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BLF Helps Boost Power Logic Electrical and Telluride Window Coverings

Most small business owners have a hard time imagining doing more than one business at a time. Not Steve Peirick. This is a guy whose entrepreneurial spirit works like a snowball rolling downhill—starting off small, quickly growing as it gains momentum, and becoming a force to reckon with in due time.

As owner of Power Logic Electrical and Telluride Window Coverings, Peirick has become a fixture in the Western Slope business community over the last decade. And he is working to increase his investment into the Western Slope with some help from Region 10’s Business Loan Fund.

Peirick first crossed paths with Region 10 back in 2013. He reached out to the organization’s small business development wing when he was looking to grow Power Logic Electrical, his electrical contracting business that served primarily Telluride.

“I first worked with Vince Fandel, who helped me with cash flow for Power Logic Electric,” Peirick comments. “I got to know Region 10 well, and enjoyed working with them because they were focused on creating jobs and supporting small business.”

Shortly after ramping up operations at Power Logic Electrical, the wheels in Peirick’s mind started turning. While installing and wiring custom, motorized window coverings, he noticed a niche market that was ripe for the picking.

As he built relationships with interior designers for high-end homes, Peirick found that he could better serve the Telluride marketplace by supplying the vendors himself. So he launched Telluride Window Coverings, which grew and became the premier retail provider and installer of all window treatments (blinds, shutters, drapery, etc.) in the area.

Several years after the launch, Peirick decided it was time for a change in scenery.

Being so remote, Telluride was difficult to supply. Most shipments were coming from out-of-state, which created gaps in delivery time. On top of that, Peirick was experiencing some quality control issues. Not only were products taking forever to arrive, but they were also incorrect.

“So I decided to try it myself,” he laughs.

Yes, that’s right—ANOTHER business venture.

Peirick relocated to Montrose, moving into the old Jeans Westerner building after it was subdivided. The new building gave him the space to create another offshoot of Telluride Window Coverings, which focused on manufacturing window treatments and interior products. Rather than shipping his products in, he hired a seamstress to build his own unique, custom products.

Region 10 again helped Peirick secure the loan that helped him with the real estate and cover some capital costs.

Since Peirick’s business presented the opportunity for job development, Region 10 jumped at the opportunity to support him again. Shortly after the partnership, Peirick was able to hire another four people: one full-time and three part-time. His goal is to keep growing and potentially hire more down the line.

Peirick considers Region 10 to be a vital component of his success.

“Every experience that I’ve had with Region 10 has been beneficial and pleasant,” he adds. “They are in for your best interests and you can definitely feel that when you work with them. They want your business to succeed.”

Tri County Health and Nucla High School Team Up to Build Wheelchair Ramps

Tri County Health and Nucla High School Team Up to Build Wheelchair Ramps

While most students spend spring break catching up on sleep and their favorite TV shows, six Nucla High School (NHS) students woke up early Tuesday morning and set out to build a much-needed wheelchair ramp for a local Nucla resident through Tri-County Health Network’s (TCHNetwork) Bridging Generations Project. The students learned how to measure out and cut wood with a circular saw, plan out appropriate spacing between support beams, determine how much concrete is needed to secure the posts in place, secure posts together with the proper length screws, determine the angle of the ramp, and much more. When asked what their motivation for volunteering was, the students all agreed they felt passionate about the cause, and wanted to give back to the community and neighbors they love. Cheyenne Joseph said she volunteered “to give back to those in need, and it’s also really fun to learn about the process such as the different wood cuts that go into constructing a ramp.”  Her classmate, Caitlyn Littlejohn, agreed, adding, “I’m learning a lot about the construction process and how to work together as a team to help others.”

NHS has supported the project every step of the way.  According to NHS principal Clint Wytulka, “We want to give students unique opportunities to learn.  Collaborating with local businesses and nonprofits to give students real-life experiences and a chance to give back is a priority for us.”  He continued by saying, “Some students learn from textbooks, and others learn kinesthetically, such as by finding the horizontal displacement necessary for a ramp to be built with angles that are up to code.” For those reasons, NHS is giving classroom credit to the student volunteers—credit that can go towards a variety of subjects.

