Eat Ridge – Support local food businesses in Wheat Ridge

In this time of turmoil, Wheat Ridge Business Association, City of Wheat Ridge, Localworks and Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce joined forces to bring you Eat Ridge – a resource to learn who is open and what services are provided today in Wheat Ridge.

Visit Eat Ridge – listing of all food-related businesses in Wheat Ridge and their information >>

 

Introducing COVID-19 Business Toolkit

This compilation of resources is updated daily. Please access this and learn all of the efforts around city, state and nation-wide to help your business in this time of difficulty.

Visit Coronavirus Business Toolkit page >>

 

Champions for Children Breakfast

CASA Champions for Children Breakfast **RESCHEDULED**
Join us for a FREE breakfast event and:
– Learn about CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties’ important work to advocate for children who have been abused and neglected.
– Hear from someone who personally benefited from CASA Jeffco/Gilpin.
– Understand how you can get involved as a volunteer and /or donor OR be an event SPONSOR and promote your business to more than 200 high-impact community members.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kerry Bishop at kerrybishop@casajeffcogilpin.com
Cost: FREE
Location: Denver Marriott West
Address: 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, CO 80401
Member: CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties
Contact: 3032716539

ABA COVID-19 Response, letter from our President

Dear ABA Business Members and Community,

Like so many of us, I have had numerous conversations regarding COVID-19 the past few weeks. Two conversations strike me in particular. The first was in a recent email in which I referred to the ‘epidemic’ as ‘interesting’. At the time it was interesting even knowing that there may be further steps soon taken to prevent community spread. The second is from the new reality we face this week that the ‘pandemic’ we are now experiencing is ‘unprecedented’.

Just a few weeks ago there was no way to know the levels of impact the novel coronavirus would have on our economy, businesses, and communities. To be sure the Applewood Business Association stands with all of our public health officials, medical providers and local, state and federal leaders and look to them for direction in these unprecedented days.

The ABA is taking steps to ensure that we are following all guidelines related to COVID-19, while continuing to support our business members and businesses in Applewood. In response to the State public health order on March 17 to close bars, restaurants, gyms, theatres and casinos for 30 days, the ABA will cancel the March 26th breakfast and all April events, including the April 9th luncheon, the ABC’s of the ABA on April 22nd, the April 23rd breakfast, and the April Business After Hours. We will re-evaluate our events in May while taking a proactive approach to monitor event cancellations through the City and County of Denver imposed timeline of May 11th. This leaves the potential that we may return for the May 14th luncheon on the table.

In the meantime, we are working with the Board and volunteers to explore options to continue supporting our members. We recognize the importance of bringing our community together and we hope to be able to provide some engaging educational opportunities in the digital realm. Our marketing committee is proposing to produce Zoom ‘Genius’ networking groups in April and Zoom conference calls for our April committees and the ABC’s of the ABA. Please look for the upcoming topics and dates for these virtual events. In addition, please mark your calendars and join us for the virtual April committees:

– Marketing committee 3rd Tuesday, April 21st from 9-10am contact Dr. Nick Kapustka drnkapustka@gmail.com
– Membership 3rd Tuesday, April 21st from 3-4pm contact Van Wedgwood vcwedgwood@earthlink.com
– Programs 3rd Wednesday, April 22nd from 3-4pm contact Anne Linze Anne.K.Linze@marriot.com
– Finance 4th Tuesday, April 28th from 9-10am contact Andrew Coonan acoonan@morrisonholdings.co

There’s no better time to get involved with the ABA committees then during a home quarantine! Please contact our committee chairs to participate.

We will continue to keep our fingers on the pulse and relay important information that we believe will benefit our community, both related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response and for opportunities to engage with the ABA and for small business resources to weather this storm. We will share our updates on our website www.applewoodbusiness.com, on our social media platforms @applewoodbusiness, and in our email newsletters.

COVID-19 certainly is unprecedented. You can bet our global and local response will be as well. Especially here in Applewood, as our community comes together and grows stronger in the face of adversity. Please heed the experts call for social distancing to support your neighbors, friends and family in this time of crisis. And most of all stay healthy!

