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Jean Hermanson, executive director of the American Red Cross, Western Colorado Chapter, recently presented an award to Alpine Bank Chairman Bob Young representing the immense community and Alpine Bank employee support for Hurricane Katrina efforts. Donations nearing $400,000 were raised and contributed to the American Red Cross.The American Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter offers immediate emergency assistance throughout a 10-county area and provides health and safety educational programs, and training to interested community members. To offer a donation or learn more about volunteer efforts, contact Jean Hermanson at (970) 242-4851, or by e-mail at

Basalt-based marketing and graphic design agency Schwener Design Group Inc. has recently added Christine Kosmicki to its graphic design team. Relocating to Basalt from Boulder, Kosmicki brings to the agency expertise in design and production of high-quality print materials and electronic communications, drawing on extensive experience managing design projects for Sopris West Education Services, Richmond Homes, Lance Jackson and Associates and Exabyte Corp.

Accents, A New Creation salon in New Castle welcomes Erin Reeves to its staff. Erin is excited about her introductory pedicure and nail specials. Call 984-2305 for an appointment.

Blizzard Internet Marketing Inc., of Glenwood Springs, was recently ranked 38th in the list of the Top 50 Family-Owned Companies in Colorado for 2006, according to Colorado Biz magazine. It is the company’s first year on the list.In order to qualify for the list, a company must be owned by a single family, with family members active in management. Family members must have been “involved in the company for at least two generations, or seem likely to be.”Blizzard Internet Marketing Inc. was started by Trent and Susan Blizzard in 1997, at which time they and one part-time employee, Trent’s sister, Amy, were the entire staff. Blizzard is now considered the leading provider of Internet marketing services, with more than 2,000 satisfied clients and a staff of 65. For more information about Blizzard Internet Marketing Inc., please visit the company’s Web site at

• Smart Marketing, March 29Learn how to make the most with a small budget as well as the basic principles of marketing in a practical and informative workshop. Learn the secrets of the big companies that save time and money while getting maximum impact for a small or no marketing budget. For more information, call 384-8523 for location and reservations.

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