Business briefs: Summit County vehicles cost less than state average
Summit County vehicles cost less than state average
San Francisco-based automotive buyer intelligence firm Autolist released its Q1 2016 Most Affordable Areas Analysis, ranking Summit County as the eighth most affordable place to buy a car in Colorado.
The study, which drew on over 67 million vehicles and 4 billion unique data points across vehicles of all makes and models nationwide, showed that used vehicles in Summit County cost on average $150 less than the Colorado average. Autolist’s study found that there were statistically significant differences in list prices at the state, county and even the city level across both Colorado and the US at large. Results showed that while dealer density predictably contributed significantly to price differentials, other factors did so as well, such as manufacturer community presence and geography demands.
The top five most affordable places to buy a used vehicle in Colorado were:
1. Eagle County, $1,309 below the state average
2. Denver County, $523 below the state average
3. Ouray County, $429 below the state average
4. Garfield County, $377 below the state average
5. Arapahoe County, $280 below the state average
Summit County had its own unique price differences as well. Autolist’s study showed that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was the most affordable vehicle in Summit County, with prices $2,108 below the Colorado average.
The top five most affordable models in Summit County were:
1. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, $2,108 below the state average
2. Subaru Impreza, $763 below the state average
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee, $690 below the state average
4. Ford F-150, $580 below the state average
5. Subaru Outback, $368 below the state average
As a result, there is an opportunity for people to save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on their next vehicle by taking advantage of geographic differences in used vehicles prices.
Slifer, Smith & Frampton welcomes new VP of Sales
Jim Flaum, president and managing broker of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate (SSF), in Vail, Colorado, announced John Pfeiffer as vice president of sales and broker development for both Summit and Eagle counties last week.
“We interviewed several incredible candidates for this new position,” Flaum said in a statement. “John has a passion for team building, goal setting and, most importantly, a passion for Slifer Smith & Frampton. We are pleased to welcome him to the management team.”
In this new position, Pfeiffer will be responsible for the advancement of individuals on the brokerage team through training, skill development and motivation. Pfeiffer joins Jim Flaum, president and managing broker; Julie Bergsten, vice president, finance & operations; Jeff Moore, vice president, managing broker – Summit County and Shawna Topor, vice president, marketing on the management team.
“The Partners and Slifer Smith & Frampton’s senior management, including myself, feel John’s incredible passion for mountain real estate sales, combined with his never-ending desire to mentor and assist brokers in their daily successes, make him the perfect choice for the job,” Moore said in a statement.
Pfeiffer has worked with Slifer Smith & Frampton since June of 2004, as a broker in Eagle and Summit counties as well as with the Denver team in Riverfront Park. He has 24 years of experience in real estate, hotel and telecommunication sales and management. Pfeiffer joins the management team after four years as branch broker at 117 S. Main Street in Breckenridge. He begins his new position on June 1 and will split his office between the new Slifer Smith & Frampton headquarters in Frisco and Avon office.
SBA Launches 3rd annual growth accelerator fund competition
For the third year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching an Growth Accelerator Fund competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $3.95 million. The application period is from May 2 to June 3 and information about the application process can be found at: http://www.challenge.gov.
Accelerators provide valuable resources to potential startups: a physical infrastructure to work in their infancy, mentoring, business-plan assistance, networking, opportunities to obtain venture capital, and introductions to potential customers, partners and suppliers-all critical elements to ensuring that small businesses flourish and succeed.
Through this competition, the SBA is looking to support the development of accelerators and their support of startups in parts of the country where there are fewer conventional sources of access to capital (i.e., venture capital and other investors).
In addition, the SBA is also seeking accelerators headed by women and those who support them or other underrepresented groups, 44 percent of last year’s accelerator winners were run by women and 41 percent were classified as underrepresented groups.
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