Len Spina, a retired Engineering Department Manager in the Aerospace industry and active member of the West End Public Schools Board of Directors, graciously donated his time, effort, and tools to play a critical role in the building of this ramp. He started volunteering months ago, taking measurements at the wheelchair ramp recipient’s home and creating the complicated blueprint for the ramp.  He picked up the supplies donated to TCHNetwork from Home Depot stores in Grand Junction and Montrose, and offered up his home to be the initial construction site.  In addition, he shared his knowledge of woodworking and his drive to give back to his community to the Nucla High School volunteers.

The project was initially started in response to a TCHNetwork employee’s concern for individuals she knew in the West End in dire need of wheelchair ramps that were unable to attain them due to financial limitations (each ramp costs upwards of $1,500 for just the supplies).  The West End community came together with TCHNetwork to start constructing ramps; Len independently built two ramps before partnering with TCHNetwork and NHS on the current ramp.  Len firmly believes that the high school students add a special element to the project.  “Seeing the different generations come together to make a difference is really something. I’m proud of the work the students have accomplished so far—they didn’t hesitate to jump right in and get their hands dirty.”

The next step of the project will be to install the different parts of the ramp that the volunteers constructed at the client’s home.  After this ramp is constructed, TCHNetwork will continue to work to improve the health and wellbeing of West End community residents with limited mobility by building additional ramps with the support of volunteers and donated supplies.

Formed in 2009, TCHNetwork is comprised of a group of healthcare providers in southwest Colorado within the counties of Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel that are committed to improving the quality and coordination of health and health care services in this tri-county region by increasing access to healthcare and integrative health services at lower costs through collaboration and innovation. In 2016, TCHNetwork opened a new location at the West End Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) building at 230 West Main Street in Naturita. For more information, visit: www.tchnetwork.org.

10 Reasons to Start a Business on Colorado’s Western Slope

10 Reasons to Start a Business on Colorado’s Western Slope

Things are hopping business-wise on the Western Slope.  From the reimagined activities of Chambers of Commerce in just about every community and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offices located in Grand Junction, Montrose, Gunnison, and Durango to the recent proliferation of coworking spaces, incubators, accelerators, and innovation centers dotting the “corridor of innovation”, you’re sure to find the support and inspiration you need to reach the dream of running your own business.

  1. Local Chambers serve as the voice for local businesses. While many focus on the promotion of area tourism and retail shopping destinations, many also represent the interest of business at all levels of government, provide networking opportunities, and engage in community development activities.
  2. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have a presence in Grand Junction at the Business Incubator, in Gunnison at the ICE Lab on Western Colorado State University campus (as well as a satellite office in Montrose at Region 10), and in Durango at Fort Lewis College. SBDCs offer low or no-cost consulting, training, and specialty programs for startups, solopreneurs, small businesses, and small manufacturers.
  3. Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center serves a six-county area including Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. It hosts an SBDC satellite office as well as provides workshops and training for second-stage and growth companies, access to capital through its Loan Fund, and serves as the administrator for Colorado’s Enterprise Zone tax credits. www.region10.net
  4. Voted the top co-working space in the world, Proximity Space is an ever-expanding network of coworking spaces across the Western Slope and beyond. One membership in any location will give you access to their vast network including the Factory in Grand Junction, the Hive in Paonia, ICE Lab in Gunnison, and Collective Mine in Naturita.  https://proximity.space/
  5. Grand Junction’s Business Incubator was voted National Business Incubator Association’s (NBIA) Incubator of the Year in 2012/2013—out of more than 7,000 incubators worldwide. In addition to providing SBDC services, it leases space to client companies and provides access to a licensed commercial kitchen, a makerspace, and light manufacturing area as well as providing affiliate space, with hourly rent and shared services, for those who don’t need a full-time workspace.
  6. Newest in the pack, and still under development, is the upcoming Delta Innovation Center’ s ENGAGE (ENergy, Growth, AGriculture, and Entrepreneurship) a project of the Delta County Public Schools and Delta-Montrose Technical College. Planned to be a combination office space, coworking, workshop, and training venue, it will also serve as an innovation hub for agricultural technology, energy, and value-added food development.  ENGAGE is expected to open in 2018.
  7. ICE Lab, located on the Western State campus in Gunnison, is a mentor-driven program that pairs high-growth startups with industry specific mentors, advisors, and investors. Selected businesses undergo 12 weeks of acceleration programming, mentorship, and training, culminating in a pitch day to investors from across Colorado and beyond. https://icelab.co/
  8. SCAPE in Durango boasts 15 companies launched, 45 jobs created, and $3.6 million in capital raised. The core of the SCAPE Program is an intensive 6-month program with access to mentors, advisors, investors, seed money, and office space.
  9. Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) is leading the conversation around building real companies in mountain towns. Directing and facilitating such conversations has earned the TVA a reputation for being a global hub for entrepreneurial thinking.  Since 2012, eighteen startup companies have graduated the program and raised more than $1 million with the help of a world-class network of more than 90 mentors spanning the globe. As a result, more than 87 jobs have been created. http://www.tellurideva.com
  10. Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC) is a neutral coordinator, convener, and capacity-building initiative of the Telluride Foundation. Its purpose is to create a coordinated hub of innovation by bringing together efforts to inspire idea creation, cultivate business innovation, and build an eco-system to support sustainable outcomes. SWIC serves new and existing entrepreneurs and innovators in an eight county area, including Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Montezuma, Dolores, San Juan and La Plata counties, and partners with the Telluride Venture Accelerator, Ft. Lewis College, Regions 9 & 10 Economic Development Districts, Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs, co-working spaces, and SBDCs.

