Summit County business briefs: Silverthorne awards $40K in business grants |

Summit County business briefs: Silverthorne awards $40K in business grants

The recently opened Hampton Inn received a business grant from the town of Silverthorne for hiring new employees.
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Silverthorne Town Council approved recommendations from the Silverthorne Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) on Tuesday, distributing $40,000 in grants to six different businesses.

“Three cheers for the most efficient government program in the history of government,” Silverthorne Mayor Bruce Butler said, shortly after council formally approved the nominees for the 2016 Business Grant Program.

The two-track program allows businesses to be awarded up to $10,000 for site enhancement (façade improvements, landscaping or lighting) or economic development (creating jobs, adding a new amenity, draw or vitality to the town core).

This year’s grantees included:

• Alpine Paint, who was awarded a grant to enhance the building’s exterior, signage and landscaping

• Higgles Ice Cream, who was awarded a grant for improvements to landscaping, seating and lighting

• Peak Vision, a new business that was awarded a grant for filling a vacant space in Summit Place near Sunshine Café.

• Pho Noodle Café, who was awarded a grant to renovate the store’s interior and exterior, and hire more employees.

• Sauce on the Blue, a new restaurant that was awarded a grant to build a structure and hire a full staff of employees.

• Sunshine Café, who was awarded a grant for expanding the restaurant and hiring new employees.

“$40,000 doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but we feel like it really leverages on a much bigger amount,” town manager Ryan Hyland said. “The total value of all the projects, we feel like it’s a catalyst for much bigger investments these businesses are making.”

The town of Silverthorne Business Grant Program was introduced in 2012, and has since supported 25 businesses throughout the town, including Red Buffalo Coffee, Bakers Brewery, Vista Automotive and Uncle John’s Farm Stand.

“The program began when the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) wanted to assist local businesses, and they researched similar programs in other jurisdictions and proposed a program to Council, who supported it unanimously,” Hyland wrote.

In 2015, the $40,000 in grant funding awarded by the town leveraged more than $1 million in additional private investment that business owners committed to their projects.


Red, White & Blue Fire will host a Fire Service Jobs Forum next Monday, March 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. With Red, White & Blue testing for firefighter candidates in the summer of 2016, the forum will provide information on careers in the fire service and the testing process.

Chief Jim Keating and HR generalist Amanda Seidler will lead the discussion on careers in the fire service. In 2014, Red, White & Blue received more than 100 applications, hiring two from the pool. The testing process includes an application packet, written test, physical ability test, oral board (a peer group panel interview), an eight-hour ride along with a crew, and a chiefs’ panel interview which results in an eligible-to-be-hired list. This list, ideally, can b e used for two years.

With a planned Peak 8 sub-station to open, Red, White & Blue will seek to hire two operational positions in the last quarter of 2016.

The informational session will be hosted at 316 N. Main St., Breckenridge, at the board room in Station 6. For more information, email


According to the Northwest Colorado Coalition of Government’s Economic Development Districts’ March 2016 Quarterly Economic Update, jobs in the region were up overall, with a large hike in health care jobs in Summit County.

Throughout the Northwest Colorado Region, jobs were up 2.4 percent, unemployment was down .2 percent and sales tax had increased 11 percent. In addition, wages were up 1.5 percent, with the average annual wage reported at $38,979.

In Summit County, one of the largest increases was in healthcare jobs, up 10.5 percent. Construction was also up 11.6 percent from the third quarter of 2014.

For the full report, visit

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