Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ajkun Ballet holding auditions in Denver

Open to professional and pre-professional dancers

New York City based company Ajkun Ballet Theatre is now accepting applications to audition for openings in the following positions:


Requirements: minimum age 14 years, (there is no maximum age for dance teachers), strong background in ballet or Modern/contemporary Dance. The 2013 edition runs July 20 August 17.


Requirements: minimum age 16 years, maximum age 35 years, background in ballet must include partnering skills and good knowledge of traditional repertory, additional background in contemporary dance a plus, but not necessary. Annual contract: 48 weeks, of which 12 on tour.


Requirements: minimum age 16 years, maximum age 23 years, background in ballet must include strong pointe skills (females, only), additional background in contemporary dance a plus, but not necessary.


The Fund grants $130,000 per fiscal year to dancers and $100,000 to choreographers. Currently are open applications to candidatures for the fiscal years 2014-2015-2016.

Audition Applications must include the audition form and all items listed on the form.

Email or log onto our website to obtain the form. Auditions by DVD are welcome.



Boston, MA on Sunday, February 10, 2013
Vancouver BC (Canada) on Saturday, February 16, 2013
Denver, CO on Sunday, February 17, 2013
Dallas, TX on Saturday, February 23, 2013
Chicago, IL on Sunday, February 24, 2013
New York City, NY on Sunday, March 3, 2013


Sunday, February 17, 2013
Registration: 6:00pm Audition: 6:30pm 8:00pm
at Colorado Ballet
1278 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO, 80203

A complete Calendar is available online:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Burns Marketing Sponsors NoCoBio Initiative

Press Release (Rocky Mountain Innosphere) Burns Marketing, a full-service marketing agency with offices in Northern Colorado and Denver, announced a major in-kind sponsorship to Rocky Mountain Innosphere to advance the technology incubator’s Northern Colorado BioScience initiative (NoCoBio).

The in-kind services are valued at more than $60,000, making it the largest in-kind sponsorship to ever come through the Rocky Mountain Innosphere. “Because Burns Marketing understands the underlying science and technologies, language, and nuances of the life sciences industry, they will be able to significantly contribute to the success of NoCoBio,” said Mike Freeman, Rocky Mountain Innosphere CEO. “We look forward to working with the firm’s highly talented team, who will provide everything from branding, to digital marketing, to ongoing communications support for NoCoBio.”

“We are excited to support NoCoBio,” said Mike Burns, CEO and president of Burns Marketing. “Our specialists distill complex life science solutions into compelling marketing campaigns that resonate with customers and investors and generate results. We’re eager to help NoCoBio companies establish the solid brand recognition and loyalty that leads to growth and stability.”

Launched by Innosphere and the City of Fort Collins in 2006, NoCoBio is an initiative to drive the life sciences industry and support life sciences companies in Northern Colorado. Along with Burns Marketing, other funding partners of NoCoBio include University of Colorado Health, Colorado State University, and the City of Fort Collins. NoCoBio’s two strategic partners, Rocky Mountain Innosphere and Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA), will provide support and plan execution.

According to Freeman, “2013 will be a breakout year for NoCoBio, so it makes sense to align with the Burns Marketing team, which includes a Ph.D. life sciences specialist and has a proven track record of success with marketing life sciences products and services.”

 Burns Marketing is a full-service marketing firm that helps brands inspire fierce customer loyalty by providing branding, strategic marketing, creative services, and interactive development. The agency describes itself as a “technology-driven powerhouse of creative goodness,” developing cutting-edge marketing and communications solutions for local, national, and international clientele such as Baxa (now Baxter), Life Technologies, SomaLogic, and CHD Biosciences.

Rocky Mountain Innosphere accelerates the success of high-impact scientific and technology startup companies and promotes the development of a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northern Colorado. Innosphere provides entrepreneurial startup companies with resources such as assistance with raising capital, access and connections with academic and government institutions, a network of advisors and mentors, discounted professional service providers, and educational and networking opportunities for realizing business success.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

VetDC, Inc. Raises $1.5 Million to Advance VDC-1101 for Canine Lymphoma

FORT COLLINS, CO (Rocky Mountain Innosphere) – VetDC, Inc., announced today the completion of a $1.5 million private financing. The funds will be used to advance VDC-1101 towards veterinary approval in canine lymphoma. VDC-1101 is a novel targeted agent that has demonstrated substantial antitumor activity in pet dogs with lymphoma, and is anticipated to be one of the first FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of canine lymphoma.

“We are thrilled to secure this funding and initiate our VDC-1101 manufacturing campaign,” stated Steven Roy, VetDC’s President & CEO. “This financing is a clear validation of the VetDC business concept and reinforces our belief that VDC-1101 represents a promising new treatment for canine lymphoma. VetDC is rapidly establishing itself as a leader in developing novel treatments for companion animals.”

About VetDC, Inc.
VetDC, a Colorado State University startup headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a veterinary biotechnology company focused on in-licensing, developing and commercializing novel biotechnologies to address serious unmet medical needs in companion animals. In 2011, the company secured seed funding from the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4). For more information on VetDC, please visit

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Trails! New website offers detailed information about hiking in Colorado

Press Release – Just in time for the arrival of the vacation planning season, launched a new website today that gives hikers interested in Rocky Mountain National Park a robust source of trail information at their fingertips. offers detailed information on more than 70 hikes, including trail descriptions, key features, pictures, maps, elevation profiles and more. Additionally, the site is organized to make it easier for hikers to compare and choose trails that best suit their hiking preferences. Before the launch of, hikers had difficulty finding detailed web-based trail information for Rocky Mountain National Park. Most existing sites list only a handful of the most popular trails, and provide only limited information without regard to individual hikers’ skill level or preferences.

