Business Digest February 1, 2013

OPENINGS

Seattle-based Homewell Senior Care Inc. opened at 2432 Main St., Longmont, offering live-in and hourly personal care, companionship and homemaker services for seniors wishing to remain at home. The franchise is Homewell’s first in Colorado; it also has offices in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

Taco John’s restaurant has reopened at 933 Main St. in Longmont after being closed since 2008. Cheyenne, Wyoming-based Taco John’s International Inc. has more than 400 stores in 25 states.

MOVES

Sensorielle Organic Wellness Spa is moving from downtown Boulder to 1369 Forest Park Circle, Suite 104, Forest Park Village, Lafayette. The new location features four treatment rooms including two larger rooms with fireplaces. The spa plans to add couples massages in the same room as well as healing and informational workshops for the general public, couples and therapists. The first such event will be a Reiki workshop on Sunday, Feb. 17, led by the spa’s owner, Jewl Petteway, a licensed massage therapist and Usui/Karuna Reiki master. The spa will have a soft opening on Sunday, Feb. 10, and a grand opening in March.

The city of Boulder’s Division of Housing, including the city’s homeownership program, has moved to 1300 Canyon Blvd in Boulder. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office entry door is located on the northeast corner of the building, facing Canyon. Staff phone numbers and email addresses have not changed.

NAME CHANGES

The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory has changed its name to the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory and expanded its mission to include a newly created Carbon Management Center. The group was formed in 2007 and has focused its research on biofuels and biorefining and solar and wind energy. Group members include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University and Colorado School of Mines.

BRIEFS

The city of Longmont’s sales- and use-tax collections increased 4.7 percent in December, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the city’s finance department. Longmont collected $3,929,726 in December, compared with $3,752,306 in December 2011. The collection in December represents sales made in November. The sales-tax component of collections increased by 2.4 percent from the same month the year before, and the use-tax component increased by 15 percent. Total sales- and use-tax collections for the year to date increased 4 percent compared with the same period in 2011, according to the report.

The city of Boulder’s sales- and use-tax collections increased 4.6 percent in December, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the city’s finance department. Boulder collected $7,229,887 in December, compared with $6,911,348 in December 2011, according to the report. The collection in December represents sales made in November. In Boulder, retail sales-tax collections were down 2.4 percent in December, compared with the same month last year.

Boulder-based Newton Running Co. Inc. has signed a three-year sponsorship with Ironman, the brand name of the triathlon-competition event company based in Tampa, Florida. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Newton makes running shoes that may help runners change how their foot strikes the ground when they run. Newton’s first Ironman event sponsorship will be the 2013 Accenture Ironman 70.3 California on March 30 in Oceanside, California.

The Boulder area was among the metropolitan areas with the best economic performance over the past year, according to a survey of economic growth released Jan. 17 by the Santa Monica, California-based Milken Institute. Boulder County ranked 15 on its annual Best-Performing Cities index. The measure factors in job and salary growth over the past year and five years and the success of an area’s technology sector. Boulder and the rest of Boulder County jumped up from 59th in last year’s survey, mostly because of the growth of area high-tech industries, which are weighed heavily in the measure. The Fort Collins-Loveland area did better than Boulder, placing 12th, which was down from third last year. The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area ranked 30th, up from 44th in 2011. San Jose, California and the rest of Silicon Valley topped the list.

The unemployment rate in Boulder and Broomfield counties dropped in December, and Boulder County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate of Colorado’s large counties, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The rate in Boulder County dropped two-tenths of one percentage point in December to 5.5 percent as the county added 1,340 new jobs. In Broomfield, the rate dropped two-tenths of one percentage point to 6.6 percent. Employers in Broomfield added 240 jobs. Both counties outperformed the state, which had a 7.6 percent unemployment rated, down from 7.7 percent in November. The national unemployment rate remained at 7.8 percent.

Vail Resorts Inc. reported record revenue and skier visits at some of its resorts, but pulled back on profit guidance expectations because of poor early-season snow. The Broomfield-based ski operator (NYSE: MTN) said lift-ticket revenue was up 4.3 percent season-to-date through Sunday, Jan. 13, at its seven resorts. The company said it now expects net income of $39 million to $49 million for fiscal 2013, if normal weather conditions continue. That would be more than double last year’s results. Vail Resorts’ fiscal year ends on July 31.

Keen One Quinoa, produced by Boulder-based Keen One Foods LLC, now is available at 44 King Soopers and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage stores across Colorado.

Longmont-based UQM Technologies Inc.’s (NYSE: UQM) electric motors and controllers are at the heart of the new Regen Nautic E180 all-electric outboard motor introduced at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. The E180 uses a UQM PowerPhase Select 145 electric motor and controller system, mounting them inside a traditional-looking outboard motor package.

CONTRACTS

Longmont-based software company Kozio Inc., signed a distribution contract with Massachusetts-based Trilogic, which will market and sell Kozio’s Verification and Test OS product.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Telecommunications company supplier Puregas LLC bought Broomfield-based Pentras Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Puregas is based in Broomfield and is a division of Altec Industries Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama. Employees at Pentras Inc. are expected to continue working for the company, which makes compressed-air pressurization equipment for telecommunications-industry clients that is similar to that made by Puregas. The equipment is used to provide dry, pressurized air to improve performance of telecom equipment while reducing operating expenses.

SERVICES

Boulder-based Room 214 Inc., a digital marketing and social media agency, announced its new service for linking Facebook Parent-Child pages to help companies with multiple locations utilize local check-in deals and other local update features.

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