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A Spring Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Glenwood Springs Mall.For more information, or to sign up for an employers booth by April 1, please call the Glenwood Springs Workforce Center, 945-8638.

The Colorado Business Incubation Association (CBIA) has awarded a scholarship to Randi Lowenthal of the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center to attend the 23rd International Conference on Business Incubation hosted by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA).Prior to forming the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center in March 2009, Randi Lowenthal served as the executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. Responding to a lack of practical business assistance for new, emerging and existing businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley, Randi created the business resource center to promote existing business resources and, as appropriate, create new learning opportunities to enable small businesses to survive and be successful.NBIAs 23rd International Conference on Business Incubation will take place April 19-22 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. The event will feature educational sessions, roundtable discussions and networking activities.Roaring Fork Business Resource Center is located at 0271 Los Adobes Drive in Carbondale. To speak to Randi, call 274-1434 (cell) or 963-7334.

Laurie Raymond, co-owner of Glenwood Springs High Tails Dog & Cat Outfitters, has received a patent-pending on a revolutionary dog training aid. Called My Dog Can Read! the product is a scent essence that, when applied to dog toys, enables a dog or puppy to instantly recognize objects that are OK for him to chew on, making it easier for the owner to teach him to leave other items alone. The odor is attractive to dogs, virtually undetectable to humans, and novel it wont be encountered anywhere else, in the household or the natural world.Two national pet product companies are evaluating the training aid for possible purchase, and Ms. Raymond is weighing the pros and cons of developing and marketing it herself on a large scale. Meanwhile, it is being produced and sold only through High Tails.



Fiberforge, of Glenwood Springs, a thermoplastic advanced composites company, has signed a licensing agreement with Oribi Manufacturing of Denver. This makes Oribi the first composites manufacturer in the Western United States to utilize Fiberforges technology, and provides Oribi with a license to develop and produce advanced composite parts for the outdoor, sporting goods, medical and industrial markets using Fiberforges patented Relay Station. Visit http://www.fiberforge.com for more information.

Accredited ISO auditor, KPMG Performance Registrar Inc., has approved Alpine Bank for recertification of its ISO 14001 environmental registration. Alpine Bank attained initial certification in July 2006. The four-day ISO audit reviewed continued progress and improvements of Alpine Banks Environmental Management System (EMS). Thus far, Alpine Bank emerges as the first and only bank owned in the U.S. to earn this recognition. In 2005, Alpine Banks Green Team spearheaded a pro-active approach to managing environmental issues within its footprint. Every Alpine Bank employee and officer represents the Green Team, and each understands the important role they play in lessening their environmental impact in the workplace. Alpine Bank purchases 100 percent of its electricity from green sources, either directly from local utility providers green-power programs or by utilizing carbon offsets obtained through the Colorado Carbon Fund. The result effectively eliminates 3,396.73 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. During Alpine Banks recertification (required every three years) ISO auditor KPMG reviewed Alpine Banks full EMS plan and visited six Alpine Bank locations to ensure system practices were being implemented. Alpine Bank asks its communities and local business partners to improve the quality of the environment.



Cracks & Racks has been designated a Thule 5-Star Dealer. Thule USA has recognized Cracks & Racks for demonstrating top-notch service and support of Thule roof-rack products. Cracks & Racks has become a retailer with extensive product knowledge, inventory and professional installation. Cracks & Racks has carried Thule products for more than eight years. Thule USA is based in Seymour, Conn., and is the worlds leading vehicle rack manufacturer.

Greta Forbes, formerly with Springs Travel, continues her travel career at Glenwood Travel King, 918 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Having traveled throughout the world extensively, Greta brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Please call 945-9186 or 945-9500 for an appointment with Greta.

The team of Wayne Pollard, Teresa Pollard and Paige Haderlie, broker associates with Coldwell Banker Western Land & Homes in Rifle, has been recognized as the Number One Team in Colorado in 2008 for independently owned and operated affiliated companies. This is the second consecutive year The Pollard Team has earned this prestigious honor. The Pollard Team was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Teams in the Western Region of the United States in 2007. The Pollard Team and Coldwell Banker Western Land & Homes located at 800 Airport Road, Suite 3, in Rifle, can be reached at (970) 625-2255 and http://www.pollardteam.com.


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