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Summit Chamber Announces 2007 Award RecipientsThe Summit Chamber paid special tribute to its outstanding members and volunteers for their leadership, dedication and service by revealing the 2007 award recipients at the Chambers Annual Meeting & Awards Program at Keystone Ranch on May 15th.The Chamber received a substantial number of qualified nominations and each was reviewed by selection committees representing the Chamber and community at large. Congratulations to all 2007 award recipients: Small Business of the YearFarmers Insurance/Woodworth AgencyEntrepreneur of the YearAmy Yundt, The Open BookLarge Business of the YearSt. Anthony Summit Medical CenterVolunteer Diplomat of the YearJenny Doris, US Bank (Frisco)Strategic Business Partner of the YearUS BankVolunteer of the YearRob Waterman, Attorney at LawRegional Business of the YearSummit Daily News/Colo. Mountain News MediaLifetime MemberDennis LenahanNonprofit of the Year Summit Prevention AllianceBen Fogle AwardJay Bauer, Bauer & BurnsFriends Welcome program recognizes three outstanding employess and a business of the monthBRECKENRIDGE Three exceptional Breckenridge employees and one Breckenridge business were recognized for outstanding customer service by Friends Welcome last Wednesday during the Breckenridge Resort Chamber Ambassador Mixer, held at Fattys Pizzeria, in Breckenridge. Rewards for the three chosen employees include $100 worth of gift certificates for use in a variety of businesses in Breckenridge and a parking pass from the Town of Breckenridge. Friends Welcome honored Mi Casa/Hearthstone Restaurant and Catering as the Business of the Month. They will automatically be entered, along with the 11 other monthly winners, to win the Business of the Year Award. Each winner will receive a free insert in the Breckenridge Resort Chamber monthly mailer and recognition at the BRC Ambassador monthly mixers. The Friends Welcome customer service training program is free to Breckenridge businesses and takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. Employees and businesses receive a certificate noting that they are Friends Welcome certified. Anyone in the community who exemplifies exceptional guest service may be nominated to receive the $100 worth of gift certificates that are awarded monthly. The outstanding employees that were recognized and rewarded Wednesday night were:Kanoa Lyles Millennium BankI was out of town for the winter and my dad had a lot of questions about his accounts. Kanoa always took the time to help him and make sure he understood everything. Now that I am back in town, when I go into the bank Kanoa is always helpful, knowledgeable and patient. In a world where everyone is rushing around and not taking the time to help you out, it is so refreshing to go into Millennium Bank and be treated with respect. Doug Smith, Dillon Genia Gallagher Hamlets Book ShoppeGenia is extremely knowledgeable about the books and can figure out quickly what would be of interest to the reader. She made some excellent recommendations. Very friendly … Great feeling in Hamlets! Ellen Jones, Fairfield, Iowa. Rick Wilkins Hyatt Main Street StationOutstanding service! Rick went beyond the call of duty. Rick assisted me happily with all my needs. I was planning my wedding and he helped me without me asking. He was positive with fellow employees and all the visitors. I can not thank him enough! Kim Newman, Sarasota, Fla.. Mi Casa/Hearthstone Restaurant and Catering Dick CarletonWhenever you need help, Dick is there. He always takes the time to hear about what you need and is always the first to volunteer. The community really appreciates all that you and your staff does!Nominations for the Friends Welcome Rewards and Recognition Program are currently being taken. Rewards for the next outstanding nominees will be given at the BRC Ambassador June mixer. To obtain a nomination form or find out more about the Friends Welcome Program, call the Friends Welcome Director Dianne M. Trausch at (970) 453-5070. Summit County Business Barometer reflects slowdown in national economySUMMIT COUNTY The first quarter indicators for the Summit County Business Barometer registered declines in every category and increased inflationary pressures. Respondents to the survey are anonymous and identified only by the category of business they represent. A scale of 1 (lowest activity) to 5 (highest activity) is used to tabulate the results. The current activity component of the latest survey weakened to 3.11 down from 3.39 in the 4th quarter of 2007. Another component of the recent survey, the business outlook indicator, is intended to offer a local view of consumer confidence over the upcoming twelve months. The first quarter reading of 3.64 compares to the 2007 year end reading of 4.11. Concerns over energy prices and real estate values remain very high. According to Ken Deshaies of SnowHome Properties, Real estate sales across the board have been down in the first quarter of 2008 as compared to 2007, but Summit County still exceeds national real estate trends, as well as recent results in many other ski resorts. When compared to recent data at the state and national level, Summit County business activity has actually held up relatively well. We are fortunate to live and work in Summit County where the sustainability of real estate values and business revenues should remain at acceptable levels, said Merle Klocke, branch manager of Alpine Bank in Frisco.Inflationary pressures were also evident in the latest Summit County survey. Over 75% of those responding indicated they were paying more for goods and services with an average increase of 8.7% up sharply from 5.8% the prior quarter.The focus question for the latest survey was How often do you drive to Denver each month and for what purpose? Over 45% of those responding said they drove to Denver one to two times each month, with 36% stating they went three to five times, 12% said six to eight times, and the balance made at least nine trips or more. The three most common reasons given for the trips were (1) shopping/events (2) visiting family or friends and (3) business meetings or appointments.The Summit County Business Barometer survey is e-mailed each quarter to Summit Chamber of Commerce members, but is accessible to all Summit County residents via a link on the Summit Daily News website. The quarterly survey was introduced in early 2006 as a means of monitoring local economic trends and comparing them to state and national statistics. It is designed as a planning and forecasting tool for local business owners and professionals, as well as governmental and private organizations. The survey is sponsored by the Summit Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Edward Jones Investments, the Summit Daily News and J. Boozer and Associates. Comments and suggestions can be directed to the Chamber office at (970) 668-2051 x1 or Mark Nunn in the Edward Jones office in Frisco at (970) 668-3811.

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