Friday, October 29, 2010



NOTE: at 720-985-5567.

WHAT: This Halloween weekend, visit Downtown Aquarium for a family friendly Halloween Kids Fest packed with games, crafts, activities, animal appearances and our Skeleton Diver! Activities include:

· Trick or Treat Reef

· Guess the weight of the Giant Pumpkin

· Monster Mural Coloring

· Mad Science Experiments

· Pumpkin Patch Painting

· Costume Contest

Additionally, enjoy the following animal appearances and exhibit talks:

· 10:30 - Otters play with carved pumpkins at North American River Otter exhibit

· 11 - Animal appearance in the plaza (Sharkey's Fun Zone if inclement weather)

· 11:30- Tiger chat at tiger exhibit. See the tigers with jack-o-lanterns!

· 1 - Animal appearance in the plaza or Sharkey's Fun Zone

· 1:30 - Tiger chat at tiger exhibit. See the tigers with jack-o-lanterns!

Exclusive to Downtown Aquarium, don’t miss out on our spooky Skeleton Diver! He will be popping up in the following locations Oct. 30 & 31:

· 11 - 11:15 Under the Sea Exhibit

· 11:30 - noon Dining Room Exhibit

· 1 - 1:15 Under the Sea Exhibit

· 3 - 3:15 Under the Sea Exhibit

Kids who arrive in costume will receive a 50% discount on admission on Oct. 30 & 31 with the purchase of an adult admission. And don’t miss out on the lovely Mystic Mermaids! The Mystic Mermaids will add a twist to their shows through Sunday with Halloween-themed props.

WHEN: ALL ACTIVITIES October 30 & 31, 2010 between 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Aquarium - 700 Water Street

COST: Regular Ticket Prices – see for details

Plus tax and service charge

Downtown Aquarium is an eighteen-acre entertainment complex in downtown Denver developed and operated by Landry’s, Inc. The complex features attractions including an aquarium with over one million gallons of water and 500 species of animals, Aquarium Restaurant, three Sumatran Tigers, a sting ray reef and touch tank, The Nautilus Ballroom, The Dive Lounge, and amusements for the entire family. Downtown Aquarium is located on the northeast corner of I-25 and 23rd Avenue.

For more information, please visit or call 303.561.4450.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Press Release

PUEBLO, CO has a new PLACE to shop for children’s apparel. THE CHILDREN’S PLACE (NASDAQ: PLCE), a leading children’s specialty apparel retailer, provides fashionable high-quality merchandise at value prices for newborn to size 14.

To celebrate its October 14th grand opening, THE CHILDREN’S PLACE is hosting a number of events:

· The first two hundred customers to make a purchase of $20 or more at THE CHILDREN’S PLACE at Pueblo Mall will receive a $15 gift card.

· All customers making in-store purchases during grand opening week will receive a coupon for 15% off their next purchase.

· All customers can enter for a chance to win the grand opening sweepstakes prize, a $250 gift card for THE CHILDREN’S PLACE.

· The Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on October 15th at 11:30 a.m.

The Children’s Place offers Big Fashion at Little Prices®. The store provides head-to-toe outfitting for infants, young children and tweens, including apparel, accessories and shoes. The fall collection is featured in-stores now, with great back-to-school looks and trend-right backpacks.

Pueblo Mall is the company’s 16th store in Colorado . THE CHILDREN’S PLACE looks forward to an exciting future in Pueblo and hopes all of the Pueblo neighbors will join in celebrating the grand opening of its newest location.

About The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc.

The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America . The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value-prices under the proprietary “The Children's Place” brand name. As of May 1, 2010, the Company owned and operated 962 The Children’s Place stores and an online store at

Marcia Waters Named Director of the Colorado Division of Real Estate

Press Release

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Executive Director Barbara Kelley announced today the appointment of Marcia Waters as the Director of Colorado’s Division of Real Estate, effective October 15, 2010. Waters is a 5 and a half-year veteran of the Division of Real Estate and currently serves as the Interim Director.

“Ms. Waters has been impressive in her ability to communicate well with all sectors of the real estate industry, and is a regulator who takes consumer protection very seriously” said Kelley. “Marcia has a clear vision of what she wants to accomplish as Division Director, is passionate about consumer protection, and understands the dynamic nature of real estate in Colorado.”

Waters is respected by DRE staff, members of the real estate boards and commissions, legislators, and real estate industry professionals. Prior to coming to the Division of Real Estate Waters was a licensed real estate broker, and has experience in law enforcement, rising to the rank of detective.

“I am confident that Marcia Waters will be an excellent leader as the Real Estate Division Director,” said Kelley. “She will continue to be open and approachable to the industry, and will maintain her role as a stern and fair protector of the public’s interest.”

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Allegiant Kicks off Pueblo to Vegas Service with $54.99 one-way Fare


PUEBLO, Colo. – Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), today inaugurates low-cost, nonstop service between Pueblo Memorial Airport ( PUB ) and McCarran International Airport (LAS). To celebrate, the airline is bringing some very special guests: Vegas icons “Elvis” and a glamorous showgirl. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will offer fares as low as $54.99* one-way between the two cities.

“Allegiant is pleased to now serve Pueblo with the only nonstop service to Las Vegas ,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “We are confident the community will appreciate the Allegiant brand of affordable and convenient air service, as well as the value of booking hotel rooms, car rentals and show tickets through us."

“We are extremely excited that Allegiant is beginning nonstop jet service from Pueblo to Las Vegas today,” Dave Cardinal, Pueblo Airport Advisory Board co-chairman, said. “This ushers in a new era for jet air service at the Pueblo Airport , which brings air service not only to Pueblo but all of Southern Colorado . We urge everyone to experience the ease and convenience of ‘Flying Pueblo’ and Allegiant.”

The new flights operate two times weekly between the Pueblo Memorial Airport ( PUB ) and McCarran International Airport (LAS), with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights depart Pueblo at 7:25 p.m. arriving in Las Vegas at 8:25 p.m. Flights leave Las Vegas at 3:55 p.m. arriving in Pueblo at 6:45 p.m. (all flight times are local).

With world-renowned resorts, spas, casinos and entertainment options for visitors of all ages, Las Vegas is one of the most dynamic travel destinations in the world. With an average of more than 37 million people visiting each year, the vast majority of these visitors come to experience the Las Vegas Strip. The famous 4.2-mile section of Las Vegas Boulevard is home to 19 of the world’s largest hotels—each with their own unique look, atmosphere and offerings. Those looking for a more serene getaway can spend time hiking or climbing at Red Rock National Recreation Area or exploring Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. Las Vegas truly presents a one-of-a kind vacation that can be enjoyed any time of the year.

The company offers low-cost packages with more than 60 of Las Vegas’ most exciting hotel properties including: Planet Hollywood, Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club, Bellagio, The Venetian Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, The Mirage, Excalibur Hotel & Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter and Red Rock Resort & Spa. The company also provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car.

Reservations may be made through the company’s website at or by calling Allegiant’s travel experts at 702-505-8888.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

HindmanSanchez P.C. donates 6205 pounds of food to Food Bank of the Rockies

HindmanSanchez, a Colorado law firm representing homeowners and condominium associations, sponsored the “Community Can-Can” Canned Food Drive and Sculpture Challenge at their Arvada office. Six teams from community association management firms and HindmanSanchez raised an estimated 6205 pounds of food and $165.00 in donations. Their efforts will enable Food Bank of the Rockies to provide about 8600 meals to families across Colorado.

For more information, please contact Melissa Garcia at 303.991.2018, via cell phone at 303.807.1311 or by email at

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blytheco Welcomes SFA Technology

Denver, Colorado – September 23, 2010 (Blytheco) – Leading Sage business partner Blytheco, LLC is pleased to announce that the company has acquired Denver-based SFA Technology. The transaction will further strengthen Blytheco’s existing CRM practice in Colorado and add to a growing national presence that has become the key to continued success for the company.

SFA Technology represents Sage SalesLogix. The company will relocate to Blytheco’s existing Denver office. SFA Principal Patrick Cherry has joined Blytheco’s staff and is actively participating in the transition of his client base to Blytheco.

“This is a win for everyone involved,” said Patrick Cherry. “SFA clients will now have access to the much wider range of expertise that Blytheco can provide, and Blytheco will gain clients in key markets with unlimited growth potential. I am delighted to join the top-level professionals at Blytheco.”

“It is a pleasure to welcome SFA Technology clients to Blytheco and to see our Colorado office grow,” said Phil Sim, Blytheco’s Vice President of CRM. ”We look forward to working with SFA clients, helping them use the skills and strengths of our team to get even more out of their current systems and grow their businesses.”

About Blytheco, LLC

Serving the business community since 1980, Blytheco offers business management software and consulting services to the mid-market. Blytheco represents Sage solutions including Sage ERP X3 , MAS 90 , MAS 200 , MAS 500 , BusinessWorks , SalesLogix , SageCRM , Abra HRMS and MIP Nonprofit business solutions. With 130 employees across the U.S. in sixteen states, Blytheco works to help companies meet their business goals with award-winning software products, custom programming, and the highest quality consulting in the industry. Please visit .

