Silverthorne to host business breakfast

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— Silverthorne business owners plan will be encouraged to "stop sitting on their hands" in a down economy at the free annual business breakfast Wednesday.

The Silverthorne Town Council and Economic-Development Advisory Commission will host their meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

Silverthorne businesses owners in attendance will learn about Silverthorne's business plans, meet with local assistance organizations and enjoy a free continental breakfast.

"It's a resource fair," said Ryan Hyland, assistant to Silverthorne's town manager.

The main focus of the breakfast will be to introduce business operators to the services offered by the following organizations: the Summit Independent Business Alliance, the Colorado Office of Economic Development, Colorado Lending Source, the Colorado Work-Force Center, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, the nonprofit SCORE small-business counselors, the Colorado Rural Development Council, the Colorado Enterprise Fund, the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Colorado Mountain College and many of the local banks.

"With the economy being what it is, we thought we'd do a full-court press and get some good speakers in," said Brian Edney, the chair of Silverthorne's Economic Development Advisory Commission, a group that works closely with town on community-development ideas. "It's a good time to be planning, even though most people are sitting on their hands due to the terrible economy."

A short presentation from Mayor Dave Koop will begin at 8 a.m., followed by Edney describing visiting organizations' services.

Tod Cecil will be on hand to promote the Colorado Lending Source, a private, nonprofit economic-development corporation that seeks to assist small business owners.

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