Sincerely,

Andrew Coonan
ABA President
& ABA Board of Directors

Applewood Business Association member survey

The Applewood Business Association is excited to announce our branding initiative! The branding initiative will help the ABA rebrand our logo, marketing templates and materials, our websites – ApplewoodBusiness.com and AbsolutelyApplewood.com, and help guide our mission and vision into the new decade.

Our first step in the branding initiative is to ask for our members input on current ABA programs and events. To gather this information we have created the Applewood Business Association member survey. The survey includes opportunities for your feedback on a variety of subjects including membership, website, marketing, and events. Please take a few minutes to help us learn more about your experience as a member with the ABA. The survey will take approximately 10-15minutes. All members that participate will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win ABA bucks, a Starbucks gift card, and the grand prize gift certificate to 240 Union.

We invite you participate in the ABA survey by following this link: HTTPS://S.SURVEYPLANET.COM/FSZ17VGZ

We are excited to learn more about what makes the ABA an important part of your business and networking; and we will share results with members after the survey closes. Thank you for participating in this important first step of the ABA branding initiative.

For more questions about the ABA branding initiative and how to get involved, please contact us today.

State Labor Department Releases Emergency Rules on Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

DENVER – Today the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) published emergency rules which temporarily require employers in certain industries to provide a small amount of paid sick leave to employees with flu-like symptoms while awaiting COVID-19 testing.

The emergency rules take effect today for 30 days, or longer if the state of emergency declared by the Governor continues.

“Colorado is acting swiftly to contain the spread of this virus. These steps are important for individuals who work with vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and people with underlying health issues. When workers who might have Coronavirus lack paid sick leave, it poses a great risk to our ability to protect the public,” said Gov. Polis. “People want to do right by their fellow Coloradans and stay home when they are ill. But they shouldn’t be forced between doing what’s best for our community or missing rent. I am asking the entire private sector of Colorado to voluntarily offer paid sick leave pending Coronavirus testing results so that we can collectively do our part to contain the spread of the virus.”

On Tuesday, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency for Colorado in response to COVID-19. Included in the Executive Order were directives for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to 1) engage in emergency rulemaking for temporary paid sick leave and 2) identify additional supports and wage replacement such as access to unemployment insurance.

The Colorado Health Emergency Leave with Pay Rules (“Colorado HELP” 7 CCR 1103-10) requires up to four days of paid sick for employees being tested for coronavirus COVID-19 in select industries which include: leisure and hospitality; food services; child care; education, including transportation, food service, and related work at educational establishments; home health, if working with elderly, disabled, ill, or otherwise high-risk individuals and; nursing homes and community living facilities.

The requirement is not on top of sick leave an employer already provides and does not cover wage replacement should an employee test positive and require quarantine resulting in lost work time and wages.

Workers are covered regardless of pay rate or method (hourly, weekly, piece rate, etc.); the daily pay during leave is either their established daily rate or, if their pay fluctuates, their average daily pay for the past month.

Today’s emergency rules only speak to paid leave for the four-day period required for testing.

Other wage replacement options, including unemployment insurance, are still under review by the department to determine the specifics for compensation for those who test positive. Under current state law, unemployment insurance benefits are only available to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The Department is currently reviewing options to expand eligibility under existing rules.

Under Colorado wage and hour law, CDLE’s Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (DLSS) has authority under existing state law to promulgate rules when “[t]he welfare of the state of Colorado demands that workers be protected from conditions of labor that have a pernicious effect on their health and morals, and it is therefore declared … that inadequate wages and unsanitary conditions of labor exert such pernicious effect” (C.R.S. 8-6-101(1)).

FAQs and resource pages for both workers and employers can be found at coloradolaborlaw.gov.

Virtual Monthly Luncheon

Join the ABA for our regularly scheduled monthly luncheon – virtually.
No hand sanitizer needed.

In these days of Physical Distancing, the Applewood Business Association wants to continue to create Social Interaction and support for our membership.

Mark your calendars …Next Thursday, April 9th, from 11:15am to 1:00pm

we will host our first Zoom meeting, where we will have a combination of our typical meeting and a panel of experts to discuss how we can best manage our physical, mental and spiritual selves during this unprecedented time.

