The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center is hosting the sixth annual community business plan competition for 2017. This program promotes effective planning for new business startups.
With a well-written plan, entrepreneurs have a better chance of finding funding, recruiting talented employees, addressing the needs of customers and solving operational challenges.
Past winners have included Excurzo, an application software company; Grasssticks, a bamboo ski pole manufacturer; Balance Rider, a patented equine training device; Nelson Colorado, an outdoor wear company; and Mountain Pine Manufacturing. The incentive to complete a plan by a set deadline has encouraged a number of entrepreneurs to submit plans and further their business goals regardless of whether they won the competition.
As part of this competition, a business plan-writing workshop will be offered Thursday, May 31 and June 28. Topics covered in these free workshops include identifying your target market, defining your product or service as a customer value, financial forecasts, operations, marketing and sales strategies. Call 970-870-4491 to register for one of these workshops.
The competition, sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mountain College, offers a first-place prize of $10,000 and a second-place prize of $5,000 plus other benefits. Plans are due by Sept. 18. Finalists will present their business concept to a panel of judges from Yampa Valley SCORE in October. Visit coloradomtn.edu/yvec for guidelines and rules.
LiftUp donation center closed Thursdays starting Thursday
Beginning Thursday, LiftUp of Routt County’s donation center will be closed Thursdays. Center hours, starting Thursday, are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; and noon to 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Call 970-879-3374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CMC Steamboat to host sustainability conference
Colorado Mountain College Steamboat campus will hold a sustainability conference, featuring Jeff Lyng, senior policy advisor at the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University Thursday.
Lyng will deliver the keynote address, “Getting There from Here: How the Western Energy Economy is Being Recreated,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and student research poster symposium will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., featuring research by seniors in the sustainability studies program. Zach Borngraver, sustainability studies graduate and co-founder of nonprofit biking promotion organization Chain Reaction, will give the opening address from 5 to 6 p.m.
A speaker reception and continued research poster viewing will take place from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Snacks created by students in the CMC Culinary Management Program will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Median cleanup projects to be tackled next week
Crews will clean the landscaped medians along U.S. Highway 40 from downtown Steamboat Springs to JD Hays Way, as well as the Mount Werner Road medians and traffic circles, beginning Monday, April 24 and continuing through Friday, April 28.
Work will begin after 8 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. to minimize the impacts during peak drive times. Left lanes will be closed in both directions so expect some possible delays. Motorists are asked to slowdown in work areas and drive safely.