"Get Connected to the Region's Best Bus iness Network" SERVING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY SINCE 1955•REPRESENTING 12,226 MEMB ER EMPLOYEES• EMPLOYEES•OCT. 2012 V OLUME 18, NUMBER 10
The Chamber is Sweet on You! Membership Appreciation
Join the Castle Rock Chamber in expanding the membership team! It's time to score big with the Chamber! Sign up to be on the team and create opportunities for your business to score big and expand your base! The draft starts in October. Chamber Stats: this issue CEO Focus P.2 White Construction Recognized P.4 Business Boot Camp P.7 Membership Appreciation Day P.10 Upcoming Events P.21
22% of our Cha mber members a re sole proprietors 41% ha ve 2-5 employees 23% ha ve 6-24 employees 14% ha ve more than 25 employees 19% of our members a re home based Read more on page 6
CEO Focus What does our st ate economy really look like?
2012-2013 Board of Directors E XE CUTIV E C OMMITTEE C HAIRMAN OF TH E BOARD
Pam Ridler , CCE President/CEO Castle Rock Chamber
Recently the state’s economists presented their quarterly forecasts. In the short term, the good news is – the Governor’s Office (OSPB) raised their General Fund forecast for this year by $239 million for FY 2012-13, and the Legislative Council similarly raised their forecast for this year by $83.7 million which means the short-term budget figures look strong. The Governor’s budget priorities for FY 201314, Henry Sobanet, Director of OSPB, says:
The governor’s office “believes it will be able to fund K-12 Enrollment and Inflation in FY 2013-14”.
On Medicaid, they will likely need to request an additional $100 million – though there is a slight flattening of caseload growth.
Aaron Barrick, Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick & Patoile ,PC
C HAIR- ELE CT Michael Likens, gopixel design studios inc.
TREA SURER Wendy Nelson, B2B CFO
TREA SURER- ELE CT Nino DiMatteo, FirstBank - Douglas County
IMM EDIATE PAST C HAIRMAN Linda Watson, Sky Ridge Medical Center
Corrections caseload continues to drop.
The governor’s office will likely request more money for Human Services.
The governor’s office wants to put money into controlled maintenance of state owned buildings.
Rand Clark, Random Productions John Cona, ACME Brick David Farnan, Farnan Douglas County Libraries Todd Folkenberg, Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus B rooke Fox, Colorado Agricultura l Leadersh ip Found ation Lisa Frizell, Douglas County Assessors B rock Goodwin, Mutual of Omaha Nadine Kirk, RE/MAX Alliance
Sobanet also stated, “when you look at the General Fund revenue growth, this is a one-time in nature, primarily due to capital gains as well as oil and gas activity.” These revenues streams can not be counted on in the future at the same level.
Elyse McNulty, McNulty Kaiser Permanente
In terms of the overall state of the economy, both forecasts were very depressing. Though much of Colorado continues to outperform the rest of the country, the level of national and international uncertainty continues. Both forecasts predict a slowdown in economic growth.
Jaye Thompson, Colorado Community Bank
From Natalie Mullis, Chief Economist at Legislative Council: We are three years into a very lackluster recovery. US and Colorado economies are losing momentum. Businesses and households are holding back on hiring, spending, and investing because of the uncertainty.
Dr. Karl Sterner, Sterner Webster University Mike Tafoya, Estrada Strategies
EX-OFFICIO Pam Ridler, CCE, President/CEO, Castle Rock Chamber Mayor Paul Donahue, Town of Castle Rock Frank Gray, President/CEO, Castle Rock EDC Sally Misare, Town Clerk
C HAMBER STAFF Pam Ridler, CCE, President/CEO email@example.com
The Governor will submit the Executive Branch budget request for FY 2013-14 on November 1, and the next forecast will be issued on December 20.
Melissa Moroni, Vice President of Programs
View GF forecast at: www.colorado.gov
Joanne Taylor, VP of Membership & Community Development
Whither the Entrepreneurs? We hear it all the time that small business is how we will see growth and be the savor that turns our economy around in the foreseeable future. The Castle Rock Economic Partnership (Town, Chamber, Castle Rock EDC, DDA & DBA) continue our partnership and collaborate to make significant projects and initiatives that will move Castle Rock’s economy forward. But according to research done by Tim Kane of the Hudson Institute, entrepreneurship in America is on the decline. Among some of his findings: •
The number of new establishments a year peaked in 2006 with 667,000 that number dropped to 505,000 in 2010. (continues on page 14)
Tammy C ratty, Office Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Mares, Communications Specialist email@example.com Wendy Krzeczowski, Event Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Susan O’Malley, Membership Account Executive email@example.com Susan Beams, Beams Receptionist firstname.lastname@example.org