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom virtual meeting
Access from: https://zoom.us/j/3036386984

ABA VIRUTAL LUNCHEON AGENDA >>

Member Meeting – August 13

RSVP for August Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on August 7 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, August 13, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent, Jeffco Public Schools

Topic: “Jeffco Public Schools: Beginning of School Year Report”

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Tamra Hartman, All Support All Computers

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your seat.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation. Due to increase in attendance, this does not guarantee your seat.

Speaker: Dr. Jason Glass, Superintendent, Jeffco Public Schools

Dr. Jason E. Glass is the superintendent and chief learner of Jeffco Public Schools.

Previously, Dr. Glass served as the superintendent of Eagle County Schools from 2013-2017. Dr. Glass served as Iowa’s director of education from 2010-2013, appointed by Governor Terry Branstad, serving as the state’s chief state school officer and leading a successful education reform effort that culminated in landmark legislation signed into law in 2013.

Prior to serving in Iowa, Dr. Glass was the senior director of human capital strategy with Battelle for Kids. Before joining Battelle, Dr. Glass served as the director of human resources with Eagle County Schools. Dr. Glass has also worked as Eagle County Schools’ director of research and assessment, as vice president of quality ratings with Qualistar Early Learning, held several posts with the Colorado Department of Education, and worked as a university instructor and high school teacher in Kentucky.

In December 2016, Dr. Glass was nominated to the National Board for Education Sciences board of directors by President Barack Obama.

Dr. Glass holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and two master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, in education and political science. He holds a doctorate in education from Seton Hall University.

Dr. Glass lives in Lakewood with his wife, Sarah, and their children, Norah and Chase – who are Jeffco Public Schools students, attending first grade and kindergarten, respectively.

Member Meeting – July 9

RSVP for July Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on July 3 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, July 9, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: TBA

Topic: “TBA”

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Keri Kennedy, Bloom Buggy

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your seat.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation. Due to increase in attendance, this does not guarantee your seat.

 

 

Member Meeting – June 11

RSVP for June Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on June 5 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, June 11, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Len Matheo, Executive/Artistic Director, Miners Alley Playhouse

Topic: “Miners Alley Playhouse: Professional Theatre with a Community Feel in the Heart of Downtown Golden”

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Mike Coleman, Evergreen Security

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your seat.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation. Due to increase in attendance, this does not guarantee your seat.

Speaker – Len Matheo, Executive/Artistic Director, Miners Alley Playhouse

Len Matheo is the Executive/Artistic Director at Miners Alley Playhouse since 2013, as well as a principal and co-founder of Courtroom Performance, Inc., a trial consulting firm dedicated to improving oral advocacy. A professional actor and director, Mr. Matheo has over 25 years of experience in professional theater and has directed many Miners Alley hits, including Once, Our Town, Fun Home, Cabaret, 4000 Miles, My Name is Asher Lev, and The Cripple of Inishmaan, to name a few.

He and his partner, Lisa DeCaro, are authors of the book, The Lawyer’s Winning Edge: Exceptional Courtroom Performance (Bradford Publishing, 2004). He is a frequent speaker at regional seminars and national conventions, and has served as faculty for colleges and conferences nationwide (including UCLA Law School and UC Boulder School of Law, and DU Sturm College of Law). In addition to his book, Mr. Matheo has authored popular papers and articles for national legal publications (including ALI-ABA’s Practical Litigator, ABA’s Tips from the Trenches, The Brief, and Lawyers Weekly USA).

Mr. Matheo has also served on the board of Directors of the Colorado Internet Safety Foundation, The Evergreen Players Theater Company, and the Center for the Arts Evergreen. In his copious free time, he spends time with his wife Lisa and their child, Ella Jane, and his barbecue grill.

 

Member Meeting – May 14

RSVP for May Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on May 8 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, May 14, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Nate Bruggeman, BorderWorks Advisors

Topic: “The Border Crisis”

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Rachel Cole, Serenity Remedies

 

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your seat.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation. Due to increase in attendance, this does not guarantee your seat.

