Biz Buzz, March 16, 2014

Since 1995, Grand Valley PC Partners owner Rick Castellini has traveled from Mack to Mesa and all points in between to help computer users learn to use their computers and fix their computer problems.

Starting this week, Castellini will expand his reach by cutting out the downtime of driving and scheduling.

Now, computer users who need quick access to Castellini’s help can visit his website, HelpMeRick.com, and schedule an appointment, avoiding phone tag and schedule jockeying.

At the appointed time, Castellini will call and start a remote computer session in which he can see and control the computer.

By this method, he can teach the user what he or she wants to learn and troubleshoot a nagging problem.

“I didn’t grow up with a computer. I didn’t go to college with a computer. My first computer was a 286 with a noisy dot matrix printer that I purchased in 1990,” he said. “I was fascinated by the machine and quickly learned to accomplish tasks I needed in my physical therapy career.”

The new website went live last week.

“I need to clean up a few rough edges over the next few days, but the site is far enough along that I moved it over,” Castellini said. “I redesigned the site to make it easier to navigate.”

In 1995, Castellini decided to ease out of physical therapy and start a new career as a computer trainer and consultant. Nearly 10 years later, he is a Microsoft certified professional, author of a computer book, computer lecturer and computer technician who spends his days training and troubleshooting with computer users in their homes and offices, he said.

Castellini also hosts a talk show about computers once a month on public radio station KAFM 88.1.

■ The Tattler reusable canning lids factory in Fruita, which manufactured products sold at more than 100 outlets around the nation, is shut down. Owner and President Loren Stieg said he is moving the Grand Junction branch to Michigan, where the company is headquartered and started nearly 40 years ago.

Stieg said he was forced to buy a business partner out to make the move.

The decision means six fewer manufacturing jobs in Mesa County and disengages a crew at Strive that helped with packaging orders for lids.

Stieg said business demands required the transition.

“We’re pulling up stakes. We’re loading up the trucks as we speak,” Stieg said Friday.

■ The ninth annual Entrepreneurship Day, hosted by the business department at Colorado Mesa University, takes place Wednesday.

“The day will be full of informative and fun sessions that highlight local entrepreneurs and professionals,” university officials said.

Don Stephens, founder and president of Mercy Ships, will speak at the keynote event at noon in the University Center Ballroom.

Proceeds from E Day will create scholarships for business department students.

The business department also hosts an elevator pitch contest for students in grades six through 12, said Georgann Jouflas, a CMU business professor.

The event asks contestants to pitch a business idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash, prizes or both, Jouflas said.

“You describe the idea, who you are selling it to and why you’re uniquely positioned to be successful, all in the time it takes to ride an elevator,” she said.

The presentation must:

■ Get the judges’ attention and make them want to know more.

■ Ask for the things the contestant needs to launch or expand the business.

■ Let judges know what the contestant needs to be successful.

■ Identify the market and competitors.

“The ideas can be at any stage of development, from creation of concepts to an established business,” Jouflas said.

Preliminaries take place 3 p.m. Monday at Dominguez Hall, third floor.

Finals take place noon Wednesday at University Center Ballroom.

For more information and to apply, call 248-1925 or submit your idea to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Do you know about an area business opening, closing, moving or changing? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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