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Eastern Plains (Falcon, Colorado) Chamber of Commerce Recycling Fund Raiser

The Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Recycling, Fund Raiser event at the Falcon WalMart, 11550 Meridian View, Falcon, CO on Saturday Sept 18, from 10am to 2pm. For more information, please click on the image.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Town in Maine is Serious About Competing for Small Business

Lewiston, ME (PRWEB)

Many communities lament the exodus of youth, jobs and entrepreneurial talent. One Maine community is doing something about it. Two local business organizations, the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC) and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to send a message loud and clear: the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine welcome young, creative entrepreneurs - particularly youth who have roots in the community but who have moved away. To back up that sentiment, a number of local companies have stepped forward to contribute what is expected to be over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services to the most promising start-up company willing to come back home and set up business.

The LAEGC and the Chamber of Commerce have launched an entrepreneurial contest that has an ambitious goal of connecting with youth who have roots in the local community, and encouraging them to consider starting a business in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. The program, called Launch L-A!, features a contest inviting young entrepreneurs to submit a proposal to start a business in L-A. Entries will be screened by a committee of business and banking professionals who will judge the ideas on a number of criteria including creativity, viability, and community need. Adding a page from the "American Idol" script, finalists will be voted upon electronically by community members of Lewiston and Auburn in January 2011.

The winning entrepreneur will receive an equity infusion of $10,000 - $20,000 seed money, along with a number of in-kind services for a year, including business consulting, accounting services, legal fees, advertising agency services, rent, and more -- all provided by Chamber members. Runners-up may also receive in-kind services.

Three local Maine banks, Bangor Savings Bank, Northeast Bank and Auburn Savings Bank have already committed $11,500 to seeding the prize package. In addition, dozens of local businesses are offering in-kind services including:

* Rinck Advertising: Branding, Creative and Public Relations Package - $15,000
* Curry Printing: Printing Package - $1,200
* Next Level Business Coaching: Business Consulting - $3,600
* LAEGC: Start-up office space, conference room space & receptionist - $4,000
* Robustelli, Soucy & Hussey, PA: Accounting services - $10,000
* Brann & Isaacson: Legal fees for a year - $2,500
* Core Zero Creative: Search Engine Optimization, web and social media marketing strategy - $1,500
* Oxford Networks: Internet/Phone lines - $1,900
* WGME-13: Advertising package, including cost of production - $2,000
* Leighton Images: Video Production -- $4,500
* Mainely Portrait Photography: Photo session - $500
* Strategic Talent Management: Personality Aptitude Testing - $2,500
* Chamber of Commerce: Membership, Advertising, and Support Package - $500
* RE-Group! Business Solutions: Risk Mitigation and Business Infrastructure - $1,000
* Sun Journal: 1 year's worth of advertising and consulting - $5,000
* Marriott Residence Inn: One-week stay - $1,000

The competition is open people between the ages of 18-30 who have roots in Androscoggin County but have not lived here in at least 9-months. Applicants will be encouraged to support their idea using digital applications such as video presentations, web sites, podcasts, and digital photos.

"The value of this program is not merely that a few entrepreneurs will get assistance to launch a business in Lewiston-Auburn," says Paul Badeau, Marketing Director, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council. "What's perhaps more important is the message this sends to the world outside of L-A's borders: namely, that Lewiston-Auburn welcomes young, creative entrepreneurs and is committed to helping them succeed."

"The contest is part of a broader initiative to connect and keep in touch with young people, particularly college grad "expatriates" who have graduated from local high schools," says Wendy Tardif, a member of the event planning committee and Executive Director for The Dempsey Challenge. "Using e-mail and social media like Facebook and Twitter, young people will get regular updates about the community's ongoing renaissance."

"Native sons and daughters often leave for college and don't return, sometimes because they don't perceive that gainful employment or opportunities can be found in Maine," explains Laura Davis, a partner at Rinck Advertising who is also a member of the committee. "We hope people follow this story chapter by chapter."

Rinck Advertising, an Auburn-based advertising and public relations agency, has contributed its services in-kind to developing the logo and PR strategies for the effort. In addition, the agency will donate over $15,000 in services to the winning business.

"We have what young people are looking for right here in L-A: urban life, arts and culture, affordable housing, a riverfront, plenty of good restaurants, and talented people," says Davis. "What we don't have is enough recognition for our assets, and enough help for struggling entrepreneurs."

"Even if young people don't return to the community for whatever reason, it is still important that they feel proud of their community in order to serve as ambassadors, stay connected to local institutions, and serve as future benefactors for local institutions", says Chamber President, Chip Morrison.

"Will our youth return in droves because of this? Probably not," adds Morrison. "But if we can help a few entrepreneurs get off the ground, and get young people with roots in the L/A area to feel proud of their home community, we will have been wildly successful."

T.H. Creations, a Lewiston-based web site development company, created a web site to promote the contest. Entrepreneurs can enter the contest with their business idea right online at: Contestants and interested parties can also follow the contest on Facebook at or Twitter at Launch LA is also offering a chance to win an Apple iPAD for anyone who helps spread the word through Twitter. Details at Launch LA Maine.

Companies interested in finding out more about the contest and how they can be a part of it should contact the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council at 207-784-0161 or the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce at 207-783-2249.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Greater Pueblo Chamber Recruiting for Leadership Pueblo 2011

(PUEBLO, CO) The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce is recruiting for the 2011 Leadership Pueblo Class.

Every year the Greater Pueblo Chamber coordinates the Leadership Pueblo program. The program is designed for individuals interested in developing their leadership skills. The curriculum affords each class the opportunity to network with up-and-coming leaders and current decision makers in the community in order to grasp a better understanding of the issues facing the Pueblo community, as well as a chance to discuss solutions to these problems. As a requirement for graduation, all leadership classes are required to plan and implement a class project designed to benefit the community.

The 2011 program begins in January with an overnight retreat and is followed by seven additional sessions scheduled once every three weeks. Sessions include Pueblo ’s past, present and future, state and local government, education, health and human services, Pueblo ’s resources, the arts and media.

Tuition for the program is $550. Scholarships are available through the El Pomar Foundation for minority applicants and two scholarships are also available through the Southern Colorado Community Foundation. All scholarships require a three year commitment to community volunteerism.

The program syllabus and application as well as the scholarship applications can be found online at For more information on the Leadership Pueblo program call 719-542-1704 or email

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Falcon Chamber of Commerce Recycling Event, 9/18/2010

the Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce will be having a recycling event for electronic items on September 18th, 2010 at the Falcon Walmart.

Click on the image for details

Saturday, September 4, 2010

August Mountain States Economy Report

Mountain States Leading Economic Indicator Sinks:

Growth Likely to Slow

August survey results at a glance:

· Leading economic indicator points to slower growth in the months ahead but no double-dip recession.

· Almost one-third of supply managers expect a 2011 recession.

· Price gauge indicates much higher likelihood of inflation than deflation.

· Business confidence declines for the month.

Denver, CO (The Goss Institute) – For an eleventh straight month, the overall index for the Mountain States region, a leading economic indicator for the three-state area, moved above growth neutral 50.0. The overall index, or Business Conditions Index, for August sank to 54.7 from July’s strong 58.6. This is the first significant pullback in the index this year for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and is mirroring what we are seeing in the national economy.

“These results are very similar to what we recorded coming out of the 2001 recession. Of course the big difference is that tax cuts were passed in 2001 and 2003 to support the economy and, at this point in time, Americans are staring at a significant tax increase on January 1, 2011. Even so, our surveys are pointing to slower growth at this time, not a double dip recession,” Goss Institute for Economic Research Director Dr. Ernie Goss said today. The Goss Institute conducts the monthly survey for Supply Management Institutes in the three states comprising the Mountain States region. Goss also directs Creighton University’s Economic Forecasting Group and is the Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics (

The August employment index fell to 57.6 from 61.1 in July. “On an annualized basis, the region has added jobs at a much stronger pace than the U.S. over the past several months. Our surveys indicate that this gap will widen somewhat for the rest of 2010 as U.S. job growth slows more dramatically than that for the Mountain States region,” said Goss.

This month we asked supply managers their expectations for the 2011 U.S. economy. Almost one-third, or 32 percent, said it was likely or very likely that the U.S. economy would move back into recessionary territory in 2011. Only 8 percent indicated that a 2011 recession was unlikely, or very unlikely. The remaining 60 percent indicated that there was a 50 percent chance of a 2011 recession.

The regional price gauge dipped slightly to a still inflationary 65.0 from 65.4 in July. The prices-paid index, which tracks the cost of raw materials and supplies, has now moved above growth neutral in fourteen of the past fifteen months. “Based on our survey results, as well as other surveys of supply managers, I still think fears of deflation are way overblown. Once the economy gets fully back on track, inflation and price bubbles will be the problem, not deflation,” said Goss.

