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CMEDP: A bit of good news for Craig’s economy

Audrey Danner/For the Craig Daily Press
Audrey Danner

Earlier this week, a colleague noted that, “Craig can use a bit of good news!” I couldn’t agree more. With the current uncertainty surrounding our region’s economy, I hope to impart a bit of good news that might bring some business sustainability to our local economy.

Thanks to a community partnership between the Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership, of which I am the executive director, and the Craig Daily Press, today’s column marks the first installment of what will be a monthly article. By showcasing business programs, services and events, my goal is to empower existing and potential businesses and, in turn, strengthen our local economy.

So what does Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership do for our community? Our focus is to support businesses and help the owners gain the skills and insights necessary to help companies grow and prosper. We also offer information and assistance to any business that wants to grow or add a new service.

Creating and building a business is important work, as our nation survives with small businesses offering products and services every day. Of course, the taxes paid on those products helps our local governments provide the community services we enjoy.

Each month, I have numerous requests from businesses outside of our community wanting to know the business climate, statistics and how other business owners are doing. CMEDP offers timely and accurate data, resources and community information to help business owners assess and seize opportunities.

The Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center is a project of CMEDP and provides business classes and one-on-one consultations on a range of topics. Please keep an eye out for more information coming soon about our next class, in partnership with the Craig Workforce Center and Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), on handling conflict with employees. We will soon be following up on the LEAN Manufacturing workshop we offered earlier this year with Manufacturer’s EDGE to help with efficient processes for an improved financial outlook. We will share more information as it’s available.

Give me a call if you’d like to take advantage of the free business consultation opportunities through our three Small Business Development Center certified consultants. This resource is available for all existing and potential business owners to answer questions, explore options and troubleshoot issues.

Our services are available completely free of charge thanks to our generous donors: Small business owners and our energy industry, Moffat County, city of Craig who believe, as I do, that a thriving business community benefits the entire community.

Call me at 970-620-4370 if you want a tour of our facility at the CNCC Bell Tower Building or simply want to know how our services will benefit your business. Visit for more information or to sign up for free, confidential consulting.

My intention for this column is to provide information and resources for all who are working to build a strong local economy. How may CMEDP help your business?

Audrey Danner is the executive director of Craig Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.

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