With this new website, hikers can choose trails based on either location within the park, hiking difficulty, key features, or they can simply look at an alphabetical listing. uses a mathematical formula to rate trail difficulty which gives hikers a comparable reference point between trails. This information will benefit any day hiker; including people looking for a short stroll to a nearby waterfall, to the long distance hiker looking to climb Hallett Peak, as well as hikes of varying lengths and difficulty in-between.’s goal is to become the most comprehensive source for free information on hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Currently the site provides detailed information on more than 70 hikes in the Park, including trail descriptions, key features, pictures, maps and elevation profiles. is the sister site to, launched last year, and, the number one hiking website for the Great Smoky Mountains. Launched in April of 2008, has received more than 495,000 visits over the last 12 months, and currently ranks 20th among all 410 hiking websites, according to was also named the best website for Trails on Federal Lands in 2008 by American Trails.

Visit for more information.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fort Collins Startup Company Logimesh Technologies Receives ‘Best Technology Development of Energy Harvesting’ Award

FORT COLLINS, CO – (Rocky Mountain Innosphere) Logimesh Technologies, a Fort Collins based technology company focused on developing an intelligent wireless sensor system for the Oil and Gas industry was awarded the “Best Technology Development of Energy Harvesting” award at the IDTechEx "Energy Harvesting and Storage USA" conference in Washington, DC.

The IDTechEx conference is the world's largest conference covering the very latest developments in energy harvesting, a process of capturing and storing energy to operate autonomous device like wearable electronics and wireless sensor networks. “For Logimesh to walk out winning this award gives significant validation to their technology,” said Mike Freeman, Rocky Mountain Innosphere CEO. “Their engineered solution for intelligent remote monitoring is what the market needs and values.”

“We’re very excited to have Logimesh as an Innosphere Client,” said Doug Johnson, VP of capital access at the Innosphere. “Not only is their company very driven to keep high tech jobs here in Colorado, but their technology even beat out Intel and GE last week when they were nationally recognized.”

Logimesh Technologies, LLC is focused on the development of an intelligent wireless sensor platform which will provide a ‘Big Data’ predictive analytic solution for the Oil and Gas industry to remotely monitor the health of engines and compressors in oil and gas field such as the Wattenberg Field on the Front Range. Outfitted with a low-power microprocessor, the devise not only provides a real-time snap shot of the engine health by measuring temperature and vibration, but the actionable data can potentially save companies millions of dollars of unplanned maintenance costs and lost production revenue. It is also possible for the industry to continuously monitor flow rates, tank level and water quality of produced water and frac water from oil and gas wells.

Logimotes™ are small, self-powered electronic sensor devices that can be easily installed onto engines and compressors to track critical machine health attributes and provide real-time gas and oil production information.  Logimesh is using ground breaking High Energy Cell (HEC) technology from Infinite Power Solutions (Littleton, CO), coupled with a thermoelectric generator (TEG), to turn waste heat from the engine into usable voltage and provide sustainable power to the Logimotes.  The HEC technology features a 4-volt rechargeable solid-state chemistry that delivers high power, ultra-low self-discharge rate and long life for permanent battery implementations.

Brining this HEC + TEG technology to the oil and gas industry is what makes Logimesh unique and at the forefront of energy harvesting technologies.  “Up to 16 Logimotes are installed on each engine, providing a snap shot of the engines health every 10 seconds,” said Bill Gillette, founder and CEO of Logimesh.  “The real-time measurement and constant flow of ‘smart data’ is what makes the technology so valuable.  The predictive nature of the data makes the information actionable, potentially save companies millions of dollars of unplanned maintenance costs and lost production

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012 – Season’s Beatings II

Press Release

AirTight Boxing announced SEASON’S BEATINGS II Boxing event on December 7, 2012  at 7:300 p.m. at the Red and Jerry’s Event Center,  at 1840 W. Oxford Avenue, Sheridan, CO

December 7, 2012 Fight Card: Manny Perez, Liza Amaya and Chris Quintana, Opponents to be announced at a later date, including an under card, bouts scheduled will take place at and Jerry’s Event Center starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for this event will be on sale at the King Sooper’s and TicketsWest Office starting at $25. There will also be VIP and ringside seating. Call 720 298 1954 for more information.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Nicole Romero 303 579 3022 or Steve Mestas 720 298 1954.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Etkin Johnson Group begins construction on 74-acre mixed-use Broomfield business center development

Denver, CO, October 30, 2012 – Etkin Johnson Group announced today the official launch of construction of Broomfield Business Center, located off Via Varra and the Northwest Parkway in Broomfield, CO.

The initial components of the 74-acre mixed-use development include construction of the 374-unit Retreat At The Flatirons luxury apartment community and the 4-acre Del Corso Park, which will be developed by Etkin Johnson Group and dedicated to the City of Broomfield. The first phase, which will total approximately $80 million, will also see construction of the infrastructure for the remaining 51 acres.

The balance of Broomfield Business Center will take shape with a wide array of restaurants, banks, retail, single and multi-story office/flex, structured and surface parking and a hotel. When complete, the walkable community will total more than 1.5 million square feet. Bank of America Merrill Lynch provided the construction financing totaling approximately $53 million for the first phase of Broomfield Business Center, including the multi-family component and the master development infrastructure. “Bank of America Merrill Lynch is pleased to once again work with Etkin Johnson Group, a recognized leader in high-quality development in the Front Range,” said Patrick Barnes, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Market Executive – Mountain West States. “Broomfield Business Center is a great example of the type of development we are committed to as a leader in commercial real estate lending,” commented Chad Neubecker, Senior Vice
President, Commercial Real Estate at Bank of America.

Barnes and Neubecker worked closely to close the complex transaction in August 2012 with Aaron Johnson, Vice President Investments at Etkin Johnson Group. Initial occupancy for the Retreat At The Flatirons apartments is slated for July 2013. Residents will have 17 floor plans to choose from ranging in size from 703 square feet up to 2,023 square feet.

