Steamboat briefs: Business plan competition workshop to be held Wednesday night

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The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center is hosting the fourth annual business plan competition for 2015. This program promotes effective planning for new business startups. With a well written plan, entrepreneurs have a better chance of finding funding, talented employees, customers and a greater chance at business success.

As part of this competition, two free business plan writing workshops will be offered. The first will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Topics covered in these workshops will include identifying a target market, defining a product or service as a customer value, financial forecasts, operations, marketing and sales strategies. To register for the workshop, call 970-870-4491. Planning tools and a handout will be provided

The competition, sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mountain College, offers a $10,000 first prize and a $5,000 second prize. Plans are due by Sept. 14.

Finalists will present their business idea to a panel of judges from Yampa Valley SCORE. For guidelines and rules, call 970-870-4491 or visit coloradomtn.edu/yvec.

April Stools Day event rescheduled for Saturday

Due to inclement weather, the April Stools Day event, originally scheduled for last Saturday, has been rescheduled for this Saturday. Volunteers are needed to clean up pet waste across town from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call the Pet Kare Clinic, event sponsor, at 970-879-5273.

Local resident named to college’s fall dean’s list

Shannon Hurley, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the dean’s list at Logan University for fall 2014. She is the daughter of Barbara and Randall Hurley. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA or above while enrolled in a regular, full-time schedule of classes. Logan University, located in a western suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, specializes in chiropractic education.

Deadline to sign up for child birth class is April 30

An intensive, two-day childbirth education class will be offered from noon to 5 p.m. May 16 and 17. The “Primal Birthing (The Art of Childbirth)” class will explore the philosophy and importance of giving birth naturally. The cost is $125 per couple and the deadline to sign up is April 30. Contact Tera Johnson-Swartz at 970-819-0728 or tera@organicknead.com for more information or to secure a place in the class.

Forest service accepting proposals to protect lands

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners.

The program authorizes the USDA Forest Service or the CSFS to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. July 24 for federal fiscal year 2017 funding. Proposals must be submitted by mail.

The purpose of the Colorado Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important private forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights.

The Colorado State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will evaluate proposals and recommend to the state forester those proposals that have sufficient merit to forward to the USDA Forest Service. Forwarded proposals will then compete at a regional level; those selected at the regional level will compete nationally for funding.

For additional information or to obtain an application packet, call Naomi Marcus at 970-491-6303. Applications also are available online at csfs.colostate.edu/funding-assistance.

Artist takes third place at ‘Spring Forward’ show

Marion Kahn, member and exhibitor at The Center for Visual Arts in Steamboat Springs, was awarded third place in the Artists Association of Northern Colorado “Spring Forward” show. Her winning oil painting is titled “Yampa Valley Sunset III”. Kahn also exhibits her work at The Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Residents may qualify for health insurance benefits

Have you had any of the following life-change events in the last month? If so, you may qualify for health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado outside of the open enrollment period:

■ Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.

■ Your insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.

■ You changed jobs and lost your employer-sponsored insurance.

■ You gained citizenship or immigration status.

■ You experienced a change in incarceration status.

■ You moved to Colorado.

For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-7664 in Moffat County or 970-871-7638 in Routt County.

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