Thunder rolls into Craig with new bowling center

Brandon Johnson

After more than a year of work and a name change, Thunder Rolls Bowling Center opened for business Sunday.

The bowling alley at 990 Industrial Ave. in Craig has 16 lanes, a golf simulator, arcades and a full bar.

Dianna Scott, co-owner of Thunder Rolls, said the entire process, which started in August 2004, has been stressful, but she was glad to open the store Sunday.

Thunder Rolls was originally called “Lightning Strikes,” but there was already a bowling alley in Florida with that name so they had to change it.

Scott said having paying customers for the first time was stressful, but all in all, it went well.

“I’m a little stressed,” Scott said as she did some last-minute cleaning before customers showed up.

Thunder Rolls had the contractors who built the center bowl there recently just to work out some of the kinks of the high-tech bowling system.

The center also hosts parties and is already taking reservations. Scott said there is a party scheduled for the end of the month with 150 people.

Although the center is open for business, there is still some work to be done.

Scott said pool tables and more tables and chairs will be installed near the bar shortly.

There will be an official grand opening next month, but Scott said a date hasn’t been set.

The other owners of Thunder Rolls are Dianna’s husband, Roy Scott, and Beryl and Jim Dschaak.

Nominations sought for great businesses

Do you know a local who runs an exceptional business?

The U.S. Small Business Association is accepting nominations for a variety of small business awards.

The awards will be part of National Small Business Week 2006 next June.

In a statement, SBA Admin–istrator Hector Barreto said the awards and Small Business Week are a great way to show the best and brightest what the small business community has to offer.

“In 2006, that celebration will honor an estimated 25 million small businesses in America. Many of those entrepreneurs have achieved remarkable success. Their hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to their communities have made them exceptional examples of small business in action.” Barreto said.

The awards include: State of Colorado Small Business of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year.

There are special awards for individuals including: Home-Based Business Champion of the Year, Minority Small Business Champion of the Year, Women in Business Champion of the Year and Small Business Lenders of the Year.

For additional details on the evaluation criteria, visit the SBA Web site at Nominations may be sent directly to Jay Edwards, Small Business Week Awards coordinator, U.S. Small Business Administration, 721 19th St., Suite 426, Denver, CO 80202-2517.

For local assistance, contact the Small Business Regional Director, Kaye Jacobson at 1-800-621-8559, ext. 8522.

Steamboat insurer joins national organization

Sleeping Giant Insurance of Steamboat Springs has merged with Brown & Brown Inc., the nations ninth largest insurance intermediary, headquartered in Florida.

Linda Fossi-Williams, president of The Fossi Group Inc. doing business as “Sleeping Giant Agency” and Scott Mayor, local branch manager of Brown & Brown in Steamboat Springs said in a statement that the merger will double the companies’ staff and allow them to provide more services.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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