Briefcase August 24, 2012


The Institute of Business & Medical Careers will celebrate 25 years of providing business, medical, legal and massage career training to individuals in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming this month. To kick-off its anniversary, IBMC will hold an open house at local campuses from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 28. The event will include drawings, tours and refreshments.


The Elevations Foundation of Boulder presented the Long Term Recovery Group of Northern Colorado with a check for $36,312. The fund was specifically earmarked for temporary housing for those individuals and families displaced by the High Park Fire. The fund was launched in June with a $10,000 Challenge Grant from the Elevations Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Elevations Credit Union.

Bank of Colorado branches throughout the state are accepting donations to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will help Colorado families affected by disasters like the Colorado wildfires. Bank of Colorado will collect donations and match those funds collected up to a total of $15,000 through Aug. 31. For more information, go to


The four Fort Collins Rotary Clubs are partnering with CSU for the second annual Fort Collins Peach Festival, scheduled for Aug. 25 at Hughes Stadium. The festival, which starts at 8:30 a.m., will include a 5k run/walk, a kids run, live music and various peach vendors. Proceeds will go to The Food Bank for Larimer County, The Matthews House and the Rotary.

Social Media for Job Seekers, a workshop presented by the Larimer County Workforce Center, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7, in the computer lab of the Loveland Public Library. The workshop will cover how to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a blog to enhance a career and/or boost a job search. The workshop is $69 and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register on-line, go to or call 970-498-6649.

Greeley Oktoberfest organizers are seeking vendors who wish to sell their crafts and novelty items during the annual event, held this year on Sept. 29 in Lincoln Park. The craft vendor spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are $75 for 10 square feet. Information and vendor applications are available through the Greeley Downtown Development Authority at 970-356-6775 or by email at

The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce will host the next Green in Action presentation, Making Your Green Program Work With Behavior Change, from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m., Sept. 5 at the chamber’s office. The program will be hosted by the city of Fort Collins environmental technical specialist Matt Gibbs and will include stories of area businesses, insight into community-based social marketing and real-world examples of behavior changes and the impact on successful green programs. There is no cost to attend the session. Call 970-482-3746 or visit the chamber’s website to learn more.


Northern Colorado Active 20-30 Inc. received the State Farm Go To Bat award at a Colorado Rockies game in July. NOCO 20-30 is a non-profit organization based in Greeley comprised of business leaders between the ages of 20 and 39 who are focused on raising money for charities serving disadvantaged children in the region. The award recognizes charities that had the most fans “go to bat” for them in an online game.


After 40 years in its current location at 250 E. Mountain Ave., the Food Co-op board voted to move forward with plans to relocate the grocer to a new location in Old Town with triple the space. With more square footage, the co-op has plans to offer deli and meat departments, as well as greater variety, more parking and no stairs in the middle of the store. The Food Co-op will hold meetings about the decision at noon and 6 p.m. on Aug. 28. Both meetings will take place at Fort Collins Mennonite Church and have the most current information on the site search. For more information, contact the Co-op at

Burns Marketing, a Johnstown-based marketing agency, announced it has acquired ripcord, a branding and marketing communications agency located in Denver. Both firms serve largely business-to-business clients in the technology, medical and financial industries. The deal will allow the agency to expand its Denver presence, and be more geographically accessible to its clients in that metro area.

If you have an item to share about name changes, new products or business news of note, e-mail it to Maggie Shafer at, or mail it to Briefcase at NCBR, 155O E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.


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