Monthly lease rates for the one, two, and three-bedroom apartment homes are estimated to range from $1,000 to $2,235 monthly. The apartments at the Retreat will boast an unparalleled level of upscale finishes including nine-foot ceilings, full-size washer and dryer in each residence, stainless
steel appliances, granite countertops in kitchens and baths, high-end plumbing fixtures, private patio or balcony with incredible views and available fireplace and garden tub in select plans.

Other conveniences include walk-in closets, pre-wiring for intrusion alarms and telecommunications, individual heating, air conditioning and hot water. Garages are offered with several options including attached with direct access to residences as well as detached in standard and oversized

The Retreat At The Flatirons will offer one of the largest, most sophisticated sets of lifestyle enhancing amenities in the market. The welcoming Craftsman style of the apartments reference both traditional and contemporary architectural elements that will be carried through to The Club At The Retreat. Indoor and outdoor features will create a true resort-like atmosphere centered around health, fitness, relaxation, socializing and entertainment. Additionally, residents will have access to an adjacent 4-acre city park, which is being developed and donated to the City of Broomfield.

Planned indoor amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, saunas, yoga center, Internet café, billiard’s room, business center and an expansive entertainment lounge. Slated outdoor amenities will include a shallow courtyard pool with lounge chairs, two-lane, 25-meter lap pool, outdoor kitchen, picnic arbor and grilling station, fire pit, bike repair shop and dog wash facility.

“We are very excited to see Broomfield Business Center taking shape in this outstanding location. The accessibility and views are amazing. The site infrastructure and residential component will set the spark for the 50 acres that will remain available for future development. Ultimately, Broomfield Business Center will result in a new pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with a vibrant mix of residential, retail, restaurant, banking, hotel, entertainment and office uses along with inviting public
spaces including a city park and access to the adjacent trail system,” said Bruce Etkin, Chairman of Etkin Johnson Group.

Other team members collaborating on the Retreat At The Flatirons include Lauren Brockman, Principal of the Denver office of Allied Realty, who is providing comprehensive development consulting services. He has sponsored the acquisition and development of approximately 9,500 multi-family
units. Orion Real Estate Services, a subsidiary of Allied Realty, has a growing portfolio of more than 28,000 apartment homes under management throughout the nation and will provide property management and leasing services upon completion.

Etkin Johnson Group is a Denver-based development, investment, ownership and management company with a portfolio of more than 6 million square feet of office, retail, hotel and industrial holdings nationwide valued in excess of $500 million. For more information visit

Monday, October 29, 2012

Large Build-Outs of HVDC Transmission Systems Will Help Integrate Renewable Energy on the Power Grid, According to Pike Research

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BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utilities, grid operators, and governments worldwide are engaged in massive programs to build new electricity infrastructure to meet increasing demand to support economic growth. The transmission systems necessary to support this growth have been a mix of high-voltage direct current (HVDC), limited to long-distance point-to-point bulk power transmission, and traditional high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) transmission lines. Today, new developments in HVDC conversion technologies are expanding the range of HVDC applications to include shorter, multi-terminal applications and ones aimed at integrating renewable energy assets into the power grid. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, worldwide cumulative spending for HVDC systems between 2012 and 2020 will be between $110 billion and $120 billion.

“The sheer number and scale of planned HVDC system build-outs is impressive,” says research director Carol Stimmel. “While some argue that very large HVAC systems built within grid networks can satisfy new demand, many believe that the future belongs to HVDC overlays that interconnect very large grid systems and ultimately enormous regions on a global scale. Over two-thirds of new large-scale transmission planned or under construction are HVDC systems.”

HVDC technology facilitates the integration of renewable energy generation sources by keeping potential harmonic and frequency distortions from entering the AC grid network. While the scale and expense of HVDC build-outs over the remainder of this decade is sure to be immense, the distinction between “planned” and “probable” HVDC systems, however, is sharp. The number of announced public systems slated for commissioning between 2012 and 2020 is nearly 100, at a cost of a little more than $217 billion. That forecast, based on the officially announced budgets and schedules for HVDC systems, overstates the likely outcomes by nearly a factor of two, according to the report.

The report, “High-Voltage Direct Current Transmission Systems”, provides a comprehensive analysis of the global market opportunity for HVDC transmission systems. The study examines key market drivers and barriers by world region, policy and regulatory issues, economics of transmission system construction and operations, HVDC technology issues, profiles of key industry players, and a comprehensive database of HVDC systems planned and under construction. Market forecasts for HVDC systems and spending are provided through 2020, with segmentation by world region, and including a probabilistic analysis of the likelihood of various investment levels during the forecast period. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.

About Pike Research

Pike Research, which joined Navigant’s global Energy Practice on July 1, 2012, provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Smart Grid, Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings sectors. Additional information about Pike Research can be found at

About Navigant

Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Through senior level engagement with clients, Navigant professionals combine technical expertise in Disputes and Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with business pragmatism in the highly regulated Construction, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare industries to support clients in addressing their most critical business needs. More information about Navigant can be found at

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Carbo Analytics Receives Outstanding Venture Award at NREL’s Industry Growth Forum

FORT COLLINS, CO (Rocky Mountain Innosphere) – Carbo Analytics, LLC was awarded the “Outstanding Venture 2012” this week at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 25th Industry Growth Forum, Denver, CO, Oct. 23rd & 24th.

There were 30 competitively-selected presenters at the two-day forum, but only three of those companies were chosen to win awards. “Nationally, this is the highest profile startup company forum in the clean energy space. Just having the opportunity to present was an honor, but receiving the award provides evidence investors believe we are building a solid company with the proper focus.” said Dale Willard, founder and president of Carbo Analytics.

