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Accounting Today has ranked Dalby, Wendland, & Co., P.C. as a regional leader in the magazine’s Top 100 Tax and Accounting Firms and Regional Leaders in the U.S. Dalby, Wendland & Co. is listed as a top firm in the mountain states. The guidelines are based on revenue and total employees.Steve Carver, CEO of Dalby, Wendland & Co., said that their Western Colorado firm is seeing much of what other regional and national firms experience in terms of hiring staff to meet the needs in growing services areas that include tax services, small business planning, health care practices, estate planning, and fraud and forensics.”Our industry has seen a lot of changes due to the economy,” said Carver. “Governments need revenue so they are being more aggressive and clients are being scrutinized more closely.” Carver said that as financial reporting, bookkeeping, and tax issues continue to change in response to economic issues and regulatory oversight, experienced accounting, auditing, and tax firms are more in demand.”We are also seeing an increase in services related to marital divorce and corporate divorce litigation that results in business valuations and consultations,” he said. In response to the challenges that businesses are facing in a tough environment, Carver says several of the CPAs in the firm have earned special designations in technology, forensics, and business valuation to bring more value to their clients. Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C., is a full-service certified public accounting, audit, tax preparation, and business advisory firm that has served Western Colorado for 64 years.

Kieran Edstrom of Carbondale is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members.

Solar Energy International in Carbondale has a new, green place to call home.The nonprofit solar trainer and renewable energy educator has moved from its Second Street location it shared with KDNK Community Access Radio to new offices in Carbondale, Colorado’s Third Street Center, an eco-friendly facility renovated from the former Carbondale Elementary School building. The Third Street Center is home to more than 30 nonprofit organizations and artist studios with sustainability in mind.”SEI is thrilled to become a member of the Third Street Center nonprofit community,” said Trsi Houpt, SEI Executive Director. “Our new offices greatly complement our SEI training campus in Paonia and will allow us to better serve our students.” SEI’s renovated space, previously two classrooms in the former elementary school just off the facility’s Round Room, features architectural design by Carbondale architect and SEI Board Member Jeff Dickinson, and his associate Angela Loughry of Energy and Sustainable Design, Inc.; interior woodworking by Terralink Structures’ Keith Brand, an SEI alumnus who served as the project’s general contractor; and interior design work by Andi Korber, of Land + Shelter and future SEI alumna. “The SEI solar educational staff is delighted to call the Third Street Center our new Carbondale home,” said Johnny Weiss, SEI Co-founder. ” We look forward to being a part of this recycled, vibrant community building and fun-happening place.”

Garfield Re-2 has a new feature on its website that local businesses may like to know about. Any business, vendor, contractor or supplier who is interested in bidding on Garfield Re-2 school projects and contracts can now find this information online at the Garfield Re-2 website, When on the homepage, mouse over “district” and click on “Request for proposals.” All requests for proposals are now being posted as Adobe PDF’s for viewing and downloading.All qualified vendors and contractors are invited to bid on posted RFPs. Email updates are also available by clicking subscribe at the bottom of the page. Emails will be sent when new proposals are added. For information contact Garfield Re-2 Director of Facilities Craig Jay at 665-7617.

The Speckled Feather Mercantile is holding its official grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at 303 W. Main St. in New Castle. Food tasting, make-and-take projects and drawing for prizes will be held.The Speckled Feather Mercantile is an artists’ collective comprised of independent designers with a focus on the local entrepreneur. Product selection includes apparel, housewares, locally made foods, accessories, jewelry, art and gifts.

Insurance 4 U, which started out offering mainly life and health insurance, now offers home and auto insurance through many reputable companies including Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco, Foremost and State Auto. For information, call Pam Ruzicka at 970-379-9705 or email

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and the Colorado State Forest Service are hosting a half-day workshop on financing and lending opportunities available for forestry and wood products businesses. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. April 24 at the Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Center on Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Reservations are necessary by calling Tim Reader at 970-247-5250. Space is limited.

