Business File for April 13

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Local State Farm agent receives designation

— State Farm is pleased to recognize Steamboat Springs agent Debbie Aragon for earning the designation of Chartered Financial Consultant.

Aragon has been a State Farm agent in Steamboat for 12 years and has more than 30 years of insurance experience. She is an active member of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club, Steamboat Relay and a women's business group.

Aragon previously has earned CPCU, CLU and CASL insurance designations.

April 29 is Teach Children to Save Day

First National Bank of the Rockies is participating in the annual Teach Children to Save Day this month, according to a news release. The event, sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, is set for April 29.

Local branches plan to participate in a more flexible time frame, Regional President Greg Dixon said.

"It's interesting because we've done this for a number of years now, and we have to really take into consideration the schedule that each of the schools and the school district has," Dixon said. "While the event is officially on the 29, we kind of leave it open, and we're available year-round."

The bank will work with students across the county, Dixon said. Those interested in putting together an event in Steamboat Springs can contact him or Melissa Cosby, and the contact at the Hayden branch is Traci Day.

Dixon said teaching children about saving helps banks in the long run because they wind up with fewer people who have credit problems or spend irresponsibly.

"So many parents don't have conversations about savings with their kids," Dixon said. "So many of the schools don't have or don't mandate a personal finance class. : We teach them how to cook and how to build things out of wood, but we don't teach our kids how to manage their finances."

He said they are willing to work with schools and other groups, such as 4-H and scouting programs.

"We love to do it; all of us really enjoy it," Dixon said. "I participate myself. I just think it's really important and really fun."

Hayden Chamber mixer this week

Hayden Chamber of Commerce officials have planned a free mixer for businesses this week at the Hayden Marketplace, President Eva Gibbon said. The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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