Carbo Analytics licenses a Colorado State University lab-on-a-chip technology that makes sugar analysis simple and fast for sugar related-industries. “We’re pleased that Carbo Analytics has been recognized at this forum – in front of a room of their peers,” said Todd Headley, president of CSU Ventures. “This is a wonderful honor at this stage of the company’s growth.”

Carbo Analytics is both a tenant of the university’s Research Innovation Center and non-resident client of Rocky Mountain Innosphere. “For Dale and Carbo Analytics to receive this award at the premier event for clean energy startups is very significant,” said Mike Freeman, Innosphere CEO. “The company has a lot of potential and we look forward to their future success.”

This year’s forum attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers from around the nation.  NREL’s Industry Growth Forum provides promising startup companies exposure to corporate investors, venture capital and strategic partners, and winners receive in-kind commercialization support to help their chances of becoming commercially successful.

“Winning an award like this takes a talented team of people,” said Willard. “Our team starts with our dedicated employees and contractors but importantly includes the university where we are housed and incubated and the Rocky Mountain Innosphere that was instrumental in engineering the presentation through the SAGE advisor support.”

Founded in 2011, Carbo Analytics provides process monitoring to maximize value of sugar-based communities in such industries as biorefining, brewing, foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals.  Initial forthcoming products will make sugar analysis simple and fast using a revolutionary lab-on-a-chip technology. Carbo Analytics is a Colorado State University spinoff that is commercializing technology from the Chemistry Department and licensed from CSU Ventures, the technology transfer organization for the university supporting startups.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Villa Palmer Lake Announces Italian Recipe Contest

Press Release - Palmer Lake, Colo. (October 1, 2012) - The Villa Palmer Lake announces its first-ever Italian cuisine recipe contest!  If you have an Italian recipe that includes fall vegetables, incorporates the idea of fall harvest or is simply the best Italian comfort food you can think of, then this recipe contest is made to order.

Whether it’s a signature recipe for an appetizer, entrée, soup, pizza or even dessert, local and regional cooks are invited to submit their favorite Italian creation today. The recipe contest will be judged by Chris and Kerri Bohler, co-owners of The Villa Palmer Lake.  If selected, it will be one of the featured specialty dishes at The Villa for the month of November, crediting the winner(s) as the creator.  “This is an exciting opportunity for local cooks to put a personal or updated spin on a classic Italian favorite, to offer up special Italian dishes that include the use of harvest vegetables, fruits or wines, or even to send in their favorite gourmet ‘mac and cheese’ rendition,” noted Kerri Bohler. 

Winners will receive a free dinner for four at The Villa, at which The Villa Palmer Lake culinary team will make the winner’s dish for the winner and up to three guests, plus their choice of appetizer and dessert.  All recipes must be submitted by October 31, 2012, in order to be considered.  All entrants should include their full name, e-mail address, telephone contact information (day and evening) and mailing address as a part of their entry. A photo of each submitted recipe is welcome, although not required. Recipe entries should be submitted to

However, if entrants do not have access to the Internet, they can print their recipe along with their personal information and mail to: The Villa Palmer Lake, PO Box 163, Palmer Lake, CO 80133. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by October 25, 2012 and received by October 31, 2012 in order to be considered.

Multiple winners may be selected depending on the number and variety of recipes entered.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Document Organizer Offers Assistance To Fire Victims

Press Release

           Colorado wildfires continue to impact residents.  From those trying to get their life back on track who suffered a loss of their vital records and documents, to those who are still threatened by future fires.  Papervana, LLC is a document organization company, offering assistance to any victims who lost their records and documents in a wildfire or any other type of disaster.
At no charge, Judy Rough, creator of the Papervana system, will provide access to the online tutorial to victims of disasters, such as the Colorado wildfires, who lost their records and documents.   “It is so sad to see the victims suffer from disasters.  This is our way of helping a community that is facing difficult times,” said Rough.  As a former California resident, Rough has a keen awareness of natural disasters and sees the importance of being prepared.  For assistance in retaining documents, contact Judy Rough at Papervana by email at or by phone at 888-549-4942.
The threat of being involved in a disaster is real.  Papervana is a critical part of emergency and disaster preparedness for those who want to plan in advance and ensure they have a grab and go system for all their vital records and documents.
Papervana, LLC is a company dedicated to helping anyone who feels overwhelmed by their paper life.  Local entrepreneur and Professional Organizer, Judy Rough has created this online tutorial system for the do it yourselfer to collect, correct, replace, create, communicate and contain the paper documents critical to daily life. The system is designed to create comprehensive information that is backed up and communicated to a trusted representative.
For those who seek assistance in getting their important documents in order, unique workshops and one-on-one coaching is also available.  The goal of Papervana is to guide you to a place where you feel in control with your important papers in order, your plans in place and your life more at ease.
For more information on Papervana, visit
Rough is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), she has helped many people become organized and helped to downsize individuals. Rough also has a certification from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA) and is a member of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lightning Hybrids introduces first ever hydraulic hybrid shuttle bus

Colorado company produces system that provides up to 40% MPG improvement Loveland, Colorado - Lightning Hybrids Inc. (LHI) plans to unveil their new fuel-efficient hydraulic hybrid shuttle bus on September 10 at BusCon in Chicago. The vehicle, a 2012 Ford E-450 23-passenger shuttle bus with a hydraulic hybrid system, will be available for rides along Navy Pier for the two days of North America’s biggest bus show.
This bus, the first hydraulic hybrid shuttle bus on the road, gets up to 40% better fuel economy than a non-hybrid because it regenerates braking energy -- and it has more power for acceleration and stopping. The system provides a 2 to 3 year payback for stop-and-go drive cycles based on fuel and brake savings. “This is the first hydraulic hybrid shuttle bus on the road and we’re excited to show it off at BusCon. Surprisingly, everyone who has test driven comments more on the extra acceleration power and better braking than the fuel savings. The LHI system is clearly a great safety feature in addition to a fuel saving solution, ”stated Tim Reeser, LHI’s Co-Founder and President. Lightning Hybrids has partnered with Davey Coach Sales of Sedalia, Colorado, to sell the retrofitted shuttle buses. Lightning Hybrids has been working on the hydraulic hybrid system since September 2008. It is available for heavy duty Ford and GM vehicles – work trucks, shuttle buses, utility vehicles – both new as well as retrofit to vehicles currently in fleets. LHI’s systems are made and assembled in the U.S.A. Orders are currently being taken with delivery 60 days from receipt of order. For more information please call 1-800-223-0740 ext. 102 or email 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 hydraulic hybrid systems to lightweight composite accumulators. The hydraulic hybrid system for fleet vehicles delivers up to 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 weigh only one-third the amount of standard steel accumulators. For more information about Lightning Hybrids, please visit