Supply managers were asked their anticipations of price changes for their company’s products for 2011. Only eight percent expect price declines for 2011 while 58 percent expect price increases for 2011. The remaining 34 percent expect level prices for 2011.

Looking ahead six months, economic optimism, captured by the August confidence index, slumped to 55.3 from 62.6 in July. “Even in the expanding Mountain States economy, supply managers’ economic outlook is being negatively influenced by the less than optimistic national economic news,” said Goss.

Trade numbers deteriorated for August. The new export orders index declined to 51.5 from July’s 52.9. Imports for August sank to 55.0 from 60.1 in July. “Exports, particularly technology equipment, will be an important factor that sustains a regional economic expansion. Thus these weaker numbers are of some concern,” said Goss.

As another measure of somewhat weaker economic confidence, supply managers in the three-state region added to inventories of raw materials and supplies for the month at a slower pace. The August inventory index sank to 55.3 from 67.4 in July. “This is the ninth straight month that we have recorded inventory restocking after more than one year of inventory reductions. The growth in inventories has been a positive and significant factor pushing the regional economy higher. However, we need to see an increase in the pace of consumer buying before we can be assured that the economy will not dip back into a recession. Inventory buildups are not the basis for sustained economic growth,” said Goss.

Other components of the August Business Conditions Index were new orders at 51.7, down from July’s 53.3; production or sales at 54.0, down from 55.8; and delivery lead time at 54.9, down from 55.6 in July.

The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, has been formally surveying its membership since 1931 to gauge business conditions ( The Goss Institute uses the same methodology as the national survey. The overall index, referred to as the Business Conditions Index, ranges between 0 and 100. An index greater than 50 indicates an expansionary economy over the course of the next three to six months.

The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group has conducted the monthly survey of supply managers in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming since 1994 to produce leading economic indicators of the Mountain States region. The Goss Institute assumed operation of the survey in August of 2008, working with NAPM-Utah ( and NAPM-Western Wyoming (

Colorado: For the eleventh straight month, the state’s leading economic indicator rose above 50.0. However, the August index, based upon a survey of supply managers in the state, is pointing to somewhat slower growth in the months ahead with an August reading of 53.0, down from 56.2 in July and 68.4 in June. Components of the overall index for August were new orders at 46.6, production or sales at 49.4, delivery lead time at 58.9, inventories at 53.0, and employment at 57.1. “Colorado is not benefiting as much from the energy industry expansion as Utah and Wyoming. Computer and electronic component manufacturers in the state continue to lose jobs even with a slight uptick in new orders. Manufacturers in the state are expanding output without any new hiring as a result of productivity growth,” said Goss.

Utah: The state’s Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator, once again climbed above growth neutral 50.0. Based on the monthly survey of the membership of NAPM-Utah (, the overall index dipped to 54.8 from July’s 58.5. Components of the overall index for August were new orders at 53.7, production or sales at 59.5, delivery lead time at 54.9, inventories at 52.5, and employment at 53.4. “Expansions among the state’s durable goods manufacturers more than offset somewhat weaker conditions in the non-durable goods sector. Heavy manufacturers are reporting improving new orders, employment and hours worked by existing workers,” said Goss.

Wyoming: The state’s leading economic indicator from a survey of supply managers in the state climbed above growth neutral for a tenth straight month. The Wyoming Business Conditions Index for August declined slightly to still healthy 57.5 from 57.6 in July. Supported by NAPM-Western Wyoming (, surveys over the past several months indicate point to an expanding state economy for the second half of 2010. Components of the overall index for August were new orders at 49.9, production or sales at 49.2, delivery lead time at 66.9, inventories at 58.7, and employment at 63.3. “Manufacturers, both durable and non-durable, are recording solid improvements in business activity. However, recent growth in the state’s energy related industries has pushed overall growth higher. A cheap U.S. dollar, which supports higher energy commodity prices, will be an important factor influencing Wyoming economic progress in the months ahead,” said Goss.

For historical data and forecasts, visit our website at: or

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Legal Nurse Consultant Course Offered

Nurses Can Enter Legal Field

As Expert Witnesses

Nurses can now become expert witnesses, a field previously dominated by physicians. Any nurse, regardless of education or specialty, interested in expanding their career options to be nurse expert witnesses will learn skills for this new career at a two-day legal nurse certification course in the Denver area September 11 & 12, offered by Jurex Center For Legal Nurse Consulting.

Elizabeth G. Rudolph, an attorney, nurse and legal nurse consultant, founded the company in 2006 to empower nurses and teach them to become expert witnesses. The two-day certification course, Be a Professional Legal Nurse Consultant, teaches nurses how to partner with attorneys to review medical records in medical-legal cases as well as how to market their skills to the legal community.

The live course will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Wildwood, 16475 E. 40th Circle, Aurora, 80011, from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 & 12. Nurses will receive their Professional Legal Nurse Consultant (PLNC) certification and fifteen continuing education contact hours from Jurex Center for Legal Nurse Consulting at the course, offering nurses greater career opportunities for just attending.

“Legal nurse consultants provide an invaluable service to the legal community,” Rudolph said. “This live course is designed to give nurses more choices and the tools they need to exercise those choices.”

Rudolph is a licensed attorney and registered nurse, with a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. She speaks nationally on legal issues in nursing and legal nurse consulting.

The course is offered in four formats: Live Course, E-Course, Audio Course and Video Course. Each course can be completed in two days and covers the basics of starting a legal nurse consulting business plus a general primer on the law.

For more information or to register for this two-day live course, go to or call (901) 496-5447.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Colorado State Fair Parade Competition Results

The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Presents another Colorado State Fair Parade with Style

(PUEBLO , CO) With the final entries making their way through downtown Pueblo for the 2010 Colorado State Fair parade early this afternoon, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce President Rod Slyhoff announced that this year’s parade was one of quality. “The parade was full of great entries this year including 21 marching bands from across the state, 7 horse groups along with numerous floats,” said Slyhoff.

Nearly 40,000 people from across Colorado came to Pueblo to see the 128 entries in the parade. The Greater Pueblo Chamber sends out a special thanks to the 100 plus volunteers that helped to make this parade a success. The Chamber would also like to thank Pueblo Community College , CNM Productions for televising the 2010 Colorado State Fair Parade.

In addition, the Greater Pueblo Chamber would like to thank the hundreds of people who donated their time, goods and services in putting on the Parade including: A-1 Barricade & Sign, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, My Friend the Printer, Newsom Trucking, Pepsi Bottling Group, Pueblo Board of Water Works, Pueblo Community College, Pueblo Parks & Recreation, Pueblo Police Department, Standard Sales, U. S. Bank, Waste Management and Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team.

Colorado State Fair Parade 2010 Results


1st Place Spirit Leader Junior High/Middle School Heaton Middle School

1st Place Spirit Leader Senior High School Centennial High School

1st Place Pikes (Class 1A/2A, 3A & F) Trinidad High School

1st Place Pikes (Class 4A, 5A &E) Overland High School



2nd Place Trophy and a check for $150
Trinidad High School

1st Place Trophy and a check for $200
Roosevelt High School


1st Place Trophy and a check for $200
Pueblo West H.S.


3rd Place Trophy and a check for $125
Littleton H.S.

2nd Place Trophy and a check for $150
Legend H.S.

1st Place Trophy and a check for $200
Pride of Mesa Ridge H.S.


3rd Place Trophy and a check for $125
Gateway H.S.

2nd Place Trophy and a check for $150
Overland H.S.

1st Place Trophy and a check for $200
Thunder Ridge H.S.


2nd Place Trophy and a check for $150
Denver City Wide

1st Place Trophy and a check for $200
Pueblo Pride City


Outstanding Drum Major
Pueblo South H.S.

Host Band Award with a check for $1,000 is
Pueblo County H.S.

4th Place Trophy and a check for $100
Pueblo South H.S.

3rd Place Trophy and check for $200
Littleton H.S.

2nd Place Trophy and a check for $300
Legend H.S.

1st Place Trophy and a check for $500
Pride of Mesa Ridge H.S.

Saddle Club

1st place – Steel City Riding Club

2nd place – Vaquero Saddle Club

3rd place – West Pueblo Saddle Club

Custom Vehicles

1st place – Colorado State Patrol

Antique Vehicles

1st place – Front Range Power Association

2nd place – VMCCA Veterans Motor Club of America


1st place – City of Pueblo

Youth Floats

1st place – Sarah Shaw Dance Studio

2nd place – Jeannie’s Academy of Dance

- Rock-N-Robins

3rd place – Nogare’s Gymnastics & Cheer Academy

Civic/Community Floats

1st place – La Familia Granillo

2nd place – Union Avenue Historic District

3rd place – Pueblo Derby Devil Dollz

Commercial Floats

1st place – Express Scripts

2nd place – Environmental Hope

3rd place – Minnequa Medicenter

Pooper Scoopers

1st place – Lions Club

2nd place – Alpha Sigma Alpha

3rd place – Central High School Volleyball

Thursday, August 26, 2010


New night shows Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m., discounted admissions on family Friday nights and discounted admissions on Saturday nights with restaurant receipt

DENVER, Colo. — The beautiful Mystic Mermaids of Downtown Aquarium Denver have extended their stay due to popular demand! Performances will be every Monday through Thursday at noon along with Friday shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m and 7 p.m. and Sunday shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On Labor Day, shows will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. After Labor Day, the show schedule will be every Monday through Thursday at noon. There are no shows scheduled in September during the week, however the Mystic Mermaids will be appearing at noon during the week for photo opportunities and meet and greets.