October Calendar of Chamber Events Tuesday 2nd Douglas County Business Alliance Board Re treat (Chambe r) @ 8 am Ambassadors Exec Meeting (Chambe r) @ 10 am Wednesday 3rd Free Business Cons ultation (Chambe r) Leadership Douglas County Retreat (Louviers & Douglas County Open Space) @ 8 am Leads Referral (Mesquite Mexican Grill) @ 11:30 am Thursday 4th Castle Rock Stars Monthly Meeting (Chamber) @ 8 am Artfest W rap up Meeting (Chamber) @ 1 pm Webster University MBA Class (Chamber) @ 5:30 pm Friday 5th Castle Rock Economic Partne rs (EDC) @ 8 am Tuesday 9th The Breakfast Club Leads (Village Inn) @ 7:30 am Leads Plus (The Fowl Line) @ 11:30 am Ribbon Cutting “Be thesda Luthe ran Communities” @ 4 pm Business Boot Camp (Chambe r) @ 5 pm Wednesday 10th Free Business Cons ultation (Chambe r) Ambassadors Meeting (Chamber) @ 12 pm Starlighting Comm ittee Meeting (Chambe r) @ 1:15 pm Thursday 11th Business over Breakfast “JM Kitchen & Bath” @ 7:30 am Douglas County Gives Committee (Chamber) @ 11 am Women of Influence Lunche on (Cherokee Ranch & Castle) @ 11:30 am Webster University MBA Class (Chamber) @ 5:30 pm Monday 15th Membership Drive Kick off (Fowl Line) @ 5:30 pm Tuesday 16th Government Issues Committee Meeting (Chambe r) @ 7:30 am Business T raining “Unlocking the Mercha nt Services Mystery” (Chamber) @ 11:30 am Healthy Living Expo Committee Meeting (Chamber) @ 2 pm Wednesday 17th Free Business Cons ultation (Chambe r) Leadership Douglas County Steering Meeting (Chambe r) 7:30 am Community Leadership (Chamber) @ 11:30 am Leads Referral (Mesquite Mexican Grill) @ 11:30 am Business Afte r Hours “For Rent By Owner” (Stumpy’s) @ 5 pm Thursday 18th Castle Rock Stars Monthly Lunch (T BD) @ 11:30 am Ribbon Cutting (Brent Nickel State Farm) @ noon Membership Apprecia tion Day Home Based Bus iness @ 2 pm Webster University MBA Class (Chamber) @ 5:30 pm Friday 19th Castle Rock Economic Partne rs (EDC) @ 8 am Membership Apprecia tion Day @ 9 am Monday 22nd Castle Rock Economic Gardening Meeting (Chamber) @ 11:30 am Young Ente rpre nures Academy Class YEA! (Castle View) @ 5 pm Tuesday 23rd The Breakfast Club Leads (Village Inn) @ 7:30 am Leads Plus (The Fowl Line) @ 11:30 am Workers Com p Meeting (Chamber) @ 12 pm Wednesday 24th Free Business Cons ultation (Chambe r) Business of the Month (Rockyard American Grill) @ 9 am Starlighting Comm ittee Meeting (Chambe r) @ 1:15 pm Thursday 25th Board Of Dire ctors Meeting (Chamber) 11:30 am Douglas County Comm unity Foundation Board Mtg (Chambe r) @ 3:30 pm Ribbon Cutting “Plum Creek Investments Services” @ 4 pm Webster University MBA Class (Chamber) @ 5:30 pm Monday 29th Membership Drive Cele bration (Rockyard American Grill) @ 5:30 pm Wednesday 31s t -Free Business Cons ultation (Chambe r)
PRESIDENT’S LEVEL Castle Rock Bank Colorado Community Media Sky Ridge Medical Center EXECUTIVE LEVEL Black Hills Energy Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus Douglas County Living Magazine Intermountain Rural Electric Assoc. Pinnacol Assurance ENTREPRENEUR LEVEL Castle Rock Development Company FirstBank-Douglas County Patriot Enterprises Webster University Wells Fargo Bank PREMIER LEVEL Bonaventure of Castle Rock Bubbles Liquor World CoWest Insurance Group Douglas County Libraries Folkestad,Fazekas,Barrick & Patoile PC gopixel design studios, inc. Kaiser Permanente Key Bank One Clear Choice Garage Doors Plumbline Services Inc. Random Productions
Business of the Month-White Construction The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its September recipient for Business of the Month —White Construction. Tim White and his team hav e been proud members of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce for more than 25 y ears! White Construction Group recently cel ebrated its 27th year in business. To date, the
Aaron Barrick, Chairman of the Board, proudly presents the Business of the Month Award to Tim White (President), Travis White, and Courtney White, as Pam Ridler , Chamber CEO/President and Chamber Ambassadors show their support.
company has completed over a half billion dollars million worth of construction in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and is currently pursuing projects in Texas. The company specializes in commercial construction, design-build, historic restoration, and tenant improvement projects. The company recently made history with two simultaneous groundbreakings. In 27 years of operation, this was the first time White Construction Group hosted groundbreakings on the same day, for two projects over five million dollars. On August 24th White Construction Group broke ground on the Medical and Dental Center of Castle Pines. This $7.5 million, 26,000 square foot project will offer new condominium offices for up to seven practices. Just over twenty miles north in Denver, White Construction Group was celebrating another groundbreaking at the southeast corner of West Colfax and Irving Street for a n ew 26,000 square foot, 5.6 million dollar library. Over the years, White Construction Group has developed a sterling reputation for integrity, craftsmanship, and hard work -- along with an impressive roster of completed projects, satisfied clients, and respected industry partners. The White Construction Group team has developed a tight-knit staff that uses time-tested business processes, savvy project management, and years of experience to bring their cli ent’s visions to life. Congratulations to White Construction for being recognized as an outstanding and invested member business. The Castle Rock Chamber greatly appreciates their continuous support!
Mission, Vision & Values Our Mission To su pport, enc ourage and pr omote mem ber businesse s in the c ommunity To be a “voice” for businesse s t o local and reg iona l government To foste r a livable, v ital community whe re qua lity of life and positive growth a re both possible
Our Vision Igniting passion for busine ss success and community pr osperity .
