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Learn how today’s marketing initiatives can help your business prosper. This class will focus on creating a strategic marketing plan and budget, as well as understanding the role public relations, social media and traditional advertising plays in providing key exposure for small businesses. The class, presented by Stephanie Keister, marketing manager for the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Cost is $35 (CMC Course #: Bus-901-GW02). For information, call 945-5158.

This workshop 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 issues such as determining when to hire independent contractors versus employees. The class, presented by Kristine Wood of Balanced Bookkeeping, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Center, 1402 Blake Ave. Cost is $35 (CMC Course #: BUS-901-GW03). For information, call 945-5158.

Danciger Tybar Ranch LLC owns four bulls and Mark Nieslanik owns one bull listed in the 2012 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 6,067 sires, and is currently accessible at

The Fall 2012 evaluation includes a full suite of EPDs for production, maternal, and carcass traits. Available decision-making tools also include $Values, the bio-economic indexes designed to assist commercial producers in simplifying the genetic selection process.

Virtual Social Media has announced plans for a mid-October launch of an entertainment website dedicated to providing video content exclusively focused on Roaring Fork Valley events, personalities and businesses. Backed by the resources of Virtual Social Media’s filmmaking studios and library of content, the site will feature fresh three-minute video content on the personalities and activities that define the valley experience from artists to old-timers.

The website slices and dices the valley into categories such as Adventure, Culture and Dining as well as views by town. Videos are all professionally done with an editorial aesthetic of storytelling rather than selling. Top secret webisode series are also rumored to be on tap.

“We wanted to provide folks with an entertaining and informative look at the region we all love rather than just provide an online Yellow Pages,” said Robert Cordova, Chief Creative Director at Virtual Social Media.

Local musicians The Leonard Curry Trio have been invited to play in the Austin, Texas, area next month. The group will perform at Ino’z on Thursday, Oct. 11, in the picturesque town of Wimberley, southwest of Austin. On Saturday, Oct. 13, they will perform at Gruene Hall, in New Braunfels, the oldest continuously operating dance hall in the state of Texas. Later that evening, they will travel to the old German town of Fischer to play at the Fischer Haus Cantina.

The invitation to play in Texas was extended by Tracie Ferguson, booking agent for Greune Hall, and her friend, Jan Hubbard, owner of the Fischer Haus, after hearing the group perform in Rifle.

This fun loving trio creates spirited musical mayhem weaving a wide variety of styles including folk, bluegrass, swing, Irish, Cajun and rock, with a few original tunes sewn in.

Band members Elliott Leonard and Craig and Lorraine Curry fuse their guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass and cello to get the foundation groovin’ and they top it off with tons of fine vocal harmonies.

To contact the Leonard Curry Trio go to

Susan Nichols-Alvis, owner of the Nichols Insurance Agency in Rifle since 2003, has been voted in to serve on the Rifle Chamber board of directors through 2015.

Susan is on the Chamber Finance Committee and is co-facilitator of the Government Affairs Committee. As president of the Rifle Lions Club and the White River Trail Runners ATV Club, Susan is passionate about the Rifle Chamber and its support of local businesses and nonprofits.

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