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Business File: Honey Stinger earns statewide recognition

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade has named Steamboat Springs-based Honey Stinger as a "Colorado Company to Watch." Along with the Edward Lowe Foundation, the state office bestowed the honor on 50 Colorado businesses in 2010, selecting from more than 400 nominees, according to a news release.

Honey Stinger is a natural energy food brand that co-owner Rich Hager said has grown every year since starting in 2003.

The recognition is yet another achievement for Steam­boat's Hager and Bill Gam­ber, who also are co-owners of BAP and Big Agnes, along with Len Zanni, of Car­bon­dale. BAP and Steam­boat's Boa Technology were named Colorado Com­panies to Watch last year.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association gave BAP its Business of the Year award in 2009.

"This award acknowledges the dedication and hard work of our staff in Steamboat Springs, as well as the taste and benefits of our products," Gamber said about this year's honor. "Honey Stinger is buzzing with momentum right now, and it's a terrific honor to be recognized in this group of dynamic Colorado entrepreneurs and small business."

Colorado Companies to Watch recognizes "second-stage" companies that are developing new industry across the state, the news release stated.

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Chamber's Home & Garden Expo May 8

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's annual Home & Garden Expo is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 at The Steamboat Grand. All are welcome to the free event, which includes refreshments, prize drawings and more than 30 exhibitors from a variety of home and garden industries.

Paragon Technology adds Kelly Seibel to its team

Paragon Technology Group has added Kelly Seibel to its Steam­boat Springs sales team. Seibel is responsible for cultivating relationships with local architects, builders, interior designers and Realtors; developing new business opportunities; and increasing Para­gon's presence in the Steam­boat market, according to a news release. Seibel brings more than 20 years of high technology business development to his new position.

Founded in 1996, Paragon integrates audio and video systems, climate control, security, lighting, closed circuit camera systems, and remote home control with on-line system diagnostic capabilities, according to the release.

With offices in Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs and Nashville, Paragon provides consultation and implementation for new construction, remodels and retrofits, private residential projects and developments, and mixed-use developments and resorts in the United States and abroad. Visit or call 866-544-8494.

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