Are You Visible? Your Chamber works to...
Accountability-to provide transparent and responsive leadership; acting as good stewards of funds, time and resources Innovation-to inspire new ideas, solutions and opportunities Integrity-to do things right and always do the right thing Respect-to earn trust and to hold others in high esteem Team Work-to motivate and empower one another to do great things Relationships-to build enduring connections and partnerships founded upon honesty, gratitude and commitment Diversity-to honor and value varied ideas, beliefs and practices
-Strengthen our local economy -Promote the community -Take political action -Create business relationships -Represent business with government
We recently did some Fall cleaning and notice we have a shortage of business cards and brochures available on display in our Visitors Center. Please stop by our offices to replenish your supply and/or update brochures and materials. We have a large number of weekly visitors whom we offer your materials to. 4
Business Trainings Unlocking the Merchant Services Mystery Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11 am to 1 pm Castle Rock Chamber 420 Jerry Street Presentation Highlights: Accepting credit cards and other forms of electronic payment has long been a mystery to the business owner. It doesn't have to be that way.
Kim Callaway ,CCP Fund Your Dream, LLC
Save the Date!
Join us for our "Unlocking the Merchant Services Mystery" presentation and find out what most sales representatives will never tell you. Topics include:
Our Next Business Training will be on Tuesday, November 13.
How Processing Works - The Players in Every Transaction
What is Interchange? - The Cost Factors of Taking Cards Processing Pricing Models - Which One is Best for You?
Changing Fees from the Card Associations - Recent News Surcharging Customers - Should I do it?
PCI Compliance - Avoiding a Data Breach and Staying Compliant Cost Saving T ips and Industry Trends
Get your back up off the Wall! Network, Come On! Presented By: Brock Goodwin, Brian Leugs, and Wendy Nelson
The goal of the session is to educate, empowering you to make better business decisions based on a full knowledge of all the facts and issues involved with processing electronic payments. You'll be amazed at what you didn't know about this topic!
More i nfo a t: www.Cas tleRockEG.com
FREE to Members; $20 for Non Members RSVP to Tammy@castlerock.org or call 303-688-4597.
Have you used “Ask CREG” yet? What are you waiting for? We are here to help! “Ask CREG” is an online panel of local community business experts who are committed to empowering and equipping business owners to grow and succeed. We believe that through local collaboration and business enrichment we will positively impact the local economy. Running a successful business takes more than luck. Learn how CREG can help your new or existing business succeed. “Ask CREG” today, it’s fast & easy! www.CastleRockEG.com/blog
Join the Castle Rock Chamber in expanding the membership team!
Touchdown Club! The Castle Rock Chamber Board is on the move, creating opportunities for businesses to score big and expand their fan base. Do you want to be on the sidelines or in the game? Be part of our Touchdown Club as we launch our new member recruitment season the weeks of October 15th & 22nd. Training Camp Work side by side with board members and ambassadors! This is the perfect opportunity for you to gain new team mates while scoring for the Chamber! Our first training camp under the tutelage of Cathi Hight was on September 25th. The teams gained new ideas to improve their personal performance as well as their team's! Top Winning Prizes All team members are eligible to win great prizes! Prizes include, but not limited to, multiples of the following: •
52” Big Screen T.V.
$100 Perry Park Country Club gift card
$50 Bubble's gift card
$25 Chili's gift card
$20 Fowl Line gift card
Many more prizes can be earned, even ca$h. Free training, leads, motivation and rewards, what more could you ask for? We promise that this will be a fun membership season...one for the record books. If you are interested in joining the new member recruitment team, please contact Joanne Taylor. We need YOU on our team!!!
Member to Member Discount Program As part of your investment with the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, you are eligible to participate in this program! You may offer savings or items of value that represent your business and take advantage of those offers from fellow members. This is part of the Chamber’s ongoing efforts to help our members save. By participating in this program, you are furthering the economic development and growth in our community. View all the member to member discounts at www.CastleRock.org in the Members Only section or contact Joanne Taylor at 303-688-4597 or email her at Joanne@castlerock.org to participate.
Sign up online at: https://castlerockchamber.webconnex.com/membershipdrive2012 6
What IS Business Boot Camp, Your Questions Answered Who Business Boot Camp is an annual program for business owners who are beyond the startup phase and need to revisit their business plans and marketing strategies, explore capital acquisition options, and develop a dedicated work team. What This is an extensive business strategy and development program to sustain business growth. Classes are provided over the course of seven sessions during which time you will also benefit from access to leader mentors and peer support. Beyond the Classroom… Business Boot Camp offers the opportunity to work one-on-one with mentors and in peer groups to gain new perspectives and develop greater focus. TOPICS: •
Creating a leadership culture
Developing a sales and marketing strategy
Understanding financial reports
Creating a financial dashboard
Information technology & social media
Building a winning employee team
Eligibility Guidelines: •
The company must be in business 3+ years
The company must be physically located in Castle Rock or nearby in Douglas County
The company must have at least three employees (including contractors) in addition to the owner, or is actively seeking to grow employees
Registration and Selection Registration is Now Open and space is strictly limited (a maximum of 15 slots) to ensure personalized attention. Participants will be selected based on the company’s growth potential. Session Details: Seven monthly sessions (5 to 8 pm, 2nd Tuesday of each month) beginning Oct. 9th.