The board of directors of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) announces that Mona Newton is the new executive director of CORE. Newton is currently a senior manager of market development at the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO). She will officially take over as the executive director of CORE on June 1.”Mona brings a wealth of experience from the nonprofit, private and government sectors,” said Nathan Ratledge, CORE’s current director. “Her diverse skill set and knowledge of statewide programs is ideal for the wide range of current and future projects that CORE is undertaking. I’m delighted to hand the reins to such an accomplished partner.”Newton has been with the GEO since 2007 where she has worked closely with local governments, nonprofits, utilities and industry executives to advance renewable energy and efficiency efforts in Colorado. She was the regional representative for the central region as well as the manager of the GEO’s Wind Program, where she developed the Wind for Schools Initiative. As Senior Manager of Market Development, Newton has assisted entrepreneurs and industries in bringing innovative products and services to market in Colorado.Prior to joining the GEO, Newton worked in the private sector as marketing director for a renewable energy company and in sales for a renewable energy credits (RECs) company. She also developed a financing model for community-owned wind projects and launched a zero interest loan program for the city of Boulder’s Office of Water Conservation.The majority of Newton’s career was spent at the Center for Resource Conservation (CRC) in Boulder where she was the executive director for 16 years. The CRC is similar to CORE in that much of its work is focused on local and regional initiatives that advance renewable energy, resource conservation and green building. As the director, Newton was responsible for a number of accomplishments including expanding the organization to 15 staff members, launching Partners for A Clean Environment, and ReSource, a used building material salvage program. ReSource was integral in salvaging materials during the deconstruction of the old Sundeck building, as well as other projects in the Roaring Fork Valley.”Mona is a unique blend of CORE’s original director and current director,” said Bill Stirling, a founder of CORE. “She should effectively be able to monitor the myriad of programs already under CORE’s leadership and open up new avenues.””I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of CORE and work with a community that is such a leader in environmental progress,” said Newton. “I am looking forward to being part of this community.”

Alpine Bank has officially been recertified for the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard of excellence. After final technical review of the February audit, KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. (internationally accredited ISO auditor) presented Alpine Bank with the Certificate of Registration, which is good for an additional three-year term. It appears that Alpine Bank remains the only U.S.-based financial services institution to hold the ISO 14001 designation. Alpine Bank was first certified to the ISO 14001 standard on June 23, 2006, when it successfully executed its Environmental Management System (EMS). Since then, the bank has continued to manage and progress the EMS and thus has been successful in obtaining recertification at each renewal date of 2009 and now 2012.In 2005, a group of passionate employees formed Alpine Bank’s Green Team which established a pro-active approach to managing environmental issues within the bank’s control. Every employee represents the Green Team; internal communication is continuous to ensure each employee understands the important role they play in lessening Alpine Bank’s environmental impact. Assistant Vice President and Green Team Chairman of Alpine Bank David Miller says, “Registration to the ISO 14001 standard is a tangible way that Alpine Bank helps protect our Western Colorado lifestyles, while reducing the cost of bank operations. Being audited annually by KPMG ensures that Alpine Bank continues to ‘walk the talk.'”In 2008, the Green Team adopted four corporate level goals to coincide with the state of Colorado and “Green the Banks” by 2012 (reduction targets measured against baseline year 2006): 20 percent reduction in energy use; 20 percent reduction in paper use; 10 percent reduction in water consumption; and 25 percent reduction in courier fleet fuel consumptionThrough strategic planning, hard work and dedication, Alpine Bank has thus far been able to exceed three of the four goals by a wide margin. With regards to the energy use target, very strong progress has been made with 2011 year-end reductions of 17 percent bankwide with the exception of one location. Action plans relating to this goal have been reviewed and updated to support the Bank in reaching its 20 percent energy reduction goal as well.

Looking for ways to raise capital? Visit with local lenders for valuable information and guidance on financing your new or existing business at Secrets of Small Business Funding from 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 26, at Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs Center at 1402 Blake Ave. Fee of $20 includes continental breakfast. To register call 970-945-5158 or go to

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