Summit County business briefs: Bike to work next Wednesday |

Summit County business briefs: Bike to work next Wednesday

Seven breakfast stations will be set up from 7 to 10 a.m. countywide for Bike to Work Day next Wednesday, June 22.
Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office |

Bike to work next Wednesday

Summit County and the Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit (PANTS) invite the community to participate in the 2016 Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 22. Bicycle commuters can receive free breakfast, get simple bike tune-ups by local bike mechanics and be entered into prize drawings.

All cyclists are welcome to stop by any (or all) of the seven breakfast stations between 7 and 10 a.m. for free coffee, juice, muffins and bagels. The Breckenridge Tourism Office will be hosting a pancake breakfast at the Blue River Plaza. The breakfast stations will be at the following locations:

• Dillon: Recpath near Lodgepole Lane

• Silverthorne: Recpath near Red Buffalo Café, 358 Blue River Parkway.

• Frisco: Summit County Commons, Main Branch Library entrance, 0037 Peak One Drive

• Frisco: Historic Park, Main Street and Second Avenue

• Frisco: Whole Foods Market, 261 Lusher Court

• Frisco: North end of recpath near Natural Grocers, 970 N. Tenmile Drive

• Breckenridge: Blue River Plaza (pancake breakfast).

The community is invited to continue the celebration of Bike to Work Day at three locations in the evening. The town of Silverthorne is hosting Bikes, Burgers and Beers at the Silverthorne Pavilion from 5-7 p.m. The Frisco Chapter of the Summit Chamber will host a happy hour from 5-7 p.m. at the Island Grille in Frisco. The Breckenridge Tourism Office is organizing a bike-in showing of the movie American Flyers, a cycling classic, at 8 p.m. at the Breckenridge Arts District.

Summit to host small business seminar

Starting a small business in Summit County can be a rewarding career move, but the path to success has its fair share of challenges. So the Summit County Employment First office is organizing a free seminar on Tuesday, June 21, to help current and aspiring small businesses get acquainted with the many resources and programs available to assist them.

Presenters will include representatives from Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Summit County Chamber of Commerce, Denver Public Library, Colorado Workforce Center and leading local business professionals.

Topics to be covered during the class include navigating health insurance, planning for growth, research tools for business trends, networking and outreach strategies, chamber membership benefits, business-education opportunities, co-work space and finance practices.

The seminar will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, in the Miners Creek Room, Summit County Medical Office Building, Second Floor, 360 Peak One Drive, Frisco. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP is required by 12 noon, Friday, June 17, to Janet Wolfson at For more information, visit, or call (970) 668-9738.

HC3 hosts free energy efficiency workshop

High Country Conservation Center is partnering with Xcel Energy to host an energy efficiency workshop for Summit County businesses. Presenters will share information about free lighting assessments, discounted energy assessments, commercial refrigeration updates and rebates from Xcel Energy.

The free workshop will take place Thursday, June 23 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center located at 103 S. Harris St. in Breckenridge.

Vail Symposium hosts forum on the economic status of women

The Economic Status of Women in Colorado Report examines how women in Colorado fare with regard to ‘Employment & Earnings’ and ‘Poverty & Opportunity,’ and identifies policy recommendations for progress. Key findings include: Women in Colorado are above average on several economic measures, but women are more likely to live in poverty than men and the pay gap is not expected to close until 2057.

However, if women earned the same as comparable men, the poverty rate for working women would be cut in half and the state economy would grow by $9.2 billion. This research will be presented by Louise Myrland, vice president of community initiatives and investments for The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. A panel discussion will follow to bring in local perspective and expertise from those working on several levels to improve economic opportunities for women and their families.

The forum will be held at Colorado Mountain College’s Edwards Campus at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (970) 476-0954. This program is one of four in the Vail Valley Partnership’s Business Forum Series.

Wallethub study ranks Colorado state economy fifth

With the U.S. economy growing steadily amid a stalling global economy and many states coming back strongly from the Great Recession while others still struggle to make up their losses, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Best & Worst Economies.

In order to determine which states are the top economic performers in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: Economic Activity, Economic Health and Innovation Potential.

Colorado’s economy ranked fifth overall, including first (best performing) for unemployment, fourth for business startup activity, fifth for GDP growth and 15th for annual median household income. The full study can be viewed at WalletHub’s site.

—Compiled by Elise Reuter

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