Business Buzz: DBA to host Down Home Christmas Celebration on Saturday
The Downtown Business Association will host its first Down Home Christmas Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Craig along the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue. Participants can check out decorated storefronts and vote on their favorite decorated business by submitting a canned food item. All canned food donations will go to the local food bank. Wagon rides, live music from local choirs, Santa, refreshments and chestnuts roasting on an open fire are only a few of the activities.
For more information, call Karen Brown at 970-824-7898.
Locals Love You More contest is now underway
The Downtown Business Association is running the Locals Love You More contest from Oct. 1 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 for 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.
BBB warns of gift scams
Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming warns that the holiday tradition of giving gifts is now fertile territory for scam artists taking advantage of your generous spirit, according to a BBB news release.
In particular, BBB advises being on the lookout for the following two scams this holiday season:
The gift basket scam — A beautiful gift basket, sometimes with a bottle of wine, arrives from an unknown sender.
Here are signs that a scam could be afoot:
• You’re not expecting a gift basket.
• There is not a card indicating who is giving you the gift basket.
• You’re asked to pay — via debit or credit card — a delivery fee.
BBB advises being wary of accepting any surprise gift or package that you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know and/or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.
The delivery scam — You receive a notice that a package cannot be delivered.
Here are signs that a scam could be afoot:
• You’re not expecting a package.
• You receive an email with poor spelling and grammar that includes a phony tracking number.
• You’re instructed to open an attachment to print out the correct delivery label and to take the package to the nearest shipping office. By opening the attachment, you expose your computer to malware and virus attacks.
BBB advises being wary of unexpected emails and not to open links or attachments in email from unknown sources. Scam artists are now pros at spoofing email to appear that it comes from reputable sources. Just because it looks like an “@ups.com” address does not mean it’s safe.
Labor department releases 2nd quarter economic data
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment released an analysis of expected revisions to the monthly nonfarm payroll jobs estimates based on second quarter 2014 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages results/
According to a news release, June 2014 total nonfarm payroll jobs estimates, produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, are expected to be revised up by about 7,900 or three-tenths of a percentage point. April and May 2014 estimates are expected to be revised up by about five-tenths and four-tenths of a percentage point, respectively.
This analysis is based on employer reports filed with the Department of Labor and Employment, which include a count of workers at each business establishment in Colorado and are available through the program.
Other key findings of the analysis include:
• Industry sectors expected to undergo the greatest upward revisions to payroll jobs estimates in the second quarter include construction, trade, transportation and utilities and financial activities. Jobs in other services and information also may be revised up.
• The industry sectors expected to undergo a downward revision to payroll jobs estimates in the second quarter are leisure and hospitality, government and professional and business services. Jobs in education and health services, manufacturing and mining and logging may also be revised down.
• The area expected to undergo the greatest upward revision to payroll jobs estimates in the second quarter is the Denver Metropolitan Statistical Area. Estimates for Colorado Springs, Greeley, Grand Junction and Fort Collins also may be revised up.
• Payroll jobs estimates for the Boulder and Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Areas may be revised down.
Expected Revisions to Colorado Nonfarm Payroll Jobs based on third quarter 2014 data will be released Feb. 25, 2015.