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A local nonprofit, Institute for Civic Achievement (ICA), has recently upgraded its training programs for new and established business owners and initiated the promotion of economic development programs through out the Roaring Fork Valley and Garfield County. According to ICA president Tom Fleming, “ICA is not changing course but is simply taking our original business development to the next planned phase of growth. We are able to do this through the support of many private citizens and local businesses, such as American National Bank and ROFINTUG (rof.net), as well as public agencies, namely, Garfield County and the town of Carbondale, that see the benefit of our skills and community development vision.”This year, ICA established a comprehensive business development curriculum in this area that is geared toward practical application of knowledge to complement the Leading Edge business-planning course it taught as a community sponsor of the recently disbanded Small Business Development Center. According to Jerry Pradier, vice president of ICA, “We have created a much better-focused planning program to replace Leading Edge. And we complement this new program, FOCUS on Planning, with a full series of new or fully-revised business management seminars and workshops we originally created.”Added to this educational mix is the popular TV show on Aspen’s Grassroots TV, “Progressive Business,” that ICA recently began co-sponsoring with Progressive Business Development Network LLC.ICA also possesses the research tools and strategies to develop businesses and community projects throughout the contiguous valleys. “We are not just concerned with training programs,” says Fleming. “We want to guide business owners in applying the concepts we teach in our seminars and provide them the costly tools at a much more affordable rate than what they would have to pay elsewhere.”Anyone interested in receiving no-cost, confidential counseling, registering for classes, or seeking help in developing a business or civic project may contact Tom Fleming (mainstreetguy@msn.com) at (970) 319-8964 or Jerry Pradier (jerry@probusdev.net) at (970) 404-1389.


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