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Business Spotlight

2011 has started off with some optimism with regard to real estate sales. January reported increases from last January in both dollar volume and transaction activity. Dollar volume for the month came in at $17.5 million, an increase of 53 percent from January 2010. Transaction activity was also up with a reported 56, an increase of 65 percent from January 2010.

Glenwood Springs and Carbondale led the county with the most transaction activity, 13 each. Rifle followed with 11, while New Castle posted 7 and Silt 5. Parachute reported 2 and Battlement Mesa 1. The remaining 4 transactions were quit claim transfers with document fees. Included in the transaction total of 56 were 18 sales that were classified as bank owned sales, representing 32 percent of the transaction activity.

This CMC seminar takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, and costs $60.

Instructor Bennett Bramson demonstrates how to identify and foster strategic partnerships in an effort to boost business. Bramson has a background in organizational development. He has successfully consulted for major businesses as well as nonprofits.

Call 945-7486 for more information.

The Roaring Fork Business Resource Center, Colorado SBDC, and Colorado Creative Industries present the Business Planning Course for Entrepreneurs, a 10-week course that will help you start or grow your business.

This intensive training course will focus on creative businesses and will provide business owners and entrepreneurs with expert guidance in the areas of cash flow management, marketing, finance, personnel, legal issues, technology and more.

Creative businesses may include graphic and other design, film and media, heritage, literary and publishing, architecture, performing arts, and visual arts and crafts. Each participant will receive hands-on assistance in preparing a complete business plan.

The course takes place Tuesdays, March 22 through May 24, from 5:45 – 9:15 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School, 2270 Highway 133, Carbondale. Cost is $275, which includes textbook; scholarships are available.

Space is limited. To register go to For more information e-mail or call (970) 945-5158.

The next meeting of the roaring Fork Young Professionals will be from 6-7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the River Center, 126 N. Fourth St., New Castle.

Learn about two opportunities that can help you make a positive impact in the community.

River Center will be presented by Lee Price and YouthZone’s Pals Mentoring Program will be presented by Patty Schaffner.

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