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We are happy to publish, at no cost, news about businesses in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. “Businews” runs every Monday. E-mail your item to news@postindependent.com, mail a crisp copy to P.O. Box 550, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, deliver it to the newsroom at 2014 Grand Ave., or fax to 945-4487.Alpine Bank reachesassets milestoneAlpine Bank Chairman J. Robert Young announced Tuesday that the bank has achieved more than $1 billion in assets as of Aug. 15. “This milestone is very significant in light of the fact that every dollar has been created by direct customer contact as opposed to corporate mergers and acquisitions,” Young said. “That $1 billion represents almost 30 years of commitment to the individuals, families and small business owners who gave Alpine a chance to be their bank. I am forever grateful to the people here on the Western Slope.”Alpine Bank is the largest Colorado state chartered bank and the fifth largest overall in the state.It was recently awarded Colorado’s Best Company For Working Families, as well as the Financial Services Company of the Year and Colorado Ethics in Business Award by Colorado Biz Magazine and the DU Daniels Graduate School of Business Administration.Alpine Bank has 28 locations on the Western Slope of Colorado and serves more than 50,000 customers.Mason & Morse honors top listing agentsThe top listing agents in July were Carlos Sanchez and Wendy Harrison at Mason & Morse Real Estate in Glenwood Springs. The top seller was Louis Thompson.Most employerssmall businessesSmall business continues to be Colorado’s primary employer, according to a new report issued by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The most recent data shows that more than 97 percent of the state’s employers are small businesses and that they employ over half of the private workforce. Small business dominates several sectors of Colorado’s economy, including construction, scientific, technical services, health care and social assistance.The report, “2002 State Small Business Profiles,” is available from the Office of Advocacy website at http://www.sba.gov/advo>.Burkey joinsTastefully SimpleKristina Burkey of New Castle recently became a consultant for Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct sales company Businewscontinued on page 3based in Alexandria, Va. As a consultant, Burkey conducts in-home presentations of convenient gourmet foods. During the taste-testing parties, guests receive easy meal ideas, recipes and entertainment suggestions. For more information, call Burkey at 984-9725.Julius Equipmenttop dealerJulius Equipment of DeBeque was recently named a top dealer of Glastron Boats and won the achievement of excellence award for outstanding sales performance. Julius Equipment is located a 2171 W. I-70 Frontage Road in DeBeque, 970-283-5055.Tom Brown Inc. winsenvironmental awardTom Brown Inc., a natural gas producer that operates in Garfield County, recently won the Environmental Protection and Reclamation Award for 2001 from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission for its willingness to take extra precautions to protect critical habitats for wintering big game, bald eagle concentration areas and sage grouse habitat.Wal-Mart donates $7,500 to Red CrossMike Daulton, manager of the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart, presented a $7,500 check to the local Red Cross branch July 30. In the last nine months, the Red Cross has responded to numerous disasters, including the Coal Seam Fire and the Mitchell Creek evacuations. Wal-Mart assisted in each of these incidents by donating merchandise and money. Wal-Mart associates personally assisted Red Cross volunteers in meeting the needs of the victims. Overall, more than $120,000 worth of merchandise, phone cards and disaster relief funds were donated by the associates towards aiding the victims of fires in Colorado.


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