For more information and to apply online, please go to www.CastleRockEG.com. Pam Ridler at email@example.com. 7
Business Boot Camp, Past Participants Testimonials
“I found great value in the Boot Camp. I have already seen the ROI and an increase in my bottom line as a direct result of the implementation of initiatives developed from this course. Thanks to the Chamber for providing easy access to such a powerful program."
"The Castle Rock Economic Growth Boot Camp was a huge success for H&M Transmission and Automotive. I highly recommend this program to anyone who needs to sharpen up their business skills and get their business growing." Mike McNairy, H&M Transmission & Automotive Co.
Dan Reeter, Nytech Heating & Cooling
“I received honest and instructional coaching through the Business Boot Camp. As a result of these high level classes, I have a new vision, an updated business plan and renewed inspiration in taking my business and employees to the next level.”
“Business boot camp helped me see my business from a different perspective. Working with my employees to hear their thoughts made me realize that as an owner it is more important to manage the business and not micromanage my employees. I am excited to apply the advanced marketing lessons learned during the IT session and have incorporated a very forward technology driven business concept, including a Skype station, into our retail location.” Heather Struna, Wedding Treasures Bridal & Tuxedo
Hattie Reed, H Reed & Company
Chamber Members Celebrating Anniversaries Thank You for your continuous commitment and dedication to your chamber. We celebrate your business success! Opticians 2
Land Title Guarantee Company
Outlets at Castle Rock, The
Han Lee Taekwondo Academy
Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation
TMMC Property Management
Columbine Printing & Copy Center
Summit Church of Castle Rock
U.S. Small Business Administration
FirstBank of Douglas County-Castle Pines Location
Fund Your Dream
Eclipse Promotions, LLC
Cindy Welch Design
Cold Stone Creamery
Tallgrass Kitchen & Bath
Metabolic Research Center
All Recycling, Inc.
United States Air Force Academy Athletic Association
American Family Insurance - Richard Tobin
Go to Car Gal
Colorado Real Estate Co., The
Mobile Shred Document Destruction
Wedding Treasures Bridal & Tuxedo
Distinguished Ambassador Award Contribution can be in many forms, and we have seen and appreciate the efforts our ambassadors give in support of our members and fellow ambassadors. The Distinguished Ambassador Award is a peer-nominated process which gives recognition of an ambassador going above and beyond the normal duties who demonstrates special qualities. We are pleased to announce that Sue Turner, owner of Proforma Image Branding, was the recipient of the special Distinguished Ambassador Award. Sue continues to engage in many activities and once completed efforts in one committee, volunteers to be a part of other committees. Every function she attends, she is serving and helping Chamber members. Thank you Sue!
Ambassador of the Month Heather Browning
Heather Browning, a proud memb er of the Ambassador family, and First Chair on the Executive Committ ee is honored to be a part of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Her business, Colonial Benefit Group, was founded in 2000 in California and continues to thrive as an experienced, creativ e, independent insurance brokerage, and benefit consulting firm, with locations in California and Colorado. Their services include all aspects of business insurance with added expertise in human resources and business support services. “We assist small business with insurance programs and services and manage these contracts so business owners can have the freedom to expand their businesses.” Heather is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, and is licensed and writes benefit packages in several stat es. Heather is excited to partner with the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce in offering the Well Card, a free medical, dental and vision discount benefit card. “This is a great opportunity to support the membership of the Chamber by offering discounts in many facets of healthcare.” Heather is the very proud mother of two children, Josh, and Kaylee, whose school and social activities keep her busy indeed. In her spare time, she is pursuing her MBA at Webster University (Castle Rock Campus). She has worked tirelessly for local churches and charitable organizations by providing clothes and food for needy families. Heath er is proud to be an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to participating in activities which build personal relationships and create a positive environment for families and businesses to thrive in Castle Rock. 9
Membership Appreciation DayThe Chamber is Sweet on You! For 17 years the Castle Rock Chamber has chosen a day to celebrate its members and thank them for their support. October 19th is Membership Appreciation Day (MAD) to recognize member businesses that are committed to the Chamber and contribute to the economic vitality of the community through their Chamber membership. For more than fifty-seven years the Chamber has proven to be a member-driven organization which contributes significantly to the community through events and programs that enhance the economy. This years theme-The Chamber is Sweet on You-reminds our members and community alike the importance of work together for the benefit of all. You will recognize Chamber Ambassadors and Staff on the special day by their white shirts with the red lettering as they deliver the new 2013 Chamber Member Directory, as well as a â€œThank youâ€? gift to business members. Member Appreciation Day is made possible by our sponsor Wells Fargo Bank. The Chamber encourages you to join us in thanking our hard working businesses and service providers where ever you see their Chamber decal proudly displayed in the store and
YEA! Is a groundbreaking and exciting afterschool program that transforms local high school students into real, confident entrepreneur. YEA! strengthens the community and the community strengthens YEA! Students are able to network with and develop relationships with local business leaders, create jobs, and launch businesses in their own backyard. Students see that they can make a difference within the communities in which they live. The enthusiasm and success of the students are empowering for the entire community!
Get Involved! Sponsorships Available
office windows. Choose from these two available levels which best fits your company. Platinum-$5,000 Gold-$2,000 For sponsorship information, contact Susan Oâ€™Malley at 303-688-4597 or email Susan@castlerock.org.
Chamber just for home-based businesses!
