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Rolf K. Hermanson, financial representative of Thrivent Financial Society, was honored for outstanding life insurance service at the 55th annual convention of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counsellors in April at the Atlanta Hilton. He also received the 2005 Quality Service Award from the same organization.

Roaring Fork Valley businessman Jerry Pradier, was recently appointed to the Colorado Small Business Council by Governor Bill Owens for an indefinite term.Pradier is the owner of the Progressive Business Development Network LLC. Established in 2004, PBDN is a business support company whose purpose is to give timely and practical advice to business owners and entrepreneurs.Business owners may take advantage of a no-cost consultation with Jerry Pradier. Contact Jerry Pradier at (970) 404-1389.

Buzick and Associates are sponsoring a Koats for Kids coat drive. Coats in good condition may be dropped off at the office, located at 1301 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs. Coats will be distributed just prior to Thanksgiving, or sooner depending upon the volume of donations. Hats, gloves and sweatshirts in good good condition will also be accepted.Parents with children needing coats may call 945-6917.



A free Homebuyer Educational Workshop will be held at Mountain View Church of Glenwood, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. A continental breakfast is provided. Free child care provided upon request. Pre-registration is required by calling 963-9606.The workshop is designed for those who think owning a home is out of reach in our valley. Designed for those who want to know what it takes to buy a home and what it takes to prepare to buy one, the workshop offers an opportunity to begin the process and learn about a variety of helpful resources.The workshop is sponsored by Mountain Regional Housing Corporation, a nonprofit community housing development and services organization based in Carbondale with additional support from the Colorado Housing & Finance Authority and US Bank. The course is taught by professionals involved in the home ownership process. MRHC serves Garfield, West Eagle and Pitkin County residents, and can be reached at 963-9606.

National Small Business Week is traditionally held in June, however the process actually begins in November with the announcement for nominations. There are numerous categories including: State of Colorado Small Business of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year.There are special awards for individuals who have worked behind the scenes to assist and support small businesses, including Small Business Journalist of the Year, Financial Services Champion of the Year, Home-Based Business Champion of the Year, Minority Small Business Champion of the Year, Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year, Women in Business Champion of the Year, and Small Business Lenders of the Year.For additional details on the evaluation criteria, visit the SBA Web site at http://www.sba.gov.Nominations may be sent directly to Jay Edwards, Small Business Week Awards Coordinator, U.S. Small Business Administration, 721 19th St., Suite 426, Denver, CO 80202-2517. For local assistance, contact the Small Business Regional Director, Kaye Jacobson at 1-800-621-8559, ext. 8522.



David K Danciger, of Carbondale, who is ranked as eighth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Colorado, recorded 161 heads of Angus with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2005, according to John Crouch, executive vice president of the American Angus Association.Angus breeders across the nation in 2005 registered 324,266 head of Angus cattle compared to 298,770 in fiscal 2004. The American Angus Association, headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. was founded in 1883.The American Angus Association, headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. was founded in 1883.


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