Business Briefcase

New Businesses

Success In Millions has formed in Fort Collins to motivate people to live up to their potential and establish self esteem and self confidence. Its goal is to build an organization of one million or more members with success stories of inspired individuals helping the less-inspired.

A monthly newsletter containing success stories and healthy-living articles is published. The business also offers “million-dollar bills” as a promotional gift for business owners or to send in appreciation of others. All have individual serial numbers and micro-printed messages from a previous president.

They are packaged in protective covering with a certificate of authenticity and the Million $ Story and enclosed in a gold gift envelope. Call (970) 416-8882, or e-mail jjhme@webaccess.net.

Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza Inc. has opened a restaurant at 518 W. Laurel St. in Fort Collins. It’s the fourth Front Range location for the Boulder-based company. The local restaurant will test market WoodyBurgers and will feature a full menu of pizza, sandwiches, pasta, salads and beer-cheese soup. Bar specials and entertainment also are planned.

Changes

Fort Collins travel agency Aggie TravelPoints has a new name and a new second location and is celebrating 40 years in business. The full-service travel agency at 307 S. College Ave. now is called TravelPoints International at all of its six Front Range offices. The agency’s other Fort Collins office now is located at 1112 Oakridge, Suite 113. Its phone number remains (970) 223-7999. TravelPoints has other locations in Greeley, Boulder and Denver.

Facility Solutions Inc. of Longmont is expanding the facilities-management business that Project FM established during the past three years. The name change reflects the addition of new services and a new partner. The company assists Front Range businesses in defining their facility management needs, including space planning and design, furniture installation and transport, office moves and storage. The phone number is (303) 684-9580, and the fax number is (970) 684-9582. The e-mail address is spacerangers@worldnet.att.net.

Relocations

American Universities International Program has opened its new headquarters at 307 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. AUIP is a nonprofit educational corporation providing study-abroad opportunities for college students and the general public. It has been operational since 1971 and has offices in Illinois, Australia, Great Britain and Belize. A special program is offered in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. A field-oriented study each spring in Belize includes visits to Mexico and Guatemala. The phone number remains (970) 495-0869.

New Products & Services

RockyRoad Publicity & Sports Photography of Timnath now offers action video services that can help individuals, teams and classes to perfect their talents. During a practice or workout, RockyRoad will film a video so that performers or athletes can perfect skills. Contact info@rocky-rd.com or call Deena Brewer at (970) 225-6858.

Colorado State University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is offering free help preparing basic tax returns through April 15. Services are available from 2 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Lory Student Center. The program aims to provide free tax assistance with basic returns to people who can’t afford professional tax help. Appointments are not necessary. It is run by students and sponsored by the state chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary and professional accounting fraternity.

Nextel Communications Inc. has begun rounding all cellular calls to the nearest second in its 200-city national network, including the Rocky Mountain Region. After the first minute, customers will be charged to the nearest second, rather than the industry standard of rounding up to the nearest minute.

The Manufacturers Phone Book USA 1997 is available from Omnigraphics Inc. of Detroit. It’s a guide to approximately 41,300 leading manufacturing enterprises in the United States. Contact information includes address, telephone, fax, e-mail and Internet connections. Cost is $125. To order, call (800) 875-1340.

Fleetside Pub & Brewing brewmaster Jim Weatherwax and University of Northern Colorado football coach Joe Glenn are brewing “Bears Championship Ale” that will be tapped April 5. Supporters of the university and the Bears are encouraged to support the coach and team at Fleetside’s. The brew pub will donate 10 percent of revenues generated by Joe’s Ale to the UNC Football Program.

Rocky Mountain Rechargers of Estes Park, an inkjet cartridge remanufacturer, has purchased the Ultrafill 5060 automated inkjet filling system to allow processing of up to 60 cartridges an hour. Cartridge remanufacturers take used printer and fax cartridges, refill them, then sell them again. Rocky Mountain Rechargers uses the drill-and-fill process primarily on Hewlett-Packard Co. cartridges.

Colorado State University researchers, the National Football League and Vail’s Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation are teaming to develop new methods for treating knee injuries. The research will look at new surgical techniques and enhancing treatment with injection growth factors. The work is funded by grants from the National Football League Charities. The study is the result of an initial collaboration between CSU’s Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith and Vail’s Dr. J. Richard Steadman. Veterinary applications also are being studied.

Deals

Benchmark of Cheyenne and BenchMark of Torrington have been formed through the merger of Jack Noblitt & Associates of Cheyenne and Eastern Wyoming Engineering and Surveying Professionals of Torrington. Both offices will remain in their present locations, enabling BenchMark to provide full-service civil engineering, planning and surveying to a broader area with greater efficiency. BenchMark of Cheyenne can be reached at (307) 634-9064. BenchMark of Torrington is at (307) 532-3811.