For more information a bout the prog ram or to volunte er, please con ta ct M e l is s a M o ro ni a t
On October 18, 2012 from 2-4pm, our home-based
3 03 -68 8- 459 7 o r ema i l Melissa@castlerock.org.
In addition this year, we will have both a special day AND a special sweet at the
businesses are invited to come to have a piece of pie from Village Inn while picking up their new directory!
Have a High Sc hool Student? Apply Now! Contact Melissa Moroni at 303-688-4597 or email Melissa@castlerock.org for an application.
Be Inspired Over Lunch, October 11, 2012
Share the challenges, dreams and accomplishments of high profile women in business, government, science and the arts.
Thurs da y, Oct. 11, 2012
How Does Your Business Thrive?
Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm Cherokee Ranch & Cas tle 6113 Daniels Pa rk Road Regis ter a t www.CastleRock.org The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce welcomes Julie Schrock, a local business woman who has experience and training in a variety of fields, none of which are traditional qualifications for writing her first book. What Julie Schr oc k
qualifies her to write Missing Max: Finding Hope After My Marine Son’s Death are her experiences as the mother of a Marine son deployed to, and killed in, Afghanistan. On that topic, she is a subject matter expert. Missing Max is a compelling story of Julie’s journey of the extraordinary events surrounding the death of her Marine son, a working dog handler in Afghanistan. You will share her despair, fears, tears and finally, her hope as she moves through the days, weeks and months following word of Max's injury, and then his death. Her story will encourage listeners to live a life that is focused on making their lost loved-one proud. She has first hand experience with moving through the grieving process and, through her faith and the love of family and friends, beginning the healing process and going forward with her life. Julie will challenge you to examine your thoughts on the afterlife, as well as your faith. Her experience has had a profound effect on her ability to move forward. Julie's hope in telling Max's story is that it will provide strength, hope, courage and faith to those who need it. And she hopes that Max, and all fallen soldiers, will never be forgotten. Come and listen to how Julie moved through this episode in her life and where her experience is taking her now.
Luncheon Program Sponsored By: Thank You to Pinnacol Assurance for sponsoring the Education Program. We greatly appreciate the generous support of these sponsors. They help make this program possible.
The Women of Influence Luncheon Series: Lead; Motivate & Educate.
Through the partnership of the Chamber, Town of Castle Rock, PS Miller Library and the Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE), we can help you keep your business on course or successfully help you launch a new venture by providing consultations with industry experts. If you are an established business or start-up, schedule your appointment for a business consultation with an expert regarding the following: •
Developing a business plan
Marketing and sales activities
Accounting and tax issues
Managing business growth
Business Boot Camp
Access to Local Expertise
Database & GIS Research.
Call 303-688-4597 or sign up online: www.CastleRockEG.com For more information contact Susan O’Malley at 303-688-4597 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about sponsoring this program or one of the many other programs the Castle Rock Chamber offers it’s members and our community.
Upcoming Networking Events Business After Hours
Business After Hours October 17
For Rent by Owner
(Stumpy’s Pi zza @ 138 S. Wil cox)
138 S. Wilcox
MedVed Autoplex a t Cas tle Rock
Location: Stumpy’s Pizza
(1404 S. Wilcox Street) December 5
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Greater Cas tle Rock Arts Guild One pass for Networking level, Free to Ascent level and above.
Business Over Breakfast Oct. 11
JM Kitchen & Bath 1375 Caprice Drive
Wells Fargo Bank 445 S. Perry Street
$10 for Community Connection. GUESTS MUST HAVE ADMITTANCE PASS.
Dec. 11 Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus 2350 Meadows Lane
BOB’s are 7:30 am—9:00 am Free to Networking level members and above levels $10 for Community Connection $20 for non members Have a Guest? Call 303-688-4597 or contact Susan@Castlerock.org for passes.
Thank You to Michael Likens & gopixel for Sponsoring September’s Business After Hours! 12
Welcome New Members Citywide Home Loans Brian Pintar (303) 478-1425 8400 Crescent Parkway Suite 550 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 brianpintar.com Mortgage - Lending, Real Estate
Stumpy's Pizza Bar & Grill
34 E. Allen St. Suite 300
138 S. Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Health & Wellness
Urgent PC Care
260 E. 54th Ave.
505 Second St.
Denver, CO 80216
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Computers - Networking, Computers Service & Repair
Be A S ponsor! Contact Tam my @ 303. 688- 4597
The Pepsi Bott ling Company 3801 Brighton B oulevard Denver 80216
All are Invited to a Multi-Chamber After Hours at The Wildlife Experience on Thursday, October 18th from 4:30 pm â€“ 7:00 pm Enjoy an evening among exhibitions with your favorite colleagues at The Wildlife Experienceâ€™s second annual multiChamber event. Network with business members from surrounding area Chamber of Commerce organizations: (Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Elizabeth, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and South Denver Metro) Light appetizers will be served and cash bars will be on site. RSVP to Sheri Powner by October 15th by calling 720.488.3389 or email: email@example.com
Park Street /Jerry Stre et Storage 1500 N. Pa rk St reet Castle Roc k 80104 303.688.22 42
Continue from CEO Focus on page 2. •
The number of jobs created by establishments less than one year old has decreased from 4.1 million in 1994 to 2.5 million in 2010.
Between the 1980s and 1990s, there were 11 startup jobs per 1,000 people.