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Document Organization Company Moves To Colorado

Press Release Papervana, LLC is a company dedicated to helping those who feel overwhelmed by their paper life and has moved the corporate headquarters from California to Denver, CO. Local entrepreneur and Professional Organizer, Judy Rough, has created this online tutorial system for the do it yourselfer to collect, correct, replace, create, communicate and contain the paper documents critical to daily life. For those who seek assistance in getting their important documents in order, unique workshops and one-on-one coaching are also available for both physical and electronic storage options. Contact Rough directly by phone at 888-549-4942 or by email at for more information.
With decades of experience in vital record and document organizing, Rough is passionate about helping everyone get their “ducks in a row” to escape paper drama and believes Denver will provide an excellent platform to showcase her offerings. The Papervana online tutorial includes expert instruction in simple steps that help users organize important papers and plans. The tutorial is broken down into 12 categories including identification records, health, insurance, finances, taxes and emergency plans. The comprehensive categories cover all aspects of a person’s life right down to their things, with extensive home inventory guidance. There is even a ‘My Memories’ section that focuses on memorabilia including photos and other media. “Many people, especially baby boomers, deal with an overwhelming amount of documentation that is critical to managing their lives and the lives of others. Whether it be organizing medical information for your parents, ensuring all of your own tax documentation is in one secure place or being prepared for a day that doesn’t go as planned and turns into an emergency situation, the Papervana system offers value to anyone who wants to bring more order to their lives.” said Rough. For access to the Papervana online tutorial go to and join. Papervana, LLC has a goal to guide everyone to a place where they feel in control, with their important papers in order, plans in place and life more at ease. Created by Judy Rough, member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), she has helped many people become organized and helped to downsize individuals. Rough also has a certification from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA) and is a member of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Thornton Joins Blytheco

Press Release –  Blytheco, LLC  is pleased to announce that Scott Thornton has joined the company as a Senior Solution Sales Consultant in Blytheco’s  Denver  office.

Thornton will be responsible for developing relationships with  ERP  and  CRM  clients in the region and helping companies position themselves for growth using business management technology and consulting from Blytheco. He will report directly to Jeffrey Gregorec, Blytheco’s Vice President of Sales.

A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Thornton brings over twenty years of technology sales experience with NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics and vertical systems, with particular expertise in the oil and gas and manufacturing niches, to his new position at Blytheco.

“We’re excited to add Scott to our team,” said Gregorec. “Scott is fiercely committed to customer service as a tool for success, and we know his broad experience will bring a unique perspective to his work with our clients.”

About Blytheco, LLC

Serving the SMB and small enterprise business community since 1980, Blytheco offers a wide variety of business management software (ERP, CRM, HRMS, Marketing Automation) supported by exceptional professional services to  enable business to obtain their goals. Risk assessment, change management, marketing strategy , process work flow improvement and refinement of best practices assure a successful implementation of software solution tailored for specific business objectives.  With 130 employees across the U.S. in sixteen states, Blytheco works with over 5,000 clients in many industries to help turn dreams into productivity. For more information, please or follow us on our Blog – , on Facebook , LinkedIn Groups and @BlythecoLLCon Twitter.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Colorado company provides creative, alternative funding to small businesses, non-profits and organzations

Press Release

Fort Collins, CO based is excited to announce the successful funding of the
website’s first ten consecutive projects!

On June 26, 2012, “Help CharlyBar Take The Leap,” a project started by entrepreneurial health food maker Charly Clifford, concluded its online funding campaign at 101% of its goal of $15,000. The CharlyBar project became the tenth-consecutively successful project to raise funding using the new website. was created by a small team of Fort Collins locals who wanted to bring the power of “crowd funding” into people’s everyday lives: providing a platform where communities can collaborate and share resources to make good things happen.

After a year of development, the site launched May 3, 2012, and has become a growing online community of 1,200 individuals and 230 organizations that have pledged over $70,000 to projects in their communities. Projects range from startups and small businesses seeking alternative funding streams, to non-profits, charitable causes and relief funds for those affected by the High Park Fire in Colorado.

Grant Family Farms had the first successful project on the site (June 8), raising $3,000 for their annual Spring Farm Tour. They were quickly followed by Akinz Clothing Company, Determined Nation Magazine, The 2013 Farmers of the Front Range & Brewer’s Calendars, and various other small business and charitable causes. LoCo Food Distribution raised $25,440 for their project through their efforts online and off, receiving a portion of their funding from Weld County’s Healthy Weld 2020 program.

This fund-raising model works in part by providing “Giftbacks” to supporters: pledges are made in return for goods and services provided from the project itself or offered by local businesses and organizations who support the project. CharlyBar raised funds by offering CharlyBars and apparel, tune-ups and gear from Full Cycle Bike Shop, and Mugs Coffee Lounge gift cards. This unity of projects, people, and organizations is what Community Funded seeks to create.

