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Steamboat Business Briefs: Local insurance agent honored

Steamboat State Farm agent Debbie Aragon received the President's Club and Chairman's Circle award from the insurance company, according to a news release.

The award recognizes sales ability as well as an agent who has long-term direction and advocates for customers.

"As one of our top agents, Debbie Aragon consistently supports our goal of providing high-quality service to our customers," Vice President — Agency for Colorado Eloy Martinez said in the release. "Her outstanding performance makes it possible for State Farm to continue to be the leading insurance and financial services provider here in Colorado."

Aragon has been with State Farm for 40 years, according to the release.

Edward Jones lauded for high adviser satisfaction

The J.D. Power and Associates' 2013 Financial Advisor Satisfaction Study ranked Edward Jones highest in employee adviser satisfaction among financial investment firms, according to a news release.

Edward Jones also ranked highest in the 2007, 2010 and 2012 studies and tied for the highest ranking in 2008, according to the release.

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Edward Jones' advisers in Steamboat include Doug Davis, Chris Puckett and David Lamb.

Chamber's visitor center to close for interior work

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's visitor center will be closed during a remodel from Monday to May 22. For Colorado State Park passes, trail or outdoor Information, visit the Routt National Forest Service office on Weiss Drive. For more information, email

Local center sponsoring a Business Plan Competition

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center again is hosting a Business Plan Competition. In its second year, the program encourages well-written, comprehensive business plans to help solicit funding from investors or lenders and promote the vision of the business to partners, key employees and customers, according to a news release.

Free business plan development seminars will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 2 and July 18 at the Entrepreneurship Center.

The city of Steamboat Springs is offering $10,000 for the creators of the winning business plan and $5,000 to the second-place plan. The winner will also receive three months of office space in the Entrepreneurship Center as well as other business education opportunities.

Plans are due by Sept. 16 to Randy Rudasics before they are presented in early October to a panel of judges including Yampa Valley SCORE business counselors and a regional business consultant. Guidelines, rules and judging criteria are available at or by calling Rudasics at 970-870-4491.