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Business File: First Steps Seminar to focus on small business

— People interested in starting a small business are invited to Wednesday’s First Steps Seminar at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus. The seminar will address the realities of owning a small business and will help participants analyze their strengths and weaknesses as a business owner. It also will include information about the finances of small business.

The workshop is free. It runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the college’s Bogue Hall Business Enterprise Center.

2 Steamboat companies named good workplaces

Two Steamboat Springs companies landed on Outside magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list this year. SmartWool was No. 7, and Mountain Hardware was No. 19, according to a news release. The magazine hits newsstands Tuesday. Five Denver companies also were on the list of 30.

Architectural workers earn LEED certification

Three Steamboat Springs men have earned certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, known as LEED. The three work for Kelly & Stone Architects, which specializes in architecture, planning and interior design.

Principal Tim Stone, associate Erik Lobeck and associate Ryan Marsden earned the certification. Associate Adam Wright also is LEED certified.

SCORE offers prize for best business plan draft

SCORE and, a social media Web site, have launched the national Dream Test Competition to honor the best business plan with a $10,000 grand prize, according to a news release. The contest is co-sponsored by Thomas Nelson publishers and SUCCESS magazine. It is open to people thinking about starting their dream business.

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To participate, complete a draft of your business plan for your dream business. Upload the plan to Scribd at before April 22 for a chance to win $10,000 in startup funding. Industry experts at SCORE and Thomas Nelson will narrow the entries to 10 finalists. The Scribd community then will vote and select the $10,000 grand prize winner, the release stated. to offer Web site seminar hosts a Web site training session from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College in Bristol Hall, Computer Lab 321. Participating organizations can learn how to use the new software platform and develop a Web presence. Reservations are required. Call Jackie at 879-0240, ext. 315, or e-mail to RSVP.

Open house for artists, artisans is Thursday

The Hayden Artisans’ Marketplace hosts an open house for any artist or artisan looking for a place to showcase their products from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 144 Walnut in Hayden. Refreshments will be served. Call 276-2019.