Charly’s project had an incredible one hundred and forty nine supporters whose combined efforts raised $15,179 to help his small business grow in an economy where cash is tight and loans are difficult to secure. While some of these pledges came from people simply exploring the website, most of them were driven there by Charly’s efforts to engage his friends, family, and community through real-world and online social networks.

Community Funded gives project creators the ability to showcase their ideas and gain support from their communities large and small. The Fort Collins, CO based team celebrated the launch of the first out-of-state project Wednesday June 27,Reopen Books and Breadboard” from Asheville, North Carolina. “We are excited to see this idea taking root in new communities. The word is spreading: Anything’s possible when it is Community Funded!”

For Contact information for individual project please email
You can also find more online at

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Great Big Color, of Denver, Acquires High-Volume Flatbed Press

 Press Release

Great Big Color, a Colorado-based woman-owned, print production company adds the Inca Onset S-40 to their line-up of digital presses.

This new Inca press sets a new standard for high-volume flatbed press quality - delivering four times more accurate ink drop placement while producing up to 94 full sized (63” x 123”) sheets – nearly 5,000 square feet per hour. With high digital output speeds, the Inca prints expanded 6-color, adding light cyan and light magenta to the traditional CMYK gamut, providing even smoother color transitions of light colors and skin tones.

Due to the quality and speed, the Inca is an excellent solution for customers printing for closer viewing distances or as an alternative to offset prints. It features finish options including matt, satin, high gloss and spot gloss, can print on material up to 2” thick and offers automation in media handling. According to Great Big Color President, Tina McLaughlin, “The speed of the Inca brings our fulfillment capabilities to a whole new
level. It’s the perfect addition to our existing flatbed technology that has spot white and roll to roll print capabilities for point-of-purchase. We can easily compete nationally, with screen and offset printers in both pricing and production time”.

With the new Inca press as well as other presses acquired over the past several months, Great Big Color has more than doubled its print capacity. The quality of these presses has allowed them to become a printer of choice for numerous national retailers.

About Great Big Color
Located in the heart of Denver, CO, Great Big Color is an expert in printing and shipping for national campaigns. The company is a certified WBENC and has more than 14 years of experience producing large format graphics ranging from in-store point-of-purchase displays to traditional out-of-home advertising – with the G-7 Master Printer designation, certifying their ability to expertly hit color on a variety of print machines and substrates. In addition to printing, Great Big Color offers kitting and fulfillment services for POP/POS campaigns for national retailers and restaurant chains to thousands of their locations. Printing services include in-store merchandising, transit (bus sides, bus shelters, taxi tops), outdoor (billboards, wallscapes), vehicle wraps, window graphics, murals, trade show materials, stadium graphics and more. Great Big Color is a 3M Certified Printer, and is an industry leader in sustainable printing solutions, with FSC certification and a complete line of environmentally friendly materials, inks and print processes. For more information call 303.404.9900, or visit

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Denver Pet Expo seeks vendors, speakers, and more

More than thirty local animal rescue groups and service providers have already signed up to share the spotlight on Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at the Denver Pet Expo to be held at the Merchandise Mart from 10am to 6pm.

Those who attend this free event will find more than 125 exhibitors of pet related products, information and services to help them care for their four-legged family member or to adopt a pet responsibly.

Attendees and their pets will also be able to see special guests and speakers at the 2012 Denver Pet Expo including trainers, groomers, and other special demonstrations including pet first aid.

Shorty Rossi, star of the hit series 'Pit Boss' on Animal Planet, is the offficial spokesperson and featured guest at this event.

Other speakers and activities include an agility course, a pet talent and costume contest, and infomational sessions with reputable local animal trainers and veterinarians.

Throughout the day there will also be door porizes and giveaways for both attendees and exhibitors.

Not-pet organizations can particiapate by sponsoring local rescues and shelters.

Exhibitor space is available and if you would like more information on participating in this event and showing your company's support for animal welfare, or if you would like more information about attending the 2012 Denver Pet Expo, please visit us at or call us toll free at 1-800-977-3609 or 1-855.PET.EXPO

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Front Range Precast introduces new anti-bouyancy tank

Press Release

Front Range Precast Concrete has made their first commercial sale of an anti-buoyancy tank to a municipality. The tanks are to be privy vaults which are commonly emptied thus making them a higher risk for floatation in high ground water situations. These tanks will combat the forces of buoyancy to ensure that they stay in place even when completely empty and surrounded by groundwater.

Front Range Precast Concrete
5439 N. Foothills Highway
Boulder, CO 80302

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Job Fair, Weld County, Colorado, April 26th, 4-6pm

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is partnering with Weld County Employment Services and Aims Community College to host a job fair Thursday April 26th from 4pm to 6pm at the Island Grove Park Exhibition Building.

WHO: Congressman Cory Gardner, Weld County Employment Services and Aims Community College
WHAT: Career Fair
WHEN: April 26th from 4pm – 6pm
WHERE: Island Grove Park Exhibition Building, 525 No 15th Ave. in Greeley
WHY: To connect job seekers with employers

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Kenney Group Lands Four Pollie Awards for 2011 Ballot Initiatives

Press Release (The Kenney Group)

The Kenney Group, a Denver-based political consulting and public affairs firm won four national Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) outstanding work in television spots, online advertising, use of humor in a campaign and for an overall campaign – including a spot featuring Denver Mayor Michael Hancock opposing a local initiative. 

The Hancock ad – which won a Bronze Pollie for best television ad in a ballot initiative – was the centerpiece of the successful 2011 campaign against a Denver paid-sick-leave initiative.  The ad can be viewed here:

“We’re grateful that Mayor Hancock was such an effective and eager participant in helping us inform and motivate Denver voters on this issue in 2011,”  said David Kenney, TKG founder and president, who wrote and produced the ad.   “His presence helped sharpen the message, cut through the message clutter  and hit home with voters who were wrestling with a complex and emotional issue.” 

