On the Market: Top Hand Award goes to FM Light & Sons

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Landmark western wear retailer FM Light & Sons in Steamboat Springs received the Top Hand Award from the Western & English Sales Association during the National Western Stock Show in Denver last month.

The significance of the award is that the Steamboat Springs store, established in 1905, has been recognized by its industry suppliers as being among their most valuable partners.

Steamboat engineering firm marks 20 years

Exponential Engineering Co. with offices in Steamboat Springs, is observing its 20th year in business.

The company specializes in consultation on electrical engineering.

Benjamin “Benj” Hoffner, a senior engineer in the Steamboat office said this month that he recently oversaw installation of new secure relays in the Hayden and Craig power plants, as well as in the hydropower plant at Stagecoach Reservoir.

A longtime resident of Steamboat, Hoffner serves as a board member for the Foundation for Senior Citizens and EEC makes regular contributions to local charities.

The company began in 1993 and has grown from a small staff and a base of clients in Northern Colorado to more than 30 employees working out of four offices across the state.

The scope of EEC’s clients includes rural electric associations, municipalities, industrial and commercial facilities and architectural firms.

SmartCampaign for local outdoor clothing company

Local outdoor clothing company SmartWool was recognized during the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt lake City for its Fanalog promotion, which was named the best digital campaign, according to Outdoor USA Magazine. The promotion was created by Backbone Media, which describes SmartWool as being particularly adept at utilizing social media.

SmartWool has a growing base of almost 1,000 Facebook fans.

Colorado Group’s Internet presence measures up

Colorado Group Realty announced this week it has received the Website Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, which presents the certification to member real estate firms that demonstrate best practices in website design and Internet communications.

Vail raising $600,000 for summer Houston flight

The Associated Press

Vail is offering $30,000 to an alliance trying to raise more than $600,000 to subsidize a nonstop Houston flight this summer.

The alliance hopes to raise $626,000 by Friday in order to secure the flight for one of the valley’s top summer markets.

According to the Vail Daily, the Eagle County community subsidizes about $3 per available flight seat while communities like Jackson Hole, Wyo., Gunnison, Crested Butte, Montrose and Telluride are subsidizing flights at rates as much as 10 times that amount.

Airline officials say they need the subsidies because of a drop in demand during the past five years.

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