Biz Buzz, March 30, 2013

Signs along North Avenue warning drivers the Moose is Loose! make perfect sense now. The Blue Moose BBQ & Grill, 2839 North Ave., is just about to open its doors.

A wall of the bistro honoring Colorado Mesa University Mavericks is close to completion and a newly remodeled bar is almost ready to rock, restaurant supporters reported.

The business has already booked a wedding for May and a crew is working hard to get ready for the grand opening in April, said Bobby Bruce Schlagel, a featured performer scheduled to entertain at the new restaurant.

The menu features blue corn crab cakes, a barbecue chopped salad and freshwater rainbow trout, Schlagel said.

“We’re looking forward to good times and great food, drink and entertainment,” he said in a Facebook posting Friday. “Stay tuned. The Moose is ‘almost’ loose!”

Baker’s Transmission and Drive Line Service of Grand Junction is warning other small businesses that there is a group using the Baker name and voice to promote its political agenda without the Baker family’s permission.

“The calls are generating from Washington,” said co-owner Veta Baker. “Apparently, someone has taken a clip of audio from one of our radio advertisements and spliced it into a robocall that’s going out to residents here.”

The robocall asks those receiving it if they are registered to a political party and goes on with a political message. It’s unclear if the call is soliciting donations or just political support, Baker said.

“We are not participating in any phone campaigns. We just want the community to know we would never deliberately intrude on their home time with ridiculous political ads,” said co-owner Marc Baker. “That is not who we are, and it is not what our business is about.”

For more information, call (970) 245-6640.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co. will host its 18th monthly firkin fundraiser at 5 p.m. April 7.

The India Pale Ale firkin will be hand-tapped at 5 p.m. with all of the firkin sales plus any donations going directly to Challenger Baseball.

Challenger Baseball is a special division of Little League Baseball that provides the opportunity for kids with special needs to play baseball, brewing company officials said in a news release.

The Challenger Baseball season starts April 14 and runs for six weeks. Games are played every Monday night at Canyon View Park. The program uses a buddy system in which athletic teams from around the Grand Valley’s high schools and Colorado Mesa University come to help players with fielding the ball, hitting, throwing, and running bases, assistant director Kelli Hamilton said in a press release.

“We never get tired of watching the special thing that happens when the athletes meet our players,” Hamilton said. “All barriers are lost, there are no expectations, no comparisons and a bond is made.”

Firkin beers are cask-conditioned, naturally carbonated, and served around 55 degrees. This limited edition beer will only be available the night of the tapping. Pints of the firkin are sold for $4. 

There will also be commemorative glasses available for $3 with proceeds going to Challenger Baseball.

Past firkin fundraisers have raised between $200 and $900 with the exception of last month’s firkin fundraiser for Diabetes Counts, which raised $7628.53. 

■ The Business Incubator Center, 2591 Legacy Way, hosts a free class in April that could mean money in the pocket for ambitious business folk.

The first involves business development professionals from the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Program, who will be holding one-on-one client meetings in Grand Junction on April 9, procurement counselor Kathryn Lobdell said in a news release.

The program provides business owners with procurement technical assistance to help them in the selling of their products or services to the appropriate government agency. The program offers confidential counseling at no cost.

“The core of our procurement assistance program is counseling and education,” Lobdell said.

Call (719) 434-3470 for more information.

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