Broadband Update: From Concept to Reality

Broadband Update:  From Concept to Reality

As construction wraps up in the cities of Delta and Montrose and as detailed engineering activities are completed in the Phase 2 communities in Gunnison, Delta and Ouray counties, the concept of a regional broadband network connecting community anchor institutions to a robust fiber optic broadband network is moving off the pages of concept and planning to physical deployment of infrastructure at a rapid pace. With the recent issuance and award of a Request for Proposal for network equipment core routing and access, electronics are being tested and installed at the Delta and Montrose Carrier Neutral Locations and anchor institutions in those communities.  Partner agreements continue to be negotiated and executed and excitement is building in the region as we get closer to lighting up the network.

DMEA and Region 10 recently executed their Indefeasible Rights of Use agreements, a key component in the delivery of middle mile broadband throughout the region. Conversations continue with other regional partners to acquire assets that deliver diversity and redundancy to the network.

Stay tuned for more….

Region 10 Offers Leadership Training to Area

Region 10 Offers Leadership Training to Area

Successful businesses know the importance of investing in high performing employees and moving them into leadership roles within the company, but few business owners actually know how to develop leaders.   Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center is hosting a three-day leadership training on Thursday and Friday, April 13th-14th and Friday, April 21st. The training will take place at Region 10’s office, located at 300 Cascade Avenue in Montrose.  The cost is $395.

Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.) is for businesses looking to develop individuals and more engaged, high performing teams. Created by the Gordon Training International, this training will show managers how to increase personal and team productivity, spend less time on “people issues”, and dramatically increase team collaboration.  Companies cited on “Best Places to Work” lists like Fortune 100 companies and best places to work in Colorado use this training as a foundation for great employer/employee relations.

“This training is essential for managers,” said certified L.E.T. trainer and human resources consultant Dave Knutson, who has been facilitating L.E.T. trainings for 25 years.  “It builds strong working relationships and reduces employee turnover…  because people don’t leave companies, they leave bad managers,” he added.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Clearly identify problem ownership;
  • Apply active listening skills to create effective solutions;
  • Avoid communication roadblocks that interfere with problem solving;
  • Practice constructive confrontation that results in lasting behavior changes; and
  • Recognize approaches to conflict and apply true win-win approaches.