The average rate for entrepreneurial job creation under the last three presidents was 11.3, 11.2, and 10.8, respectively. However, during the past four years the average rate dropped to 7.8.
Kane offers several possible explanations: •
An unfavorable climate for entrepreneurship exists due to high taxes and uncertainty.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act created a complex and uncertain regulatory environment for employers.
The IRS crackdown on employers’ use of independent contractors is forcing startups to pay for benefits they can’t afford.
The increase in mandated occupational licensing by local governments is hurting opportunities for poor and middle class Americans that want to create startups.
You can find his report at: http://www.hudson.org/files/publications/Kane-TheCollapseofStartupsinJobCreation0912web.pdf Not to focus on the negative as stated above, this is the reason that Public/ Private organizations like CREP must continue to work together and find ways that we can locally achieve a better local economy. Visit www.CastleRockEG.com to find tools for helping your business grow.
Join a LEADS Group! LEADS PLUS 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Meets at The Fowl Line
LEADS REFERRAL 1st & 3rd Wednes days 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Mesquite Mexican Grill
THE BREAKFAST CLUB 2nd & 4th T uesdays 7:30 am to 8:45 am Village Inn
Contact: Melissa Moroni Melissa@castlerock.org
Contact: Susan O’Malley Susan@castlerock.org
Contact: Tammy Cratty Tammy@castlerock.org
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM REDUCE YOUR MEMBERSHIP INVESTMENT COST RECOMMEND JOINING THE CHAMBER ! EARN CHAMBER CREDIT! PARTICIPATE IN OUR STEWARDSHIP PROGARM! This program a cknowle dges a nd awards Chamber member s for Stewar ds hip of the Chamber i n the Castle R ock Community.
Steward Recognition: Your name and the referred new Chamber member will be spotlighted in the Business Voice in the STEWARDSHIP RECOGNITION section. Award for Steward: Begins today by referring others to become Chamber Members! It’s easy. To complete your referral go to http://www.castlerock./org/pdf/ MemberReferralCard2012.pdf. To be eligible for the Annual Stewardship Award a business must have referred and confirmed a minimum of three new members sales. The winner will be a business with the most confirmed new members. Award will be given at the end of the Chamber’s fiscal year with photo and article in the Business Voice. Credit can be applied to membership, event tickets, advertising, etc.
FOR MORE INFORMA TION CONTACT
JOANNE TAYLOR OR SUSAN O ’MALL EY A T THE CASTL E ROCK CHAMB ER. EM AIL JOANNE@CASTLEROCK.OR G OR SUSAN @CASTLEROCK.OR G OR CALL THE CHAMB ER A T 303-688-4597. The policy for Chamber Leads is to have one representativ e per business per group. Chamber staff maintains a regularl y updated waiting list. Please contact the staff liaison from preferred group at 303-688-4597 to check availability. 14
Ribbon Cuttings-Celebrate Your Success! Let us help you celebrate! Are you opening a new business, expanding at your current location, relocating, or celebrating a milestone anniversary? Let the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce help you share the good news! A Ribbon Cutting ceremony is an important part of your overall marketing and advertising plan and is a great way to kick off a grand opening or relocation of a business. A Chamber staff representative, along with members of our Ambassadors Committee, will be on hand at your event to offer congratulatory remarks and take a photo for The Business Voice, our monthly newsletter. Certain restrictions apply, Contact Joanne Taylor for more details at 303-688-4597 or email her at Joanne@castlerock.org.
Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center 100 S. Wilcox Street (PS Miller Library) Castle Rock, CO 720-733-4322 Employment Agency www.adworks.org
Birth ROCKS! LLC â€“ Dr. Niki Katzenmeier DC 727 Wilcox Street Castle Rock, CO 80104 303-814-9262 Chiropractors
Ellenberger Auctions & Estates 624 Atchison Way Unit 101 Castle Rock, CO 80109303-663-7491 Auction www.ellenbergerauctions.com 15
Town & County News & Events “Ice Skating Glides into Downtown Castle Rock” The Castle Rock Downtown Develop-
Oktoberfest Festival Park Saturday, October 6, 2012 11 am - 6 pm More than 70 food, craft and vendor booths provide a fun-for-the-whole-family
ment Authority (DDA) has finalized a plan to build an ice rink just in time for the 2012 holiday season. Through a true publicprivate partnership, the DDA is working
event including kids’ activ ities, great shopping opportunities, live German bands and beer – creating the quintessential Oktoberfest experience. Oktoberfest is Oct. 6, 11 am to 6 pm at Festival Park and along Second and Perry streets.
