Briefs: Biz Buzz July 12, 2009

• Carrol Zehner of Grand Junction won up to a year’s worth of home mortgage payments in a nationwide sweepstakes drawing sponsored by Carpet One. The limit on the drawing was $1,200 a month to go toward a mortgage payment.
“This is such a blessing,” Zehner said when the local Carpet One store confirmed a FedEx delivery that informed her she had won.

• A cell phone store will be built at the corner of North Avenue and 12th Street, according to the property’s neighbors, Taco John’s, 1122 N. 12th St. The gas station that once stood at the corner has been torn down and part of the property has been paved.

• Collbran Republican Rep. Laura Bradford topped the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce list of legislators that voted in step with chamber views on bills in 2009. Bradford voted in line with the Denver chamber of commerce’s positions 84 percent of the time.
“The Denver chamber takes a broad view. I think it shows I’m in line with small businesses no matter where you go,” Bradford said.
Grand Junction Repubican Rep. Steve King voted with the chamber 73 percent of the time, while Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry of Grand Junction voted along chamber ideals 61 percent of the time this session. That leaves King tied for 11th place in the House of Representatives with two other representatives and puts Penry tied for 12th place in the Senate with Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud.

• McAlister’s Deli will offer free sweet tea all day July 23 at its location in the Corner Square development at First Street and Patterson Road. There’s a limit of one tea per customer, and the offer does not extend to catering orders or gallons.

• The Grand Junction Wal-Mart at 2545 Rimrock Ave. is being remodeled through September 2009. The project will result in wider aisles, new shelving, new paint, lighting changes and signs that are easier to read. The store’s layout also will change. Maps of the layout will be available at the front of the store and in various departments. The store will remain open during renovations.

• Rocky Mountain PBS and Alpine Bank have partnered to present the Sustainable Living program. The Sustainable Living campaign promotes environmental stewardship with information available at, along with “green” programming and a monthly magazine titled Promo. The campaign is a Rocky Mountain PBS initiative underwritten by Alpine Bank.

• American National Bank has been named a Blue Ribbon Bank for the third quarter in a row by VERIBANC Inc., an independent bank-rating firm. The Blue Ribbon rating is the highest rank offered by the independent firm, which uses an eight-level rating system based on information from the Federal Reserve. American National Bank has six locations in the Grand Valley.

• Freedom Financial Services recently opened an office in Grand Junction in Suite 201 at 300 Main St. This is the fifth Freedom Financial Services office to open in Colorado. The company also has locations in California and New Mexico.
Freedom Financial is a mortgage lender that offers purchase, refinance and debt consolidation loans secured by real estate. Grand Junction native Mark Towner has been with the company since 2002 and will manage the new office.

• James A. Brzostowicz has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional certification. LEED environmentally friendly building guidelines have been used in the teacher classroom building at Mesa State College and Chipeta Elementary School. Drexel, Barrell & Co. is headquartered in Boulder, where Brzostowicz works, and has five regional offices in Colorado, including an office in Grand Junction.


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