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Business File: Chamber’s Brewing up Business event Tuesday

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet

— The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association presents Brewing up Business, a coffee-fueled business networking event, at 8 a.m. Tuesday at City Café in Centennial Hall on 10th Street. Participants will have a chance to give a 30-second introduction and meet other members of the local business community. The $5 cost includes coffee and a pastry. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, e-mail RSVP@steam or call 970-875-7000.

Downtown visitor center open in Howelsen Place

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has opened a downtown visitor center in Steamboat Ski & Sport, in Howelsen Place between Seventh and Eighth streets on Lincoln Avenue. The center opened Thursday and will operate Thursdays through Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

Its hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The center will offer visitor guides, maps, dining guides and directories of local lodging, activities and shopping. Businesses are encouraged to visit the center and tell staff about any specials or events, so they can include them in information provided to Steamboat visitors. The Chamber is continuing to offer full, year-round services at its main Visitor Center at 125 Anglers Way. Call 970-879-0880 for more information.

US Sen. Bennet touting energy efficiency benefit

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said last week that agriculture producers and small-business owners in Colorado's rural communities can benefit from potential federal funding for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. 

"There is a lot of potential cost savings in energy efficiency for small businesses, farmers, ranchers and rural communities," Bennet said in a news release. "Taking advantage of these energy audits is just one way Colorado's rural communities can help lead the way toward a clean energy economy. I encourage all eligible groups in Colorado to submit applications for funding to ensure that our small businesses and agriculture producers can take advantage of this program to save money, grow their businesses and continue to create jobs."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $2.4 million available for energy audits in fiscal year 2010, the release stated. Grants of as much as $100,000 are awarded on a competitive basis. The funds are provided through the Rural Energy for America Program and authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, known as the Farm Bill.

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The Farm Bill allows agricultural producers or rural small businesses to recover as much as three-quarters of the cost of an energy audit. Recipients are required to pay 25 percent of the audit cost. Audit resources are not provided directly to an eligible producer but are allocated instead to an intermediary that works with the audit recipient. Eligible intermediaries for energy audit grants include state, tribal or local government entities; land-grant colleges and universities and other institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; and public power entities.  

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