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Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza, located at 2478 Hwy 6 and 50, will have its grand opening on Jan. 9 where they will be serving free pizza from 12-7 p.m.

A new Grand Junction business is ready for tax season in 2020 and can assist with tax services, audits and bookkeeping.

The Tax Ladies formed in May of last year, but really picked up its operation Jan. 1.

“We deal will it all,” Owner Jeana Pittman said. “Businesses, individuals and nonprofits.”

The firm is made up of Pittman, enrolled agent Jenny Thrailkill and income tax preparers Peggy Catlin and Gabrielle Deherrera-Derrera. It is located at 1635 N. First St. For more information, call 644-5350.

As an enrolled agent, Thrailkill can accompany clients on audits, which Pittman said is a nice service to offer.

The four women had all worked with different companies and decided to start their own business, Pittman said, to spend more time with clients.

Pittman started a bookkeeping business in 2014 and decided to expand it when she took some classes and after getting to know some people in the tax business.

The Tax Ladies will be open year round and will stay busy after tax season working on extensions, audits and bookkeeping.

“Being in bookkeeping, you have to know your clients well,” Pittman said.

n Grand Junction licensed contractor Foundation Repair of Western Colorado announced earlier this week that it had merged with Groundworks, the nation’s largest privately held foundation services company.

“I chose to partner with Groundworks so that my employees here at FRWC would have access to world-class resources and opportunities that alone, I couldn’t have provided,” FWRC Founder Ted Munkres said in a press release. “This partnership makes the futures of my team brighter than ever.”

Munkres founded the company in 2005 and was previously a land developer and home builder. The company has received multiple awards for its foundation repair service.

Foundation Repair of Western Colorado is the eighth company to join up with Groundworks in the past year.

“It is truly an honor to have an expert like Ted choose to join the Groundworks family,” Groundworks CEO Matt Malone said in the release. “Ted has built an outstanding team of foundation services experts and we look forward to providing them with additional opportunities for growth. We are thrilled to welcome them to our growing organization.”

Groundworks is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia and provides foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation and concrete lifting services. It has more than 20 offices in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Foundation Repair of Western Colorado will continue to serve the community under its original name, but can grow using Groundworks and its 14 brands. Munkres plans to retire following the transition, but will continue to serve as a consultant, the release stated.

n Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 7 p.m. today at 2478 U.S. Highway 6&50 in the Grand Mesa Center next to Bellco Credit Union.

The franchise’s regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. The restaurant is run by locals Bob and Cecily Marolf.

The original Smokin’ Oak opened in 2009 and began franchising in 2016. A second location could come to Grand Junction later this year, the franchisees have previously said.

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