Biz Buzz, Nov. 17, 2013

After a successful two-year run in Clifton, Uncle Nub’s Bayou Grill and Pub, 115 West Grand Ave., appears to be closed for good after moving to its new location in downtown Grand Junction around six months ago. The restaurant has been closed for more than a week. Its telephone number has been disconnected and its web page has been taken down. Calls to the owner’s representative identified in documents on file with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office were not returned. 

Construction occurring now in the area of Candlewood Suites, 654 Market St., will be the home of a new hotel, Value Place, according to the city of Grand Junction.

The hotel chain offers room by the week or for longer stays. Each unit is equipped with a kitchen, according to a website for Value Place. Its nearest locations are in Denver and Provo, Utah.

Glacier Ice Arena, 2515 Riverside Parkway, opened its doors Saturday after being closed for more than three years. The arena schedule will include youth and adult hockey, figure skating, learn-to-skate programs for all ages, public skating sessions and more.

Tom Harmon, the Glacier’s new general manager, returns to the Grand Valley from Phoenix, Ariz., where he was a hockey instructor and has worked the operations side of ice arenas. Harmon has a sports management degree through Sport Management World Wide, an affiliate of Oregon State University and is an amateur hockey scout. 

“The Glacier Ice Arena has proven to be a huge asset to the community and we are excited to be reopening,” Harmon said in a news release. 

Students are now registering for the Learn to Skate Program as well as all the Youth and Adult Hockey Leagues. Also, The Glacier is running a Thanksgiving week out-of-school special. For more information, call (970) 242-7465.

EFT Source, Inc., of Nashville, Tenn., announced Tuesday that Grand Valley Bank, with $305 million in assets, implemented a new program that eliminates the wait for debit cards to be issued when a new account is opened or the card is lost or stolen.

The patented program, known as Card@Once, allows customers to walk into any Grand Valley branch and, within seconds, receive a fully functioning, active payment card.

“With the way the world works nowadays with your debit card, it’s very hard to go without one for any length of time and this solves that problem,” said Christina Morse, Grand Valley Bank vice president.

The program works this way: When a customer requests a card, account data is securely transferred from the branch location to an EFT source. The data is immediately processed and converted into an encrypted print file that is sent back to the branch electronically.

Card@Once encodes the data and prints the card, allowing the customer to walk away with a permanent, ready-to-use debit card. The cardholder can immediately use the card and self-selected personal identification number, or PIN, at an on-site automated teller machine.

“Basically it allows us to instantly issue a debit card to a customer when they open an account with us or when they have a card that is lost or stolen,” Morse said. “This is not a temporary card. This is their card. It has their name on it and they can use it from then on.”

Because the imprintable plastic cards are kept at the bank, special security measures were implemented to keep track of them, she said.

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