Briefcase – Feb. 24, 2012

Nonprofit notes
More thn 500 people turned out on Jan. 28 in support of the 23rd annual NCMC Foundation Gala. The Carnivale Rio De Janeiro-themed event raised $185,000 to support the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado at North Colorado Medical Center.

Neighbor to Neighbor received $47,000 in flexible grant dollars from NeighborWorks America, which will support the Larimer County organization’s portfolio of housing programs. The grant will be used to provide counseling for homeowners on the brink of foreclosure; stabilizing areas hard-hit by the foreclosure and economic crisis; empowering consumers through financial and homeownership education and counseling; creating homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income families; and producing and managing affordable, high-quality rental properties.

The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association recognized Greeley Stampede with the Justin Best Footing Award for providing superior arena conditions in the Mountain States ProRodeo Circuit. The award recognizes 12 committees across the country that put in extra effort to ensure the most consistent and safe ground for barrel racing. The award includes $1,000 cash award, a plaque and a pair of Justin boots.

Windsor-based Motorcycle Armor, producers of precision-cut paint-protection-film kits for motorcycles, received a Nifty 50 Award from Powersports Business magazine. Motorcycle Armor’s Bagger Lid Kit in matte film was named a 2012 award winner by the magazine’s editors. The two-piece Hard Bag Lid Kit provides owners with a copyrighted design that covers the entire top of hard side saddle bag lids, as well as all side edges.

Burns Marketing Communications garnered two industry awards at “The Fifty” event hosted by Ad Club Denver, which designates the best 50 ideas to come out of the past 12 months. Burns Marketing Communications was recognized for the “Cut the Cord” campaign for Plugless Power and the “Thank You for Not Sitting” internal campaign.

The Loveland Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its 2nd annual Sweetheart City Valentine Business Decorating contest. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage won in the best overall category; Home State Bank won in the large business category; Lighthouse Chiropractic won in the small business category; Elevations Credit Union won in the nonprofit category; Van Buren Elementary won in the school category and Sugar Mill Productions received an honorable mention. The contest showcased Loveland businesses and their ability to decorate their organization to the theme of The Sweetheart City.

The Fort Collins Homewood Suites took home five awards at the annual Hilton Homewood Suites Leadership Conference held earlier this month in New Orleans. Among the awards was the Connie Pride Award given to the top 5 percent of all Homewood Suites nationally. The award is based on occupancy, customer survey scores, and Hilton’s quality assurance inspections.

The Education & Life Training Center is inviting Larimer County community members and businesses to donate their used, 2004 or newer, PCs and laptops March 10. ELTC rebuilds donated computers, then resells them at a significant discount to low-income students and to the public. Donations can be made from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 401 Linden St. in Old Town Fort Collins. For additional information, contact Shane Greenwood at 970-482-4357.

Mack Web Solutions in Fort Collins celebrated nine years in business by throwing a birthday party and unveiling its new logo and website. Mack Web Solutions specializes in custom website design and development, search engine marketing including SEO, email marketing, social media and navigation development.

Be Local Northern Colorado welcomed new and renewing members The Wright Life, La Creperie & Bakery, Shaw & Associates CPA’s & Financial Advisors, Old Town Yoga, Bas Bleu Theatre Company, Colleen Scholz D.D.S., Fort Collins Nursery, Fish, Equinox Brewing Co., Hops & Berries Homebrew Supply, Cranknstein, Odell Brewing Co., On the Vine at Richmond Farms, Quatrix Aquaponics, Mary’s Mountain Cookies, Native Hill Farm, Cheryl Fox CPA, The Waffle Lab, and Paul Wood Florist. For more information, visit

If you have an item to share about name changes, new products or business news of note, e-mail it to Mariah Gant at, or mail it to Briefcase at NCBR, P.O. Box 270810, Fort Collins, CO 80527.

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