Business briefs: Summit Daily parent company buys national farming magazine |

Business briefs: Summit Daily parent company buys national farming magazine

The Summit County Community and Senior Center in Frisco will host a workshop on Sept. 1 for creating a business succession plan.
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Summit Daily parent company buys Austin, Texas ag mag

Swift Communications will acquire Acres USA, an agricultural publisher and events company based in Austin, Texas. The announcement was made to local staff this week. The purchase is slated to be finalized on Sept. 1.

Acres USA is North America’s oldest, largest magazine covering commercial-scale organic and sustainable farming — crops, soils, livestock, tillage, alternative crops, marketing and more. Included, too, are in-depth interviews, feature stories and columns from the brightest minds worldwide in ecological agriculture. They’ve published well over 100 books on ecological farming and host educational events and conferences for their enthusiast audiences. More information about Acres USA can be found on their website:

“We are thrilled to welcome Acres USA to Swift,” said Bill Waters, chief executive officer of Swift Communications, which owns the Summit Daily News, among other Colorado newspapers. “Acres USA, through world-class conferences, book publishing and a monthly magazine bring together the best among the thought leaders and practitioners in sustainable/organic farming from across the country and the world.”

Acres USA will join Swift’s growing agriculture division alongside titles like The Fence Post and Backyard Poultry.

Create a business succession plan

All business owners eventually need to exit their business, but unfortunately too many are unprepared. Scott and Spur Group and Agora Workshops are hosting a Business Succession Planning Workshop on Sept. 1, to provide tips and tools to prepare a business succession plan.

The event will be hosted at the Summit County Community and Senior Center on Sept. 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Registration is $35, and includes breakfast and coffee.

Elevate CoSpace and Regis University offer FullStack+ Program

Elevate CoSpace in Summit County is working to grow the community of developers and coders in the region. The 16-week web and mobile development certificate program starts the week of Aug. 22. For more information, visit or contact

Registration open for Camp 9600

Camp 9600 is a two-day conference and event for innovators who believe in the power of storytelling and who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, get on the trails and create a story or campaign. The event is designed for content creators, strategists, marketing pros, entrepreneurs and leaders in the outdoor and travel industries.

Topics include: storyboarding, content strategy, hands-on workshops on photography and videography, marketing and curating stories, and effective ways to channel and share stories.

The event will take place in Breckenridge from Sept. 22–24, from 5-8 p.m., RSVP at

EVO3 offers web designer workshops

Evo3 will offer web design workshops from Sept. 12 – Nov. 1 at the coworking space’s Frisco location. The skills covered in this workshop will teach participants how to build web pages for personal use, or for clients, from scratch using HTML and CSS. This workshop runs twice a week, Monday and Tuesday night from 6p.m, to 8 p.m,, for 8 weeks.

— Compiled by Elise Reuter

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