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Blizzard recently hired three new employees to join its design and marketing firm.

Tammy Sillman is the new administrative/technical assistant. With a degree from the University of Massachusetts, she brings with her a diversified skill set for handling day-to-day operations. She will also provide hosting and IT support.

Kimberly Bailey graduated from the University of Denver and is a project manager. She has a diverse work experience and background including advertising, graphic design and marketing. She excels in customer service and is excited to help clients reach their online marketing goals.



After graduating from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dan Leifeld moved to Colorado and is now the new business development manager. He will be concentrating on creating relationships with our current customer base and working to increase our internal sales.

Mark Gould Jr. and Paul Jacobson represented Gould Construction Inc. on Feb. 1 in Denver to accept the Stephen H. Hart Award at the annual awards celebration of History Colorado, formerly known as the Colorado Historical Society. The award was given jointly to Gould Construction, the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for their collaborative work on the Snowmastadon project. The award recognizes accomplishments in historic preservation and archaeology.



Boxing is a great way to stay motivated and get in shape. New Castle Family Fitness’ boxing program will teach you proper boxing technique, challenging cardio and strength training, flexibility, hand/eye coordination and balance. Classes begin Feb. 7 and take place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. No membership needed. Call 984-3200 to reserve a spot.

Do you know what it takes to start your own business? In this overview, you’ll learn the steps to take to launch your new business venture, including legal structures, required licenses and forms, tax requirements and financing considerations. Bring all of your questions about launching your business and meet others who are doing the same. Presented by Jim Olp, Colorado SBDC Network, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center, located at 1402 Blake Ave.

The Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation (RREDC) held its second annual Meeting of Investors on Jan. 19. President Michael Langhorne spoke on the importance of participating in community efforts to lead Western Garfield County’s economic development initiatives. Manager Julie Bjurstrom presented highlights from 2011 and outlined goals for 2012. Attendees also were presented with an update on the Rifle Recreation and Fitness Center by Richard Carter, followed by a question and answer session regarding the facility’s progress and future funding.

2011 accomplishments of the RREDC include supporting efforts to make Western Garfield County an economically thriving region, revamping marketing efforts, responding to an increase in foot traffic and spreading RREDC services in New Castle and Parachute. In 2012, RREDC will continue to work alongside its strategic plan in attracting various industries and primary employers to the region.

Sherry Long accepted the 2011 “Business of the Year” award on behalf of Encana, who made a significant contribution to RREDC to redevelop its website to target site selectors and businesses looking to relocate to the region. Jay Rickstrew, Aleks Breidis and Richard Carter each received awards recognizing their contribution in time and service as board members of the RREDC.

In addition, three new members were elected to the RREDC board of directors, Joy Wentzel of Alpine Bank, Eric Schmela of the Battlement Mesa Co. and Sue Schmidt of Colorado Mountain College. Returning board members include Michael Langhorne, Sally Brands, Judith Hayward, Bruce Leland, Annick Pruett, Scott Russell, Matt Sturgeon and Jim Voorheis.

This workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, is designed to help the small business owner understand the basic payroll process and forms, including how to avoid common pitfalls by paying payroll liabilities in a timely manner. This informative presentation will also help you simplify some otherwise confusing tax issues such as tracking and paying business taxes. You will also find out which business activities are subject to sales and/or use tax and which government entities require sales tax collection. Presented by Kristine Wood, Balanced Bookkeeping.

Cost is $30. To register, visit either RFBRC or Colorado Mountain College registration sites or call 970-945-5158 or 970-947-8438.


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