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A “Do-It-Yourself Market Research” workshop will take place on Thursday, May 13, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Roaring Fork Business Resource Center, 817 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs, and again on Tuesday, May 18, from 4-6 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College, 0255 Sage Way, Aspen.The workshop, sponsored by the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center, will cover questions such as: How big is the industry and the local market? Who are my competitors? Who is my target market? Is the market growing? Or, what business should I start?The cost is $20 for RFBRC clients, advisors/mentors, and sponsors, and $25 for others. To register, or for more information, call 945-5158 or order online at

Cyclists in the Roaring Fork Valley can team up for a powerful new training program proven to improve athletic success. Glenwood Springs-based Accelerate Human Performance and my Katalyst have partnered to create a powerful Spring Training program. “It fits that we should partner in this project,” explains Scott Kasin, an elite cyclist and founder of Katalyst Performance Consulting Inc., a nationwide coaching business with ties to programs at all levels of the sport. “This valley is the fittest in the world, this plan merely takes a lot of that inherent ability and focuses it into better cycling.” With work both on and off the bike, the program consists of three-week open-entry blocks for your convenience. You may start your three weeks any time this spring and summer. Using cycling specific functional exercise and drills, riders gain efficiency and enjoyment in the ride. The new spring session begins with functional exercise, stretching and assessment Monday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Accelerate Human Performance in Glenwood, and Wednesday, May 12, 6 a.m. at Lakota in New Castle. Cycling will begin Friday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Accelerate Human Performance. Training rides will include unlimited personal attention including riding technique, and a three-week prescription for transitioning to the long cycling season. Learn how to pedal your bike efficiently and in comfort as well as the etiquette for group riding and how to climb hills, as you learn what gear to choose and when. All levels are encouraged to participate from beginner to advanced, and drop-ins are welcome. The cost is $105 for three functional training and three on-bike sessions. For more information or to sign up, please call Accelerate Human Performance’s Judy at (970) 618-1066, Kevin at (970) 379-3455, or Scott from at (970) 963-4983.

Lulubelle, a new women’s clothing store at 320 Main St. in Carbondale, is now open.”Since I was a little girl, I have always loved fashion, and I dreamed that someday of having my own store that offered women a unique mix of designer apparel and accessories without the price tag shock,” says Lulubelle owner Lindsey Cynoski. “I think the economic recession has actually boosted my opportunity to start this business, and I believe that Carbondale is ready for a vibrant clothing store for women; one that is contemporary, fun, unique, affordable and local.”Lulubelle features designers such as tulle, Nick&Mo, easy money, Paige denim, honey dew, velvet and blue platypus.Mrs. Cynoski started renovating the space in January after receiving a small business loan to help her get off the ground. “Lulubelle” broken down means “precious and beautiful,” which she said seems appropriate for a young woman’s dream to come true in Carbondale.Lulubelle also has its own website, at

A new medicinal marijuana dispensary, Care Free Wellness, has opened at 1023 Grand Ave. (in the former Mojito’s building).”We are dedicated to teaching all aspects of medical marijuana, freeing people from addiction to deadly painkillers and helping wean the mind and body from prescription drugs,” says owner Virginia Aducci.Care Free Wellness offers a variety of strains and “Grandma’s Incredible Edibles,” plus speed dating in the courtyard beginning in June. Cooking classes will also be offered the third Saturday of each month.For more information and doctor recommendations, call (970) 404-2205.

On March 20, Scott Saunders, administrator for Mesa Vista Assisted Living, accepted the award for Business of the Year from the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Mesa Vista Assisted Living Residence is a nonprofit, licensed Assisted Care Facility home to 45 seniors and older adults with disabilities. It has been providing care and services to local residents for more than 10 years.

Mountain Air Mechanical gives a prize away at the end of each quarter to our customers that participate in our customer service surveys. Our first quarter prize was a patio table with an umbrella and four patio chairs. We are proud to announce our first quarter winner for 2010, Lori Tafoya from Meeker. Lori enjoys golf, snowmobiling and spending time with her 5-year-old grandson. She called Mountain Air Mechanical with a boiler issue and was extremely pleased that we repaired the problem that very same day. She states that she would recommend Mountain Air Mechanical to everyone. We hope Lori and her family enjoy their new patio set. Mountain Air Mechanical – People First, Honesty and Integrity Always.

