Business Buzz: Craig Yard of the Week

Yard of the Week belongs to Neal and Jill McCandless at 707 Green Street, Craig.
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Yard of the Week

The Craig Board of Realtors awarded Yard of the Week to Neal and Jill McCandless at 707 Green Street.

 Business workshops to focus on customer service, human resources

Two business workshops in Craig next week will help business owners and managers create a positive customer experience and handle human resources issues.

“Five Keys to an Outstanding Customer Experience” is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, and “The Employee Life Cycle: How to Hire and Manage Your Employees” is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The first will focus on how to offer an outstanding customer experience including hiring the right people, creating raving fans, making lasting connections and engaging employees to convey the customer service mission.

The afternoon workshop will provide attendees with a framework to improve the hiring, firing and management of employees, including orientation, setting expectations and filing all necessary paperwork.

Courtney Berg, president/CEO of CourtSide Consulting in Broomfield, will lead the workshops in Room 185 at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 2801 W. Ninth St., Craig. Both workshops are offered free of charge through the Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center (MRBSC) and the Colorado Small Business Development Center.

“We offer these trainings free to strengthen our local economy and provide resources to the businesses that make our community great,” MRBSC Executive Director Michelle Balleck said. “I am excited to be able to offer these focused workshops on issues our small business owners and managers face in running their companies.”

Registration is requested at

For more information, contact Executive Assistant JoBeth Tupa at 620-4369 or

Tri-State invites businesses to procurement event

Local business owners and managers are invited to attend the breakfast meeting, “How To Do Business with Tri-State,” next month.

The event, hosted by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. and Colowyo Coal Company, is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at Hampton Inn & Suites, 300 S. Hwy. 13.

Attendees will join representatives from the two companies for a detailed presentation on the procurement processes and how businesses become qualified vendors. All potential vendors are invited to attend and learn more about the requirements and network with company representatives.

“Despite Tri-State’s long and significant presence in the community, we understand that local businesses may not fully understand what’s involved in becoming an approved vendor for our company – or even how to explore the opportunities that exist to work with us across our 200,000-square mile service territory,” said Angela Torres, Tri-State’s senior manager of supply services. “We hope this discussion with local businesses is informative and helpful, and we look forward to engaging with them in an intimate setting.”

Craig Chamber of Commerce and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership (CMEDP) will co-sponsor the event.

“We heard from business clients through our office that they wanted to understand the process and requirements to do business with these pillars of our local economy,” said CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck. “We are pleased, along with the Chamber of Commerce, to help bring this event to fruition to help our local businesses grow and expand to serve these industries. Local businesses patronizing local businesses is a key piece of our economic development strategy to strengthen and grow the Moffat County economy.”

Breakfast is provided at the free event, but space is limited. Those interested should register by visiting

For more information, contact CMEDP Executive Assistant JoBeth Tupa at 620-4369 or

Registration open for Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days

Registration is open for the Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days conference that will be held Sept. 27 to 29 in Craig. Registration is open until Sept. 15. The fee is $175. For more information and to register visit: for questions email:

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