October performances continue every Monday through Thursday at noon; Fridays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Every Friday night, children’s admission is only $5. Every Saturday night, show your Downtown Aquarium restaurant receipt and enjoy discounted admission.

The Mystic Mermaids show is family-friendly and interactive. The performance is choreographed to under-the-sea themed music and also features a narrated, conservation-focused segment.

“We’re thrilled with the community’s response to our Mystic Mermaids shows,” said Scot Hulgan, Downtown Aquarium general manager. “They add a great family-friendly component to Downtown Aquarium and are extremely popular with visitors of all ages.”

In addition to enjoying the regular performances, guests can book opportunities to swim with the mermaids, schedule a mermaid birthday appearance, take photos with the mermaids, purchase autographed mermaid photos and register for mermaid swim camp. Mermaid-themed toys will also be available for purchase at the Gift Shop.

Regular admission is $15.99 for adults, $14.99 for seniors and $9.99 for children ages 3 to 11.

Downtown Aquarium is located at 700 Water Street. Please call (303) 561-4450 or visit for more information.

"Vocal Trash" at the Colorado State Fair


August 27, 2010 -- High Octane Family Entertainment, with a “Green” push. International touring show, “Vocal Trash” will be performing at the Colorado State Fair August 31 through September 6, 2010 in Pueblo , Colorado . This unique performance group can be seen daily at the American Furniture Warehouse Amphitheater at 6pm and 9pm .

The Show: “STOMP” with vocals, uniquely recycled instruments and dance. Urban feel, Broadway appeal. The effect...Grand, the emotions...High, and the energy...Contagious.

Texas based Vocal Trash has been performing for audiences since 2001 from New York to Seattle , Las Vegas to Puerto Rico . Whether it be Madison Square Garden or The Venetian-Las Vegas, Vocal Trash continues to electrify young and old with their tight a cappella harmonies, industrial style drumming, and award winning break-dancing.

Vocal Trash has been recycling for over a decade and incorporating green into every show way before green was hip. Part street performers, part recycling gurus, these seven members make reuse fun for kids of all ages.


Steve Linder (817)538-2850

City to City Music is a management company offering Artist Management, Booking, and Promotion.


Colorado State Fair Parade

( PUEBLO , CO --- August 25, 2010) The Colorado State Fair Parade, “ Colorado Adventure & Excitement – Its All Fair Game,” put on annually by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, will take place August 28, 2010 at 10 a.m. This year the Chamber will honor Jack Quinn as the 2010 Parade Marshal. Jack Quinn spent 30 years on the Colorado State Fair Parade Committee, the majority of which he served as committee Chairman. (See bio below)

The parade will begin at the intersection of Union Avenue and Abriendo Avenue , continue down Union, turn right onto 1st Street , turn left on Main Street , continue up Main, and conclude at 8th and Main .

Staging for the parade will begin as early as 7am Saturday morning and will take place in the residential area from Abriendo Avenue up to Orman Avenue between Broadway Avenue and Quincy Street .

The Union Avenue Merchants will host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the Gold Dust Saloon, 217 S. Union, Saturday morning from 8-10am, adults pay $6.00 and children under 8 pay $3.00. All proceeds benefit the Union Avenue Historic District.


Jack Quinn

Pueblo community leader, Jack Quinn, was recently appointed to the Colorado State University-Pueblo President's Advisory Council.

Quinn has been involved in a variety of local agencies. He helped to found the Pueblo Boys and Girls Club and has done significant work with the Sister Cities Commission and the United Way . He also has served on the boards of First National Bank, the Greater Pueblo and Latino Chambers of Commerce, the Packard Foundation, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Neighborhood Housing Services, Pueblo Fair Housing Commission, Pueblo Community College Foundation and the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials selected Jack Quinn as the recipient of its 2006 M. Justin Herman Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and innovation in the housing and community development field.

Mr. Quinn recently retired from his position of Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo ( Colo. ), a position he held for nearly 35 years. During Mr. Quinn's long and successful tenure, he greatly increased Pueblo's affordable housing stock by saving several historic buildings from demolition and renovating them for apartments and developing single family housing using tax credits. Since the beginning of his tenure as Executive Director, the housing authority increased its inventory of housing assistance from 374 to more than 2,800.

Professionally, Mr. Quinn has served as president of Colorado NAHRO, Mountain Plains NAHRO, and National NAHRO, and has been involved with the Neighborhood Housing Services Organization, the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, the Governor's State Wide Task Force on Housing, and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association.

Monday, August 16, 2010

16th Annual Loaf ‘N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival - Pueblo, CO

Community Volunteer Opportunities For Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival

(PUEBLO , CO --- August 16, 2010) The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce is in the process of recruiting volunteers to help with the 16th Annual Loaf ‘N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival. Volunteers are needed to assist at the 12 entrance gates and other areas during the festival. A training and information session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 5:00-5:30pm registration, 5:30-6:00pm information session. Complementary food and beverages will be provided.

The annual event will be held September 24, 25, and 26, 2010 from 1st Street to B Street on Union Ave. and on Grand from 1st to Santa Fe and D and C Street from Victoria to South Main . The festival draws over a 100,000 visitors and has over 150 vendors. The festival will feature 5 entertainment tents, Red and Green Chili and Salsa competition and a Jalapeno Eating competition. Free parking is available at Midtown Shopping Center and a free shuttle to the festival will be provided by Kaiser Permanente.

To RSVP for the Wednesday session or for more information contact Shawn Sandoval at the Chamber at 542-1704.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Christopher & Banks Corporation Announces New Store

Grand Opening CJ Banks Size 14 and More in Aspen Grove

Minneapolis, MN August 9, 2010 – Christopher & Banks Corporation is pleased to announce the August 13, 2010 Grand Opening of the newest CJ Banks store in Aspen Grove in Littleton, CO. The CJ Banks store will join its sister store Christopher & Banks at Aspen Grove.

CJ Banks provides exclusively designed collections (sizes 14W to 28W) that allow for easy wardrobe building and outfit selections, including accessories that can flawlessly move from work wear to casual weekend wear.

The CJ Banks design team is passionate about understanding the plus size customers’ body shape, providing her solutions, fits that flatter, as well as versatility and comfortable fashions that will meet her lifestyle needs while making her feel and look her best.

“CJ Banks understands and celebrates our customer’s needs and desires for casual, comfortable apparel at prices to please. We’re committed to delivering style every day and the special touches she will love”, says President and CEO Lorna Nagler.

About Christopher & Banks Corporation:
Christopher & Banks Corporation is a Minneapolis-based specialty retailer of women’s clothing. As of August 9, 2010, the Company operates 789 stores in 46 states consisting of 531 Christopher & Banks stores, 256 stores in its plus size clothing division CJ Banks and two dual-concept stores. The Company also operates the and e-commerce websites.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Press Release (

Pueblo Seniors Donate Their Time to At-Risk Youth Through
Foster Grandparents Programs

WHAT: Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime (JBWOL) is hosting 89 senior citizens for lunch and a private performance of “Broadway Country” at the Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre. The seniors attending are being recognized by JBWOL because of their efforts in the Foster Grandparent Programs for Senior Inc. and Senior Resource Development Agency.

Seniors who volunteer for Foster Grandparent Programs make a positive multi-generational impact on the lives of at-risk children through their community outreach efforts. Many of the children served live in Colorado’s poorest rural communities and are in need of additional academic support due to learning and physical disabilities, language barriers, or neglect and abuse. In 2009, 49 Foster Grandparents from Seniors Inc. served 44,351 hours with 1,106 students in 45 classrooms.

WHEN: Saturday, August 7, 2010
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch at Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave, Pueblo

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Broadway Country” performance, Damon Runyon Theatre, 611 North Main St., Pueblo

*Seniors will be available for interviews from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. during lunch or after the performance at the theatre.

WHERE: Two locations:
· Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 Union Ave, Pueblo
· Damon Runyon Theatre, 611 N Main St., Pueblo

WHO: 89 senior citizens from Senior Inc. and Senior Resource Development Agency

· Grandma Helen Smith has served the Las Animas Community as a foster grandparent volunteer since 2003. She volunteers at the Bent County Nursing Home and sits on the Board of Directors for the SAGE meal program. Grandma Helen has worked at Las Animas Elementary School in Las Animas, Colorado servicing students from kindergarten thru second grade. She has a warm smile and spark about her.

