Steamboat briefs: Founders of The Steamboat Institute get recognized

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The founders of The Steamboat Institute recently were recognized with the 2013 Leadership Program of the Rockies’ Leaders in Action Award. Rick Akin and Jennifer Schubert-Akin received the award during the Leadership Program of the Rockies’ annual retreat Feb. 23 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Leadership Program of the Rockies is a nonprofit organization that aims to teach future leaders about “what freedom means and how to protect it,” according to a news release. The Leaders in Action Award honors program graduates whose leadership has made an impact.

Akin, an attorney, and Schubert-Akin, an accountant, established The Steamboat Institute in 2009 after both participated in the Leadership Program of the Rockies. The Steamboat Institute aims to promote principles of limited government, including low taxes, fiscal responsibility, strong defense, free markets and individual rights and responsibilities. The group holds regular events with guest speakers addressing timely topics. It also puts on the annual Freedom Conference, a multiday event in August that attracts more than 300 attendees. Past Freedom Conference speakers have included Karl Rove, John Bolton, Michelle Malkin and Jonah Goldberg. The Steamboat Institute brought Ann Coulter to Steamboat in February 2012 as the keynote speaker at a dinner event.

“In the world of activism, there is no substitute for having a deep understanding of the principles and the willingness to take bold action, and both Jennifer and Rick exhibit both fearlessly,” Shari Williams, president of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, said in the release. “The Leadership Program of the Rockies is proud to have helped plant the seed of The Steamboat Institute and salutes Rick and Jennifer Akin for their distinguished leadership in action.” 

“To receive recognition and an award from people for whom we have such admiration and respect — it’s an honor,” Schubert-Akin said.

Honey Stinger signs on as partner to school league

Steamboat Springs-based Honey Stinger is a new sponsor of the Colorado High School Cycling League. Founded in 2009, the cycling league promotes personal development and teamwork through bicycle racing, and it encourages the formation of teams at public and private high schools in Colorado and Wyoming, according to a news release. Each season features a four-race series, a coaches summit and a variety of day camps.

“This is a partnership that we are deeply passionate about, and we are thrilled to partner up with an organization that truly fits the Honey Stinger brand,” Honey Stinger co-owner and vice president of marketing Len Zanni said in the release.

Honey Stinger was founded in 2002 and makes natural, honey-based energy foods including bars, gels, chews and waffles.

First Steps seminar is Wednesday at the college

A First Steps seminar for those who are interested in starting a small business is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the new Academic Center, Room 127, at Colorado Mountain College. The free seminar will help attendees answer the following questions:

Who are my customers, why do they want/need my product/service and how many are out there? How do I build a revenue/sales forecast? How much money will I need to start a business and how do I build a monthly expense budget? What is the forecast for profit/loss my first two years? What are the sources of funding for my business and what do they require? What resources are available to help me with the planning process?

For more information, call Small Business Resource Center Manager Randy Rudasics at 970-870-4491.

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