Briefs: Biz Buzz April 19, 2009

• Elderly residents in the Grand Valley now have a specialist they can call on for remodeling their homes for convenience and safety.
Randy DiDonato, the owner of Tile Meister, 611 N. First St., recently earned the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist designation. He said he is the only person in Grand Junction who holds this designation.
The CAPS program helps home remodelers learn how to meet the needs of the elderly so they can live safely at home and stay out of assisted living for as long as possible.
“There’s a lot of seniors in our community that could use this help,” DiDonato said.
His shop’s specialty is helping make the bathroom safer, such as converting a tub into a walk-in shower, adding grab bars for safety or installing adjustable sinks for the disabled.
DiDonato said for the elderly and the disabled, “the bathroom is the most dangerous spot in the house.”
Tile Meister has done this type of work for years, but DiDonato decided to get the special designation to help him stand out against the competition.
Outside of the bathroom, DiDonato and his crew do work such as installing access ramps and package shelves next to entries.
“While they’re digging around for the keys in their pocket, they have a place to put stuff down,” he said.
Tile Meister has been in the Grand Valley for 15 years and has eight full-time employees.

•  Waste Management of Colorado Inc. completed its purchase Monument Refuse Service on April 1. Customers who were served by Monument Refuse should not experience any changes in their service, for now. Trash routes and prices have stayed the same.
“At this point it’s status quo,” Waste Management spokeswoman Melissa Kolwaite said.
In a letter to Monument Refuse’s customers, former owners Greg Knight and John Durmas said they sold to Waste Management “because we know they are the company most capable of providing you with the same high-quality service we have provided in the past.”
Monument Refuse employees must go through a rehiring process with Waste Management, Kolwaite said.

•  Tom Sawyer, a local business consultant, has written a book, “Pro Excel Financial Modeling: Building Models for Technology Startups,” published by Apress of Berkeley, Calif.
Sawyer wrote the book, which can be found on, as a practical guide for entrepreneurs developing financial models for technological and other startup businesses.
“ ‘Pro Excel Financial Modeling’ is the book I wish someone gave to me before I started my first technology company,” Sawyer wrote in the introduction to the book. “This book is really about how you develop the business case that you present to the investor.”
Sawyer’s technological startup experience includes being the first president of Mover’s Suite Software, 454 Main St., in Grand Junction.

• The Law Firm of Joanna C. Jensen has opened at 844 Grand Ave., Suite A. The new firm initially will focus on workers’ compensation and personal-injury cases.
Jensen has practiced law for more than 14 years and been a resident of the Grand Valley since 1997. She is a former president for the Mesa County Bar Association, where she served as a board member for seven years.

• The Vista Auto Group’s Honda, Subaru and Nissan dealerships in Glenwood Springs will relocate to the location of the group’s Chevrolet dealership at the Glenwood Auto Mall, 130 Center Drive in Glenwood Springs.

•  Domino’s Pizza will expand its menu Monday to six types of pasta priced from $4.99 to $7.99.

•  Western Rockies Federal Credit Union, 577 Kokopelli Blvd., will host business after hours with the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

•  The Palisade Chamber of Commerce will have business after hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at SHAPEdesign, 125 Peach Ave.


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