Linda Hansen of Real Estate Out West Inc. in Rifle has been awarded a trio of designations, including the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 38,000 (4 percent) of Realtors nationwide have earned this credential.Hansen has also been awarded the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The nationally recognized program is also offered by the National Association of Realtors for Realtors who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate the complicated transactions involved in distressed sales. According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. Hansen was also recently recognized by the American Real Estate University as a “Foreclosure REO Specialist,” a designation currently earned by less than 1 percent of all real estate licensees. REOS designees are qualified to work with bank and HUD properties to assist homebuyers in the purchase process, as well as assist lenders to move properties acquired through the foreclosure process. Both buyers and sellers benefit when real estate brokers thoroughly understand the short sale process, foreclosure prevention methods and financing options available to qualify buyers for these purchases.As a licensed real estate broker for more than 10 years, Hansen is currently a broker/owner and managing broker of Real Estate Out West Inc., at 100 E. 11th in Rifle, across the street from the Garfield County Fairgrounds. She also holds advanced designations of Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI) and Master of Real Estate (MRE), and can be reached at 625-4700.

Vicki Lee Green Realtors would like to congratulate Bonnie Daniels and Tonya Nieslanik. Bonnie was top sales person for February. She has been selling real estate in Garfield County since 1985. Tonya was top listing agent for February and has been selling real estate in Garfield County since 1997.

The Battlement Mesa Service Association, the master homeowners association for the Battlement Mesa PUD, recently received a $15,000 check from EnCana Natural Gas. The Battlement Mesa Service Association plans to use the funds to help fund their street sweeping expenses.”As an active operator in the Battlement Mesa/Parachute region, we realize that we have an impact on area roads,” said Sher Long, stakeholder relations for EnCana. “We appreciate everything the Battlement Mesa Service Association does for residents and are happy to contribute to the street-sweeping effort.”According to Keith Lammey, president of the BMSA, a community of approximately 5,000 residents that has about 25 miles of streets must be swept multiple times each year, thus, the EnCana contribution substantially reduces the expense that would otherwise be borne by the association’s members. “We sincerely appreciate EnCana’s willingness to help fund our street-sweeping efforts and value the steps which they take to minimize their company’s impacts to our community.”For more information regarding the Battlement Mesa Service Association, contact BMSA Manager Steve Rippy at (970) 285-9050.

Betsy Wedemeyer, a Realtor with Roaring Fork Realty LLC, was recently awarded the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. She joins other top producers in the residential real estate industry who hold the designation across the nation.Betsy earned the “Graduate Realtor Institute” (GRI) designation by attending a specific, intensive series of a minimum of 90 hours of classroom instruction, covering a variety of subjects including: contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance, and risk reduction. In addition, GRI graduates have learned the fundamentals of brokerage and other areas of real estate specialization. With this designation and through increased awareness of current topics important to the real estate professional, such as legal issues, these Realtors can better serve prospective clients and customers.The Realtor Institute is designed to educate practitioners about local, state and national real estate practices that affect them, their clients and customers. The institute is taught by leading real estate professionals from around the country.The GRI designation sets the individuals who have attained it apart from other practitioners because it indicates to the public that the individual has obtained a professional educational foundation on which to base the services they provide and that they are a member of the National Association of Realtors. Obtaining the GRI designation is a beneficial way for a Realtor to advance their professional image. The extra measure of knowledge and prestige achieved by completing this course work is a tool that will advance a career in real estate on attracting and building new business.The Realtor Institute has been in existence more than 25 years old and has graduated thousands of Realtors. For more information about the GRI designation contact your state association.

Deborah Korbel of Paradise Day Spa attended the International Esthetics, Cosmetics, and Spa Conference as well as the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas. Trends for hair this season are sleek, light, flowing layers in rich deep tones and cool blondes. The fringe has a bold new look this season. New to Paradise Day Spa and just released is personal micro-dermabrasion. Deb will be giving free demos of this new take-home product that will save you thousands of dollars and give you remarkable results in maintaining youthful healthy looking skin, when you book any treatment or service with her. Theresa is sprucing up nails for the Spring with a special on manicures and pedicures for $59. Paradise Day Spa is open Monday through Friday with evening appointments available. Call (970) 928-9782 for an appointment.

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