Business File for Oct. 28

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Dress for success window workshop is Thursday

— The Economic Restructuring Committee of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs will offer a half-day window dressing workshop Thursday with Terri Brady, regional visual merchandiser for Patagonia Sportswear.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Steamboat Smokehouse and include lunch. After the workshop, Brady will conduct an optional tour of display windows in downtown from 1 to 3 p.m.

Advance registration, $25 for Mainstreet members and $40 for nonmembers, is recommended because the workshop is limited to 30 participants. Day-of registration will be $50 if space is available. Call Tracy Barnett at 846-1800 to register.

Drahota honored for Highmark

Drahota Construction, of Steamboat Springs and Fort Collins, has been honored for its work on the Highmark development with the Associated General Contractors of Colorado Award For Construction Excellence.

The award recognized Drahota as the prime contractor on a difficult job, weathering the challenges of construction at the base of the ski area and overcoming record snowfall during the project.

Xcel Energy plugs in to hybrid vehicles

Xcel Energy is putting a half-dozen plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the road by the end of the year as a pilot for vehicle-to-grid technology.

The six converted Ford Escapes will be able to charge and discharge power to and from the electric grid, and Xcel will be able to remotely control the battery cycles in each vehicle. Three of the vehicles will be driven by company employees serving as test drivers, and the remaining three will be added to Xcel's fleet.

To submit information, to the business file, contact Melinda Dudley at 871-4203 or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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