Economic Council introduces new promotion aimed at bringing, keeping business in South Routt |

Economic Council introduces new promotion aimed at bringing, keeping business in South Routt

Darrell Randall tends to a grill filled with pork and teriyaki kabobs at the Fun Bucket tent at the Taste of South Routt event in Oak Creek. The South Routt Economic Council started the event 21 years ago.
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Debbie Hoskinson, Bank of the San Juans branch manager, is hoping that folks in South Routt will stop by this week to take their shot at a fortune.

Well maybe the people who come in will not win a fortune, but they could take home a re-usable grocery bag, lip balm, a small tape measure or a pocket tool that can be used as a screw driver or bottle opener.

“We have a little Wheel of Fortune type thing that has gifts on it,” said Hoskinson. “You can come in and spin it and get little free gifts throughout the week, and we do food on Friday. We just want to have fun this week.”

The Bank of the San Juans is one of a dozen businesses taking part in the Going Out for Business promotion, which will begin July 30 and run through the week. It’s part of South Routt Economic Development Council’s effort to reach out to the communities of South Routt and let residents living in the area know that they are there, and ready to serve the community with products and services.

“The economic development council should be here to help business,” Hoskinson said. “We are hoping that events like Going Out for Business will bring the businesses in South Routt together. We are hoping that we can really help each other out to keep our business, as much as we can, here in South Routt.”

Dave Bonfiglio who has owned and run Bonfiglio’s Drug in Oak Creek since 1995 said the South Routt Economic Development Council has been around since the ’70s, but that it has been through a number of transitions where it goes dormant for a while, and then some new business owners will get it going again.

“We’ve been around forever,” Bonfiglio said. “We are kind of in a revamp over the last year. We have some new energy, some new business owners who are interested in helping to regenerate and bring some new energy to our businesses communities in South Routt County, which would be Yampa, Phippsburg, Toponas and Oak Creek.

He said the economic development council includes about 15 different businesses, but is currently in the middle of a membership drive. He estimates that there are at least 30 businesses in South Routt, and may be more that the council just doesn’t know about.

He said the group, which meets once per month, is hoping to reach out to all the businesses to create an email list. He said even if the business doesn’t want to take part in what the council is doing the organization can at least send out email blasts updating every business on what is going on in the area.

The South Routt Economic Development Council was instrumental in bringing the Taste of South Routt to Oak Creek back in 1997, it also helped start several community festivals. The council turned over most of those events because he said they were more community events, rather than business focused.

He said the Going Out for Business promotion is a chance to remind people in South Routt was is out there, and introduce residents to the many local opportunities that can be found locally and don’t require a long drive to reach.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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