The Kenney Group also received three Pollie awards for its work on behalf of the Boulder Smart Energy Coalition, a group opposing a 2011 referendum in Boulder.   TKG was honored with:

  • Gold Pollie – Outstanding Online Advertising
  • Silver Pollie – Best Use of Humor in a Ballot Initiative
  • Bronze Pollie – Best in Show – Ballot Initiative

TKG is no stranger to national Pollie honors, having been recognized in recent years for innovative television advertising, direct mail and print persuasion  -- including a well-known TV spot featuring then-Mayor John Hickenlooper parachuting from an airplane on behalf of a statewide fiscal referendum. 

“Being recognized nationally once again for our work is a testament to the entire team effort , from concept to design to production that turns good ideas into effective political communication,” Kenney said. 

The Pollie Awards are presented annually by AAPC, a national association for political and public affairs professionals.  The awards honor the very best around the country in political campaign advertising and expertise.  Winners are chosen from dozens of categories, recognizing a wide spectrum of political and public affairs communications. 

The Kenney Group provides full-service strategic communications, media relations, government affairs and political consulting for a wide and diverse array of private- and public-sector clients.  The firm has worked on a number of local, regional and statewide issue campaigns including the Denver Convention Center, FasTracks, the Better Denver bond program, the Denver Art Museum, among others.

In addition to its political work, the firm provides communications, public opinion research and government affairs services to a number of Colorado’s most prominent corporations, including Xcel Energy, Safeway, Frontier Airlines, Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, and Centerplate.

Bayshore Solutions to Expand With a New Denver Area Office in Fall 2012

Press Release (Bayshore Solutions)

Bayshore Solutions, a Web design, development and Interactive marketing agency, announces its plans to open a new development center in Denver, CO, with an opening date projected for October 1, 2012. Specific site selection and recruiting efforts to meet this projected opening date are currently underway. The office will serve Bayshore Solutions client base across the western United States, enabling better customer service across time zones, as well as facilitating business growth through geographic expansion.

The firm is hiring Developers, Project Managers, Internet Marketing professionals and Web Designers who can deliver integrated technology and Internet marketing expertise to provide measurable results for customers.

Bayshore Solutions is excited about expanding with a full service delivery team in the Denver area," said Kevin Hourigan, President and CEO of Bayshore Solutions. The local business climate shows alignment with our culture, our company values and our focus on customer results and growth. We look forward to actively participating in this business community and to better serving our national clients from this location.

Location research resulted in the selection of Denver, CO due to many factors including an available talent pool of technology professionals in the areas high quality-of-life communities, and potential to expand the firms business development capabilities through two strategically located offices. An added bonus that Denver offers is its superior airport and direct flight access to the Bayshore Solutions headquarters in Tampa, FL as well as to the agencys clients throughout the United States.

Bayshore Solutions has earned multiple Internet industry awards in its 16 year history and serves nationwide clients including Carnival Corporation & PLC., The Melting Pot Restaurants and HealthPlan Services.

Applications and inquiries should be directed to the Bayshore Solutions website at: or email to:

About Bayshore Solutions
Internet technology, strategy and execution firm, Bayshore Solutions offers award-winning capabilities in Web design and development, interactive marketing, e-commerce, search engine optimization, social media and content marketing, and Internet application development. Founded in 1996, the Tampa Web design firm has delivered custom Web solutions to over 1,900 clients in 54 countries. Bayshore Solutions integrates technology and Internet marketing services to ensure measurable results for clients. For more information about Web site design and Internet marketing services visit:

Blytheco to offer Hubspot

Press Release (Blytheco)

Blytheco, LLC is pleased to announce that the company is now a Certified Agency Partner for HubSpot Inbound Marketing software. HubSpot is an all-in-one inbound marketing software company that helps businesses get found online by qualifying prospects, capturing more leads, and converting them into customers. With over 6,000 customers and growing, HubSpot is transforming online marketing for companies of all sizes.

In addition to offering HubSpot for SugarCRM users, Blytheco has also enhanced the HubSpot customer experience by creating integration with Sage SalesLogix , so leads and campaigns flow seamlessly between HubSpot and CRM.

HubSpot is a component of Blytheco’s recently announced marketing consulting practice, Blytheco Advanced Marketing (BAM).  With BAM, Blytheco will share the best business practices that they have developed with their clients. Marketing tools are becoming an important part of CRM solutions and HubSpot will be a key option for customers seeking to improve their business by optimizing their marketing budget to increase leads and close deals for increased revenue.  HubSpot can be used as a standalone option marketing resource or a fully integrated marketing and lead generation CRM solution.

“Blytheco is a great customer, great inbound marketer, and a great CRM expert,” said Peter Caputo, Director of HubSpot’s Value Added Reseller Program. “We're excited they are becoming a Certified Agency Partner . Their results speak for themselves - over the past few years, they have used inbound marketing for their own business to increase leads by 40% in year one and 39% in year two, and they’ve realized a savings of about $2,000 per month that used to be spent on paid online advertising because they are now getting that traffic organically. We look forward to them bringing their inbound marketing knowledge, talent, and passion to the market and helping clients achieve similar successes.”

“We’re very proud to be able to offer HubSpot to our community, “ said Apryl Hanson, Blytheco’s Director of Customer and Partner Strategy. “We began our relationship with HubSpot as a customer and have been thrilled with our experience – we know that our customers will quickly recognize the benefits of the system just like we did.”

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 , Sage 100 ERP , Sage 300 ERP , Sage 500 ERP , BusinessWorks , SalesLogix , SageCRM , SugarCRM , Sage HRMS , Sage Nonprofit , Hubspot , andInsideView solutions.  With 120 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 qualityconsulting in the industry. Please visit , and join our communities and .

