BizBriefcase, Thursday, Dec. 5

The Business Incubator Center recently received the Colorado State University Colorado Extension Association’s highest award, Friend of Extension.

The award recognizes an individual or organization that made significant contributions to the Extension Family and Consumer Science education program, incubator executive director Jon Maraschin said.

The incubator was nominated by Rhonda Follman, area extension director for Colorado State University Extension/Tri-River Area. Follman said the incubator center has been a driving force for the community in the area of consumer science.

The incubator and CSU Extension have a long history of partnering on projects dating back to the 1990s, including agriculture business planning and marketing, retail food safety, food preservation and cottage food industry business planning, she said.

“The incubator served as CSU Extension’s main resource for start-up agricultural value-added businesses, retail food-based businesses, and product line expansion,” Follman said.

The incubator also provided a training site for ServSafe Restaurant Manager Certification, Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods in conjunction with the University of Nebraska, food-related classes, and access to the incubator’s on-site commercial kitchen for hands-on demonstrations, she said.

■ Marjorie Genova, CRS, broker associate with RE/MAX 4000, was recently installed as division vice president for board services at the Colorado Association of Realtors. There are approximately 20,000 Realtors in Colorado, and the board services division oversees professional standards, ethics, and law and policy for the organization.

Genova has been a real estate broker for 22 years in Grand Junction and has served in various capacities, since 1998, on the Grand Junction Association of Realtors board of directors as well as representing Grand Junction on the state board of directors.

“Realtors belong to a profession who police their own members,” Genova said. “It is important for the public to be sure that the agent in their real estate transaction is a Realtor.”

■ For the 19th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in WealthManagement.com magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to Rick Tuma, a financial advisor with the local Edward Jones office, 2139 N. 12th St.

The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories. There are 13 Edward Jones financial advisors in the Grand Valley, Tuma said in a news release.

Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.5 out of 10 possible points. The firm scored top marks across the board, earning near perfect scores in overall ethics (9.8) and public image (9.7), according to WealthManagement.com, Tuma said.

Edward Jones financial advisors gave the firm some of the highest scores in the technology and training category, scoring high above the other five firms in every sub-category including quality of technology, clarity and online access of client account statements and ongoing training, he said.

■ Kyle Ocasek, senior associate, Point B, was elected chair of the board of trustees of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society. Others elected to the board include Katy Spritzer, vice president; Robert Hartnett, principal; and Rothstein Kass, treasurer.

The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter has offices located in Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, and Grand Junction, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Casper, Wyo., to serve and advocate for the more than 100,000 people affected by MS in the two-state region

■ Bank of the West was named a “Best Bank” by the Nov. 2013 edition of MONEY Magazine. The magazine cited a survey that applauded the bank’s “above-average yields” and “standout accounts,” including accounts with no charge for using non-Bank of the West ATMs and opportunities to waive certain checking account fees. 

Bank of the West was among the top four midsize banks in the country, according to the annual ranking published in MONEY.

The Grand Junction branch is located at 1211 N. Seventh St., where banker Lynda Wareham advises clients about mortgage loans.

In celebration of the recognition, Bank of the West will launch a Check-in to Donate Foursquare campaign supporting DonorsChoose.org, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that funds public school projects nationwide. 

For every Foursquare check-in received at one of Bank of the West’s more than 600 retail branches between November 20 and December 15, the bank will donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org, with a maximum contribution of $10,000.


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