Business Briefs November 16, 2015 |

Business Briefs November 16, 2015

Mary Coan, Annette Franta and Scott Owens accept the award for being among the Best Companies to Work For in Colorado on behalf of Mountain Family Health Centers.
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MFHC honored as one of 25 Best Companies to Work For in Colorado

Mountain Family Health Centers was honored as one of 25 Best Companies to Work For in Colorado at the 10th annual Best Companies to Work For luncheon at the Westin Westminster. The award is sponsored by the Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). MFHC was in the top 10 of mid-sized companies in the state.

Balcomb & Green merges with Myler Law Firm

Balcomb & Green P.C. is pleased to announce its merger with David Myler of the Myler Law Firm. The Myler Law Firm’s Basalt office complements Balcomb & Green’s existing offices in Glenwood Springs and Aspen, providing clients three locations in the valley.

Balcomb & Green’s merger with the Myler Law Firm follows on the heels of its merger in 2014 with the civil litigation firm of Worrell, Durrett & Gavrell P.C. Since 1991, Worrell, Durrett & Gavrell and its predecessor firms had specialized in personal injury, estate litigation, business litigation, professional malpractice, contract disputes and divorce. The rebranded “Worrell Durrett Gavrell” practice continues as a special litigation division of Balcomb & Green.

Mind Springs Health receives 2015 Gold Leaf Award

After garnering Silver Leaf Awards last year in its first year of competition, Mind Springs Health received top honors for its 2015 Community Benefits & Annual Report at the Colorado Health Communicators Gold Leaf Awards event held Oct. 29 in Denver. Hosted annually since the 1970s, the Gold Leaf Awards is Colorado’s only competition and awards ceremony dedicated exclusively to health care communications. Recipients of the prestigious Gold Leaf Awards are honored for displaying excellence in public relations, marketing and communications of local health care organizations and professionals.

Mind Springs Health’s 2015 Gold Leaf Award winner in the annual report category took a nontraditional approach to identify and demystify the continuum of care offered for mental health and substance abuse across its 10 Western Slope counties. Entries in this category were judged on effectiveness of communicating the organization’s accomplishments as well as on overall content, writing style, quality and design and layout.

Mind Springs Health team members involved in this project include Chriss Flynn, creative director and copywriter; Jen Moss, art director; Kym Foster, illustrator; and Liz Jeplawy, content marketing specialist. The 2015 Community Benefits & Annual Report was also one of only six projects nominated for the overall Grand Gold Leaf Award at this year’s event.

Solara Preschool to become Honey Tree Prechool

Laurie and Andrew Soliday, principal owners of Solara Preschool in El Jebel, have announced that Saramanda Zurbuch has become the new owner and ultimately will be the director of the preschool.

Ms. Sara, as her students like to call her, brings more than 20 years of child care experience, including previously owning and operating a licensed preschool in Boulder County for five years. She has been a longtime Court Appointed Special Advocate, volunteering her time to support the state’s most vulnerable children. She has ties to the valley, having worked as a room coordinator at the Tree House at Snowmass Village. She has recently relocated to Basalt. She has degrees in both psychology and child development and interned as a child life specialist at UCLA Children’s Hospital.

Zurbuch shares a similar play-based teaching philosophy with Laurie Soliday, and the school will continue to provide care and instruction with no interruption in services. Soliday will also remain at the school on a consulting basis over the next several months to insure a smooth transition. All teachers and staff will remain.

The preschool’s name will change to Honey Tree Preschool and will be offering extended hours during the week from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, starting in time for the skiing season, Saturday care will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Zurbuch is seeking to expand enrollment and invites any interested parents to contact her with questions or to request a visit. An open house is scheduled from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

For more information about Zurbuch and Honey Tree Preschool, review the informational video at or visit

After the transition, Soliday will pursue a small, environmentally based program for kids, and other passions such as writing children’s books, spending time with her family and her many, many animals.

CMC business workshops and classes

Alice Brouhard shows you how to use your iPads and iPhones to their full potential. Final classes are iPhone Crash Course (Dec. 3) and plus iCloud (Nov. 19).

Internet marketing pro Trent Blizzard finishes a new series with Search Engine Success (Dec. 8).

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