Biz Briefcase: March 19, 2015
Realtors collect, donate nearly two tons of food
Members of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association collected nearly 4,000 pounds of food Saturday during the organization’s Fill the Basket Food Drive to benefit The Salvation Army. On Monday, The Salvation Army backed a truck up to the association’s office and loaded all the non-perishable food items collected.
“This drive is a great bridge for us,” said Claudia Jackson, Salvation Army director of public relations, in a news release. “The time between Christmas and late spring is tough for us to keep food on our shelves. We’re very blessed with the efforts of GJARA members,”
“We want to help our community,” said Lisa Bikki, chair of the association’s public relations committee.
For more information, call Bikki at 270-3573.
Dalby, Wendland ‘Top Accounting Firm’
ColoradoBiz Magazine recognized Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C., as a “Top Colorado Accounting Firm,” ranking it 11th in the state. It was the only public accounting firm headquartered in western Colorado recognized by the magazine, according to a news release.
Walt Dalby and Wes Wendland, who founded the business more than 65 years ago, “set the bar early on for the best client service and highest of technical expertise,” said Steve Carver, president of the firm, in a news release.
“We continue to push the bar to help our clients and communities be successful. It is an honor to be recognized,” Carver said.
For more information, go to DalbyCPA.com.
Environmental program certified ‘excellent’
Alpine Bank is now the only U.S.-based financial institution with an environmental management system certified as excellent by an internationally accredited auditor, according to a news release.
The bank’s “International Standards Organization 14001 Environmental Management System” was judged to meet the standard of excellence following a rigorous analysis by the organization authorized to certify the program.
The ISO 14001 standard sets out requirements recognized around the world for effective environmental management systems. To meet the requirements, Alpine Bank had to minimize harmful effects on the environment from its activities. It also had to show continuous improvement in environmental performance to win certification.
Alpine Bank was recertified for an additional three years. It was first registered as compliant with the ISO standard in 2006. That was the first year it launched its own Environmental Management System. Since then, the bank has continued to manage and advance the system, winning recertification in 2009, 2012, and now, 2015.
“The ISO 14001 environment management standard challenges us to ‘make our best better’ internally and in partnership with our communities,” said David Miller, Alpine Bank vice president and Green Team chairman, in a news release.
Because of employee volunteers who work with the Green Team, Alpine Bank was able to reduce its total annual bank-wide electricity usage by 7.5 percent since 2012.
The bank has also invested $770,381 in 2014 to buy and install 940 photovoltaic panels at four community solar gardens developed by the Clean Energy Collective. “Alpine Bank employee-owners also routinely host numerous community shred days and volunteer for highway and river cleanups,” Miller said.
Fourth of July parade needs an organizer
Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District is looking for a new organization to manage the annual Independence Day Parade and community-wide celebration, according to a news release.
The district will help the volunteer organizer with traffic control plans, event applications and more. In exchange for organizing the event, the volunteer will receive recognition as host of the parade and retain parade entry fees.
“A number of years ago the Independence Day Parade faced a dilemma,” spokeswoman Robin Brown said in a news release. “It was not going to happen for lack of an organization to produce it. Rather than see it disappear, the Business Improvement District stepped in to make sure it continued.”
Because of a crowded downtown event schedule, the district will not be able to organize this year’s parade, however. A new organizer this year and for the future is needed.
Miracle starts curator job at Gateway Canyons
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa recently appointed Zebulon Miracle as Curator of Curiosity, a new role created by the resort to enhance guest experience.
Pioneering the new position, Miracle will develop and implement programming to “ignite the minds of guests and satisfy the curiosity of travelers,” according to a news release.
Miracle plans a variety of hands-on learning experiences and authentic adventures on a range of subjects, including the history of the American West, ancient astronomy, paleontology, and rock art of the Colorado Plateau.
Created by John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, Gateway Canyons Resort says it is dedicated to nurturing the minds and spirits of its guests through lifelong learning programs and adventures in an inspiring natural environment.
Gateway Canyons is located at 43200 Highway 141 in Gateway. For more information, call 866-671-4733 or visit gatewaycanyons.com.
Reliable only accredited service for 500 miles
Reliable Estate Sales is the only accredited member of the American Society of Estate Liquidators within a 500-mile radius of Grand Junction, the local firm announced.
The American Society is the only nationally recognized professional organization for estate sale professionals. Accreditation means Reliable has completed training and abides by a nationally recognized code of ethics when providing its services, according to the society’s website.
Unlike an auction, an estate sale gives owners control over the asking price of the items to be sold.
“Coming from a family of auctioneers, vendors and antique dealers, I’ve seen time and time again where items of great value fall through the cracks at a auction and sell way too cheap,” owner Mark Bluhm said in a news release.
Using an accredited estate sale service means sellers have a credible representative “who will treat every sale with care, respect and compassion for the family,” Bluhm said. “There are no two sales with the same circumstances and we understand that and take that in consideration when setting up and conducting the sale.”