Several years ago, Grandma Helen struggled to recover from what was supposed to be a simple back surgery. She was placed in a nursing home as she was unable to care for herself. One day her nursing home room was filled with smiling little faces and little hands filled with cards wishing her a well. The children read to her during their visit as she had read to them so many times before. When it was time to leave the children would have it no other way but to have a hug from Grandma Helen.

Without a doubt it was a turning point in Grandma Helen’s recovery and made a difference in getting her back to school the following year. She has been there ever since. Grandma Helen celebrated her 80th birthday in June. Sharing in the celebration of a good life were many of the children from the school she serves.

WHY: Volunteers share their wisdom and expertise with at-risk students, resulting in long-term bonds. In addition, teachers receive invaluable classroom assistance from the senior citizens who give their time. In return for their service, a Foster Grandparents volunteer receives a stipend of $2.65 an hour, meals while on duty, mileage reimbursement, and monthly training. But with their limited incomes, it is rare for the volunteers to have a moment to dream beyond their daily needs.

Comment from Nina Schneider, La Veta School Teacher:
“I have known Mary Jo “Grandma Jo”, professionally for the past 4 years. She understands, communicates and shows genuine care for the children. Grandma Jo has an array if stories from her childhood full of wisdom that set an example of kindness and humbleness. She is firm but gentle, friendly and yet promotes respect. If a child needs guidance Grandma Jo is fair, thoughtful and finds opportunity for instilling a lesson,

Grandma Jo means a lot to the children. She is always cheerful and the children understand and find in her a very nurturing person they can rely on. She is indispensable for the Foster Grandparent program. I can attest to her character and value as a Foster Grandparent.”

About Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime
Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime (JBWOL) was established by two-time Olympic Skier, former NFL football player and Colorado native Jeremy Bloom. Bloom left competitive sports to launch the foundation in order to initiate a cultural change by enriching the lives of seniors in need. After founding the non-profit in living honor of his grandmother, Donna Wheeler, Bloom has granted wishes ranging from skydiving to fishing in the Rocky Mountains. For more information about Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime, please visit

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


DENVER, Colo. (Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations) — Downtown Aquarium Denver introduces the beautiful Mystic Mermaids Wednesday, July 21 at 10 a.m.

The Mystic Mermaids will perform at Downtown Aquarium from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day through August 22. Their family-friendly, interactive show will be choreographed to under-the-sea themed music and will also feature a narrated, conservation-focused segment.

“We’re celebrating Downtown Aquarium’s 5th anniversary this year, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than to introduce a one-of-a-kind experience like Mystic Mermaids for our local families and visitors to enjoy,” said Scot Hulgan, Downtown Aquarium general manager.

In addition to enjoying the regular performances, guests can book opportunities to swim with the mermaids, schedule a mermaid birthday appearance, take photos with the mermaids, purchase autographed mermaid photos and register for mermaid swim camp. Mermaid-themed toys will also be available for purchase at the Gift Shop.

Mystic Mermaid auditions were challenging since the ladies not only had to demonstrate strong swimming skills, they also had to be comfortable in a tank with a 500 lb grouper, sting rays, eels and sea turtles.

“The schools of fish are easy to swim with because they move out of our path or swim below or above us, but the sea turtles are very curious and like to be by the girls or swim right into our path,” said Mermaid Kaya.“Our sea turtle Rafael loves to swim right into a mermaid while she’s resting on a rock!”

"Denver families and visitors will really enjoy the new Mystic Mermaids,” said Ken Yates, Animal Husbandry Manager, “They put on a magical and interactive live show for people of all ages and they are a natural fit for Downtown Aquarium.”

Admission is $15.99 for adults, $14.99 for seniors and $9.99 for children ages 3 to 11.

Downtown Aquarium is located at 700 Water Street. Please call (303) 561-4450 or visit for more information.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Echo Summit to offer Property Management CE course

Echo Summit Approved by Colorado Division of Real Estate for “Property Management Trends and Issues – 2010” CE Course

2-Hour Continuing Education course to cover recurring trouble-spots for agents and their customers who manage residential and multi-family properties

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colorado, (press release)– Echo Summit Property Management, a leading Colorado Property Manager, announced today that it has been approved by the Colorado Department of Real Estate to offer “Property Management Trends and Issues – 2010”, a 2-hour CE course that covers recent trends, issues and legislation that affect the Colorado property management market.

Property Management has become an incredibly complicated business that is fraught with financial risk and legal liability…especially for real estate licensees. The course provides a concise overview of recent trends and regulations that every agent must be aware of, especially if they or their clients are managing their own properties.
The course covers critical trouble-areas such as security deposit disposition, pest control, crime and drug-free housing, fair housing and recent CO/CREC regulations that affect the industry. It also introduces essential elements of a rental application and lease agreement to ensure that both the renter and landlord comply with CO real estate regulations, and that both are protected in the eyes of the court.

Dates and times for the upcoming courses will be announced. To sign up for Echo Summit announcements, please email

About Echo Summit Property Management
Echo Summit was founded with the mission of increasing the quality and effectiveness of managing residential and multi-family rental properties. Our philosophy is simple...once you start treating an income property like a rental, it will eventually dilapidate into one. Proactive maintenance, targeted marketing, careful tenant selection and continual presence are all critical to this goal. Our in-depth understanding of how to manage properties, combined with cutting edge technology, systems and processes have allowed us to achieve this goal. Over time, we have established a quality reputation in Colorado rentals, and are now the de-facto rental company for professional sports teams, local media personalities, and large companies looking to relocate key employees.


Colorado company produces tanks that are one-third the weight of standard tanks

Loveland, Colorado (July 12, 2010) - Lightning Hybrids Inc. (LHI) today introduced their lightweight high pressure composite bladder accumulators for hydraulic and other energy storage applications.

LHI's composite tanks are one-third the weight of standard steel accumulators and offer significant energy savings due to weight reduction, increased safety due to a higher than standard burst pressure factor, and cost savings because they are easier and less expensive to ship and install since weight and mounting hardware is minimized

The patent-pending tanks were engineered by Lightning Hybrids specifically for use in the company's HyPER Assist™ hydraulic hybrid vehicle application. Though it quickly became evident that there are other uses for these lightweight energy storage tanks such as emergency vehicles, forestry, agricultural and mining mobile equipment, among others.

"Our lightweight accumulators enhance the performance and efficiency of a variety of hydraulic systems," stated Dan Johnson, LHI's CEO, "in addition, they add a higher dimension of safety and reliability over standard steel accumulators."

Structural Composites Industries, a subsidiary of Worthington Industries, manufactures the accumulators for Lightning Hybrids. SCI is a world-recognized leader in high pressure tank manufacturing with an impeccablesafety record and has managed the certifications required for these high-pressure tanks.

Lightning Hybrids' accumulators are 6,000 PSI bladder accumulators and range in size from 10 to 30 gallons. They are a Type 3 tank and consist of an aluminum lining and a spun carbon fiber wrapped shell, encompassing a nitrogen gas compression bladder. LHI's carbon fiber wrapped vessels are considerably lighter than their steel counterparts. For example, a 15 gallon accumulator weighs 115 pounds compared to 465 pounds for a steel accumulator. LHI's accumulators are made and assembled in the U.S.A. Orders are currently being taken with delivery 60 days from receipt of order.

About Lightning Hybrids Inc.
Lightning Hybrids is an innovative automotive research and manufacturing company based in Loveland, Colorado. We focus on hydraulic solutions for vehicles - ranging from the fuel efficient HyPER Assist™ retrofit system to lightweight composite accumulators and hydraulic-hybrid sports sedans. The HyPER Assist™ (Hydraulic Propulsion & Energy Recovery) is a hydraulic hybrid system for fleet vehicles that delivers more than 40 percent improvement in fuel economy by regenerating braking energy and decreases greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. Our high pressure composite bladder accumulators for hydraulic and other energy storage applications are safer and weight only one-third the amount of standard steel accumulators.

For more information about Lightning Hybrids, please visit

CrowdPitch aims to match entrepreneurs with services and everyone with a good time

Entrepreneurs get a chance to pitch their business. Spectators (investors?) get to watch free of charge, and they'll even throw in a free meal!

CrowdPitch, from Funding Universe, will take place on July 14th from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at
Cluster, 3881 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205. Applications for pitching entrepreneurs are now closed, but if you'd like to be a spectator, RSVP at

Think ´American Idol´ — selected entrepreneurs will have 4 minutes to pitch their company to both a panel of experts & a live audience, followed immediately by a 3-minute Q&A session with the panel.

The audience chooses the winner by investing ‘FUN’ money in the venture of their choice.

