Business Briefcase

New Businesses

Colton “Bill” Babcock has returned to Colorado from Maine to open a private law practice. He began practicing law in Loveland and spent 12 years as city attorney there. He now will emphasize land-use and other governmental and regulatory law as well as general civil matters. His office is in the Stuart Professional Park, 1136 E. Stuart St., Fort Collins, Suite 4102, where he is of counsel to the firm of John P. DiFalco and Associates. Babcock can be reached at (970) 472-9671.

Hays Market has opened at the corner of Colorado Highway 60 and Parish Street in Johnstown. The new grocery store is the first new commercial building built in Johnstown in the last 10 years. Located in the Johnstown Center, the market now can provide better service to residents of fast-growing Johnstown and Milliken. First National Bank of Johnstown also will be in the center.

Kilwin’s Chocolates opened on College Avenue near Old Town Square in Fort Collins. The store is the 29th shop in a franchise operation from Petoskey, Mich. The stores have a national reputation for handmade chocolates and original ice-cream recipes. Donna and Jack Vogt of Fort Collins own the local store. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Two new art galleries have opened in Fort Collins. Hummelwerk Inc. and The Grass Roots Gallery are at 212 W. Magnolia Ave. The first, owned by Jerry Hummel, is a fine-art printing company specializing in Iris printing for artists and photographers. Grass Roots Gallery, run by Christopher Totaro, combines minerals with fine art. The gallery acts as an agent to promote artists’ work to buyers. The phone number for the galleries is (970) 416-7890.

Word Dynamics, a Loveland-based business, recently opened. An advanced word-processing and database-management company, Word Dynamics also offers legal transcription and mail-merge services as well as data graphs and spreadsheets. The business serves a national market. Owner Sharon Nealeigh can be reached at (970) 663-1324 or by fax at (970) 663-1380.

PostNet Postal and Business Services opened in the new OakRidge Shopping Center on Lemay Avenue near Harmony Road. It is owned by Tim and Debra Webb. PostNet offers services including copies, worldwide faxing, e-mail, key duplication, laminating, printing, rubber stamps, mail-box rental, notary services, passport photos and computer rentals. Customers also can purchase postage stamps, greeting cards, packaging materials and office supplies. The phone number is (970) 223-5916. The fax is (970) 223-0999.

New Products & Services

Norlarco Credit Union has introduced BuyRight, a program for financing a new or used vehicle up to two years old. It offers members an alternative to traditional leasing or financing while reducing monthly payments by about 20 percent. It requires no down payment and does not charge termination fees that significantly raise the cost of some leasing programs. Under BuyRight, the member pays only for the time that the vehicle is used. Several options also are available once the loan matures. Call (970) 221-1261.

Grit Gardz, a ski-protection system that prevents skis in car racks from being sandblasted to and from drives to ski areas has been released by Gear Reichert Ltd., a Torrington, Wyo., company. Grit Gardz are durable sleeves that fit around each ski while still allowing it to fit into overhead racks. When not in use, the sleeves roll up to fit into backpacks or fanny packs. Various sizes fit downhill skis from 150 to 210 centimeters. Product lines are planned for snowboard, cross-country, Telemark and specialized ski markets. Retailers interested in the product can call Jeff Reichert at (800) 750-4336. For consumer orders, call (800) 654-1996.

Tickets for the 75th annual Greeley Independence Stampede already are on sale. The event will be held June 25 through July 6 at Island Grove Regional Park. The schedule includes seven rodeos, Demolition Derby, Kids Rodeo and several top country music artists. For information or tickets, call (970) 356-BULL or (800) 982-BULL or any TicketMaster location.

A new eight-page, four-color brochure from ABB Flexible Automation Inc. explains how the company is organized and provides detailed information on the capabilities of its Welding Systems Division based in Fort Collins. The division supplies more than 9,000 welding robots worldwide. For a copy of the brochure, write ABB Flexible Automation Inc., Welding Systems Division, 4600 Innovation Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525 or call (800) 242-3722.

Electronic Fab Technology Corp. of Greeley, an electronic contract manufacturer, has unveiled its new manufacturing paradigm, Asynchronous Process Manufacturing. It implemented the process to focus the company on delivering manufacturing solutions for high-mix products in a high-speed mode. Implementation of APM required a complete relayout of the manufacturing floor, reorganizing workers into process teams and revising documentation.

FrontNet, a marketing firm in Fort Collins, has opened FrontNet Marketplace of Northern Colorado, where local businesses advertise their products and services on the Internet. FrontNet provides a full range of Web-site design and marketing throughout the Internet. Services include Mini-Web sites for small businesses. FrontNet Marketplace can be viewed at or by calling (970) 484-5972.


Engineering Computer Consultants Inc. has relocated to 5832 S. College Ave., Suite C, in Fort Collins. The company’s phone number is (970) 229-5888; its fax number is (970) 229-5895.


JYM Information Systems of Fort Collins signed a contract to build and install an Internet server for the community of Raton, N.M., near the Colorado state line. The service, to be owned and operated by the Raton Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Council, will provide the community of 7,500 and people within the local calling area access to the Internet and World Wide Web without incurring long-distance phone charges. JYM Information Systems can be reached at (970) 493-8776.

