Conference to bring small-business owners to Craig |

Conference to bring small-business owners to Craig

— Small-business owners will have a chance to learn how to start up or expand their business at a Craig conference on June 12 and 13.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership worked together to bring the Rural Entrepreneurship Marketplace to the area. The conference is one of the goals that local leaders focused on after Downtown Colorado Inc. assessed Craig’s business community.

There will be several workshops and speakers to educate entrepreneurs and ignite discussion.

“The Entrepreneurship Marketplace is designed for businesses — small and mid-sized — and nonprofit agencies that have limited resources to provide their goods and services to the community,” said Audrey Danner, interim director of CMEDP.

Speakers will address topics including agriculture, agrotourism, community development, real estate, fundraising and ways to grow business in a rural area.

Jon Schallert, a small-business expert, will be the keynote speaker and will share two presentations.

He is “a national speaker that can easily assess small businesses,” Danner said.

Jesse Silverstein, of Development Research Partners, will help with a tour of vacant businesses in Craig, highlighting how each space could be used.

Shannon Moore, membership director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said the conference will have an added benefit.

“It also is a great way to bring people into the community,” she said.

Between 100 and 150 people will attend the event, Danner said. That means more business for Craig during the conference, Moore said.

Registration is still open and costs $45 or $25 for students.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or

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