SCORE free seminar focuses on starting new business |

SCORE free seminar focuses on starting new business

SCORE free seminar focuses on starting new business

Yampa Valley SCORE will offer a free seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22 on the feasibility of starting a new business.

The program, “First Steps, How to Start a Business,” will offer content on understanding the marketplace, startup challenges, developing a budget and applying for a loan.  This seminar is oriented toward those who have not previously started a business and are looking for planning assistance.

Registration is not required. For more information, call 970-870-4491. Colorado Mountain College, Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association are sponsoring the seminar.

Jump Start helps lower-income residents with energy efficiency

Modest to lower-income residents in Routt County who are in need of first-step home energy efficiency measures are encouraged to apply for a free Energy Efficiency Jump Start through a program with the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

The program is open to residents who are living in drafty or energy-inefficient homes and provides starter services such as a furnace tune-up, programmable thermostats, hot water heater wrap and energy-saving LED bulbs. Residents also receive a free residential energy assessment and coaching toward energy savings and lower utility bills.

Energy Efficiency Jump Starts are available for a limited number of residents on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible, applicants must earn less than 80 percent of the area median income, which equates to $44,480 before taxes for one person and $50,800 for two. Income will be verified via tax return documents.

Initial funding for the local program is made possible through Operation Round Up and the United Methodist Church Foundation. More funders are welcomed.

To apply, contact YVSC at 970-871-9299, ext. 104, or email

Local REPS expands board, seeks volunteer members

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide — REPS — is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting life by providing the Yampa Valley with a group of trained volunteers, collaborative initiatives, educational programs, compassionate survivor care and proactive suicide prevention.

The organization is expanding its board of directors to meet the growing need to increase fundraising and advocacy. New two-year terms began in January. REPS’s volunteer board strives to represent a broad spectrum of sectors in the community including education, health, business, finance, legal, hospitality and more. 

To learn more about REPS’s programs, or email to request a board member application.

Local United Way starts Get Involved Routt County network

Routt County United Way has announced the start of its new volunteer network, Get Involved Routt County.

This innovative resource will serve as a one-stop interactive hub for both volunteers and nonprofits.  Volunteers can easily access volunteer opportunities from various organizations in Routt County by going to and completing a short profile.

According to United Way officials, Get Involved Routt County is a game-changer for the community’s volunteer network, making it easier for nonprofits to fill their needs and for active citizens to get involved and give back to their community.

Visit for more information.

Residents reminded of rules governing dogs in public

The city of Steamboat Springs reminds residents and visitors of local rules regarding pets in public areas

  • Dogs should be leashed in most public areas. Also, it is not OK to leave dogs tied up along the sidewalk. The city considers dogs left unattended to be at large, even if secured by a cord, leash, chain or other means.  
  • Though most public places require dogs to be on leashes, there are off-leash parks in Steamboat, including Rita Valentine Park and the lower pond along Spring Creek (where the gazebo is). Dogs are still required to wear a leash on the trail to and from the lower pond, at the upper pond and on all other parts of the trail located on city property.  As the trail moves into county-owned property, dogs can be off leash, providing there are no signs posted to the contrary, and that the pet is within sight and under voice control. Owners should have a leash on hand and be prepared to put it on their pet should an officer request it — as in the case of dangerous wildlife in the area.
  • For the continued enjoyment of everyone on the trails, owners are asked to pick up dogs’ waste and dispose of it properly in a sanitary container. Most public trails and parks provide bags for animal waste disposal.
  • Ensure it is easy for a lost pet to be returned, and remember to keep pets’ shots up to date and license pets each year at the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter or at a Steamboat Springs veterinary clinic — dogs are required to wear their licenses on their collars.

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