Pitching Entrepreneurs will be:
* CaraSolva — Geoff Cooper
* CLEANtricity Power, Inc. — Daniel Sullivan
* Global Tek Labs — Jennifer Maskrey
* Nokero — Steve Katsaros
* Ripple Reader — Mike Kephart

The Panel of Judges:
* Tyler Tysdal - Managing Director of Mantucket Capital, with over $1 billion of capital under management.
* Mike Janssen - President of Techmed and an angel investor in the greater Denver area
* Charlie Knight - Founder at Venture Law Advisors, President at Abacco Investment Group, CEO at Boreal Energy, Inc.
* Cole Dennard - General Manager at NOW Advisors, Audit Manager at Deloitte

The winner gets $4,800 of services from CrowdPitch sponsors

12 hour os financial & accounting services
$1,800 value

startup services
$2,500 value

web services
$500 value

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant in Lafayette, Colorado hits 6 month mark

Press Release

Experience Royal Hospitality While Dining under a Moroccan Tent

(Lafayette, CO) Pull up a poof, relax, and prepare for a truly memorable dining experience. Kasbah is the perfect place for a romantic evening out, fun with friends or family, celebrating a birthday, any special event, or large parties. At Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant, we bring you delights prepared in the genuine tradition of Moroccan culture. You will experience the best in Moroccan food at Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant! Rest assured you will enjoy yourselves Moroccan style!

Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant celebrated six months on June 19, 2010! “Thanks to all who have supported us, and who have spread the word for us, and who have joined us many times already” said owner/chef Zak Tadaloui. Something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary: It’s what you will find at the Kasbah!

Kasbah offers an unbelievable array of authentic Moroccan food served in the traditional round table fashion. Passion and love are prevalent in all dishes. Chef Zak pays attention to all the details assuring there is consistency in the food and the service. Spanish/Moorish entrées and tapas make up the lunch menu. Lunch is fast and delicious.

From the “Blue Room” Lounge to the velvet luxury of the Moroccan Dining room, Kasbah takes you away from the routine. “It’s not just food, it’s not just service. It’s a total experience to make you feel transported to another time” says, Zak Tadaloui of how he would like all diners to enjoy the Kasbah.

Chef Zak has 25 years of service to the restaurant industry and proves himself again in the Kasbah. People from all over Boulder, Denver, Weld and Larimer Counties, and as far away as Pueblo and Cheyenne, have already made the Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant their destination for great food, show and service. Time to make it yours.

“We look forward to seeing and serving you soon!”

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Free Concert and Fireworks Display, Denver, July 4, 2010

Hear the 9-piece horn band, JAKARTA, in a FREE concert at Green Valley Ranch Amphitheater

Green Valley Ranch Amphitheater - 4890 Argonne Way, Denver, CO, 80249

SUNDAY, July 4th from 8-9:30.

The concert is followed by a spectacular fireworks show and is part of the FREE Summer Concert Series sponsored by Oakwood Homes.

For information: 303-595-8747

Monday, June 14, 2010

SmartCo Foods Opens First Colorado Store on June 23

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SmartCo Foods, a new value-focused grocery store concept that blends the best features of a local supermarket, warehouse club store and farmer’s market in one, convenient location, today announced it will open its first store in Denver on Wednesday, June 23 at 6 a.m. With everyday low prices and additional savings on weekly specials, SmartCo Foods will offer unparalleled values without the need for a membership fee or club card. The 57,000-square-foot store is located at 1442 South Parker Road (at East Florida Avenue) and is the first of five SmartCo Foods stores scheduled to open in Colorado this summer. Although new to Colorado, SmartCo Foods is a division of Smart & Final, which has been serving the West with quality discount groceries and perishables for nearly 140 years.

“SmartCo Foods is eager to open our first store in Denver, offering shoppers a new, smarter, more economical and convenient way to shop for their home or business”

The new SmartCo Foods store will feature a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, including both conventional and organic items, fresh-cut and high-quality meats, fresh baked goods, traditional grocery products, deli items, self-service bulk food bins, health and beauty products, vitamins, home entertaining products, greeting cards, foodservice items and more. The stores’ shelves will be filled with an assortment of more than 30,000 items in both national and local brands, with most products available in a range of sizes – from individual to bulk – to meet the various needs individuals, families and businesses alike.

“SmartCo Foods is eager to open our first store in Denver, offering shoppers a new, smarter, more economical and convenient way to shop for their home or business,” said Scott Drew, vice president and general manager of SmartCo Foods. “There is currently no concept like this in Colorado where shoppers can find everything they need under one roof, at the best prices in town and without a membership fee. We’re proud to offer Coloradans a variety of choices and look forward to supporting the local community for many years to come.”

The official grand opening celebration will begin at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, when Drew and other SmartCo Foods leaders will open the store to the public with a cake cutting and welcoming ceremony. The opening day festivities will include storewide samples, a giveaway of free SmartCo Foods canvas shopping bags filled with approximately $50 worth of free groceries and gift cards for the first 300 customers through the door, free reusable shopping bags while supplies last, kids activities and live entertainment, special grand opening pricing and more.

As a neighborhood grocer, SmartCo Foods is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and during the South Parker Road store’s grand opening week, the company will make $5,000 donations to both Denver Kids, Inc. and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. In an effort to support the Denver community on an ongoing basis, the store also will collect customer donations to support local education programs through a donate-at-the-register program. Through its community commitment, SmartCo Foods also is dedicated to providing its Colorado employees with a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as a great work environment.

The South Parker Road SmartCo Foods will be lead by store manager Jon Rumley, who brings 43 years of experience in the grocery industry, including 21 years with Albertsons, 10 years with Lucky’s and two years with Meijer Markets.

“As SmartCo Foods new South Parker Road store manager, I’m committed to delivering quality food and products at excellent values, as well as providing top-notch customer service,” said Rumley. The store will employ another 100 full- and part-time associates who are trained to have in-depth knowledge about SmartCo Foods’ products and offer customers a shopping experience that is not only convenient and value-focused, but also service-oriented.”

Other features of SmartCo Foods include:

* Produce department – will offer an abundant selection of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables, including both conventional and organic items, all consistently offered at the best prices in town. In an effort to support local Colorado growers, SmartCo Foods will stock local produce as often as possible.
* Meat and deli department – staffed by trained meat cutters, the meat department will feature tender and delicious Cattleman’s Finest beef products as well as a broad selection of high-quality pork and poultry products, and fresh and frozen seafood. The store’s deli will offer prepared sandwiches, a variety of fresh salads and side dishes, as well as a large assortment of delicious deli meats and cheeses.
* Bakery – will feature breads, muffins, cakes and cookies baked fresh every day.
* Bulk bins – bins filled with a variety of wholesome grains, healthy snacks and more complete the bulk foods department, which allows customers to take as much or as little as they like and save on packaging materials.
* Health & Beauty – will offer a full selection of conventional health and beauty products as well as high-quality Sun Harvest brand vitamins, supplements and beauty care products made with natural ingredients.
* Foodservice & Business – will carry a large assortment of practical products, including: catering supplies; paper and party products, straws, cutlery, portion cups, hot cups, cold cups, clear cups, serving trays, and commercial-strength cleaning supplies.
* Warehouse Savings: will offer frequently rotated products offered at an exceptional value, including paper goods, beverages, packaged goods and more.

The South Parker Road SmartCo Foods will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The locations for the additional four SmartCo Foods stores opening this summer include:

* 5141 Chambers Road in Denver
* 3615 West Bowles Ave. in Littleton
* 16746 E. Smoky Hill Road in Centennial
* 1750 North Main St. in Longmont

SmartCo Foods plans to significantly expand its presence in Colorado over the next few years, opening an additional 20 to 25 stores.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Milestone for The Mutual Fund Store

The Mutual Fund Store continues to climb.

The fee-only registered investment adviser for the mass affluent is up another spot in the annual Investment News list of largest independent financial advisers. The company Adam Bold founded 14 years ago now sits at number five nationally with more than five billion dollars in assets under management as of March 31, 2010. Click here to see the list on the Investment News website.

In terms of total clients, The Mutual Fund Store is the head-and-shoulders leader in the field with more than 28,000 clients as of March 31, 2010.

The Mutual Fund Store also makes the Investment News list of fastest growing independent advisers; assets under management grew 52% from the end of 2008 to March of 2010.

A little information about The Mutual Fund Store and Adam Bold:

• Adam is the founder, CEO and chief investment officer of The Mutual Fund Store, with nearly 70 offices across the country

• The company is based in Overland Park, KS and is a fee-based advisor, with a minimum initial investment of just $50,000

• Adam is also host of “The Mutual Fund Show,” a syndicated radio call-in program, and authored The Bold Truth About Investing: Ten Commandments for Building Personal Wealth, released last May by Random House/Ten Speed Press.

• The Mutual Fund Store has a local location in Westminster (303-280-0626) and Highlands Ranch (303-799-4565), Colorado.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

2nd Annual Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival set for August 14th and 15th

2nd Annual Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival

Enjoy a fine art summer festival in a popular tourist destination – one of “America’s best art towns!”

National, Juried Fine Artists in 14 categories in historic Downtown Salida on the banks of the Arkansas River. Additional attractions include a 2 day Music Stage showcasing local & invited talent; Colorado Micro Breweries; delicious foods; the Creative Station for all ages; and the Salida Circus.

