Business File: Summer Activity Mixer 2010 is on Wednesday

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— The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association presents Summer Activity Mixer 2010 from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The event provides an opportunity for summer recreation businesses, restaurants, retailers and more to showcase their business. A booth rental costs $125, or is offered free to restaurants serving food or beverages. Call Meagan Coates at 970-875-7003 or e-mail meagan@steamboatchamber.com for more information. The Chamber also is hosting a business after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. June 16 at Old Town Hot Springs, on the upper deck. The after-hours mixer is free for Chamber members and their guests and includes food, drinks and prizes.

Luncheon series focuses on credit and financing

A Success Steps Lunch­eon, “Changing Credit Conditions: Personal Credit Management and its Effects on Business Lending,” is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant. The $15 cost includes a buffet lunch. Kathryn Pedersen, vice president and mortgage officer at Yampa Valley Bank, will present the program.

Topics include common misconceptions about credit scoring, how a credit score is determined, errors in credit reports and how to challenge them, how to protect credit, what mortgage products are still available in the marketplace, and what effect changing credit conditions have on local business financing. The monthly luncheon series is a collaborative effort of Colorado Mountain College’s Small Business Resource Center, SCORE and the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative. For program information, call Randy Rudasics at 970-870-4491.

City’s lodging numbers improve next weekend

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s summer lodging barometer is forecasting 6,200 visitors in Steamboat the weekend of June 12, compared with the about 4,000 visitors who came to Steamboat on the same weekend last year. The numbers are strongest for mountain hotels, for which the Chamber is projecting 67 percent capacity compared with 34 percent capacity a year ago. Downtown lodging lags next weekend, though, showing just 14 percent occupancy compared with 25 percent a year ago. A strong Memorial Day weekend brought more than 8,000 people to Steamboat, according to Chamber figures, compared with about 3,000 during the holiday weekend in 2009. But lodging numbers this weekend showed a dip that continues through Wednesday before next weekend’s uptick. 

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