Business Briefs September 7, 2015
Carpet One Glenwood Springs employees to receive piece of World Trade Center steel
Representatives from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization begun in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, will pay a special visit to Kim Bini and John Crump of Carpet One Glenwood Springs, to personally thank them for their generous support of the foundation’s Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) program.
The BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured.
Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, have committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 of these “smart homes.” Each store’s customers are invited to share information about the program with others, and make a personal contribution at the store site. The goal is to collect a donation of $10 — or more — from each customer, to ultimately enable the building of at least two more “smart homes.”
In recognition of that support, at 8 a.m. Sept. 25, members of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) — acting on their own initiative, as ambassadors of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation — will present a specially designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero to Bini and Crump.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Encana and WPX Energy receive top marks from state agency
Two Western Slope natural gas operators were recognized by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission during the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s Rocky Mountain Energy Summit in Denver. The awards ceremony each year acknowledges select companies with recognition once a year in association with operational excellence.
WPX Energy received the COGCC Outstanding Operator award for Community Relations. The company conducted an outreach campaign in advance of a drilling program within the town Of Parachute. WPX worked with surrounding communities, including a senior center and nearby subdivision, through meetings, barbecues, and knocking on doors to explain its upcoming operations. The company also erected a sound wall, which it was not required to do. The 10 well drilling program was characterized as “a model for how to partner with the community to understand drilling operations” by Matt Lepore, director of the COGCC.
Encana was recognized for Emergency Management Interaction & Community Involvement for its Multi-Jurisdictional Rescue Training Exercise. Numerous agencies and Encana worked together to rescue victims through three different evolutions. Each evolution required crews to use a different form of rescue, and each time crews rescued the worker successfully.
CMC business workshops
CMC is bringing its popular business workshop series to Carbondale this fall. Topics include business start-ups, plans, financials and loans. You’ll get a chance to ask your questions and learn from others in these small group sessions. Remaining workshops are: Sept. 8 & 10: Business Plan 101; Oct. 1: Business Financials 101; and Oct. 8: Funding Your Business through Loans. Find out more at http://coloradomtn.edu/event/business-workshop-series/.
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