Biz Buzz, June 24, 2012

The way Bill Baird sees it, there are a lot of people who want to shoot, edit and post video of their vacation or their child’s music recital but don’t want to fork out a lot of dough for the necessary software or spend the time studying an instruction manual.

That’s where Loopster comes in.

Baird, a Grand Junction resident, went live with the free Web-based video editing software program — found at Loopster.com — on Friday, hoping to put his company on the map for something for which Grand Junction isn’t particularly well-known: technology.

“We’re not really known for technology startup companies, but here we are,” he said.

The chief executive officer and founder of Loopster spent nearly two years developing his business concept after acting on his curiosity as to why there was no interface between Facebook and YouTube. Loopster allows users to log into their Facebook page through Loopster.com.

One advantage of Loopster over other video editing software is the fact that users don’t have to download the software to a computer, enabling them to access their account anywhere in the world, Baird said. The program also strives to make editing video easy for the less tech-savvy users.

“We want to make it so simple that your mother and grandmother wouldn’t be intimidated by coming on there,” he said.

So if Loopster’s services are free, how will it make money? Baird said he plans to build a revenue stream within three to six months “through different ways,” including a “professional” version of the editing software for which he’ll charge a fee.

7th Street Deli will mark its fifth anniversary on Friday by offering $5 sandwich combos and a few prizes as a way to thank customers for their support.

The combo prices includes chips and a drink. Sandwiches alone normally cost between $6.50 and $9.

The deli will hold two prize drawings. The grand prize will be a free sandwich a week for a year, with three prizes being an office party for up to 20 people.

“We just want to say thank you to the community. That’s what it comes down to,” owner Randy Billet said.

The deli, located at 2232 N. Seventh St., is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kids Gear is celebrating eight years of doing business in the Grand Valley by offering three discount days for the next six months.

The full-service resale store for babies and toddlers will offer 10 percent discounts on purchases for grandparents on Tuesdays, mothers-to-be on Wednesdays and foster parents on Thursdays.

Kids Gear, located at 534 N. First St., is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Creative Avenues, a Grand Junction arts and entertainment enrichment center, will begin classes and programs at its new location at 835 N. 26th St. on Monday.

The art, dance and theater venue recently moved out of its 3,100-square-foot space at 126 S. Fifth St. into a 7,600-square-foot facility behind the former Hobby Lobby store in the Teller Arms Shopping Center. Owner Joy Potter said growing popularity of the dance and theater programs prompted the relocation.

She said she plans to host a grand opening party at the end of July.

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