Knutson brings 30 years of leadership consulting, coaching, and training in the private, nonprofit, and local government sectors. Designated the Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Western Colorado Human Resources Association, he has also been awarded the Pinnacle Award, The Society of Human Resource Management’s highest level of recognition in the profession, and the national Workforce Readiness Award.

“While Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center provides consulting services and training opportunities for small businesses, it is our goal to expand services by providing second-stage and growth businesses with access to essential trainings that only larger, more established businesses have access to.  L.E.T. is one of those opportunities,” said Nancy Murphy, director of small business development.  “We’re thrilled to be able to offer training of this caliber at this price to area businesses.”

Normally priced at $1695, this training is available for only $395.  Limited space is available.  To register, go to https://r10-let.eventbrite.com.  For more information about the workshop, contact Nancy Murphy 970-765-3130 or nancy@region10.net

 

What participants say about L.E.T. training…

“I have been through so many training courses and nothing was as comprehensive and practical as L.E.T. Bank employee

Cairo, Egypt

 

“For the first time in my life, I can honestly say that every minute of this course was worthwhile.  It went above and beyond my expectations.  The trainer fostered a supportive, fun and collaborative environment.  The materials and structure are perfect. This class is phenomenal!”                                                                                                         

Associate

W.L. Gore & Associates

 

“It was fantastic.  It challenged my perceptions of many leadership and communication philosophies and it [L.E.T.] won me over.”

Bill S.
Electrical Engineering Manager, Esterline Technologies

 

“I was very impressed when I initially went through the L.E.T. training. It was by far the best leadership communication training that I have been through in my 30 year career.”

Cyndi M.
Human Resources Specialist

 

Great training for anyone who supervises and provides valuable skill building opportunities. Best training I have been to in 12 years with the State of Maine.”

Employee
State of Maine, Department of Human Services

Community Living Services to issue request for proposals

Community Living Services to issue request for proposals

Contact:          Region 10 Area Agency on Aging

Eva Veitch/AAA Director

300 North Cascade, Suite 1

Montrose, CO  81401 (970) 765-3127

eveitch@region10.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Region10 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is requesting proposals from public, private, and non-profit organizations to provide services and programs for older adult citizens (60+) in Region 10 (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties) utilizing Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Older Americans Act funds and Older Coloradans Act funds. Funds are intended to promote services as follows:

  1. Secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment for older persons who are able to care for themselves, if they receive appropriate supportive services;
  2. Remove individual and social barriers and create greater economic and social independence for older persons; and
  3. Provide a continuum of care for persons who are elderly and vulnerable.
  4. Services include the following: Congregate Meals, Home Delivered Meals, Nutrition Education, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Homemaker Services, Information & Assistance/ADRC, Legal Assistance, Evidenced Based Health Promotion, Transportation Services and other Innovative Senior Services that demonstrate a coordination of services.

Applications will be available beginning 10:00 a.m. Fri., March 10th 2017 at www.region10.net/rfp and accepted until 5:00 pm, April 17, 2017. Applications must be submitted electronically.   To obtain technical assistance interested organizations should contact Region 10 Area Agency on Aging, 300 N. Cascade, Suite #1, Montrose, CO 81401, phone (970) 765-3127

2017 is the year of gratitude at Gunnison County Senior Resource Office

2017 is the year of gratitude at Gunnison County Senior Resource Office

The Gunnison County Senior Resource Office (SRO) announces 2017 as its “Year of Gratitude.” Each month, the SRO will award a local service or organization that improves the quality of life for seniors in Gunnison Valley.

Please join us in celebrating and thanking our 2017 Year of Gratitude recipients as they are announced throughout the year in the Senior Scoop and media outlets.

The January recipient is Gunnison Valley Health Senior Transportation, which has continually increased its services since its inception and continues to be a highly notable customer service for seniors in Gunnison and Crested Butte.

The Senior Resource Office is committed to keeping seniors safe through Adult Protective Services, and is also fully staffed to help determine what resources and services are available to seniors in the community.

We connect adults over 60+ and all adults with disabilities with information and service deliveries that empower them to age safely and independently during every stage of their aging transition.

