Business Briefs Feb. 23, 2015 |

Business Briefs Feb. 23, 2015

Michelle James

Energy Forum

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association hosts “Energy Forum: Think GLOBAL. Act LOCAL.” with speakers Christopher Guith, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy (Energy Institute), and Mike Ogburn, who handles energy tracking and clean energy technology for the Garfield Clean Energy (GCE) and Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER). The event will be held from 7-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Aspen Glen Club, 0545 Bald Eagle Way, Carbondale, and is sponsored by Bank of Colorado.

Guith will speak about “Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S. Energy Sector.” From aggressive federal regulators to the steep decline in the price of oil and natural gas to unreliable federal subsidies, the energy industry faces a myriad of challenges. Guith will outline the challenges as well as the energy opportunities America is facing.

Prior to joining the Chamber in 2008, Guith served as deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he developed the administration’s nuclear energy policies and was also deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs. At the Energy Institute he is responsible for developing the Institute’s policies and initiatives as they apply to the legislative, executive, and regulatory branches of the federal and state governments. He led the Chamber’s Shale Works for U.S. campaign, which analyzed and promoted the widespread benefits of shale energy development in America. He educates policymakers, businesses, energy stakeholders, coalitions, and the public about the importance of a diversified energy portfolio.

Ogburn’s nonprofit organization CLEER, Clean Energy Economy for the Region, is under contract to carry out the programs and services of the Garfield Clean Energy Collaborative, whose purpose is to make it easier for residents, businesses, and governments throughout Garfield County to become more energy efficient and tap clean energy to create a more resilient economy. CLEER has received national recognition for its energy navigator, coaching and other programs.

The global and local perspective as well as local success stories in buildings and transportation will make this a provocative and timely discussion.

Tickets are $40 for chamber members and $50 for the general public and include breakfast and materials. Seating is limited, and the event will sell out. To register, visit or call 970-945-0784.

CMC business workshops

Colorado Mountain College offers a new series of business workshops in February. Topics include business start-ups, plans, financials, funding through loans, and technology options. You’ll get a chance to ask your questions and learn from others in these small group sessions. The remaining workshops are March 5: Business Financials 101; March 12: Funding Your Business through Loans; and March 26: Technology Options for Small Businesses. Learn more at

Vicki Lee Green leaders

Vicki Lee Green Realtors congratulates Michelle James for being the salesperson of the month for January. Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience selling real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley. She began selling real estate with Vicki Lee Green Realtors in 1993 and became co-owner of the business in 2004.

Vicki Lee Green Realtors also congratulates LaPriel Armijo for being the listing agent of the month for January. LaPriel has been selling real estate with Vicki Lee Green Realtors since 1992.

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