Business Briefs

Neil-Garing Insurancenew licenseesNeil-Garing insurance reports that three of its newest employees recently obtained their insurance licenses.Mary Bryant and Jenny Flynn, customer service representatives in the commercial lines department, obtained their property and casualty licenses.Berne Mitton, an account representative in the employee benefits department, obtained her life and health license.Neil-Garing Insurance is located in Glenwood Springs and has served western Colorados insurance needs since 1985.Colon employee of the monthDomingo Colon has been named the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool May employee of the month. In February 2003, Colon moved from Puerto Rico with his wife, Claribel, and three boys, ages 16, 12, and 7.He was recently promoted to lead housekeeper in charge of the daily housekeeping operations at the pool.He has been recognized with a certificate, cash, gift certificate, and a complimentary Hot Springs massage. Rainy Day Designs awardsRainy Day Designs, a full-service graphic design firm based in Carbondale, recently took top honors in two international design competitions, winning a total of nine awards between The Summit Creative Awards and The Communicator Awards. Rainy Day won awards for its work with Cloudveil, The Gabriel Foundation, The Birdbrain, and Aspen Skiing Co. Information: 963-9748, director of developmentat Colorado Mountain CollegeDr. John Koenig is the new director of development for the Colorado Mountain College Foundation.Koenig has held senior academic administrative positions at the university level and taught at the community college, graduate and undergraduate levels. 20 years for Jewels & GemsAs of May 1, Jewels & Gems, 914 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, has been in business for 20 years. It sells, repairs and designs jewelry. Information: 945-5908.Scheer earns nursery certification Walt Scheer of the Grand River Tree Farm and Nursery in Rifle was recently certified as a Colorado Certified Nursery Professional by the Colorado Nursery Association. Marketing seminar offeredThe Glenwood Springs Community Center is hosting a marketing seminar for small business owners June 3.The event will be from 8 a.m – noon at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Tickets will cost $35. Please call 945-8515, ext. 539, for tickets.The seminar focuses on changing marketing trends and tactics for successful small business marketing. Mitch Henderson, a nationally recognized marketing expert, will run the seminar. Strong safety records earn local businesses rewardsLocal businesses that are part of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Associations Workers Comp Safety Group will receive $62,448 in dividends based on $3,420,066 in annual workers compensation policy premiums paid from July 1, 2002, to July 1, 2003.

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