Business File: Local restaurant group tackles health, trends

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About 15 members of the Steamboat Springs chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association met Jan. 14 to discuss health, food safety, business trends and a planned bartenders' competition, President Liz Wahl said. Wahl has aimed to keep each meeting to an hour.

The next meeting is 10 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Ore House at Pine Grove. The group will learn about the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's Spurs on Service program.

The Restaurant Association is part of the state group, which works in part to stay apprised of legislation and measures that could affect their business.

"We have committed to stay aware of legislation," Wahl said. "Whether it's health and safety, whether it's food safety, whether it's service, we want all the restaurants in Steamboat to do great."

Alpine Bank chairman receives national honor

Alpine Bank Chairman Bob Young recently was recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives for being named a 2008 Benefactor of the Year by the Council for Resource Development, according to a news release.

Young was one of 10 benefactors across the United States and Canada chosen to be honored in 2008, the release stated.

He represented CRD Region VIII after being nominated by Colorado Mountain College. Region VIII encompasses Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Canadian provinces including Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan.

The Council for Resource Development, which granted Young the award, is the only professional organization concerned exclusively with fundraising for two-year colleges.

The 10 award recipients were honored at a benefactor awards banquet in Washington, D.C., in November.

Small-business forum to be in Grand Junction

The U.S. Small Business Administration has partnered with the Colorado Office of the Governor to host a forum in Grand Junction that will target small businesses that have been adversely affected by the turbulent economy, according to a news release.

The goal is to provide one-on-one counseling and assistance to entrepreneurs needing help with their established business or to help individuals with startup businesses, the release stated.

Participants can schedule a free 30-minute counseling session with a business consultant from SCORE or a small business development center.

The free event is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Grand Junction Doubletree Hotel. People seeking more information may call 303-844-2607, ext. 401.

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