Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Jamie McQuade
Jamie McQuade, 38, knows the value of our local community, and she strives to enhance it every chance she gets. And locals, she says, would be surprised to know how much small businesses here help it.
After working as a waitress and then a manager for 10 years, McQuade was quick to take the cinnamon roll reins when Winona’s Restaurant & Bakery came up for sale.
The secret to thriving year-round, she says, is ensuring employees are paid well enough to keep going through the slow season. “They’re like family,” she says, adding her staff support is what helps her maintain balance as a mother and business owner. “We all help each other to keep the machine running.”
She applies that same altruism to supporting the community, placing great importance in giving back.
Working with various local groups, from Horizons and Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide to the Steamboat Springs High School prom, McQuade cherishes groups that help uplift the community.
She strongly believes Steamboat does a great job in helping others, but also that everyone can chip in to do even more, investing in locations such as Howelsen Hill to providing more activities for local youth.
“She shows constant commitment and involvement in the community, donating to countless events and charities around town,” says friend Julie Wernig. “She’s a great mother and boss, and a great friend to all who know her.”
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