Business File: Big Agnes, Boa named companies to watch

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Big Agnes, Boa named companies to watch

— Steamboat Springs-based Big Agnes was named one of 50 Colorado Companies to Watch, according to a news release. The company makes sleeping bags, pads and tents. Colorado Companies to Watch attracted more than 250 applications, the release stated.

Steamboat-based Boa Technology, which develops precision lacing systems for outdoor footwear, also was recognized.

Colorado Companies to Watch, an awards program developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes second-stage companies that are developing new industry across the state, the release stated. Typically, the companies possess such characteristics as being growth focused, privately held, headquartered in Colorado, employing six to 99 people full time and having $750,000 to $50 million in annual sales. The program will allow the state of Colorado to recognize leaders that help strengthen the economy, the release stated. This is the program's first year.

A celebration honoring the Colorado Companies to Watch companies will be June 25 in Denver.

Check card earns Alpine Banks service award

The Independent Community Bankers of America named Alpine Banks of Colorado a top honoree in the 2009 ICBA National Community Bank Service Awards for the bank's "Loyalty Visa Check Card" program, according to a news release.

Alpine Banks of Colorado was named as a National Award recipient for the program. Started in 1997, it initially offered an education loyalty card to reward customer loyalty and to benefit students, teachers and schools needing classroom support. The program has expanded to offer loyalty cards serving causes such as arts, environment, community and Colorado Mountain College. The latest addition, the Americas loyalty card, celebrates Latin-American heritage. Alpine Bank donates 10 cents to the cause every time a customer uses the loyalty card.

Free small-business workshop in Denver

SCORE, a group that counsels small businesses, and Hewlett-Packard have organized a series of free workshops for small businesses, "For the Good of Your Business - Surviving Challenging Times." The workshops will provide advice about technology-based strategies that can help small business owners survive in tough economic times, according to a news release. The groups have planned a workshop for June 11 at the Colorado History Museum in Denver.

More information is at www.score.org/HP_events.html.

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