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The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center has once again joined efforts with Colorado Mountain College and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network to present an informative business seminar series. This spring, seminars will be held at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave. Each seminar is just $35 and runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday mornings in March and April. The seminars are designed to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and tools they need to successfully run their organizations. Remaining seminar topics include: Marketing Your Small Business (March 21), Facebook & Linked-In for Business (March 28), Improving Your Sales (April 4), and Understanding Business Financials and Taxes (April 11). For full seminar descriptions, visit Advanced registration is recommended and may be done so by calling the CMC Glenwood Center at 970-945-7486.

Kathleen Menten APRN, LAC, has joined the staff at New Castle Family Fitness. Kathleen is a board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse, acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist. Although Kathleen has been practicing in this valley since 1986, she left to help create the Integrative Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she did acupuncture and was part of the pain team. Now she is re-establishing a full time practice here in New Castle and also in Glenwood Springs. Kathleen’s passion is helping people to find meaning in their lives and to rewrite their story when their current reality does not appeal to them. She is a die-hard eclectic, drawing from many traditions to help people. Her acupuncture style reflects this. It is a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Five Element, Scalp Acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture and Muscle Activation Technique. She works Tuesdays and Thursdays.Call 970-987-3691 for information about Kathleen’s services, and call New Castle Family Fitness at 984-3200 to reserve your spot.

Glenwood Veterinary Clinic now offers equine and small animal chiropractics performed by Dr. Aaron Langley, who was recently certified through intensive course work and hands-on training with the internationally recognized Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kan., and recently passed the qualifying examination for certification given by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.Call Glenwood Veterinary Clinic at 970-945-5401 with any questions about the benefits of chiropractic treatment for your animals, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Langley directly. More information on veterinary chiropractic and other integrated therapies like acupuncture, equine massage, and therapeutic laser treatment is available at

A project by Garfield Clean Energy and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park received global exposure recently when it was featured in a case study by Florida- and Netherlands-based Lighting Science Group Corp.Lighting Science designs, develops, manufactures and globally markets LED lighting solutions that are environmentally friendlier and more energy efficient than traditional lighting products. The brief case study mentions Caverns’ owner Steve Beckley’s quest to keep the caves from drying out and his replacement of more than 300 incandescent light bulbs with LED lamps. The switch is expected to save the Caverns $12,000 a year in electricity costs and thousands more in maintenance costs.

The recent Reusable Cup Challenge gave coffee shops throughout the Roaring Fork Valley the chance to engage customers in reducing waste. Two shops exceeded 50 percent of drink sales purchased in reusable cups. Boden’s Butter of Aspen emerged victorious and Dos Gringos in Carbondale was a close second. As in previous years, locals and visitors alike choose reusable cups over disposable paper or Styrofoam cups when getting coffee at local cafes. Each participating coffee shop counted the number of reusable cups that were used each day and asked customers to help them win by remembering to bring their own cup or to ask for a reusable cup when staying in. Tallies were collected each day and the winner was the location with the largest percentage of reusable cups during the week. The Reusable Cup Challenge was sponsored by Waste Free Roaring Fork, a collaborative working group of local citizens in partnership with the City of Aspen, CORE, municipal Green Teams and Environmental Boards. Responsible for leading the reusable bag outreach efforts and ordinances in Aspen and Carbondale, Waste Free Roaring Fork maintains a website for waste reduction resources in the valley at

The Comfort Inn & Suites hotel of Carbondale was recently announced as a recipient of a 2013 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Comfort Inn.As a top performing property among the company’s more than 5,000 U.S. franchised hotels, the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel is among the top percentile of properties within the Comfort Inn brand, which is 1,983 strong, earning the hotel “Gold Award” status. For more information or to make your reservation for the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel today, call the Choice Hotels toll-free reservation line at 800.4CHOICE or visit

Learn how today’s marketing initiatives can help your business prosper at the Marketing Your Small Business seminar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the CMC Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. 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. Instructed by Stephanie Keister, marketing manager for the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center. Cost is $35.

Local business owner Stephanie Stanfield has been appointed to serve as the co-chairperson for the upcoming second annual Health & Wellness Expo, a nonprofit community event to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. Stanfield has facilitated and chaired a wide variety of events throughout the valley and the state, including health fairs, competitions, workshops and seminars. Reach Stanfield via email at For more information about the Health and Wellness Expo, visit

Nancy Heard, the mountain operations manager for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, taught six courses at the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) annual conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., last month. One of a very few NAARSO certified level 2 attractions licensed inspectors in the state, Heard also has a trainer endorsement from the association and was asked to share her expertise in a series of courses on attractions operations and maintenance inspections. NAARSO is a nonprofit organization that provides resources for amusement industry professionals dedicated to the safety of the industry and its patrons. For more information about the park, visit or call 800-530-1635 or 970-945-4228.

Bank of Colorado’s Cole Sjoholm, branch manager, is now also a mortgage originator (XCO). The XCO certification of a XINNIX graduate reflects the four core principles of success: knowledge, skills, discipline, and ethics. Doing business with an XCO guarantees you will be working with a highly trained professional mortgage originator you can trust, and who has the ability and knowledge to ensure you not only select the right product, but also receive the best customer service! To learn more about XINNIX and its programs and services, please visit or call 678.325.3500.Contact Sjoholm at 970-930-5288 or at

Alpine Banks of Colorado has announced its next big move: expansion to the front-range in 2013. A site in lower downtown Denver has been selected for the new Alpine Bank location with plans to begin serving the public by the third quarter of 2013.Norm Franke, a 30-year Alpine Bank veteran, has been named regional president of the forthcoming front-range region. Norm is well prepared for the challenge; in 1991, he opened the first Mesa County Alpine Bank location and successfully grew the bank’s presence in the region over the next 22 years.

Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 8 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2013” list in its 14th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Hollis E. Kelley Jr., financial advisor in Glenwood Springs.Edward Jones’ 14 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 10 years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003 and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010.

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