Colorado small businesses are less likely to change health insurers for the upcoming year, even as they anticipate continued price increases, according to the second-annual Delta Dental of Colorado Small Business Survey.
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The deadline for submitting applications for the 2012 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival parade is Aug. 3. Applicants are eligible for an early-bird discount of $10 per entry if submitted by July 6. Corn shucking contest team applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Thirty-five teams of up to seven participants will compete on a first-come, first-served basis. The entry fee is $150 per team. More information can be found at www.loveland.org/TheCornRoastFestival/.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced that Wolf Robotics, Fort Collins, has joined I Make America campaign’s gold-level supporters. Gold-level companies have achieved participation benchmarks marking them as industry leaders in improving American manufacturing policies.
New Century Software, a provider of GIS integrity management solutions, announced the opening of a new office in Calgary, Canada, coinciding with the company’s 18th anniversary. This is the second location the company has opened in the last year.
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Stir Loveland, Loveland’s only young professionals group and a program of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, has launched a corporate membership option. Area businesses can now register up to four young professionals under one membership, saving themselves and their employees’ money. The corporate membership is available only to current Loveland Chamber of Commerce investors, is $300 annually and includes all of the same benefits as an individual Stir Loveland membership.
Heart Center of the Rockies became the second heart program in the Rocky Mountain region to perform a new, minimally-invasive procedure that replaces damaged aortic valves in patients who are too sick for open-heart surgery. The center, Northern Colorado’s largest heart program with 23 cardiologists and surgeons practicing at Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital, performed three transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures in the latter part of May at Medical Center of the Rockies.
Bootprints Inc., a consumer email newsletter for outdoor sports and adventure enthusiasts based in Fort Collins, has announced its official release. Bootprints is created by active backpackers, rock climbers, rafters, skiers and snowboarders, and features trails, adventures and events each week in a single email. For more information or to subscribe, go to www.bootprints.com.
Colorado State alumni Elissa and Jerell Klaver have opened Salus, a natural and organic bath and body care store at 240 Walnut Street in Old Town Fort Collins. It’s their second store location, and allows customers to customize organic bath and body care products.
The Fort Collins Junior League is hosting its 30th annual Terrace and Garden Tour on June 16 in the Warren Shores neighborhood in Fort Collins. The self-guided tour is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., features six to nine homes and costs $18. All proceeds go to programs of the Fort Collins Junior League benefiting women and children in the community. Tickets are available at local nurseries and businesses.
Larimer Humane Society is seeking volunteers for its 22nd annual Fire Hydrant 5, 5K Walk/Run and Pet Expo. The event, to be held on June 9 at Edora Park in Fort Collins, benefits the nearly 12,000 lost, stray, orphaned and injured domestic and wild animals that are entrusted to Larimer Humane Society each year. Community members interested in volunteering can view the volunteer positions and sign up at tinyurl.com/2012-FH5 or contact Molly Ward at 970-530-2946.
The Larimer County Small Business Development Center will offer training for small businesses through several Northern Colorado affiliate organizations throughout the summer. The workshop topics range from financing to selling, and are held at the SBDC office. For a complete list of workshops, more information or to register, go to www.larimersbdc.org or call 970-498-9295.
The Town of Mead will have its first annual Mead Business Fair and Scavenger Hunt on June 9 at the Town Park in Mead. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature representatives from numerous local businesses and prizes. To participate in the scavenger hunt, go to www.meadeconomicdevelopment.org for more information.
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP founding partner and AICPA chairman Gregory Anton met with lawmakers in Washington last month to stress the need for financial literacy. Anton and AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon also visited the White House to talk with some of President Obama’s economic advisors about risk management in the wake of the JPMorgan Chase multibillion-dollar trading loss and tax reform.
Dr. James Kim, director of choral studies for Colorado State University, has launched the Colorado Bach Ensemble, a group of professional singers and instrumentalists from across North America. The inaugural performance will be at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall on the CSU campus.
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