Salida, Colorado, at Riverside Park

August 14, 9:30am - 7:00pm
August 15, 9:30am - 4:00pm

For more information visit

Friday, April 23, 2010


Daniel Ring, six year investment professional at Ent Federal Credit Union, has been promoted to Investment Representative.

Ring has 10 years of financial industry experience and is a Registered Investment Representative licensed in Colorado. He previously worked for investment giant T. Rowe Price.

Ring will serve members in South Denver at Ent’s 17th Street, Buckley, and Lodo service centers.

Ent Federal Credit Union, established in 1957, is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with $3 billion in assets and more than 197,000 members.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

World Wide Antique Show - Vintage Gone Green

Denver (forte advertising) – The World Wide Antique Show brings Eco-Chic to the Denver Merchandise Mart at I-25 and 58th Avenue. As communities and homes are steadily becoming more environmentally conscious the World Wide Antique Show introduces this as a fantastic way to shop green this spring. The show features a diverse selection of vintage pieces and collectibles from around the world that timelessly integrate form and function without depleting our current environmental resources, all under the idea that vintage items are “designed in the past, desired in the present.” This Eco-Chic theme even transcends into the World Wide Antique Show’s promotional development, printing all the show cards on recycled paper using soy inks, which are better for our environment.

Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase from over 150 art and antique aficionados who will be displaying amazing pieces that combine all genres of vintage items, antiques and collectibles. Every collector’s taste will be met from furniture, 20th Century design, Asian art and antiquities to jewelry, paintings, posters, decorative art and sculpture, plus much more. The show always includes new dealers and familiar favorites presenting incredibly diverse and solid quality items. You will also find books, dolls, postcards, one-of-a-kind art glass, quality linen and bedding.
“With many people looking to invest in something tangible, this show is ideal with the selections we have from vintage jewelry to English silver,” commented Christine Guedea, World Wide Antique Shows Manager. “And the fact that they can feel good about the recycling of “history” becomes the true definition of eco-chic.”

SHOW HOURS are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $8 and good for all three days. Parking is free. Food and beverages are available onsite. For more information call 303-292-6278 or visit the website

Monday, February 22, 2010

Two new websites for Colorado Truckers

Press Release

Get Loaded

Two new websites have been launched that Cargo, Freight and Courier companies and their customers in Colorado and other U.S. States can use Free of Charge.

The sites have been specifically designed and developed over a 2 year period to help all types of road-load carriers and their customers meet on a common platform where each can list their load-space availability or requirements. The potential for site users to reduce costs and increase profit cannot be underestimated and many will see the services the sites offer as a means towards achieving greater efficiencies.

With so much focus on the Carbon Footprint it may not be too long before the freight industry comes under the spotlight even more and is forced down the road into re-thinking journey planning and load organization in order to minimize the transportation of too much ‘fresh air . Whilst road-load carriers continue to face spiraling costs in terms of higher fuel, insurance, tax and vehicle maintenance costs leading to even greater erosion of already tight margins, their customers continue to expect competitive pricing. The sites are:

Comments Steve Rowlands who designed and launched the sites; Working in the field of Project Management I had opportunities to fully understand the plight of the road haulage industry and quickly realized how competitive it is whilst appreciating the never-ending search it has to fill load-space. Anyone travelling by road anywhere in the world can’t help but notice haulage vehicles that are empty or only part-loaded; in essence carrying ‘fresh air’ that has to be paid for with fuel that continues to increase in cost which can be crippling in terms of over-inflated operating costs. With some road-haulage vehicles at best achieving only 5-9 miles per gallon, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize how much it was costing the carrier to haul space and realized that I had to do something to support the industry and it’s customers. The rest is history and the sites were born.

I encourage everyone reading this article who has any load-space available to sell or is looking for space to ship single or multiple consignments no matter how big or small, to list their details on the sites for all to see. While is the road-load search site that’s driven by it’s members, I’m hoping that both sites will be well received and used for the benefit of all.

Friday, February 19, 2010

New site for car and truck lovers

Do you think about cars, pickups and trucks every day? Do you read about the new models, watch automotive programs on television, and dream about the perfect vehicle? Can you name a vehicle’s make and model from 100 yards away in traffic? Maybe you like playing on four wheels in the dirt and mud?

This site is for off-roaders, four-wheelers, restorers and antique-lovers. is the welcoming place for the enthusiast who wants to let friends and neighbors know about the latest road trip, whether on or off the highway. It’s a place where rally- and poker runners can exchange views and information; antique, new or model-specific car club members are able to discuss their latest meet, their latest show or a coming meeting or event.

Or do you just need information that is objective and reliable? If so, this website is custom-designed for you. If it has four wheels (or more!) and an engine, we’re going to write about it.

CCT is your on-line magazine and community website dedicated to the enjoyment, entertainment and education surrounding car and truck enthusiasts from all over the state of Colorado. It’s through active community feedback and participation that CCT delivers viable and relevant content to our members. And it’s through those contributing members that CCT is able to offer a friendly, informative, thoughtful, safe and respectful environment for all CCT members.

A key part of Colorado Cars and is the community forums. It's in the forums where you'll find the people of Colorado talking together as a community, brought together through the common interest of cars and trucks. It's in the forums where we'll be looking for your feedback and suggestions about what you want to see covered in the magazine. Colorado Cars and (CCT) magazine will offer feature articles, historical documents, photographs, statistics and general useful information throughout the year. CCT is also honored to provide special forums and content pages to qualifying clubs and organizations within the state of Colorado. There are a lot of great people, clubs and events across the United States and we honor their dedication and commitment to their passions. But when we started CCT we knew that a single e-publication couldn't take on everything related to cars and trucks around the country, so rather than limiting ourselves to just one type of car or truck or special interest area, we decided to focus on a geographical region. By staying focused on Colorado we can develop relationships and contacts in a broad range of subjects related to cars and trucks.

Registration and membership are free. CCT provides access to posting in the public forums, submitting and publishing automotive articles and placing classified ads. The site is supported by member businesses and organizations that purchase advertising space on the CCT website. To keep on-line, members are encouraged to use the links to our advertisers on the site to visit those businesses and organizations supporting CCT.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Governor Ritter to Visit DaVita Dialysis Facility Today

Patients and caregivers prepare to provide education on kidney disease

What: DaVita, a leading provider of kidney care in the United States , will welcome Governor Bill Ritter to their Pikes Peak Dialysis Center this Friday to meet local dialysis patients and their clinical care providers. The Governor will tour the center, speak with patients, and receive a special gift from the facility staff.

When: Friday, January 29, 2010, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Where: DaVita Pikes Peak Dialysis Center
2002 Lelaray Street, Suite 130, Colorado Springs , CO 80909

Why: Having recently moved its company headquarters to Colorado , DaVita will be recognized by Governor Ritter for providing high quality care and serving as a strong corporate citizen around the state. Governor Ritter plays an active role in community health and prevention and has made great strides in improving access to quality, affordable healthcare in the state of Colorado .

About DaVita Inc.

DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States , delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of September 30, 2009, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,513 outpatient dialysis facilities and acute units in approximately 700 hospitals located in 43 states and the District of Columbia , serving approximately 117,000 patients. DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. The company’s leadership development initiatives and corporate social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu, among others. For more information, please visit


DENVER, CO – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Colorado chapter recently honored ASSE member Alan S. Pitney, CSP, with its annual Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award for his ongoing contribution to protecting people, property and the environment, his chapter, and the Society. ASSE is a 99-year-old safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) members located worldwide.

Pitney has been an ASSE member since 1981 and became a professional member when he earned his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation in 1990. He served as chapter president from 2004-2005 and during his tenure the chapter established the Northern Colorado section. In 2006, Pitney received the ASSE Chapter Stars Recognition Award at the Society’s annual professional development conference held that year in Seattle, WA. He also served as Region II assistant vice president for chapter and regional affairs from 2006-2008. Pitney was a member of the first AIHA-RMS/ASSE Colorado Joint Fall Technical Conference committee. The two-day annual technical conference for safety and health professionals combines technical talks with a vendor expo and draws health and safety professionals from around the region.

Pitney is a senior environmental health and safety (EHS) professional for Questar Market Resources in Denver, CO, and has earned degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Denver where he received his Masters in Environmental Policy and Management. He also holds an Advanced Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Denver.

As an SH&E professional for Questar Exploration and Production company’s mid-continent (Tulsa and Oklahoma City) and southern Rockies (Denver-Legacy) divisions, Pitney supports operations managers and their 13 field foremen in CO, NM, TX, OK, AR and LA.

“Alan is the consummate safety professional,” Holli Merchant, CIH, CSP, Colorado chapter president said. “He is extremely knowledgeable and willing to engage in educating individuals and groups. He is also very committed to protecting people, property and the environment.”