Only through innovative and collaborative relationships with local services and organizations are we able to achieve our goals. If you have any questions regarding the Senior Resource Office of the Gunnison County Health & Human Services Department, please call us at 642-7300.

New Ridgway collaborative space seeks feedback from creatives

New Ridgway collaborative space seeks feedback from creatives

Are you a potter, a baker, an anything maker?  Have you heard about Space to Create Colorado? It’s a collaborative effort of multiple partners to provide a multi-function facility with affordable work/live space for creative sector workers around the state. Want to weigh in on your ideas for the perfect Space to Create in Ridgway? Take the survey today!

Click here to take the survey.

Delta shed builder gets boost from SBDC & BLF

Delta shed builder gets boost from SBDC & BLF

Ivan Burch’s business name says it all: Well-Built Sheds. He has been making high-quality and portable sheds and cabins in Delta for over five years. But he needed some help building his business.

Burch was eager to grow his business, and had a “verbal business plan,” but wasn’t exactly certain on next steps.

“I know where I wanted to go, but not necessarily how to get there—and [Region 10] helped me get there,” Burch adds. A friend of his introduced him to Region 10, the Small Business Development Center, and the Business Loan Fund.

“I had no idea these resources existed before,” Burch comments.

“Ivan initially came in to gather information about what to do to get started on purchasing an existing business,” says Dan Scinto, Business Loan Fund Director at Region 10. “Like most people who have not done this before he had a lot of questions to ask and even wondered if he was asking the right questions.”

Burch split his time between Scinto and John Angelo, SBDC Consultant. Scinto worked to find gap financing for Burch’s business plans, while Angelo helped by providing market research and business plan fine-tuning—all for free.

“Through multiple visits when we were able to define a path to take that made sense to Ivan and enabled us to arrange a financing package that would work for all concerned,” Scinto adds.

“Those guys have been instrumental in helping me in this process,” Burch referencing Angelo and Scinto. “I was highly impressed with what Region 10 had to offer.”

Ivan initially came in to gather information about what to do to get started on purchasing an existing business. Like most people who have not done this before he had a lot of questions to ask and even wondered if he was asking the right questions. Through multiple visits when we were able to define a path to take that made sense to Ivan and enabled us to arrange a financing package that would work for all concerned.

With the support of Region 10, Burch hopes to take his business to the next level.

Recognizing elder abuse: If it sounds too good to be true, it is

Recognizing elder abuse: If it sounds too good to be true, it is

Region 10 Community Living Services and our community partners have begun a campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse and exploitation. In the coming months you will learn the statistics of this very real and disturbing problem, you will hear the true and heartbreaking stories and you will be offered opportunities to become educated and involved in elder abuse prevention. You will learn how to protect yourselves and those you care about, you will understand what the warning signs of abuse are and how and when to report suspected abuse. We will give you the tools; will you help us with this important mission?

 

HOW TO RECOGNIZE FRAUD

Fraudsters use a number of persuasion tactics to convince their targets to give them money. Here are three of the most common red flags we’ve seen from callers into the AARP Foundation ElderWatch hotline in Colorado:

Number 1: You’re contacted out of the blue with an offer for free money or fast cash. If you receive an unsolicited offer like this, there’s a good chance that you’ve been targeted by a scam artist. Most scams of this nature rely on your response to their initial promise of lottery winnings, fast-cash from an easy work-at-home job, guaranteed returns from a hot new investment or an inheritance you didn’t know about, so that they can gain access to your personal information and solicit money from you.

Number 2: You are pressured to act quickly. Scam artists are very good at pretending to have “limited time only” offers or “inside information” that is designed to get you to act quickly and make an irrational decision. Don’t fall for those tactics. If the offer is legitimate it will still be there tomorrow.

Our third red flag is a really simple one: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scam artists have a knack for making people believe that they’ll be better off if they take the deal. But what really happens is that the scammers are the ones who are better off – they leave with your money and you’re left with nothing from the too-good-to-be-true promises that were made.

“Sometimes it takes only one voice. If you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation…please use yours.”

If you would like to get involved in this campaign please call Eva Veitch 970-765-3127  eveitch@region10.net