Biz Buzz, March 9, 2014

Planet Earth, 524 Colorado Ave., announced last week it will be closing its doors at the end of April after 18 years of dedicated service.

“I am most grateful to have had a business that gave me the opportunity to work with and get to know so many talented artists, musicians, poets, dancers, healers and doers and be-here-now-ers,” said owner Caole Lowry.

Lowry said she plans to open Caole I heart Vintage, a small boutique, at 2701 Highway 50 in Orchard Mesa. Hours will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment, Lowry said.

Lowry also plans to grow her online business, “rhinestoneplanet,” with eBay auctions and a vintage online Etsy shop for handmade items.

“I will continue to teach Painting from the Inside-Out at my home where I am building a wonderful studio with the help of Jerry Frank,” Lowry said. “This is where I will be spending more time on my own art and I wish you all the best in all your creative endeavors.”

Alpine Bank agreed to be the title sponsor of both the Colorado Mountain Winefest and Colorado Urban Winefests in 2014, marking the first time one single business has committed so much to the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology‘s outreach, association officials said in a new release.

“Alpine Bank is excited to announce our new partnership with CAVE and the production of Colorado Mountain Winefest and Urban Winefest,” Alpine Bank’s Grand Valley regional president Lay Tufly said in the release. “The partnership allows us to support not only the local vineyards and wineries but our community as a whole.

“The Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology is a great asset to our state in serving to educate consumers and industry leaders about the benefits and unique aspects of Colorado’s wine industry.”

The fourth annual Colorado Urban Winefest caps Colorado Wine Week on June 7 at Infinity Park in Glendale.

The 23rd annual Colorado Mountain Winefest is Sept. 20 at Riverbend Park in Palisade.

“The two most successful Colorado wine events in the state support CAVE and its winery and grape-growing members throughout the state,” Tufly said.

With this sponsorship, Alpine Bank’s commitment to the Colorado wine industry is the largest sponsorship known to the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology.

“We are thrilled for the support of Alpine Bank,” association executive director Cassidee Shull said in a press release. “We are proud to grow along with Alpine Bank in its expansion throughout the Western Slope and now in Denver.”

Rick W. Langley’s B2B CFO, a financial management consulting firm, recently opened a new practice on the Western Slope. 

The role of a chief financial officer, Langley said, is largely financial management, planning, growth strategies, and improvement of operations and profitability. B2B’s services also include helping companies increase value in anticipation of an exit from a business.

Because the salary cost of a full-time CFO may be prohibitive for some companies, B2B CFO caters to small- and medium-sized companies “not large enough to need a full-time CFO, but realize the benefit of having a seasoned CFO on a part-time basis,” Langley said.

To launch the relationship, Langley provides a free discovery analysis for potential clients. This includes two to four hours of staff and leadership interviews, financial statement analysis and systems reviews. 

“We do business on a handshake — no contracts. We work on the basis of mutual trust and respect,” Langley said.

An entrepreneur, former chief financial officer, business owner and CPA for the past 30 years, Langley said his biggest challenge is finding business owners willing to meet with him to discuss how his unique professional services can help them be more successful.

In Colorado, Langley worked as CFO for San Juan Construction in Montrose and, before that, as CFO for a real estate developer in Palm Springs, Calif. Langley also owned a hot springs resort, a consulting practice and a wood shutter and door manufacturer.

“I’m not your run-of-the-mill CPA type,” Langley said. “The advantage I bring is I’ve sat in that seat and I understand that side of the desk, so I’m able to bring a lot value,” he said.

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