Business Briefs October 12, 2105 |

Business Briefs October 12, 2105

Deb Korbel
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Paradise Day Spa open while owner recovers from bike accident

Deb Korbel, owner of Paradise Day Spa, would like to acknowledge and thank Khaleelah Austin for spearheading a fundraiser to help with lost income and medical costs. On July 25 Korbel was in a serious cycling accident, which has temporarily made it impossible for her to work. She is recovering slowly and hopes to be back soon.  

Korbel would like to thank everyone who donated, helped and came to the fundraiser. Austin, longtime owner of salon Hair Magic, is filling in for while she recovers. Korbel is grateful to Austin for her efforts as well as the support from many friends in the community. Meanwhile Austin is available Monday through Saturday for hair services at 970-928-9782 until the third week in October. Paradise Day Spa is located at 2520 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

Vectra Bank names Cari Kuhlman market president for Roaring Fork Valley

Vectra Bank Colorado names Cari Kuhlman market president for the Roaring Fork Valley. With 20 years of experience in the banking industry, in her new role Kuhlman will manage all bank operations for Vectra Bank in the Roaring Fork market, overseeing the area’s retail and commercial production and strategies for market growth.     

Before joining Vectra Bank, Kuhlman owned Aspen Finance Advisors LLC from 2011 to present, where she connected investors, assets and clients, as well as provided consulting for business and personal loans. She also spent three years as senior vice president/regional president for United Western Bank and spent nine years with American National Bank as vice president early in her career.    

Very active in the Aspen community, Kuhlman is a member of the board of directors of the Aspen Education Foundation and serves on the Aspen Chamber Resort Finance Committee. She is also founder and past president of the Aspen Young Professionals Association and has served on the boards or advisory committees for JAS Aspen Snowmass, Les Dames d’Aspen, Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Theatre Aspen, Aspen Meadows, Aspen Historical Society, the Buddy Program and Club 20.

Kuhlman received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from University of Wyoming, as well as completed bank management training from National Bank of Alaska in Anchorage.

FirstBank “Elevator Pitch” Business contest launches in Colorado

FirstBank has announced a new competition for businesses in Colorado. Called the “FirstBank $20,000 Elevator Pitch Business Contest,” it will kick off on Monday, Oct. 12, and, only a few weeks later, award one winner with $20,000, courtesy of the bank.

Contest participants will be asked to submit a 90-second, “elevator pitch” style video explaining how the money will help them accelerate their business and reach their goals.

A panel of outside business experts, including Jack Tankersly, managing director of Meritage Funds; Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.; Tami Door, CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership; and Dana Coffield, business editor for the Denver Post, will review the entries and select a pool of semi-finalists. Final voting will occur in real-time via social media, with a winner selected on Nov. 20.

Challenge entries will be judged based on the following criteria: 1. content (50 percent) 2. creativity (30 percent) and 3. originality (20 percent)

For more information on the FirstBank Elevator Pitch Business Contest, including official rules and deadlines, please visit:

FridgeWize named finalist in Platts 2015 Global Energy Awards

FridgeWize was chosen from a list of nearly 200 nominations and is a finalist for Platts 2015 Global Energy Awards Commercial Application of the Year for the revolutionary Q-Blade. Winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on Dec. 9 at Cipriani (Wall Street) in New York City.

CMC business workshops and classes

Alice Brouhard shows you how to use your iPads and iPhones to their full potential. Classes include iPad Starters (Oct. 12), iPad Advanced (Oct. 19), iPhone Crash Course (Nov. 5 or Dec. 3), plus iCloud (Nov. 19).

Internet marketing pro Trent Blizzard starts a new series with courses including Getting Started with WordPress (Oct. 13 and Nov. 3), Master Business Social Media (Nov. 10) and Search Engine Success (Dec. 8).

Stan Snyder has just a few workshops left this semester: Level 2 and Level 3 QuickBooks, plus a one-day workshop introduction to the subscription-based QuickBooks Online software (Oct. 9).

Lisa Bracken shows you how to move forward in your understanding of brand-building, messaging and promotion and learn how they all work together to launch your efforts toward greater success with her Build A Better Business class on Oct. 27.

Health Alliance Fair

Custom Body Fitness, Mountain Family Health Clinic, LiveWell, Backcountry Chiropractic and Gaia Tree Chinese Medicine have come together to present the Health Alliance Fair from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Custom Body Fitness in La Fontana Plaza, 574 Highway 133 in Carbondale. Get an acupuncture session, chiropractic adjustment, body composition, goal setting guidance, eating habits assessment, healthy cooking and shopping classes, blood pressure reading and sugar levels test. These services are worth more than $300 but cost $15 at the fair. Money collected for this event will be donated to the Mountain Family Health Care Access Pool, a fund that can be drawn on when patients are unable to pay for necessary medical supplies or services. Tickets are limited. Go to or call 366-6084 to reserve a spot.

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