The SPY awards, voted on by peers, are given annually to the most outstanding safety professionals for contributions to service and leadership within their regions and chapters – for “making a difference”. There are eight ASSE regions, each containing anywhere from 15 to 20 chapters. ASSE members volunteer their time to assist their chapters and the society in promoting work safety and the SH&E profession.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

Tuesday, January 26, 2010



Cascade, Colorado, – The Eastholme in the Rockies Bed and Breakfast located at 4445 Hagerman Avenue, in Cascade, Colorado is celebrating its 125th Anniversary.

Originally built as the Eastholme Hotel in 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 and designated a UTE Pass landmark by the 1976 Bicentennial Committee. Eastholme is the oldest of a group of resort hotels that once flourished between scenic Manitou Springs and Cripple Creek. Authentically restored and furnished with period antiques, Eastholme was the sole recipient of the Colorado’s Historical Preservation Award for 1989.

Eastholme was built by Eliza Marriott Hewlett, a wealthy widow who migrated west from Schenectedy, New York with her two sisters, Ellen and Caroline Marriott in the early 1880’s. Hewlett astutely realizing the tourist potential of the scenic Ute Pass region, constructed the building as a resort hotel in 1885. Using craftsmen from the Pikes Peak region, they built the eight gabled hotel to reflect East Coast architecture and crowned their achievement as Eastholme Hotel. Known then as Hurricane Canyon and later renamed by Eliza as Cascade Canyon. Today we know it as Cascade, Colorado.

Today, Eastholme in the Rockies Bed and Breakfast is an elegant spacious six room Victorian bed and breakfast including two cabin rentals. Offering guests all the luxury and elegance of days past. A three course gourmet breakfast is served daily in the original dining room. Private gourmet dinners are offered for guests looking for a unique and romantic dining experience. Eastholme’s beautifully landscaped grounds are an excellent choice for a small intimate mountain weddings and receptions.

Eastholme’s gracious Victorian atmosphere and spectacular setting offer guests a Rocky Mountain experience they will long remember and want to return to often. Awarded “Best in the Rockies” for 2009-2010 by based upon the excellent reviews posted by our guests during the past year.

In honor of Eastholme’s 125th Anniversary we are celebrating each month in 2010 with specials and events along with the theme of 125. For information on our 2010 monthly special offers and events follow us on our Blog and Facebook at for details of our 125th Anniversary celebration.



Phone: 719.684.9901 or 1-800-672-9901

Thursday, January 14, 2010

ADA awarded Air Force Battery Contract

DENVER-(BUSINESS WIRE)--ADA Technologies, Inc. (ADA) received a $100,000 contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop an advanced Lithium-Polymer (LiPo) battery for use in miniaturized hybrid power systems for micro air vehicles (MAVs).

Rapid advancements in micro/nano technologies for MAV components, including actuators, flight control systems, sensors, and on-board data processors, are enabling a new breed of extremely small and lightweight MAVs. The tiny MAVs, some as small as insects, are in high demand due to their numerous military, commercial and scientific applications; however, progress has been hampered by the lack of a robust on-board power system.

ADA’s new hybrid-power device is based on utilizing nanostructured electrodes and environmentally friendly electrolytes to develop an advanced LiPo battery that is capable of operating in both high-power and high-energy modes, thus eliminating the need for two separate devices.

According to Wen Lu, Ph.D., ADA project manager, “Current hybrid power systems rely on pairing a fuel cell or high energy lithium-ion battery with a high power device, such as an ultracapacitor. Because two separate devices are needed to provide power, this type of system is impractical for use on MAVs where space and weight restrictions are critical.”

The lightest-weight LiPo batteries currently available don’t provide sufficient energy and power densities and impose a variety of operational limitations that are unacceptable for MAV power systems.

“ADA’s new technology will allow for substantial greater range, endurance and maneuverability for this highly volume- and mass-constrained class of vehicles,” said Doug Campbell, R&D program manager. “Specific attributes include increased power and energy densities, longer lifecycle and storage life, increased safety and reduced weight.”

ADA Technologies, Inc.

ADA Technologies, Inc. is a research, development, and commercialization company that specializes in creating and converting innovative technologies to commercial successes. The firm is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, with offices on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, VA. ADA has received more than 130 research grants totaling more than $40 million. ADA has received numerous honors, including: 2006 Tibbetts Award, 2006, 2007 & 2008 Colorado Technology Fast 50, 2006 & 2007 Best Companies to Work For in Colorado and Colorado’s Top Technology Company 2005. For more information, please visit or call 303-792-5615.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Queen Anne, Canon City hosts - The Art of Bread Baking, "Sour Dough,"

with returning guest baker, Laura Carey

Saturday, January 30th, 2:00 P.M.

Reservations necessary

Continuing monthly special interest food and beverage demonstrations, The Cañon City Queen Anne Tea House will host "The Art of Bread Making, Sour Dough" Saturday, January 30th, 2:00 p.m. Reservations Required, 719 275-5354, $30.00 per person (capacity 30,) to include scones, devonshire cream, fresh brewed hot tea, recipes, tips and take home samples.

We are proud to bring Laura Carey back to focus on the art in making sour dough bread, said Linda Ballard, known in town as the "tea lady." Laura did the September, 2009 baking demonstration on Honey Wheat bread and the attendees requested she return for sour dough.

The "The Art of Bread Making, Sour Dough" forum will provide education in how to prepare and bake sour dough bread, as well as other tips, recipes, just in time for Valentines, said, Linda. We will focus on techniques, basics to help the home baker make things look and taste delicious.

Linda continued, "you will get to taste some of the bread made during the forum, enjoy tea, scones and take home a loaf for two to share with family or friends.

The tea house is equipped with a media center system allowing for the broadcasting of the cooking demonstration to the themed tea rooms, allowing guests to enjoy tea and watch the demonstration or join the crew in the demonstration kitchen for more of a hands on feeling.

Reservations necessary, (719) 275-5354 or email:

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Professor Marijuana’s Seminar Over Grows Venue

In 2004 Dana K May, a registered Medical Marijuana Patient was Raided by DEA and Aurora PD Dressed in full SWAT gear assault rifles at the ready, how could they have ever known it was Dana with the right weapons.Dana, more commonly known as “Professor Marijuana” was armed with almost 40 years of Marijuana Cultivation experience, a personal rule to “Question Authority” and the States number one Pot Attorney, Robert Corry. Generally it’s the person detained who is quaking but the headline “FEDS BACKS DOWN IN MEDICAL POT CASE” told the true story. Dana became the first person in U.S. history to have the Federal Government return marijuana Growing equipment.

Now a Litigation Certified Expert Witness in both marijuana cultivation and medical marijuana, Dana was the sole witness in the 2007 case Arapahoe vs. Dickes where the Gulf War Veteran had his 71 cannabis plants returned. More recently in the Boulder vs. Jason Lauve case the Professor played a pivotal role in Jason’s complete vindication. Yet another precedent setting case under his belt. It was Jason who asked Dana to put on the seminar.

We expected twenty people or so to attend, said Jessica Healzer PA to Professor Marijuana. But Dana’s who’s world wide notoriety, who once again teamed up with Rob Corry has brought in 100 students who have shelled out $250 each to learn from CO’s own master POT grower. Others who have sought Dana’s advice have included Senator Romer author of an upcoming MM bill, whose bill the Professor doesn’t support.

Live marijuana plants equipment and a hundred potential growers hungry for the best possible advice will gather at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4444 Havana Denver, CO . Doors open at 8:00 and the Seminar starts promptly at 9:00 AM running until 6 PM


Jessica Healzer / Dana May



Monday, January 4, 2010

IDEAL Announces Acquisition of Western Forge

(O'Connell Communications, Inc.) IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a global leader in connectors, testers, tools and supplies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Western Forge, a Colorado Springs-based manufacturer of pliers, screwdrivers and adjustable wrenches for the professional trades and the general consumer. The company, which will continue to be known as Western Forge, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of IDEAL.

Randy Thompson, a 22-year veteran of IDEAL with broad manufacturing, operational, and general management experience has been named General Manager for Western Forge.

"The acquisition of Western Forge represents another significant step in the IDEAL strategy to broaden our internal product design and American made manufacturing capabilities," said Jim James, President/CEO of IDEAL. "An additional benefit is that we will now expand our presence among the general trades where Western Forge has a strong customer base and where we see significant opportunities for growth with other IDEAL products."

Through this acquisition, IDEAL will gain an important addition to its U.S.-based manufacturing platform supporting its fast-growing hand tools business. Western Forge's 345,000 square foot manufacturing plant is an American standard in premier metal craftsmanship, offering the latest in forging, heat treatment, handle extrusion, machining and plating operations.

"Western Forge has a proud heritage spanning more than four decades of manufacturing the highest quality hand tools for a blue chip list of OEM and retail customers," said Dave Juday, Chairman of the Board for IDEAL. "I join in welcoming their highly trained manufacturing staff -- individuals who know the value of the 'Made In America" label -- to our IDEAL family of companies."

For more information, contact Ideal Industries, Inc., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Phone 1-800-947-3614. Fax: 1-800-533-4483.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.