Subscribe to Region 10

News

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

Is your business leaving money on the table?

Is your business leaving money on the table?

If your business is helping drive local economic development by creating and/or retaining jobs in an Enterprise Zone, you may be eligible for Enterprise Zone tax credits.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you…

  • Making an investment in equipment or improvements?
  • Hiring employees?
  • Operating in an enhanced rural zone?
  • Adding value to agricultural commodities?
  • Sponsoring health insurance for your employees?
  • Planning to occupy a previously vacant building?
  • Providing job training?
  • Making private expenditures on R+D?
  • Purchasing manufacturing machinery, machine tools, and machine parts?
  • Considering local government tax incentives?

Are you located in…

  • Delta*, Hinsdale*, Montrose, and Ouray* counties: All incorporated and unincorporated areas.
  • Gunnison County: All incorporated and unincorporated areas, except in the Town of Crested Butte where only zoned commercial, business, tourist, or PUD are included.
  • San Miguel County: All incorporated and unincorporated areas, except in the town of Telluride.

*Delta, Hinsdale, and Ouray counties are Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zones and offer larger tax credits to businesses that apply.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re leaving money on the table!

Call today to find out how your business can benefit from Enterprise Zone tax credits

and learn how to save money on your Colorado income taxes.  Preregistration required.

www.region10.net/enterprisezone
970.765.3130

Where are we with broadband now?

Where are we with broadband now?

The first quarter of 2017 has shown significant progress with the Region 10 Middle Mile Broadband project.  More than two years ago, recognizing the impact of the lack of adequate broadband services, Region 10 members requested and received funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to complete a broadband implementation plan. As a result, an innovative and cost-effective plan was developed to improve the broadband infrastructure within the Region. Since then the project has gained momentum and construction is underway in multiple communities in Delta and Montrose Counties.

The spring and summer of 2017 will see advances in engineering and construction in the Phase 2 communities that include Gunnison and Ouray counties and their member municipalities. We continue to fine tune the project plan in partnership with our members to meet changing environmental factors and member expectations. With the support of our partners Region 10 expects to complete regional construction by years’ end.

“Implementing projects of this size and complexity is a combination of art and science” says Chris Kennedy, Region 10 Broadband Project Director. “Developing relationships, identifying options and executing the vision are what make each and every day exciting and rewarding. The Region stands to benefit greatly with a needed addition to its economic development toolset” Kennedy added.

We look forward to sharing much more in the upcoming months as the vision takes physical shape and the region begins to experience positive results once the network is fully implemented. To keep track of progress, please visit http://www.region10.net/regional-development/broadband/

Nonprofits: Help your donors get more bang for their bucks

Nonprofits: Help your donors get more bang for their bucks

If your business is a nonprofit helping drive local economic development by creating and/or retaining jobs in an Enterprise Zone, your donors may be eligible for Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credits.

If so, your donors could receive a Colorado income tax credit for 25% of cash contributions, up to a maximum credit of $100,000, and/or 12.5% for in-kind contributions, such as labor, materials, desks, computer equipment, or stock. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Homeless Shelters offering or providing referrals to child care, job placement, and counseling services;
  • Business Assistance including management training and counseling, incubators, finance funds, and feasibility studies;
  • Job Training Projects directed at specific skill training in cooperation with business and industry;
  • Infrastructure Projects serving businesses, including water, sewer, transportation, telecommunications, streetscaping, business and industrial parks;
  • Marketing for business, economic and business development;
  • Rural Health Care Facilities that are identified in a rural Enterprise Zone’s development plan; and
  • Community Development Projects promoting nonprofit or government-funded community development projects.

Serving Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties

Getting started:

  1. Contact your local Enterprise Zone Administrator (EZA) by calling Region 10 at 970.249.2436 or emailing ezadmin@region10.net
  2. The EZA will provide the proposed project information on the state requirements and application process.
  3. An application form and proposal must be completed and submitted to the EZA.
  4. All projects must be approved by the State Enterprise Zone Commission in order to be able to receive contributions.
  5. Projects must be recertified each year in order to continue to receive contributions.
  6. The EZA will work with Project Coordinator to complete the donor certification form (DR0075).
  7. The donor must complete, sign, and attach the DR0075 form to his/her Colorado Income Tax in order to receive the tax credit.

Call today to find out how your donors can get more bang for their donation buck.

www.region10.net/contribution-tax-credits
ezadmin@region10.net
970.249.2436

Brewery and nonprofit team up to preserve Gunnison trails

Brewery and nonprofit team up to preserve Gunnison trails

Back in March 2015, we shared the story of High Alpine Brewing Company, and how Region 10 helped give them a jump start. It’s the story of Bryan Wickenhauser, Scott Cline, Jon Brown working to provide a much needed service and product in Gunnison, Colorado: brewing and serving quality craft beer.

