 14,600 — over the month from August to September — to 2,464,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments.

Private-sector payroll jobs increased 14,700, and government jobs decreased 100 over the month. Colorado has had 35 consecutive months of payroll job gains.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased four-tenths of a percentage point in September to 4.7 percent. The last time the Colorado unemployment rate was as low as 4.7 percent was June 2008.
 The number of people participating in the labor force decreased 400 over the month and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 11,300.

The increase in total employment and the decrease in labor force caused the number of unemployed to decrease 11,700 and the unemployment rate to decline to 4.7 percent. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in September to 5.9 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 35.2 to 34.3 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $26.11 to $26.39.

The largest over-the-month private-sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; and financial activities. There were no private-sector, over-the-month declines.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 67,400. Private-sector payroll jobs increased 62,400, and government jobs increased 5,000. The largest private-sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality; education and health services; and professional and business services. Financial activities and information declined over the year.

Over the year, the unemployment rate declined 1 9/10 of a percentage point from 6.6 percent in September 2013. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 50,300, total employment increased 101,700, and the number of unemployed decreased 51,500. The national unemployment rate declined from 7.2 percent in September 2013 to 5.9 percent in September 2014.

Locals Love You More contest is underway

The Downtown Business Association is running the Locals Love You More contest through Dec. 31. Any locally owned business with 15 or fewer employees is invited to participate. Each participating business pays $50 and donates a prize. The prize can be merchandise, gift certificates or Spree Bucks. The $50 goes toward prize money and advertising. The DBA needs payment and needs to know what your prize is ASAP so that it can include your business in advertising. Call Karen Brown 970-824-7898 or Nadine Daszkiewicz at 970-824-8148 to sign up or for more information.

Don’t let goblins trick you into unsafe online shopping

Online shopping retail sales are predicted to grow steadily to $370 billion in 2017, up from $231 billion in 2012, according to Forrester Research.

If you are among the growing number of people browsing and shopping online, you’ll want to make sure you steer clear of the online spooks and goblins impersonating trustworthy businesses and services as a means to trick you into handing over your identity and your money.

Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming offers the following tips to keep online impersonators at bay:

-Know the website. Before ordering any merchandise, check the URL link to make sure it starts with “https://” (the “s” means it’s secure). Also look for a small padlock icon usually located at the corner of the URL bar. These symbols tell shoppers that a website is secure. Make sure to confirm the address and phone number of the online business in case there are any issues contacting them.

-Check the return policy. Read the return policy to see if the business allows a full refund if you’re not happy with the product. Review the policy to see who pays for the cost of shipping and handling for the return.

-Choose the correct payment method. Always pay with a credit card when shopping online. A purchase with a credit card is protected under the Fair Credit Billing Act. This allows customers to briefly hold payment while a problem is reviewed and resolved. This act also protects you in the event that credit card information is stolen and used without permission. Make sure to print receipts and product information of any online purchases to prevent incorrect charges.

-Keep personal information safe. Never email any personal information such as credit card and banking numbers or Social Security numbers. Be careful to only give financial information through secure websites. Check the privacy policy to see how the business uses the information it has requested.

-In the event of online fraud. If there is a problem with a purchase or business, complaints can be filed with Better Business Bureau (, which will help resolve the issue. The Federal Trade Commission also handles complaints at

-Start with trust. Always check for reliable consumer tips and information.

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