Serving the Business Community Since 1955 • Representing... May 2010, Volume 8, Number 5

Serving the Business Community Since 1955 • Representing 11,149 Member Employees
May 2010, Volume 8, Number 5
Beijing - Forbidden City
Travel with the Chamber
See page 2 for details
on how to join us.
Great Wall of China
Business Trade Mission to China 2
Chairman’s Message
Celebrating Members
Leadership Douglas County
Discover CHINA - October 20—27, 2010
Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce - Contact: Melissa Moroni - [email protected]
Enjoy a memorable journey to CHINA
Uncover an ancient civilization & Explore amazing sights
Live the History and Culture
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•International flight from DIA to China
•Domestic air fare in China
•Superior hotel accommodations with private facilities
from $2090 per person
Roundtrip International flights from DENVER
•Airport transfers
6 nights of deluxe accommodations
•All sightseeing
Three nights in BEIJING at the Novotel Xinqiao Hotel
•Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
•Excursions in an air-conditioned coach
•All monument entrance fees
•English speaking tour manager
•Luggage handling
One night in Suzhou at the Garden Hotel
Two nights in Shanghai at the Ramada Peace Hotel
We will be visiting Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace,
the Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Yu Gardens and so much more.
Melissa Moroni, Director of Programs
Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Chairman’s Message
Dear Members and Staff of
the Castle Rock Chamber of
As the year in which I’ve
served as your Chair draws
to a close, I reflect on the
challenges faced and accomplishments made by you,
the members and staff of
the Castle Rock Chamber.
And, I have two words for you – “Well done!”
Working together in an economy that, according to
some, rivals the Great Depression, you have survived,
and in many ways thrived. You have given unselfishly
of your time and energy through committees, task
forces, events, Ambassadorship and Board positions.
One of the Chamber’s new programs this year is
Business Boot Camp, the newest addition to the
Economic Gardening program, which began in
September 2009 with 12 businesses. Graduates gave
rave reviews of this program and the Chamber is
excited to be offering it again in September 2010
(see page 19).
The Castle Rock Stars Young Professionals group
is moving right along with great networking
and innovative ideas. The Chamber continues
to offer several networking opportunities for its
members through Business Over Breakfast and
Business After Hours events, which are always
great for making new contacts and building
business relationships. The Chamber continues
to promote the community with its numerous
local events and is also emphasizing the wide
variety of things to see and do in the community
through marketing and branding of local attractions and recreation to tourists. This benefits all
of us in countless ways. I would encourage you
to tell your customers and friends about our new
website –
So, thank you all again for your support and
involvement in your Castle Rock Chamber
of Commerce. Stay involved and continue to
volunteer – that makes your Chamber great
and gives you a vested interest in your community. While this is farewell as your Chair, I
look forward to seeing you all in and around the
Chamber and Castle Rock for years to come!
Chairman of the Board
Jamie Kimbrough
RE/MAX Alliance
Chair – Elect
Lisa Frizell
Douglas County
Jaye Thompson
Colorado Community Bank
Immediate Past Chairman
Pam Jenkins
Castle Rock Bank
Aaron Barrick
Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick &
Patoile, PC
Paul Donahue
Edwards Jones Investments
Teri Ellis
Allstate Insurance
Lisle Gates
Castle View High School
Brock Goodwin
Mutual of Omaha
Michael Likens
gopixel design studios, inc.
Jim Riley
Castle Rock Development
Lori Swager
Premier Pilates and Wellness
Mike Tafoya
Estrada Strategies
Annisa Thomas
Linda Watson
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Pam Ridler, CCE
President, Castle Rock
Chamber of Commerce
Frank Gray
Castle Rock EDC
Sally Misare
Town Clerk
The purpose of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is to:
• Support and promote member businesses
• Be a “voice” to government
• Foster a livable community with positive growth
Your Chamber is:
• Creating a Strong Local Economy
• Promoting the Community
• Advocating Political Action
• Developing Business Relationships
• Representing Business to Government
Call Us: 303-688-4597 or visit our website:
The official Castle Rock Chamber website offers relocation and school information, Business Directory
with links, community events schedule, and much more.
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Pam Ridler
[email protected]
Director of Marketing
Diane Leduc
[email protected]
Director of Programs
Melissa Moroni
[email protected]
Director of Membership Development
Joanne Taylor
[email protected]
Office Administrator
Tammy Cratty
[email protected]
Communications Specialist
Melissa Mares
[email protected]
Membership Account Executive
Michael House
[email protected]
Front Range Showcase
Celebrates Seventeen Years bringing together Businesses and Consumers
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and Title Sponsors CoWest Insurance Group and Pinnacol Assurance welcomed thousands of visitors on April
9-10 for its annual business expo at the Douglas County Events Center.