But this project has always been more than just brewing beer. High Alpine owns a unique relationship with its location. Its tagline – “Where beer meets tree line” – demonstrates the company’s commitment to its pristine, high-altitude surroundings.

It only seemed natural then for High Alpine to partner with Gunnison Trails, a nonprofit advocacy group who works preserve trail-based education, conservation, and recreation in Gunnison County.

The two teamed up to create Penny for Trails, a fundraising effort that adds one cent to every dollar spent on food and beverage at the brewery.

“Partnering with Gunnison Trails fits our philosophy of giving back and ties in well with our business model,” Cline adds.

“We’re honored that these guys have that kind of confidence in our mission and out organization,” states Dave Wiens, Executive Director of Gunnison Trails.

The Penny program had a kickoff party on January 19th, and is still going strong.

These are the type of ventures that only come to fruition when the community invests in its local economies.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” now available in Delta

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” now available in Delta

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the resources they need to take care of themselves, is coming to Delta. Scheduled to start on March 6th 2017, Powerful Tools will be held at the Grand Mesa Oncology and Rheumatology building (1501 East 3rd Street, Delta, CO, 81416).

Presented by Region 10 and The Area Agency on Aging, this program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week on Monday from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. The courses will be taught by experienced caregivers who have successfully applied the techniques they teach. Interactive lessons, discussions, and brainstorming will help caregivers develop the “tools” they need to maintain their peace of mind.

Class participants will receive the book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. A $25 donation is requested for participants over the age of 60, but not required. Participants under the age of 60 are required to pay the $25 fee.

For more information or to register, contact Sandy Walker at (970) 765-3131 or sandy@region10.net. Participants can also register at www.region10.net/powerfultools.

Classes take place 1:00 to 3:30 pm on the following days:

  • March 6th
  • March 13th
  • March 20th
  • March 27th
  • April 3rd
  • April 10th

 

Announcing Foodie Fridays!

Announcing Foodie Fridays!

REGION 10 AND MONTROSE COUNTY PARTNER TO BRING FOOD ENTHUSIASTS FOODIE FRIDAYS

Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) and the Montrose County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are bringing area food enthusiasts “Foodie Friday”, the first Friday of each month in 2017.  Workshops, conducted by Montrose County’s Environmental Health Director Jim Austin, are free and open to the public.

Foodie Friday will be held the first Friday of each month at Region 10, 300 N Cascade Avenue in Montrose, from 9-10 a.m. In this workshop, participants will learn about the state and county laws, rules, and regulations that govern the cottage food industry, food trucks and other mobile retail outlets, and restaurants. The schedule will be as follows:

 

January 6, 2017-Cottage Foods: What you need to know before you start selling

February 3, 2017- Food Trucks:  What you need to know before you start rolling

March 3, 2017- Restaurants:  What you need to know before you sign that lease

 

“The purpose of Foodie Friday is to provide people interested in selling raw and prepared foods with the state and county laws, rules, and regulations before they dive in and make huge investments,” said Nancy Murphy, Region 10 small business development director.  “Jim Austin at Montrose County DHHS has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the food safety arena, and we are thrilled he is bringing our local foodies the information they need to start or expand their businesses.”

Jim Austin has served as the Montrose County environmental health director since March 2013.  Previous to that, he lived in Denver for 20+ years and directed the food inspection program for the City and County of Denver from 1992 to 1999.

The schedule is planned to repeat quarterly:

Cottage Foods: Friday, January 6, April 7, July 7, and October 6, 2017

Food Trucks:  Friday, February 3, May 5, August 4, and November 3, 2017

Restaurants: Friday, March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1, 2017

 

For more information, please contact Nancy Murphy at Region 10, 970-765-3130, and/or Jim Austin at Montrose County, 970-252-5067.

Above and Beyond Award

Above and Beyond Award

Community Living Services is a program of the Older Americans Act, funded by the state and Federal government to provide supports and services to older adults. Region 10 Area Agency on Aging is blessed to have amazing contractors and vendors to provide the services we direct. Two years ago the CLS team decided to honor our outstanding providers with the Above and Beyond award. The contractors meet with our team quarterly to learn about what we are doing as an agency and to share what they are doing with one another. We all work together to provide services that enable older adults to remain in their home of choice whenever possible.

The September “Above & Beyond” was awarded to the Gunnison Senior Resources Program administered by Gunnison County Health and Human Services. In the past year the Gunnison Senior Resources program has increased their outreach efforts and have become certified Medicare Counselors under the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and are trainers for Chronic Disease Self-Management classes. They have been instrumental in building a robust resource list in Gunnison County to better meet the needs of Gunnison County residents. The Gunnison team has gone above and beyond to provide information, resources and services. Region 10 Community Living Services is pleased to recognize these efforts.