Business File for June 15

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Moots hires former SmartWool vice president

— Moots Cycles of Steamboat Springs has hired Rob Mitchell as president, according to a news release. Mitchell will be responsible for overseeing all areas of the company including strategic planning, product and marketing, sales, operations and finance.

Mitchell assumes the role previously held by Moots owner Chris Miller. Miller will remain as owner and continue to serve as chairman of the board, the release stated.

"We are very pleased to have an industry leader like Rob on board as president," Miller said. "His success and ingenuity growing the SmartWool and Nike brands is most impressive. : He's an incredible resource for our small company."

Mitchell served as SmartWool's vice president of products and marketing from 2003 to 2006. He also has held senior management-level positions at Nike, IMG and Mossimo, the news release stated. Most recently, Mitchell has been an independent consultant, providing companies with guidance in developing strategic plans and brand strategies while also serving as an executive coach.

Impact 100 gives $14,000 in grants

Impact 100, a group of businesspeople within the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, rewarded grants to several groups last month. The group gave $1,000 to the 4-H program, $3,000 to Yampatika's weather and climate program and $10,000 to Steamboat Mental Health.

That last chunk will go toward the group's Social Emotional Early Development program, said Lisa Brown, program manager with the community foundation.

Impact 100 aims to have 100 people donate $150 a year. The group then votes on who gets the money, Brown said. This year, 89 people donated, and TIC gave Impact 100 a $1,000 grant.

"It's for all different people," Brown said. "It's generally targeted toward people in their 30s and 40s who are raising families and running businesses but also are able to give $150 a year."

Impact 100 also gave $200 to the Periscope school newspaper at Steamboat Springs High School. Some people in the group provided the rest of the funding the paper requested before Impact 100 even voted on whom to support, Brown said.

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