closely with a private land owner, the Downtown Merchants Association, and the Town of Castle Rock to develop this new community asset. The Rink at the Rock will be located at 411 N. Perry Street. Read more at: http://castlerock.org/chamber_news7.htm The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, is now accepting applications for its annual Citizen Academy. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Sheriff’s Office, in a short amount of time. The one-day class will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office located at 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109 with a visit to the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility. Space for this one-day class is limited and a background check will be conducted on all applicants. Applications are due by October 7th. For more information about the Academy, please contact Deputy Jack Newton at 303-663-7702. Read more at: http://castlerock.org/chamber_news6.htm Town acquires 82 acres of open space for critical link to Front Range Trail system. Town Council continued its efforts to preserve open space for recreation and environmental preservation Tuesday when it voted unanimously to acquire 82 acres of open space, which will help complete a critical link in a much larger trail effort. The acquired land is at the end of South Perry Street. It is one of the last pieces of the original Philip S. Miller Ranch, which was annexed in 1980 and encompassed much of the south end of Castle Rock. Read more at: http:// castlerock.org/chamber_news4.htm
Future for Families Gala is Friday, October 19th. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Future for Families Gala is a formal adult evening benefiting the Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center, which serves Douglas County residents. The event includes dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center located at 200 Inverness Drive West. A small program is included. Tickets are $125 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. The evening's keynote speaker will be Mark Wynn. Coming from an abusiv e home, Mark is a nationally recognized speaker who consults in the domestic violence field. To inquire about corporate sponsorships, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the center visit: http://twcfoc.org/ Enjoy an evening of comedy and fun at the Howling Good Time Gala and K-9 Retirement Ceremony on October 11, 2012 6 pm—9 pm. Join celebrated Denver comedian, Sam Adams for an evening of fun including: Seated dinner and cash bar, live and silent auctions, retirement ceremony for K-9 Borris. Proceeds to benefit the Douglas County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit! The K-9 Unit relies on your donations. Proceeds help to purchase new dogs, equipment and retirement services. They’ve given so much to our community. What a great way to give back! For tickets and information: http://www.K9Friends.org Castle of Terror - Tower of Dead is open 7 to 10 p.m. for two weekends in a row, Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 at the Town’s Fire Training Tower. “Castle of Terror gives local residents the opportunity to experience a good scare without having to drive all the way to Denver,” Fire Chief Art Morales said. “We strive to compete with anything being offered in the metro area.” Tickets are $10 and are purchased at the door. Proceeds benefit Fire and Police Youth Explore r Programs. The haunted house is not recommended for young children, and no child under 13 will be admitted without an adult. http://www.crgov.com/index.aspx?nid=1018 Trick or Treat Street in Downtown Castle Rock is Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Trick or treat. Costume contests. Pumpkin patch. It’s all part of this event, which is coordinated jointly by the Merchants Association and the Town of Castle Rock. Trick or Treat Street is quickly becoming parents’ go-to community event for safe Halloween fun. This year the event is Oct. 31, with the costume contest and festival at Festival Park at Perry and Second streets, while trickor-treating runs from 2 pm until 5 pm at downtown businesses. Don’t forget to stop by the Chamber to pick up some goodies!
Members in the News Attorney Receives Legion of Merit Aaron Barrick, the Chief Civil Litigator and Managing Director, of Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, P.C. received the Legion of Merit from the Department of Defense at his retirement ceremony from the United States Air Force Reserves on August 5, 2012. He received the Legion of Merit for his meritorious service during more than 21 years of military service to his country. He received the award from the Adjutant General for the State of Colorado, Major General H. Michael Edwards, and also received a congratulatory letter from President Obama and Governor Hickenlopper for his service. Read more at : http://www.ffcolorado.com/general/ attorney-receives-legion-of-merit/
Arapahoe Community College’s Laura Johnson earns Lanza Memorial Scholarship. Arapahoe Community College's Laura Johnson has been selected as one of only 20 nationwide students to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2012 Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship. The Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship recognizes the outstanding academic and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in registered nursing, respiratory care or emergency medical services associate degree programs. Johnson, a Denver native, is a third-semester student in the ACC Nursing Program. As a Lanza Scholar, Johnson will receive a $2,500 scholarship and a commemorative certificate. Lanza Scholars will be presented with their ce rtificates at the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention (Apr. 4-6 in San Jose, Calif.) The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years, located at 4340 Woodslands Blvd is hosting a their Third Annual Ultimate Block Party and Open House on Friday, October 5th from 4pm to 8pm. Families and children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event which increases awareness of the various services and products offered in the community for young children and families. Families will also receive Free Registration if they enroll on October 5th! Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Vince, Nancy, Kelly or Susan directly to arrange a personal appointment at 303-6609992.
Stroller Strides in Castle Rock will be celebrating their 2 year anniversary on Friday, October 12th! All moms are invited to come join their huge celebration! There will be a free workout class from 9:30-10:30 am at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, followed by a fun party with refreshments, goody bag giveaways for all attendees, awesome raffle prizes, huge membership discounts and a free children’s music class from TuneBugs Music Classes! Because they value giving back to our local community, donations will also be collected for the Women's Crisis Center and Family Outreach Center in Castle Rock. Stroller Strides is a total body fitness program for moms with their kids in the stroller. No childcare is needed! Classes also benefit the kids in the stroller as we weave songs, counting, and other fun games in to class to not only entertain the kids while the moms get a great workout, the kids are learning as well. Their goal is to help support moms in all areas of life and motherhood! For more information on Stroller Strides and our 2 year anniversary, check out our website at www.strollerstrides.net/ castlerock.
