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The LIFT-UP organization, which provides help to needy residents, transients and others, has hired Kim Loving as its first assistant executive director.Loving has worked as the organization's office manager in Rifle for the past two years, and has 15 years of management and bookkeeping experience, according to a statement announcing her appointment."The position was here when I first got here," said executive director Mike Powell on Monday, referring to an assistant director's slot. "But I didn't think we could afford it."One way Loving's promotion can be financially justified, Powell said, is that she is taking on additional duties rather than giving up her job as office manager.Loving's new job started effective Jan. 1.

Vicki Lee Green would like to congratulate LaPriel Armijo for being top sales person for December. LaPriel has been selling real estate in Garfield County since 1992.Konnie Kahn-Prosence was top listing agent for December. Konnie is the newest agent at Vicki Lee Green.

The White River National Forest (WRNF) is hosting a free workshop for small businesses interested in contracting with the Forest Service to provide equipment, supplies and/or food support to wildland firefighting efforts. Small businesses currently doing business or hoping to do business with the Forest Service are invited to attend. Topics covered will include updates on regulations, contracts, the ordering and payment process, and types of services needed to support crews. Services and equipment needed to support firefighting include meals, copiers, heavy equipment, refrigerated trailers, ice, hardware, showers, toilets, hand-washing stations and lodging.The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Business Incubator Center - Colorado PTAC's Western Slope Office, 2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, Colorado. To register, or for more information, contact Liz Turner (970) 257-4819 or laturner@fs.fed.us.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association's (GSCRA) involvement helped to make American Express' Small Business Saturday a success locally.A consumer insights survey revealed that this year U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday spent a total of $5.5 billion at independent merchants on that day, and 67 percent of consumers were aware of Small Business Saturday as of Nov. 26, 2012."We're always working to support small businesses, both on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year," said Marianne Virgili, President & CEO of the GSCRA.The local chamber of commerce/resort association applied for and was selected as one of 100 chambers nationwide to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce program. The chamber was then given $5,000 in American Express gift cards to distribute to stimulate local spending at small businesses. More than 200 people showed up to receive the gift cards, and people were lined up for a city block. Two hundred $25 gift cards were given away. The GSCRA also distributed Small Business Saturday logo welcome mats, posters and balloons to local businesses. More than 50 local businesses participated in displaying the materials.The gift card promotion as well as a general Small Business Saturday message was promoted via all of the chamber's social network mediums, through media releases and in newspaper ads. The chamber also hung a banner on the exterior of the Visitor Information Center and directed our local participants to the Small Business Saturday website and Facebook page, where they could download promotional materials."Our small businesses were pleased to see the gift cards spent in their establishments. They also said shoppers recognized it was Small Business Saturday," said Angie Anderson, vice president of Operations for the GSCRA.The GSCRA's involvement in the program received media coverage through the Post Independent and Grand Junction Sentinel, resulting in exposure to more than 36,000 readers for print and 54,000 visits online. The program was also well-received through Facebook and Twitter, where hundreds more were engaged.


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