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Summit County business briefs: Breckenridge Grand Vacations named a 2016 top workplace

Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

Breckenridge Grand Vacations named a 2016 top workplace

For the third consecutive year, Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) has been recognized by The Denver Post as one of The Top 100 Workplaces in Colorado. The Denver Post and Workplace Dynamics partner annually to gather data via in-depth, voluntary surveys from workers across the state, measuring their satisfaction levels with their employers. Companies that rate high enough to make the list are grouped by size: large (500 plus employees), mid-size (150-499 employees) and small (under 150 employees). These results are compiled to create The Top 100 Workplaces Rankings, published each spring in a special edition of The Denver Post.

Since BGV's initial participation in this program, feedback obtained from personnel has resulted in consistently high rankings as a Top Workplace in the mid-size group.

"It is very gratifying to Mike (Millisor) and me to know that our employees are happy to be here," stated BGV owner/developer Mike Dudick. "The culture that they've helped us create has resulted in more than a business, BGV truly is a family."

This year, BGV came in 12th, ranking above well-known competitors such as Fidelity, New York Life Insurance, Slalom, IKEA and others. BGV hosts an annual health fair to promote employee health and wellness, free of charge to employees and at discounted rates for their families. Additionally, an employee assistance fund helps fellow personnel in emergency situations, funded through voluntary employee contributions. Charity, both internally and in the community, is a core component of BGV's culture, and employees are provided with frequent opportunities to give back.

Summit County hosts summer job fair

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The Frisco Workforce Center, the Summit County Chamber of Commerce, Krystal 93 and Summit County Human Services are partnering to host a job fair on Thursday, May 26. The fair will feature opportunities for both summer and year-round jobs. The cost of attendance is $25, all of which will go to the cost of advertising. The fair will open to the public from 3-6 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco, at 83 Nancy's Place. Veterans will have exclusive access from 2:30-3 p.m.

Outdoor apparel startup to host tech talk

The owners of Threadlyte, an online store for second-hand outdoor apparel, will share their story at an "Outdoor Rec Tech" meetup next week. Brian and Michele Flickinger started their business out of their Silverthorne home in October, reselling gently used or like-new outdoor apparel.

Brian Flickinger said he was inspired by Patagonia's worn wear program and further motivated by research on how much used clothing the U.S. exports.

"There are similar companies doing the same thing in the fashion world, but no one's doing it in the outdoor space," he said. "We're excited to fill that niche."

While the company is still relatively young, they've made shipments all over the U.S., and as far north as Canada. In the future, Flickinger hopes to expand to a warehouse to help store the items and hire a few employees.

"I think it has a lot of potential. There's a lot of outdoor clothing out there that people don't wear for one reason or the other that can find a second life elsewhere," he added. "The goal is to buy and sell from all 50 states and Canada as well."

Right now, Threadlite's focus is limited to jackets and outdoor clothing, rather than bulky equipment, which can be trickier to ship. The full inventory can be viewed at http://www.threadlyte.com.

Both Brian and Michelle Flickinger will present their business at Elevate CoSpace next Wednesday, May 25 at 5 p.m. Attendance is free.

—Compiled by Elise Reuter

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