Biz Buzz, Feb. 27, 2014



Jan Garber, a full-time real estate broker at Metro Brokers Grand Junction celebrated her 75th birthday Feb. 20. She is a partner/owner of Metro Brokers and broker/owner of Jan Garber & Associates.

“Don’t let anything, including your age, hold you back from living life. It’s just a number,” Garber said to numerous well-wishers at an open house.

Garber has been a dancer, both round and square dancing, for much of her adult life. She has attended many personal and professional growth seminars throughout the country, including one recent seminar that required her to jump wearing zipline gear from the top of a 60-foot pole. 

“Birthdays are for celebrating, life is for living, and age doesn’t have to matter” Garber said. “As I reach this milestone of turning 75, I want to remind everyone of that. It’s all in your attitude and if you love your life and what you are doing.” 

The Bicycle Studio, 2497 Power Road No. 4, is hosting a “no sales” workshop designed to teach participants an important set skills: How to choose the right-sized bicycle.

The class will allow riders to determine what size bike they should be looking at, how to read online geometry charts to find bikes in the proper fit zone and provide information about basic bike components, said owner John Weirath.

“I perform a couple hundred bike fittings a year and for around 80 of those, the rider is on the wrong size bike,” Weirath said. “Don’t make this very expensive mistake and take control of your next bike purchase.”

Anyone wanting to learn more about bike fitting and bike sizing will benefit from the workshop, Weirath said.

Call (970) 255-0055 for more information.

No Coast Sushi opened its new restaurant at 229 E. Aspen Ave. in Fruita Wednesday. Hours for the new outlet for fresh seafood are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed on Sunday and Monday.

Chef and co-owner Christopher Allen Boyd marked the occasion with a new creation: Fruita Sushi Rice — a four-grain blend of Japanese Red, Brown, White, and Mochi rice.

“A healthier choice with a slight nutty flavor and great texture,” Boyd said in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, which lists more than 800 friends.

■  The Business Loan Fund of Mesa County recently recorded $20 million in loans to Mesa County businesses during the last 30 years, said Jon Maraschin, executive director of The Incubator Center.

These loans resulted in 390 local businesses receiving needed capital, 1,875 local jobs being created or retained, and an added $58 million being leveraged, Maraschin said.

The loan fund benefited local businesses K2 Taxi, JG Management Systems, Action Publishing, Western Slope Industries and many others, he said.

Loans made through the program can be used for working capital, equipment, inventory, expansion of existing businesses, lines of credit or real estate.

“The program is designed to stimulate economic activity by providing greater access to capital for business expansion, retention, and start-ups. The goal is to create and retain quality jobs and help to diversify Mesa County,” Maraschin said.

Call (970) 242-4535 for more information.

■  The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, utilizing about 50 volunteers, will be personally visiting all of its members over the course of the next two weeks, said Diane Schwenke, chamber president and CEO.

Outreach started Wednesday at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 2751 Crossroads Boulevard. Chamber volunteers blanketed nearby businesses with membership materials, door stickers and business directories. 

Volunteers also used the opportunity to hear about how local businesses view the economy and what the chamber can do to assist them, Schwenke said in a news release.

“Nothing beats face-to-face interactions for strengthening the communication ties to our members,” she said. “It is important to know how small businesses are doing and what is on their minds as we look ahead to 2014.”

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