Briefs: Biz Buzz March 08, 2009

• Beginning Monday, in response to daylight saving time, Telluride Ski Resort will shift its lift operating hours to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours have been 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We have had a lot of feedback from our guests requesting it,” Telluride Ski Resort spokeswoman Maryhelyn Kirwan said.
Kirwan said this is the first time Telluride has shifted hours in the spring.
“The optimal spring skiing conditions are later in the day,” Kirwan said.

• For the third consecutive year, Fuoco Honda has been awarded the Honda President’s Award.
The award is presented to top-ranking Honda dealerships across the country, based on customer service, sales, training and facility operation. The Fuoco Honda dealership is the only Honda dealership in Colorado to earn the award every year the past three years, General Manager Ed Nielsen said.
Fuoco Motor Co. has had car dealerships in the Grand Valley for 75 years. The Honda branch opened in 1976.
“Taking care of the customers is really the No. 1 thing,” Nielsen said.

•  Express Employment Professionals of Grand Junction, 1119 N. First St., Unit G, received an award for excellence and achievement in sales, recruitment and placement at the company’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas.
The Grand Junction franchise was opened in April 2007, franchisee Nina Anderson said. The branch helps more than 200 companies find staff.
Business has slowed because of the economy, she said, but “there are still companies looking for good people.”
•  The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Montrose Regional Airport a $452,178 grant. The money will be used on the airport’s project to expand its terminal.

•  Bob Young, Alpine Bank founder and chairman of the board, and Michael Chandler, president of Chandler Marketing Company in Glenwood Springs, will speak to the Independent Community Bankers of America convention March 19.
Young and Chandler will speak about dreamweaving, which the ICBA believes is the nation’s most powerful bank-marketing strategy. Alpine Bank began dreamweaving more than 30 years ago.
Chandler is the creator of the dreamweaving concept, which is a communication technique that builds an caring relationship between two people.
Chandler said he will address community bankers with Young because of the bad reputation the banking industry has in the today’s economy.
“The word bank has become a four-letter word. There are good, responsible, community bankers that have nothing to do with getting us into this mess,” Chandler said.

•  Colorado West Endodontics, 1190 Bookcliff Ave., No. 204, has opened a new location in Montrose at 1544 Oxbow Drive, Suite 250. The dental practice specializes in root canal therapy and surgery.

•  Abbey Carpet and Floor of Grand Junction, 2571 U.S. Highway 6&50, has added a line of carpets and rugs. 
Abbey Carpet and Floor is the only retailer that offers the Karastan line in the Grand Valley, and a new gallery displays the entire line of broadloom carpets and area rugs.
“It’s a very well-known brand. It’s an old brand,” Jeff Jacobson, general manager of Abbey Carpet and Floor said.
Abbey Carpet and Floor opened in Grand Junction in 1993.

•  West Elk coal mine employees received two environmental awards at the 111th National Western Mining Conference and Exhibition in Denver on Feb. 25.
The Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety recognized West Elk mine for the reconstruction of 118-year-old Monument Dam. The company stabilized the landslide on the south abutment, buttressed the downstream face of the dam, installed a primary spillway valve and rip-rapped the upstream face and emergency spillway.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Mining Association recognized the mine for its proactive conservation and recycling measures. It does metal recycling, aluminum recycling and used oil disposal.
The mine, located in Somerset, has almost 450 employees.

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