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ryan Good to lead Etkin Johnson's leasing/sales team, Denver, CO


David Johnson, President of Etkin Johnson Group, announced today that Ryan Good has been named Vice President of Leasing/Sales. Good will head the company’s marketing efforts for its 7.5 million square foot commercial real estate portfolio. Etkin Johnson has also acquired significant land holdings in Denver’s Northwest Corridor, which are being offered for sale or build-to-suit facilities.

Good previously served as a Vice President at the Denver office of CBRE. While there, he participated in over 360 transactions totaling 6.7 million square feet and nearly $233 million in consideration.

In 2010 and 2011, Good was named a Denver Business Journal Heavy Hitter finalist. He was also named a finalist for the NAIOP Broker of the Year award in 2011.
Good graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Public Finance from Indiana University, where he minored in entrepreneurship and small business management.
Good is the Chair of the Associate Board for the Food Bank of the Rockies and a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Wildwood Casino to undergo brand and property developments - Cripple Creek, CO

Press Release

Always Improving for Its Players

Wildwood Casino in Cripple Creek, CO is proud to announce its upcoming additions and branding refresh. Along with a new logo and promotional events beginning in May, two new dining establishments will give hungry visitors a full course of enticing options.

Mavericks – An American Classic Buffet, Cripple Creek’s first casino-style, all-you-can-eat buffet will open its steam trays on Tuesday, May 8. Open seven days a week, the buffet will include heaping arrays of hot entrees, pastas and Asian dishes, made-to-order omelets, a carving station and a salad bar for the grazers. Mavericks’ famous prime rib and seafood buffet, on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10pm, gives mouths another reason to water.

“We are excited about Mavericks,” said Kevin Werner, General Manager at Wildwood Casino. “We hope to fill a gap in the market, attract new players and ensure current players have the best gaming experience possible.”

Also in May, Saddle Bar will introduce a new menu featuring Angus burgers, table-side s’mores and a delectable selection of appetizers and desserts. A big screen projector and a variety of food and drink specials, including adult shakes, microbrew drafts and specialty martinis, will give guests plenty to cheer for.

Come the end of summer, Wildwood will also become the home of Cripple Creek’s only Subway, providing an even greater food selection to Wildwood players.

The improvements don’t all have to do with matters of the stomach, however.

“The casino floor has already been transformed to include a high limit slot area and a new video poker area, creating more fun and excitement, and of course, lots of jackpots,” said Kevin.

In addition to the spruced up digs, Wildwood is hoping that the up to $80,000 being given away during May’s promotion will provide even greater enticement to visit the casino.

“We have been conducting a lot of research and gathering feedback from our players,” said Kevin. “Their input is very important to us, and we understand they love winning. We think everyone will really like our upcoming giveaways and promotions.”

As for the rebranding process, Wildwood will begin with a new logo. The logo is intended to more accurately reflect the brand and grow with the casino. Its design is modern, fresh and bright with multiple variations in color.

“We’re excited about the change,” said Werner. “The new logo really conveys Wildwood’s energy and more accurately represents our Vegas-style casino.”

The design team at MOSAK Advertising & Insights, Wildwood’s agency of record, chose elements and colors that represent action and excitement. The ‘swoosh’ in the logo was used to convey action and movement in the casino, and the colors are vibrant and exciting.

Along with a new logo, Wildwood will adopt refreshed brand standards to complement its fresh look, while continuing to deliver excellent customer service and a comfortable atmosphere.

About Wildwood Casino

Encompassing 43,000 square-feet, Wildwood Casino is Cripple Creek’s newest and largest casino with 500+ slot machines, live action poker tables, blackjack, craps, roulette, various dining options, a 67-room hotel and a 225,000 square-foot, climate-controlled parking garage.

For more information about Wildwood Casino, please visit or call 719-244-9700.

New School of Rock location in Littleton, CO

Press Release



Denver - Mile High City - is well known for its gorgeous view of the Rockies. It is also known as home to a very successful branch of the School of Rock: the nation’s leading performance-based rock music education program. On June 8th, a 2nd location will open in Littleton, to be operated by former touring and recording pro musician, Chris Soucy, General Manager. With the ever growing enrollment at the Denver location, Chris decided it was time to expand the world of Rock to our neighbors in Littleton and bring Colorado musician, Gia Ashe, on as Assistant General Manager.

Chris Soucy, joined the School of Rock organization in 2008. “I had two former careers - one as a teacher, one as a touring and recording musician. When this opportunity to join SoR came my way, it gave me a chance to combine both of those skills and experiences into one exciting new journey. We've grown a great school in Denver and we're happy to be expanding in the area and bringing the rock to Littleton.” Chris lives in Parker with wife and baby daughter where he manages the rock of two locations, Denver and Littleton.

Assistant General Manager, private instructor and show director, Gia Ashe, has been teaching at the Denver school since 2009. “Teaching music and directing Rock shows is my dream job. School of Rock has provided the stage to implement high standards with each student. Without the performance program, we would just be another after-school music activity. The success of our school is a product of our amazing kids and their hard work. It’s truly an honor to be a part of this musical endeavor.”

School of Rock’s proprietary performance-based curriculum teaches students to play rock music in a unique and interactive way. There are weekly individual lessons on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard & vocals and weekly group sessions with seasonal performances.

School of Rock is located at:

5950 South Platte Canyon Road

Littleton, CO 80123


About School of Rock:

For more than a decade, School of Rock has been teaching kids to rock on stage and in life. We believe the best way to learn music is to perform music in a rock band. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musician ship with programs designed for all skill levels. Today School of Rock operates 68 schools in 25 states and Mexico, with our two newest locations in Naperville and Mokena, IL. We are expanding to meet the tremendous demands of parents who want enriching afterschool programs for their kids who want to play music. With opportunities available nationwide, it’s an exciting time to become a School of Rock franchise owner! For more information about School of Rock, please visit