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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.

Broadband Partnerships

Broadband Partnerships

Region 10 Broadband – Thankful for Relationships Built on Partnerships

With the recent selection of Deeply Digital LLC, a Montrose-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Montrose, Region 10 is adding to its broadband implementation team, and looks forward to working with a local company with extensive experience in Middle-Mile and Fiber to the Premise Projects. Deeply Digital will work in collaboration with Region 10’s current broadband implementation team, Actavo Engineering Services and Consulting Firm, NEO Connect in order to build out middle mile infrastructure.

Along with TCS (currently building middle mile infrastructure in Delta) Deeply Digital brings years of experience and a local voice to the project. Proposals from companies across the country were reviewed, and Deeply Digital’s proposal was identified as having the right mix of qualities, including approach to the project and pricing. Deeply Digital President Doug Seacat says of the project, “We are proud to have been chosen as the contractor for Montrose”. “We have a long history here and are excited to be working with Region 10 and the City of Montrose to improve regional broadband”.

As construction activities begin in Montrose and begin to wrap up in Delta, we will be working closely with all of our partners to expedite the project and to minimize impact in the communities. Construction for the Regional Broadband Project is divided into two phases. Phase One is currently underway and includes network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Phase Two will begin in 2017, with construction throughout Region 10’s member counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale.

These efforts are part of a long-term Region 10 initiative to help local governments in bringing high-speed, Gigabit-enabled broadband to their communities. The goal continues to be construction of the “middle mile” infrastructure throughout the Region, while creating redundancy for the individual communities. Local governments have identified affordable and reliable, high-speed broadband as essential to the Region’s economic development, public safety and health, and statewide competitiveness.

Region 10 is thankful for the support and cooperation of its’ member communities and its’ ongoing partnerships as we work to realize this vision. Without support from local communities, counties, commercial partners and state agencies the project would remain just that, a vision of unrealized potential.

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Business Loan Fund lends thanks to our community

Business Loan Fund lends thanks to our community

Special recognition goes to Montrose County for acting as the sponsor for the State of Colorado’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated by Region 10. Through the program, Region 10 provides loans to businesses across six counties including Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Delta, Ouray, and San Miguel. Utilizing the CDBG program, the loan fund has given many businesses throughout the region access to capital through involvement in the program.

Often the CBDG funds assist a business with “gap” financing, allowing a business to combine personal assets and traditional bank financing with additional access to capital through the CBDG program to complete a loan package. This partnership with local banks in the area serves as an essential collaboration and contributes exponentially to the success of the businesses, thereby translating directly into job expansion and retention, as well as the overall vitality of the region.

Through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the contract has been expanded and extended to further facilitate job creation and economic diversification within the region until November 2018.  Businesses that will benefit from this unique approach to business lending include hotels, breweries, retail sales, service, and health care. The contract is in effect until November 2018.

For more information on the program and Region 10’s Loan Fund or to see if your business could benefit from this approach to commercial lending, please contact Region 10 Business Loan Fund Director Dan Scinto at 970-765-3126.

Grateful for our SHIP volunteers

Grateful for our SHIP volunteers

Region 10’s Community Living Services program adopted the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 18 months ago from RSVP, which had been managing the program for many years.  When SHIP needed a home we were more than happy to bring them under the Community Living Services umbrella. The bonus for Region 10 was that all of the SHIP volunteers came with the package. These dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers donate more than 40 hours of their time and talent each week.

Medicare is a confusing world of acronyms, formularies, and programs– Parts A, B,C, D, just to name a few. Our SHIP volunteers know their stuff and every year they help consumers save thousands of dollars by finding them the plans that best meet their needs. They also manage the Senior Medicare Patrol which helps consumers understand the explanation of benefits; identify potential billing errors and possible Medicare fraud.

Mabel Risch, a Medicare guru, leads our SHIP team. The team of SHIP and Region 10 champions includes Judy Dietrich, Anne Britton, and Gloria Hudson. Administrative assistant Norma Abrahamson completes this dynamite band of volunteers.

