Business briefs for April 16

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SmartWool, based in Steamboat Springs, has announced the addition of Anne Wiper as its new vice president and general merchandising manager. Wiper was formerly the footwear merchandise director for Pearl Izumi and a vice president at Salomon, where she managed the Salomon Design Center in Boulder.

SmartWool, a division of Timberland, manufactures outdoor wear from Merino wool.

Wiper joins SmartWool with almost 20 years of management, merchandising and development experience.

Keeping it legal: CMC hosts business breakfast

Colorado Mountain College will host a "Success Steps" breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday for anyone contemplating starting a business who is unsure of what form of legal organization to pursue.

Those who attend will learn to match factors such as their start-up financing ownership and management structure, tax structure and exposure to liability, and the most appropriate form of business organization.

The $10 fee includes a light breakfast.

The monthly Success Steps Breakfast is a collaborative effort of the Business Resource Director, SCORE, Colorado Mountain College Small Business Resource Center and Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.

Hospital's clinical lab earns accreditation

Yampa Valley Medical Center's Clinical Laboratory made a favorable impression on accreditation surveyors from the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists last week. The on-site, biennial inspection resulted in zero deficiencies and an accreditation renewal.

Laboratory Director Mary Poskus-Fell and Laboratory Medical Director William F. Cox., Jr., M.D., said the surveyors were impressed by YVMC's laboratory services. "It's very rare to be given no deficiencies," Poskus-Fell said. "The surveyors also mentioned that they plan to use some of our processes and procedures in their own hospitals."

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