Speaker – Nate Bruggeman, BorderWorks Advisors

Nate Bruggeman is a principal at BorderWorks Advisors, LLC. He is currently the Executive Editor of the Homeland Security Project’s Homeland Security Paper Series.

He has extensive experience working with clients to solve emerging legal and policy issues, including addressing border security, law enforcement intelligence, and international partnership issues. Bruggeman served as Counselor to the Special Representative for Border Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. In that capacity, he advised senior departmental leadership on emerging border security and intelligence issues, and he developed innovative solutions to facilitate border security operations. He then moved to U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a Counselor to Commissioner. He advised the Commissioner and other agency leadership on policy and operational issues related to passenger screening, Southwest border security, and enhancing the agency’s intelligence function. Bruggeman oversaw the development of initiatives from concept to implementation, working with operational personnel from across the agency and the U.S. interagency.

Bruggeman also has had a distinguished legal practice. After graduating with High Honors from The University of Texas School of Law, he clerked for the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Bruggeman has been an attorney at the international law firm WilmerHale and the boutique litigation firm Wheeler, Trigg, O’Donnell. Most recently, he was an Assistant Attorney General at the Colorado Department of Law. He graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with an B.A. in Political Science.

Sponsors Needed for Wheat Ridge High School STEM Fundraiser

Wheat Ridge High School STEM is having their annual fundraiser Saturday June 13th 2020. We will be paring a small gala along with a golf tournament at Applewood Golf Course! Individuals can participate in just the golf tournament, just the gala or both! In addition, the students will have their projects at the event site for everyone to see and you can also talk to the students.

We are currently looking for hole and food sponsors at this time for this annual event. Please see the attached flyer for more information on both of these. We would love to have you as one of our sponsors and hope you can attend. Individual tickets for the gala, and also the golf tournament, will be going on sale in 2020.

Please feel free to share this information with any individuals who might want to attend the event and/or sponsor.

If you have any questions or would like to be a Wheat Ridge STEM sponsor please let me know.

Hope to see you at our event.

Charles L. Sprague
Wheat Ridge High School
STEM/Engineering-Shell Instructor
STEAM Department

Event Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time(s): Golfing 1:30 Shotgun Start
Meet the Students 5:30
Dinner and Entertainment 7:00

How to Sponsor: Please see attached letter (PDF) >>

Location: Applewood Golf Course
Address: 14001 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401
Wheat Ridge High School STEM Team
Please contact Charles L. Sprague for any questions. Charles.sprague70@gmail.com

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JCBL Legislative Update

Bipartisan agreement on problems, but not necessarily on solutions

By Jeff Weist, Jefferson County Business Lobby

The Applewood Business Association is an active member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, the unified voice of 3,000 Jefferson County businesses advocating for public policies that strengthen our economy. We wanted to give you a preview of some of the business issues on which the JCBL is engaging at the State Capitol in Denver as the 2017 Colorado General Assembly gets underway.

The dynamics of the Legislature will, for the third year in a row, be dominated by split partisan control.  Democrats retained control the State House of Representatives while the Republicans hang onto their slim one seat majority in the State Senate. Split control means both parties have to work together to accomplish anything of significance.

Remarkable agreement exists between the Democrats and Republicans on the major problems facing the state – such as inadequate transportation funding and escalating housing costs – but finding agreement on the solutions to such problems have been elusive.

The JCBL’s priorities for the coming year include:

New Transportation Funding: Colorado is one of the few states in the nation not dedicating state General Fund dollars to transportation infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature must find new sources of transportation funding for the short, medium and long-terms.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees: The shortage of skilled employees in Jefferson County and around the State is actually becoming a drag on economic growth. Colorado needs better training for skilled employees. And we need to fix the broken litigation system that is preventing the construction of new, affordable, housing.

Fostering a Strong, Competitive Business Climate: While Jefferson County’s economy is strong today, the Legislature must provide effective economic development incentives, lower regulatory burdens and reduce lawsuits if we are to withstand future downturns.

 

We will keep you updated on the Legislature’s progress on these important business issues through out the 2017 legislative session.

 

Jeff Weist can be contacted at jeff@weistcapitol.com