Business Briefs Dec. 15, 2014 |

Business Briefs Dec. 15, 2014

Chamber calling for nominations for awards honoring achievements of local businesses and individuals

Nominations are now open for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s (GSCRA) awards honoring local businesses and individuals. Awards include the Bosco Tourism Business of the Year, the Jim Novak Philanthropic Business of the Year, the ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional awards and the Citizen of the Year.

The Top Brass award will recognize one outstanding business of the year for a major 2014 contribution that reflects commercial growth, creativity or community involvement. Businesses or professionals marking career milestones will earn Top Brass anniversary certificates or plaques.

This year’s gala marks the twenty second year for the annual ATHENA award that honors an exceptional local woman or man who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential. Last year’s ATHENA recipient was Mary Jean Carnevale.

The ATHENA Young Professional award recognizes an emerging leader who gives back to the community and serves as a role model for young women. Last year’s ATHENA Young Professional recipient was Janelle Rhoton.

Locals are also invited to thank a noteworthy fellow citizen through the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Citizen of the Year Award. The award is intended to honor an individual (or in particular instances a married couple) who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. As a result of the nominee’s efforts, the community should have received notable benefits and become a better place to live and work. Last year’s Citizens of the Year were Mark and Mary Gould.

Award winners, including the Glenwood Springs High School DECA chapter’s Entrepreneur of the Year, will be honored at the chamber’s Annual Gala on Saturday, March 7 at The Hotel Colorado. Information about the event is available at

Nomination forms are available at The nomination deadline for all of the awards is Dec. 15. Please contact the chamber at 970-945-6589 for more information.

Over $4 million in member equity to be returned to Holy Cross members

Holy Cross Energy’s board of directors recently declared a member equity distribution refund of over $4 million to members who purchased electricity from Holy Cross Energy in 1999. Over 29,300 current and former members should receive their member equity checks by mid-December. Refunds less than $10 will be posted as a credit on upcoming member electric statements.

Membership with Holy Cross Energy entitles all members to share in its success. Distribution of member equity is part of the cooperative philosophy. As a not-for-profit entity, Holy Cross’s mission includes providing electric service at a reasonable cost and returning profits or “margins” remaining after operation expenses back to its members.

“Member Equity is a cornerstone of the cooperative way of doing business,” explained Michael Glass, board president of Holy Cross Energy. “The board of directors understands the hardships our members are facing in these difficult economic times and is pleased to be able to again return margins despite the many challenges currently confronting our industry.”

Holy Cross Energy is a rural electric distribution cooperative organized in 1939, providing electric energy to more than 55,200 services in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and portions of Gunnison and Mesa counties.

New liquor store opens in Glenwood Springs

82 Liquors, a new liquor store located at 2550 Highway 82, opened its doors on Friday. Business owners Dave Forenza, Rich Stewardson and Jeff Stewardson believe that offering a wholesale/warehouse-style liquor store in Glenwood Springs will provide a unique twist to an old business, creating a great opportunity for the public to get great spirits and great prices.

82 Liquors has modeled itself after Jake’s Liquors, the liquor store adjoining Costco in Gypsum. By purchasing large quantities of limited merchandise, the owners of 82 Liquors hope to capture the same purchasing power as Jake’s and to pass their savings on to their customers, offering great products at great prices.

82 Liquors has more than 2,000 square feet of merchandising space.

A grand opening will be set in the coming weeks.

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