Business briefs for May 28

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Hall and Hall firm opens in Steamboat

Hall & Hall, a full-service rural real estate firm, recently opened an office at 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat Springs. The new office is managed by broker Brian Smith, the latest addition to the Hall & Hall team. The Steamboat office will focus on ranch and recreational properties throughout Northwest Colorado and Southern Wyoming.

Smith has a master's degree in real estate from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. Before joining Hall & Hall, Smith worked for a major commercial real estate investor.

"Hall & Hall provides the best opportunity for me to match buyer with property," Smith said.

An avid outdoorsman, he is a member of a half dozen conservation organizations oriented to sportsmen.

Smith is a licensed real estate broker in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and New Mexico.

Xcel recognized by United Way agencies

Xcel Energy has contributed more than $50,000 to United Way agencies in Routt and Moffat counties. Those contributions and others earned the energy company United Way of America's Summit Award.

The Summit Award is part of United Way's Spirit of America Award program that recognizes companies for their community involvement. The Summit Award is given to companies that excel in one or more of the following areas: Employee Community Investment, Corporate Community Investment, Community Leadership and Employee Community Engagement

United Way of America officials said Xcel Energy cultivates an environment of community involvement among its employees, encouraging them to participate in year-round programs offered by local United Way chapters. Xcel was one of seven companies across the nation to receive the Summit Award from United Way.

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