BizBriefcase, Aug. 7

Adleman takes development job at Colorado Mesa

The longtime director of alumni relations for Colorado Mesa University has accepted a new position as the associate director of development for the university, officials announced.

Rick Adleman, who has served as alumni relations director for CMU for almost 13 years, will now serve as the associate director of development and the university has begun a search for a new alumni relations director.

“This is an exciting move for me personally and professionally,” Adleman said in a news release. “I’ve spent the last dozen years cultivating relationships with alumni. Now I’ll be taking the next step of guiding those alumni to invest financially in the future of CMU and its students.”

Adleman said he has a very personal understanding of the importance of fundraising given the diminished role the state plays in funding higher education.

“I was proud to have worked my way through college. The reality is that 80 percent of my tuition was paid by the state of Colorado,” he said. “Now the tables have turned in that funding equation. For this and future generations to have the same opportunity to work their way into a better life keeps me motivated and inspired to ask for money. It’s a great investment.”

“Rick brings a depth of knowledge and experience with CMU and its constituents that will allow him to hit the ground running,” CMU Director of Development Peggy Lamm said in a news release.

A native of Delta, Adleman earned his bachelor of Business Administration and master of business administration from CMU.

He has 20 years experience in non-profit management and six in private sector marketing and sales.

He is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and currently serves as vice president of the board for the Museum of Western Colorado.

He has also served on the boards of the Fruita Chamber of Commerce and the Higher Education Association of the Rockies.

Hurd one of 1,000 certified college planners in U.S.


Thrivent Financial representative Thomas Hurd recently added the Certified College Planning Specialist professional designation from the National Institute of Certified College Planners to his long list of professional credentials.

The designation signifies Hurd put in the time, education, and training to become a genuine authority in college planning.

There are fewer than 1,000 Certified College Planning Specialists in the country. He is the only CCPS on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Hurd serves families in Grand Junction and surrounding areas and is part of the Rocky Mountain Regional Financial Office of Thrivent Financial in Grand Junction.

The National Institute of Certified College Planners restricts the CCPS certification to registered investment advisors, licensed security agents, CPAs, attorneys, and other higher education professionals.

Brewer sponsors tournament


High Country Beverage of Montrose announced this week it is sponsoring the seventh-annual Annie Open Golf Tournament. Golfers tee off Aug. 23 at the Bridges Country Club, 2500 Bridges Circle in Montrose, to raise money for those afflicted with cancer.

A social event 6 p.m. Aug. 22 kicks off the event. The golf tournament is already sold out, but there are still sponsorship opportunities available. 

The tournament was started by High Country Beverage employee, Cody Carlson. Carlson’s mom, Ann Carlson, was diagnosed with cancer in January 2007. Carlson started this tournament in her mother’s honor and reports she is currently in remission.

$25,000 grants to promote tourism announced


The Colorado Tourism Office’s Marketing Matching Grant Program is accepting applications from not-for-profit organizations in Colorado that work to promote the state or a region as a tourism destination, state officials announced last week.

Statewide travel regions, associations, organizations and other nonprofit entities that engage in promoting travel throughout the entire state are eligible for grants of up to $25,000. These grants are competitive and are awarded annually.

Funds will be awarded to organizations whose objective is to promote the state or the defined region. For every $1 the organization allocates to the program, the Colorado Tourism Office will provide $1 in matching funds. Up to 20 percent of the match may be in-kind, which may include services such as staff time or donated services or materials relevant to the grant project.

The deadline for grant requests is Oct. 15. Recipients will be notified the week of Nov. 17. To apply for a grant, visit For more information, call Kelly Barbello at (303) 892-3877 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Small businesses earn 
$83 billion from feds


Last week, U.S. Small Business Administration administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced that for the first time since 2005, the federal government has met and exceeded its goal of awarding 23 percent of its contracts to small businesses. 

During fiscal year 2013, the federal government awarded 23.39 percent of contracts to small businesses, representing $83.1 billion of eligible contracting dollars, according to the SBA’s Small Business Procurement Scorecard.

When small businesses earn federal contracts, it’s a ‘win-win’ for entrepreneurs and their local communities, SBA Region VIII Administrator Matt Varilek said in a news release.

In Colorado, companies like J.G. Management Systems of Grand Junction have benefited from numerous federal contracts, Varilek said.

JGMS is a graduate of the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The company provides project management, engineering, environmental, and technical support services to federal and private sector clients, he said. JGMS employs 130 professionals, and has total revenues exceeding $12 million, Varilek said.

The U.S. Small Business Adventure increased its collaboration with all federal agencies to broaden opportunities for small businesses to better compete and qualify for federal contracts.

“As regional administrator, my goal is to ensure that all of Colorado’s eligible small businesses have the opportunity to compete for federal contracts to expand their revenue base and local employment,” Varilek said.


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