Summit County open house offers opportunities for small-business owners |

Summit County open house offers opportunities for small-business owners

Anyone interested in learning more about developing a small business or learning about what resources are available to help you achieve that goal should attend a meeting in Dillon this afternoon.

The Northwest Small Business Development Center office is holding an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Colorado Mountain College Dillon Campus located at 325 Fiedler Ave.

The event serves to educate the public on the point and purpose of the development center, which has satellite offices in Dillon, Winter Park, Kremmling and Craig.

Besides food, drinks and special announcements, the event includes three speakers: Lindsey Stapay, director of Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center; Kelly Manning, state director of Colorado Small Business Development Center; and Carrie Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at


Residential Systems Inc., a home technology provider with offices in Silverthorne and Lakewood, was named this month by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States, based on percentage of revenue growth over the last three years.

The company was ranked No. 2,973 on the magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list.

“Residential Systems Inc. is very humbled by this honor” said Travis Leo, the company’s CEO. “As Colorado’s leading home technology provider, we are extremely proud of our 27 years of experience and thousands of satisfied clients. Being recognized by Inc. magazine is a tremendous testament to our employees and the exceptional customer service that they deliver every day.”

The average company on the list achieved a three-year growth of 516 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. The complete list, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

The types of businesses on the list, which the magazine has produced for 33 years, have changed over time.

“What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” says Inc. president and editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg. “This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 with 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of Dec. 31, 2013.

rio grande mexican bringing More bueno

Rio Grande Mexican food restaurant, located at Basecamp shopping center in Frisco, is putting the final touches on its store and expects to open later this month.

The chain, which has several locations across the Front Range, is regularly one of the highest rated Mexican restaurants in the state.

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