Inner Dzyn of Fort Collins has been commissioned to design the executive elevator at Eastman Kodak in Windsor as well as to redesign the locker and toilet-room facilities of building C-13. Both designs will bring the areas up to design compliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Inner Dzyn can be reached at (970) 223-9848.


The law firm of Orr, Buchhammer and Kehl P.C. has relocated to 1821 Logan Ave. in Cheyenne. The firm emphasizes business and commercial law. The firm can be contacted at (307) 634-2184; fax (307) 634-2199; e-mail

Creative Career Connections has two new locations. The placement division, connecting employers and new employees, is at 3307 S. College Ave. The new phone number is (970) 206-1812. The career center, assisting clients with customized career-management services, is at 2404 Sheffield Circle East. The phone number remains (970) 221-3511.


Mary Pagel, president of Computer Tutor Inc. of Fort Collins, has licensed the Computer Tutor Learning Center of Fort Collins to Gary Fencl, owner of CSM, a computer consulting firm. He will service all of Larimer County and continue providing training for WordPerfect and Microsoft Office applications, including Quicken and Quickbooks. His curriculum also will expand to include MS Visual Basic, Access Database and Internet training. His number is (970) 490-2555. The corporate number is (970) 490-6036.

StaffMark Inc., parent company to the local On Call Staffing Services, has made its first acquisition since going public in October. The company acquired Technology Source, an information-technology staffing company in St. Louis. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CoCreate Software Inc., a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Co., and Netscape Communications Corp. have announced that Netscape Navigator client software will be included in CoCreate’s WorkManager product-data and workflow management system. It will provide the foundation that emerging Web-based user interfaces need to access information easily from anywhere in the enterprise.

Award, Honors & Anniversaries

Joan Burleigh, director of Colorado State University’s Center for Auditory Research, received the General Grand Chapter Distinguished Service Award from the Royal Arch Masons. She became the only woman and nonfreemason to ever win the honor. Former honorees include Roy Rogers, Roy Clark, Roy Acuff and U.S. senators Jesse Helms and Sam Nunn. Burleigh was honored for 20 years of research to aid children and adults with central auditory nervous system disorders.

Colorado State University’s student-run Campus Television was awarded best newscast in the nation for 1996 by the National Association of Collegiate Broadcasters, further cementing the operation’s reputation as a national leader in collegiate broadcasting. CTV’s newscast came out on top of 300 entries that competed in this year’s contest. This is the fourth consecutive year in which the newscast has garnered national attention.

Tom Brock, a certified public accountant, was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. It is given to CPAs who have been members of the AICPA for 40 years. Brock is the founder and chairman of Brock and Co. CPAs P.C. with offices in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins and Longmont. Brock and Co. also is celebrating 40 years of business.

Symbios Logic Inc. of Fort Collins has donated $175,000 in used fabrication equipment to Pikes Peak Community College of Colorado Springs to install in its newly established IC Fabrication Institute. It will further educate technicians in fab processes and procedures.

Riedman Insurance will donate 400 smoke alarms to the Children’s Clinic and the Fort Collins Senior Center for distribution to area residents. The initiative is part of a national effort on the part of Riedman to increase fire-safety awareness. The alarms may be obtained at the Children’s Clinic, 400 Remington St., or the Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, while supplies last.

Wendy Bonifazi, a Fort Collins writer and public-relations consultant, won first prize in Writer’s Digest magazine’s 65th annual writing competition that attracted more than 12,000 entries. Bonifazi, who frequently writes on health, elder care, parenting and lifestyle issues, wrote about nursing homes for the contest. She also recently earned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Nation’s Business magazine “Blue Chip Enterprise Award” for strategic public relations. Her phone number is (970) 229-9719.

Investment representatives of financial-services firm Edward Jones gave the company the highest marks in a recent Registered Representative magazine survey. The national survey ranked eight of the top investment firms, polling more than 400 investment representatives.

Bowman’s Pub and Brewing Co. of Laramie was named winner of the first Saratoga Steinley Cup competition, Wyoming’s official microbrewery contest. Bowman’s Jack Pale Ale was named best brew in Wyoming. Earlier this year, the company’s Brown Trout Ale won a silver medal at a Cheyenne competition.

Eastman Kodak Co.’s Colorado division will fund an ethics training program for teachers, school administrators and students in Northern Colorado school districts. The program, in partnership with the University of Northern Colorado, also will serve employees at Kodak’s facility in Windsor. Initial funding is $36,374 for the academic year. It is scheduled to run through 1999.

Ray Walter, owner of Ray Walter Photography in Timnath, has won multiple awards in a juried competition. He featured people and products in his seven entries in the 20th MAC Awards Competition and Celebration. One large photo, titled “Scanner in Space,” was done for Hewlett-Packard Co. This is the third year in a row Walter has won multiple awards.

Dan Seese of Dan Seese Illustration and Sign was recognized by national publication Sign Business in its Best Commercial Signs of 1996 competition. His two winning projects were an exterior sign for the Fort Collins Good Samaritan Village and an internal sign for Front Range Antique Mall.

Shaw Sign & Awning Inc. placed fourth in the International Sign Design Competition for the sign it developed for 1st Choice Bank at East Horsetooth Road and South College Avenue. The sign also won an award from the United States Sign Association.