Open enrollment continues through December 7th and SHIP counseling slots are filling fast. Call Norma at 970-765-3132 if you need to talk to one of them. This program would not be possible without dedicated volunteers. If you like helping people and want to join a fun group of people call Eva at 970-765-3127 to learn more about becoming a SHIP volunteer

We also count Barbara Ward among our many blessings. Barbara has been a steadfast volunteer ombudsman, as well as helping us with special events and projects, for more than 2 years. As a long-term care (LTC) ombudsman, she listens to and addresses the concerns of nursing home and assisted living facility residents. Because issues can range from the food service to problems with therapy or laundry, Barbara visits two of our facilities on a regular basis, spends time getting to know the residents, and works with Sandy Walker and the facilities to help resolve issues.

“There’s just about nothing I wouldn’t do for Region 10,” says Barbara Ward.

Volunteers like Barbara and our SHIP team help Community Living Services expand our reach to more people in our six-county region, and for this we are truly thankful.

Vince Rogalski: A Man of the Road

Vince Rogalski: A Man of the Road

We are thankful for individuals who are willing to spend a considerable amount of time away from their homes to provide a voice for Western Colorado citizens on statewide issues. One of these individuals is Deacon Vince Rogalski of Gunnison, who has served as the chairman of the Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region (GVTPR) and the Chairman of the State Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) for the last 14 years!

The GVTPR is responsible for the development of 20-year Regional Transportation Plans every five years, as well as producing annual updates through an extensive public participation process. The plan is a multi-model transportation plan addressing the transportation elements of roadways, bike & pedestrian facilities, transit services, aviation, and rail services, and covers all six counties in Region 10. It is used by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the development of the Statewide Transportation Plan and to establish priority projects for funding every year. The STAC advises the Colorado Department of Transportation on the needs of the transportation system in Colorado and reviews and comments on all Statewide Transportation Plans. STAC assists with the development of the statewide CDOT budget and project selection and prioritization.

Vince also serves on several other state transportation committees, including the transit and rail advisory committee and the freight plan committee. He spends several days a month in Denver making sure that the transportation needs of Western Colorado are part of every discussion at the state level. Thanks Vince!

Deeply Digital selected for Montrose broadband buildout

Deeply Digital selected for Montrose broadband buildout

Region 10 has selected Deeply Digital LLC, a Montrose-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Montrose. Region 10 welcomes Deeply Digital to its broadband implementation team, and looks forward to working with a local company with extensive experience in Middle-Mile and Fiber to the Premise Projects. Deeply Digital will work in collaboration with Region 10’s current broadband implementation team, Actavo Engineering Services and Consulting Firm, NEO Connect. Construction is scheduled for completion in the Spring.

Deeply Digital was chosen through a competitive bidding process from a nation-wide applicant pool. Proposals were evaluated based on numerous criteria including; company qualifications, pricing and approach to the project, and experience and references.

Regional Broadband Project Director for Region 10, Chris Kennedy says, “We looked at proposals from companies across the country, and Deeply Digital’s proposal was identified as having the right mix of qualities, including approach to the project and pricing.” And with countless residential and business customers already in the City of Montrose, Deeply Digital is very familiar with the community and it’s needs.

Deeply Digital President Doug Seacat says of the project, “We are proud to have been chosen as the contractor for Montrose. We have a long history here and are excited to be working with Region 10 and the City of Montrose to improve regional broadband.”

Construction activities will begin this week and Deeply Digital will be working closely with City of Montrose to expedite the project and to minimize impact in the community.

Virgil Turner, City of Montrose Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement responded to the selection, “The City is thrilled to work with a hometown company on this project. Doug and everyone over at Deeply Digital are local folks who are invested in this community. They have a proven track record here and they’re going to do a great job.”

Construction for the Regional Broadband Project is divided into two phases. Phase One is currently underway and includes network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Phase Two will begin in 2017, with construction throughout Region 10’s member counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale.

