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Finally, help arrives to separate “green” myth from fact with the help of Seventh Generation and the Fine Living Network. On April 22 - earth day 2009 - join environmental activist, advocate and Seventh Generation President Jeffrey Hollender as he separates myth from reality when it comes to the conventional wisdom of green living. “Big Green Lies” airs at 9PM ET/PT, on Fine Living Network.

While many people have adopted small, easy habits to make their lives a little more… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on April 20, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Martinez International Helps Green U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland

Martinez International Corp., a leading government contractor in the international market, today announced its participation in a project that helps the United States Mission in Geneva expand its legacy as the U.S. State Department’s greenest diplomatic building.

Martinez International led construction and installation of an innovative chiller system based on magnetic levitation technology that promises to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions at the U.S. Mission. The system will be… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on April 20, 2009 at 8:57am — No Comments

Geneos Wealth Management to Provide Technology Platform for Leading Broker/Dealer

Gentech LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Denver-based Geneos Wealth Management, Inc. providing technology solutions to the financial and medical services fields, today announced an agreement to provide its industry-leading Nexus technology platform to Kaiser and Company, a broker/dealer headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The current version of the Gentech Web-based application automates many of the tasks associated with an independent financial advisor’s business, including account… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on April 20, 2009 at 8:54am — No Comments

Analysis Shows Megabanks Have 23,000 Times More Exposure to Credit Default Swaps than Community Banks

Healthy Community Banks Unfairly Impacted and Consumers Should Heed Wake-Up Call

As the economic crisis puts a spotlight on the obscure world of credit default swaps (CDS), an unregulated $62 trillion market that most people never heard of and even fewer understood, the fear of a CDS catastrophe is haunting the country’s largest banks, and the nation’s healthy community institutions and consumers are paying the price.

An analysis of FDIC data as of 12/2008 conducted by BancVue… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 25, 2009 at 3:57pm — No Comments

First Annual “Project Ruff-Way” Will Debut in Style on April 9

Times are ruff, so lend a paw! Fortunately, it can be done in style. The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation and Pure Puppy today announced de-tails for Project RUFFway on Thursday, April 9 at Mile High Station. The first annual fundraiser and fashion show benefiting the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation features models paired with adoptable dogs – lovable shelter dogs looking for their “forever homes”. Money raised will benefit the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation and Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 23, 2009 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Consumers to Get Dave Ramsey Financial Advice With High Yield Checking

With the economy and investment opportunities slimming, consumers are looking for alternative, safe avenues for storing their money other than their mattress., home to the highest yielding free checking accounts at community banks and credit unions across the nation, has announced a limited time offer of a trial membership to Dave Ramsey's for every person who submits an application.

In addition to the advice and tools from Dave Ramsey, a… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 20, 2009 at 2:23pm — No Comments

First Western Financial Expands Executive Team to Keep Pace with Rapid Growth

First Western Financial, Inc. the premier wealth management company in the West, announced today that John Shope and Melissa Montgomery-Fitzsimmons have joined the firm, filling two new leadership positions.

Mr. Shope will assume the role of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for First Western Financial, Inc., where he will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s expanding sales and service infrastructure as well as managing the Bank’s marketing efforts. He was most… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 18, 2009 at 11:13am — No Comments

iCast Offers “Green-Button” Service for Boulder County Residents Enrolled in Climatesmart™ Loan Program

iCAST, a Colorado nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable development using a triple bottom-line approach, today announced a simple one-stop program to help commercial and residential property owners in Boulder County qualify to obtain financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.

iCAST’s “Green Button” service is designed to cut the hassle and streamline applications for residents interested in participating in Boulder County’s $40 million ClimateSmart Loan… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 17, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Personal Financial Stimulus Package

As Personal Savings Rise to 5%, Consumers Could be Making Up to 6% APR

According to the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday, the personal savings rate surged to 5% in January. As consumers frantically try to save their money as the economic outlook continues to look bleak throughout much of the country, they could be making up to 6% APR on their checking account.

A “personal financial stimulus package” starts with the basics—your banking relationship. Community banks are still… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 12, 2009 at 10:47am — No Comments

Tailspin Continues for U.S. Housing Market

Integrated Asset Services®, LLC (IAS®) (, a leader in default management and residential collateral valuation, today released its latest IAS360™ House Price Index. Based on the timeliest and most granular data available in the industry, the index showed a staggering 3.5% plunge in house prices for January, the worst single-month decline since its peak in November of 2006.

January’s drop by itself represents more than $610 billion in reduced value of U.S. housing stock… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 10, 2009 at 1:17pm — No Comments

First Affirmative Announces “BaseCamp SRI” Conference Series for Financial Advisors Who Work with Socially Conscious Investors

First Affirmative Financial Network, a leading provider of investment management and consulting services to financial advisors and their socially conscious clients, is rolling out a new regional conference series designed to help investment advisors and financial planners accelerate the move to socially responsible investing (SRI).