Lifestyle Homes Inc. of Greeley has joined the E-Star program of Energy Rated Homes of Colorado. All homes will be constructed in accordance with home energy rating guidelines established by ERHC. ERHC’s goal is to provide energy-efficiency rating systems for new and existing homes in Colorado. The ratings are then used by home buyers to qualify for an Energy Efficient Mortgage or an Energy Improvement Mortgage.

Triple Crown Sports of Fort Collins and SGD of Boulder have formed an alliance whereby SGD will be the exclusive catalog sponsor of Triple Crown’s international softball and baseball tournaments. SGD, a ski and snowboard catalog retailer, recently expanded its catalog offerings to include slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball and baseball. The Triple Crown Diamond Sports Series for 1997 encompasses 180 tournaments in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico.

A Design Firm of Fort Collins is producing the 1997 visitors’ guide for the Fort Collins Convention & Visitors Bureau. The guide is targeted at tourists who know little about the city’s businesses, services and attractions, and is designed to help them make buying decisions during their stay. It is the only visitors’ guide distributed by the bureau.

Larimer County’s new financial-management system has become a demonstration site for The Oracle Corp. of Redwood Shores, Calif. Oracle, which specializes in software for government and industry, has selected Larimer County for input on its new software and for demonstrations for government officials from throughout the country. Larimer County began using the new Oracle system Jan. 1.

Awards & Honors

Poudre Valley Air Inc. of Fort Collins has received the Circle of Excellence Award for 1996 from Lennox Industries. Poudre Valley Air has earned the award for the past five years. Criteria for the award include sales and service training and performance, customer satisfaction, company growth, marketing success and business planning effectiveness.

1st Choice Bank of Greeley has been designated a Blue Ribbon Bank by Veribanc Inc. The award was given for the bank’s attention to safety and soundness. The recognition applies to the bank’s main office as well as to locations in Windsor and Fort Collins. Veribanc is an independent bank research firm that on a quarterly basis assesses the financial health of approximately 25,000 banks, thrifts and credit unions.

Symbios Logic Inc. of Fort Collins was named Compaq Computer Corp.’s premier microperipheral and semiconductor supplier for the second half of 1996. The award acknowledges Symbios Logic’s strong commitment to customer satisfaction and excellence in its field. Symbios was rated the No. 1 supplier of microperipherals by Compaq for three of four quarters in 1996.

Fleetside Pub & Brewing of Greeley received one of five grand prizes in a BrewPub T-shirt Design Contest conducted by BrewPub magazine. A total of 112 T-shirt designs from around the country were entered in the contest. Fleetside’s design was created by Invision Marketing Inc. of Fort Collins.

Ray Spencer, president of Classic Custom Builders, was named builder of the year by the Northern Colorado Association of Home Builders. The award is given to a builder considered to have had the best overall performance during the year. Spencer also recently won the national 1996 Pacesetter Award for Excellence in Customer Service by Custom Home, a national builders’ magazine. Spencer credits a vigilant Total Quality Management program for his company’s success, as well as “Zero Defect Closings” that guarantee a client a problem-free home at closing.

Brayton Insurance in Fort Collins has been named an Advantage Agent for 1997 by Alliance Insurance Cos. of McPherson, Kan. To qualify as an Advantage Agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability over five consecutive years. Brayton Insurance is a full-service independent agency at 315 W. Oak St., Suite 514. The phone number is (970) 484-1401.

Alpine Gardens of Greeley has received the Grand Award for Excellence in Landscaping, the highest award presented annually by the Landscape Contractors of Colorado. It’s the fourth time Alpine Gardens has earned the designation. The company does both residential and commercial landscaping. The phone number is (970) 351-8010 in Greeley or (970) 226-2296 in Fort Collins.

CoCreate Software Inc., a Fort Collins-based subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Co., was named in two independent surveys as providing better-quality mechanical computer-aided design and product-data management than its competitors. One survey was commissioned by the CADCircle in Munich, Germany. The other was carried out by U.S.-based technical-consulting and market-research company CIMdata.

Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream of Fort Collins won the “Best Candy” award at the ninth annual Just Desserts contest sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Collins. The winning entry was Kilwin’s turtle fudge, a blend of chocolates, pecans and caramel.

Grants & Donations

Front Range Community College has awarded $321,707 in financial aid for the 1996-1997 academic year to increase the diversity of its students. The money goes to 314 students, of which 103 attend the Larimer Campus. The grants are focused on two primary underrepresented groups at FRCC — recent high-school graduates and first-generation college students.

Hearts & Horses, a Loveland-based nonprofit therapeutic riding program, is working toward being accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Donations to the program are needed. Funding requirements include tuition for instructor accreditation, liability insurance, safety helmets, and special stirrups and hand-holds. Donations may be made for a specific item. An advisory board also is needed in part to assist the board of directors. Contact Terri Mikkelsen at (970) 669-0150 or Marilyn Immeke at (970) 669-2344.