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Innovation Lab Offers Free Services

Robert Hernández, Manager of Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is starting off the new year with a new tax service offered through the Denver Asset Building Coalition and a financial workshop taught by the reputable Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA). Here are the details: 1. The financial workshop will be taught over a period of four days by the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA). This workshop was held last year and it was a hit, so it is back by popular demand. The workshop will occur every Wednesday starting January 14 through February 4 at the Innovation Lab from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The $10 fee pays for all four days, and includes a financial workbook, free advice from a CPA, snacks, and other class materials. Those interested in signing up can call the Innovation Lab at 303-388-8213. 2. The Denver Asset Building Coalition (DABC) has partnered with Mi Casa

Innovation Lab to set up a pop-up site (a.k.a. Valet VITA service) where free tax preparation will be offered to the community. Geoff Brown, the Executive Director of DABC, will operate this small pop-up site. He will sit down with each individual or family separately and privately to determine their tax situation and receive their documents. He then will take the information back to his office and finish the return. Brown will meet the client back at the Innovation Lab the following week to return their documents and allow them to sign the return for e-filing. It is a very simple and convenient way for people to access this invaluable service. All DABC staff and volunteers are completely sanctioned and certified by the IRS, and receive a grant from the IRS to provide these services for free. The pop-up site will be open for business every Thursday from 12-4 p.m. starting on January 29 through April 9. April 2 is the deadline for new clients at the popup site, and April 9 will be the final day for the follow-up meeting with Brown. It’s expected that the number of returns processed out of this site will be approximately 15 per visit (per week), or about one every 15 minutes. Single-filers with an annual income of $35,000 or less, or families with $52,000 or less, are eligible for this free tax preparation. Wishing you the best in 2015! –Robert M. Hernández Manager of Innovation Lab Small Business Consultant For address, see ad on left

We are working hard to keep our promises to you.

Re Elect Working to Connect OUR Diverse Communities in District 9 Former Mayor Wellington Webb Says

“Three years ago, I endorsed a young man who I thought would bring new young leadership and compassion to the most diverse district in the city. He has undertaken the tough issues and not ducked any controversial topics. He has brought new development and sense of community to the entire district with residents feeling that everyone counts. I am proud of the job he is doing as our councilman.” AlbusBrooksforDenver.org Facebook/CouncilmanAlbusBrooks Twitter@AlbusBrooksD8 Paid for by Albus Brooks for Denver.

Community Engagement Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Numerous Events in Northeast Denver a Celena Hollis Memorial a Annual King M. Trimble., Esq. Tea & Roses Senior Social a Annual Hiawatha Davis Jr. Senior Luncheon a Safe Summer Safe Holly Park Hill Festival a Imagin8 Neighborhood Tour: My office embarked on a strategic visioning tour, bringing every neighborhood together to share ideas about challenges and opportunities in our district.

Economic Development a Established Welton in Five Points as an Urban Renewal Area a Partnered with the Office of Economic Development (OED) for the Welton Street Design Challenge a Changed the name from Welton Street Cultural Historic District to the Five Points Historic Cultural District (Official in the fall of 2014) a Future development of the Central Denver Recreation Center a Grocery stores working to eliminate the food deserts in NE Denver: Sprouts Farmers Market, Colfax & Garfield, and Walgreens, 35th & Colorado Blvd.

Youth Development a Partnered with OED to provide intensive training to over 70 young men & women of color who live in District 8 and have been involved in the justice system. a Upon completing the training, the young adults attended a job fair. Over 40 employers participated: 550 job opportunities were available.

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