Each BaseCamp SRI is a one-day event specifically designed for investment professionals seeking to help their clients direct investment capital in ways… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 10, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Hundreds Gather in Cherry Creek North to Pay Tribute to Those Touched by Eating Disorders

Mental health champions and local community members whose lives have been touched by eating disorders convened in a candlelight at Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North on Monday, February 23 to commemorate those who have lost their lives to eating disorders, those who continue to struggle with these illnesses and those who have found their way to the light of recovery.

The Eating Disorder Foundation, a Denver-based non-profit committed to education and advocacy initiatives to prevent… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on March 3, 2009 at 9:23am — No Comments

Education is a Powerful Force, Especially in a Tough Economy

The country’s unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent, meaning that more than 11 million Americans are now without jobs. However, while the employment rate among high school graduates with no college education hovers at eight percent, those with bachelor’s degrees or higher are seeing the unemployment rate drop by more than half, to 3.8 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Additionally, the average annual salary for individuals with graduate or doctoral degrees is… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on February 25, 2009 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Heidi Flammang Tapped for Advisory Board of the Leeds School of Business

Camp Bow Wow today announced that its Founder and CEO Heidi Flammang has joined the advisory board of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Board is an all-volunteer group dedicated to helping the school in its commitment to providing a quality education, creating and disseminating knowledge and supporting the economic drivers of the region, state and nation.

“We are very pleased that Heidi has agreed to join The Board. As an alumna, she brings… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on February 10, 2009 at 10:05am — No Comments

Five Reasons for Art Galleries and Artists to Embrace Technology during Tough Economy

1. It’s Time to Break Out of Your Four Walls. An individual or brick-and-mortar establishment has boundaries. However, with the vast reach of the Internet, there are endless opportunities to sell your art to consumers across the globe. Millions of consumers are embracing online art research and consumerism. Whether you use your own website or a site like to promote your artwork, it’s time to get in the game!

2. Recession isn’t a Time to Waste Time. Inventory… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on February 2, 2009 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Convenes 5th Annual Sustainable Business Legislative Briefing

A record number of attendees packed the Old Supreme Court Chambers today for the 5th Annual Sustainable Business Legislative Briefing at the State Capitol.

Organized by Alliance for Sustainable Colorado’s CASBA program (Colorado Alliance of Sustainable Business Associations), the briefing and policy discussion drew more than 150 business and non-profit representatives and state legislators. The speakers and topics focused on strategies for continuing the growth of Colorado’s New… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on January 28, 2009 at 9:23am — No Comments

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Names New Executive Director

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado (, a non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the sustainability movement in Colorado, has named Joanne Keys as its new executive director.

“With both a passion for the environment and a proven ability to lead dynamic business teams, Joanne is uniquely qualified to lead the organization,” said John Powers, Alliance Board President and Founder. “Her talent will be a tremendous asset in catalyzing the shift to a truly… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on January 15, 2009 at 1:44pm — No Comments

“Project Working Mom…and Dads, Too!” Helps Working Parents go Back to School Through More than $2 Million in Scholarships

Ann Marie always yearned for a college degree, but she had to put her dream on hold. She is a 25-year-old mother who works to support her two-year-old and seven-year-old step-daughter, while their dad has been deployed overseas. And in addition to caring for her own family, she also serves as power of attorney for her best friend’s young daughter while both parents serve in Iraq.

“With my former husband being deployed on and off over the past two years, I’ve had to double up and be… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on January 12, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

At D'Vine Wine, Last Minute Custom Gifts are Possible, Inexpensive and Delicious

Everyone's taken a bottle of wine to a dinner party. But wouldn't it be more memorable if the label was adorned with the host's picture? "Corporate gifters" are constantly scratching their heads about creative gifts for clients. How about making a personalized, mixed batch of wine with a humorous message that will certainly make a splash? Downtown Denver is lined with lovely restaurants and hip bars, but where can you go to impress friends with a venue unlike anything else? D'Vine Wine answers… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on December 16, 2008 at 4:06pm — No Comments

October Housing Market Down in Denver Metro Area 1.2%

Integrated Asset Services, LLC (IAS,, a leader in default management and residential collateral valuation, today released its IAS360™ House Price Index for October 2008. The monthly report, which includes the most current and granular data available in the industry, showed a 1.7% decline in house prices on a national level in October, with an annual decline of 12.9% versus a 13.3% decline in September.

Denver, MSA house prices were down 1.2% in October and 15.3%… Continue

Added by Erik Keith on December 10, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments



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