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The first of the Colorado Workforce Centers series of free roundtable discussions for businesses, “Wage and Hour” is presented by Mark Kochman of the Colorado Department of Labor from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Rifle and Glenwood Springs Colorado Mountain College campuses via the CMC Internal Video System. Topics include Colorado’s minimum wage, tipped employees, overtime and breaks, wage and employment laws and Colorado youth laws. For information, call the Glenwood Workforce Center (945-8638) or Rifle Workforce Center (625-5627).

Defiance Thrift Store is helping college students turn their residence hall rooms into their home away from home. Area residents are invited to bring in futons, desks, bookcases, lamps, sheets and towels. “Our community is incredibly generous, and now is the perfect time to help us help returning students,” said Leslie Robinson, store manager.Defiance is a nonprofit 501c3, so all donations are tax deductible. Donations must be dropped off during store hours only: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at Defiance’s new location at 2412 S. Glen Ave./Highway 82 Glenwood. Call 970-945-0234 for more info.

ColoradoBiz magazine has announced the finalists in its 25th annual Top Company Awards, and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has made the cut. As one of three finalists in the tourism and hospitality category, the park will be featured in the magazine’s September issue. Winners from each of the 14 industry categories will be announced, and the finalists recognized, at the Top Company Awards celebration Sept. 12 at the Seawell Ballroom of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Denver.”We are honored by this recognition and want to thank all of our employees, especially our management team, for making this possible,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife, Jeanne. “Their dedication to continually improving our customers’ experience – and the many, many long days and weeks they spent preparing for the opening of our new attractions – has paid off.”Entrants are judged on three criteria: financial performance, community involvement and outstanding achievement in areas such as product innovation, operational excellence or marketing effectiveness. Through long-term planning and continued investment in the business, a focus on customer service and an integrated marketing program, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has achieved sustained financial growth.Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was also recognized as a Top Company by ColoradoBiz magazine in 2004. For more information, visit or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228, ext. 0.

Russo’s Pizza recently received a 2012 Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award. Ratings are calculated based on consumer-review websites and blogs, social networks, business rating services and other award information to determine the top companies across the country. Only those high-ranking businesses with a 4-5 star rating win the Talk of the Town News Customer Satisfaction Award.

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. The class, presented by Presented by Jim Olp of the Colorado SBDC Network, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Cost is $35 ( CMC Course #: BUS-901-GW01). For information, call 945-5158.

Perri’s Collision wants to congratulate Tyson Carattini on his painter certification. Thank you, Tyson, for all your hard work and dedication to get this certification. Tyson, born in Salt Lake City, lived in California and moved to Colorado in 2006. He has been painting with Perri’s Collision for the last five years. Starting out as a painter’s helper in our Grand Junction shop, he eagerly worked his way up to head painter in our local Glenwood Springs shop. He is, like the rest of our staff, a valued employee at Perri’s Collision Repair and Refinishing.

Roaring Fork Conservancy’s future River Center won a prestigious Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado West chapter. Project architect Harry Teague accepted the Merit Award in the Unbuilt category on behalf of the organization Aug. 21. The River Center will be a new 8,000-square-foot environmentally conscious construction. A destination in and of itself, it will house Roaring Fork Conservancy programs, interactive exhibits, child and adult-friendly gathering spaces, and a research laboratory. It will allow visitors to interact directly with adjacent river, wetland and pond ecosystems; host water-related educational seminars, meetings and classes; provide laboratory space for river research; and bring people together for learning and discussing river issues. River Center visitors will leave with the knowledge and tools to enjoy and protect their rivers and streams.In presenting the award, the jury touted the project’s “transition from the larger scale of the [future] adjacent built environment to the scale of the river” as a tremendous asset. Other strengths sited included the building’s sensitivity to the surrounding environment and the use of exterior building materials to tell the story of the River Center site. The award underscores the attention the design team has given to the building site, surroundings and functional uses as it sits on the edge of downtown Basalt.For more information on the River Center and to view images of the design visit

The State of the Valley Symposium is an annual forum to explore the health and wealth of the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys. This year’s symposium focuses on economic development, with guest speakers Amy Cortese, author of “Locavesting,: and Joshua Bloom from The Community Land Use & Economics Group.The symposium runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. Registration starts at $75.

Understand the major components of a business plan – vision/mission, business structure and management, sales and marketing, financials/budgeting and cash flow projections, and financing. Turn your business idea into a solid plan for long-term success. Commit your idea to paper to determine viability, keep your business strategically focused, and increase your chances of obtaining financing. The two-day class, presented by Randi Lowenthal, CEO of the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 18 and 20, at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Cost is $60 ( CMC Course #: BUS-901-GW04). For information, call 945-5158.

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