Celebrate Fall Family Fun at CALF's Harvest Day- Good Old Fashion Fun in the Country- Pumpkins, carriage rides and games are just a few of the time honored fall harvest traditions and old-fashioned family fun that will be celebrated at Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation's Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek on Saturday, October 14. Everyone is welcome between 10 am and 3:00 pm to stroll the grounds, see the livestock, choose the perfect pumpkins right out of the patch, and view the various educational demonstrations and agricultural booths. While the hayrides, carriage rides, pumpkins and other activities are available for a nominal fee, which helps support CALF's mission of Connecting People to Agriculture, admission to Harvest Day is free courtesy of Medved Castle Rock -- Douglas County's full service dealership and community partner. Sunday, November 4th at 11am, Yogi goes into hibernation! First, though, Yogi needs to gather up what he will need for winter. You can help by bringing him food! Anything Yogi doesn’t eat, he will be giving to the Douglas County Task Force to help families in need. This year, Yogi would really like canned goods containing lots of protein. These include baked beans, canned fish and meat, chili with meat, peanut butter and hearty soups. Of course, Yogi is smarter than your average bear, so he won't eat expired food or food that has already been opened. You can drop off donations for Yogi’s hibernation at the campground (Exit 174 on I-25 just south of Castle Rock) anytime between now and November 4th. You can also join them on November 4th at 11 am to say good night as Yogi goes into his cabin for a long winte r’s nap! 17
Chamber to Receive Historical Marker The Chamber has re cently been re cognized by the Castle Rock Historical Society's program, Then and Now-Holding His tory in Your Hand! T he Chambe r will s oon receive a marker to
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Style: Vernacula r stone with a high gabled roof, made from Castle Rock Rhyolite The story of this home is also the story of Victoria Ande rson Christensen. It was constructed with Castle Rock Rhyolite in 1889 by John and Emma Lofe. The house was purchased by Cha rles Palm a nd then by Andrew and Hedvig Ande rson. The same year the house had been built Victoria was born in Castle Rock to Andrew and He dvig. Victoria attended school in Castle Rock and then became a local teacher. In 1910, at age 21, Victoria married Milton Honnold. Milton was kille d in an accident less than a year afte r their marriage, leaving Victoria suddenly a pregnant widow at age 22. Their son, Milton, was born two m onths late r. In 1917 Victoria inhe rited this house from he r pa rents and she and Milton, now 5 years old, moved in. Two years later she married Thorwald Chris tensen of Denmark at this house. Together they had 2 childre n. Thorwald was a leade r in civic affairs for 50 years, but Victoria was also a prominent leade r in
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Castle Rock socie ty. Known as a “beautiful s ocialite and leader of women’s groups,” s he was a member of Eastern Sta r and an active membe r of the Pikes Peak Grange. In Decembe r of 1942 Victoria suffe red a s troke while a t an Easte rn Star meeting. She was returned to her home and passed away at the age of 53. Thorwald followed his wife in 1957. In 1992 the Chamber of Commerce bought Victoria’s house and had it landma rked in 1994. In 1996 it was renovated to meet the Chambe r’s needs. The Castle Rock Chamber was recently named the proud recipient of not one but three BEST OF THE BEST 2012 nominations. Readers of the Colorado Community Media Newspapers nominated businesses and organizations in multiple categories. The Chamber was honored to receive awards for: Best Annual Event-Starlighting Best Art Gallery-Colorado Artfest Best Place to Meet New People Many of the award winners are proud Chamber members, view all of the award winners at http://issuu.com/ColoradoCommunityMedia/docs/ south_bob_2/1
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Creating Leaders, Leadership Douglas County Leadership Douglas County is pleased to announce the 2013 class: Thuy Aragon - Firs tBank Doug Campbe ll - Charles Schwab & Co, Inc. Marcus Cordova - Windcres t Ann Curry - Town of Parker Jennifer Daversa - Olinge r Andrews Caldwell Gibs on Fune ral Home Amber DeBe rry - Douglas County Libraries Jenn Giambrone - Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa Holly Gorman - State Senate Candidate Scott Hoffmann - Setpoint Systems Corporation Lori Kania - Castle Rock Fire and Rescue De partme nt Jason Kenne dy - Douglas County Sheriff's Office Donna Martin - Town of Castle Rock Gina Masterson - Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick and Patoile, PC Stephen Mikolajczak - RE/MAX Professionals Sue Smith - Pa rker Chambe r of Comme rce Ann Speer - Core Values Consulting Sue Turner - Proforma Image Branding AnnMarie Ursetta - Community Leade r/Church Volunteer
Leadership Douglas County Pa tron Sponsors: City of Lone T ree Douglas County Government Leadership Douglas County Program Sponsors: Black Hills Energy BreakThroughs, Inc Cherokee Ranch and Castle Founda tion Douglas County Libraries FirstBank of Douglas County Highlands Ranch Metro District South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Town of Castle Rock Wells Fargo Bank Castle Rock Chambe r of Comme rce The Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce The Chamber of Commerce of Highlands Ranch The Lone T ree Cham ber of Comme rce The Parker Chamber of Commerce
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More than 70 food, craft and vendor booths provide a fun-for-the-whole-family event including kids’ activities, great shopping opportunities, live German bands and beer – creating the quintessential Oktoberfest experience. Oktoberfest is Oct. 6, 11 am to 6 pm for more information visit: www.DownTownCastleRock.com
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Upcoming Fall Events
Castle Rock Starlighting—November 17th The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and Fire Depa rtment toge ther have been “illuminating” the famous, giant star on top of Castle Rock for 77 years. There will be carriage rides, hot chocolate and caroling, while children eagerly await Santa Claus’ annual visit. The Starlighting Ceremony takes place on the Saturday before Thanksgiv ing, November 17, on Wilcox Squa re to us he r in the holiday sea son. Call 303-688-4597 or v isit: www.CastleRock.org
Save these 2013 dates The Healthy Living Expo-February 9, 2013 10th Annual Castle Rock WineFest-July 20, 2013 Douglas County Fair Parade-August 10, 2013 Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock-September 7 & 8, 2013
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