Region 10 has issued multiple invitations to bid in Phase One, including the Request for Information (RFI) for Dark Fiber IRU or Swap Agreement. The purpose of this bid was to invite those companies with networks in the region to discuss how they could partner with Region 10 for the benefit of the various communities. Additional invitations to bid include the RFPs for network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose.

These efforts are part of a long-term Region 10 initiative to help local governments in bringing high-speed, Gigabit-enabled broadband to their communities. The goal continues to be construction of the “middle mile” infrastructure throughout the Region, while creating redundancy for the individual communities. Local governments have identified affordable and reliable, high-speed broadband as essential to the Region’s economic development, public safety and health, and statewide competitiveness.

Region 10’s efforts in this broadband project have been extensively supported by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). DOLA has been a critical partner for infrastructure projects throughout the region and has provided leadership, technical support and grant funding throughout the broadband planning process.

Small business owners: We have the road map to success!

Small business owners: We have the road map to success!

 

Our goal at Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is to support, develop, and grow successful businesses.  Whether it is a startup or an existing business, we’ve developed a road map that we believe will support and develop successful businesses throughout the area.

While the SBRC continues to offer free or low-cost workshops, training, and consulting services, we have refined our delivery process in order to serve more clients more efficiently and utilize our consultants and budget more effectively.

For “Starting a Business” Clients

For clients who are looking to start a business, the SBRC offers the Colorado Business Resource Guide.  The guide is an incredible resource for any business, referencing most city, state, and federal forms needed to establish a business in the state, as well as in-depth information about legal structure and registration, income and property tax, Colorado state tax, employer responsibilities, bookkeeping, sources of assistance, business planning, marketing, financing options, liabilities and insurance, and trademarks, copyrights, and patents.

After our client receives the Colorado Business Resource Guide, their contact information is entered into our email database and they begin receiving information about upcoming training and workshops.  These classes include “10 Thing You Need to Know before Starting a Business”, informs new business hopefuls about the common pitfalls of starting a business so they don’t make the same mistakes; “Starting a Business in Colorado”; provides the steps to register a business, test market viability, identify a target market, and develop a cash flow spreadsheet; and “Lean Business Planning”, a step-by-step business planning tool that helps clients identify their goals and outlines how to achieve them.

For “Existing Business” Clients

We believe that planning is the key to success for any business.  In fact, existing businesses with business plans grow 30 percent faster than businesses without a plan.  And because most existing businesses that request consulting from the SBRC are looking to increase revenue, we think it is important for them to have a business plan, a marketing plan, or both.  If a business seeks assistance from the SBRC—either for funding and/or consulting—we generally require them to develop a business plan first.

The Plan Unlocks the Door

Once the client has submitted their business plan, the doors magically open to all of the SBRC’s resources.  Clients gain access to the Loan Fund and free consulting by our functional and industry experts, as well as special Small Business Development Center (SBDC) programs, including:

  • SBDC Advanced, an economic gardening program focused on helping Colorado companies grow by providing custom-fit market research and corporate-level tools that might otherwise be out of reach for small to mid-sized businesses;
  • Connect2DOT, a certification process that prepares qualifying businesses to bid on various CDOT state and municipal projects; and
  • Small Manufacturer’s AdvantEDGE (SMA), which provides coaching, consultation, and/or training by industry experts to small manufacturers based on the challenges manufacturers face.

For Everyone

Startups and existing businesses alike always have access to the variety of workshops we have available in functional areas, including bookkeeping, marketing, management, and operations.  Please check our calendar of events for dates and times.

If you have questions, comments, ideas for workshops and trainings, or know of anyone who would benefit from our SBRC offerings, please contact us:

Nancy Murphy                                                                  Dan Scinto
Small Business Development                                       Loan Fund
nancy@region10.net                                                      dan@region10.net
970-765-3130                                                                     970-765-3126

 

 

 

 

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