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Business Buzz: Workforce training focus of upcoming Blend workshop

Downhome Christmas will be held downtown on Saturday, Dec. 9.
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Research shows that employers who provide training and professional development opportunities to their staff have a 34 percent better employee retention rate. Providing training limits turnover and creates a team of knowledgeable, capable, dependable people.

In rural communities, it may seem difficult to invest in employee’s training due to travel requirements. Colorado Northwestern Community College can provide an assortment of training to local industries. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the grants, opportunities and current projects going on at CNCC and how it can impact business.

The workshop is set for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Clarion Inn and Suites.

For more information, call Desiree Moore 970-824-1135

Moffat County to rally for Yampa Valley Gives Day
Each December, Coloradans come together with the goal of strengthening the community by helping nonprofits. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits and the community as a whole.

Yampa Valley Gives is hosting a rally from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Moffat County Courthouse for a Colorado Gives Day proclamation.

Yampa Valley Gives nonprofit participants who attend the rally will be entered into a drawing for an additional $500 prize on Colorado Gives Day. One entry per organization is allowed.
For more information about the rally or Colorado Gives Day, visit

Local shipping center under new ownership 
The little shipping center on the corner of Yampa Ave. and Victory Way/West U.S. Highway 40 is under new ownership.

Jason and DeAnne Blackwell purchased PackCenter Shipping from TJ Montgomery in October. Since then, the Blackwells have been making changes to the store and business model. Hobby products are out; GPS gadgets are in, and on Friday the store will move down the street to 575 Yampa Ave.

Garmin, OnXmaps, Ultimate Predator Decoys, Habersham Candles, Leanin Tree and Sunshine Designs by Susie are all now in stock. Once in the new location, the Blackwells plan to expand their selection of gift items and hunting and outdoor products.

The business also offers gift wrapping services of any item. It will also continue to provide FedEX Express and Ground Services, UPS and U.S. Postal Service shipping.

Downhome Christmas in Craig set for Dec. 9
Celebrate the holidays in downtown Craig at the Annual Downhome Christmas, slated for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Alice Pleasant Park, in the 500 block of Yampa Avenue.
The event will include performances from the all-elementary schools choir and high school a capella  group, Smore’s making, chestnut roasting, Letters to Santa at PackCenter Shipping, Christmas Cards to Soldiers at Thunder Run Survival, a candy cane hunt, hot chocolate and cookies, Elfie selfie station and visits with Santa Claus at 5:15 p.m. Wagon rides will be provided between the park and the Moffat County Courthouse to allow people to also enjoy the Festival of Trees.

For more information, call Karen Brown at 970-824-7898 or Kandee Dilldine at 970-824-2151.

Younger consumers plan to spend more during holidays

With the holiday shopping season about to hit the home stretch, most consumers say they will spend about the same as last year. But a new survey, released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, shows that young adults age 18 to 24 are the most likely to show an increase in spending.

“As Gen Z and Millennials get older, their purchasing power increases, and the rise in disposable income is sure to be seen by retailers,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “This group of consumers has spent time carefully researching gifts for friends, family and themselves and are ready to begin knocking out their shopping lists.”

Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs, or 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Locals Love you more shopping contest underway
The Downtown Business Association is conducting its Locals Love You More Contest through Dec. 31.

To participate, shoppers must keep their receipts from more than 40 local participating businesses. The list of businesses can be found at KS Kreations, Downtown Books and The Community Budget Center.

For every $250 in receipts collected, participants will receive one entry into the contest. A drawing will be held Jan. 3.

The goal is to get Craig and Moffat County residents to shop local, said DBA President Karen Brown.

Winners will receive $250 in spree bucks. For more information, call Brown at 970-824-7898.

Craig Press, CMEDP solicit business news

The Craig Press and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership have a cooperative agreement to share news from businesses and industry with the community in the “Business Buzz” section, which runs every Wednesday in the Craig Press. The entities are seeking news items to share through the weekly section.

“This partnership gives us a unique opportunity to share the positive happenings within our business community — new employees, added service lines, expanded and renovated locations and more,” CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck said. “There’s plenty of news to be celebrated within our community, and I am pleased to be a part of this program.”

To share news about a Moffat County business, contact Craig Press Business Reporter Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or or Balleck at 970-620-4370 at

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