Many family-friendly activities rounded out the Showcase. In its third year,
the vehicle exhibit, Touch-a-Truck, featured antique, commercial and public
vehicles for kids and adults to explore. New this year at Touch-a-Truck was
a climbing wall and a Fun Bus with fitness activities for kids. Demonstrations by the Castle Rock Fire Departments and the Castle Rock n’ Rollers
roller skating derby league; strolling mascots such as the Chick-fil-A cow,
Douglas County Libraries’ dog, Yogi Bear from Yogi Bear’s Park, Allstate’s
bear and Sports Clips’ giant referee, were a few of the many special entertainment venues.
Vendor judging, decided by volunteer
Showcase judges included Best of Show
– Henry and Robinson, attorneys at law;
Best Promotion of a Business – Everything
Alpaca; Best 21st Century Connection –
Douglas County Libraries; Most Friendly
Business – CertaPro Painters and Most
Creative/Coordinated Booth – Black-eyed
Pea. Congratulations to these businesses
for a great presence.
The Chamber wishes to thank the following sponsors that made this event possible:
Title Sponsors
CoWest Insurance Group and Pinnacol Assurance
Corporate Sponsors
Black Hills Energy, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and Liberty Mutual
Castle Rock Chamber Chairman’s Circle Sponsors
President’s Level
Castle Rock Bank, Colorado Community Newspapers, CoWest Insurance
Group and Sky Ridge Medical Center
Executive Level
Black Hills Energy, Douglas County Living Magazine, IREA, and Pinnacol
Entrepreneur Level
Castle Rock Development Company, FirstBank of Douglas County
Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Patriot Enterprises and Wells Fargo Bank
Showcase Media Sponsor, Castle Rock Radio, conducted live broadcasts
from the Front Range Showcase throughout the two days. Broadcasts included everything from talk shows and interviews with special guests to the
“man on the street”. Thank you to other major Media Sponsors – Colorado
Community Newspapers and Douglas County Living Magazine for their
advertising support.
Premier Level
Black-eyed Pea, Castle Rock Radio, Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick and Patoile, P.C.
gopixel design studios, inc., IMI Global – Where Food Comes From
Key Bank, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Plumbline Services
Local restaurants generously supplied food samples throughout the event.
Complimentary water was provided by Pure Water Solutions. In addition
to complimentary tastings of their delicious foods, Flying Horse Catering
offered concessions for sale during the event.
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Business of the Month
Castle Rock Bank
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its first
recipient for Business of the Month recognition. Some of the essential
criteria for being recognized are the length of time a business has supported
the Chamber – ten consecutive years or longer - through its membership,
participation and sponsorship. Something the Castle Rock Bank has in
The Castle Rock Bank has been a stalwart supporter of the Chamber since
1983, the same year that Thomas J. Miller moved from La Junta, Colorado
where he was also heavily involved with that chamber. Mr. Miller, a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, has been responsible for the successful management of Castle Rock Bank for the past 26 years, contributing
in immeasurable ways to this Chamber and the community.
In 1988, Tom also founded what is currently known as the Castle Rock
Chamber Ambassadors. Originally called the Chamber Rockers, this group
remains an essential part of Chamber activity; composed of business owners
who volunteer their time mentoring new business members and serving in
various capacities for the Chamber.
Miller, CEO and Chairman of the Castle Rock Bank Board since 2001,
believes Castle Rock Bank has been successful partly because of its involvement in the community such as hosting the Taste of Castle Rock, the pancake breakfast at the Douglas County Fair, participating in the 4-H Junior
Livestock Sale and serving as a major sponsor of Starlighting, a favorite
community tradition organized by the Chamber. He said the bank has also
been successful because it caters to the needs of local residents.
Looking to the future, Miller says the bank plans to improve service to its
customers by adding other branches in the Castle Rock area. Land has been
purchased just south of the King Soopers grocery store on Ridge Road in
Founders Village. No definite timetable has been set for construction of the
Founders Village branch.
“Right now we are just … trying to do everything we can to better serve
our customers,” Miller said. That sums up the why Castle Rock Bank, its
leadership and staff have earned recognition as an outstanding business in
Castle Rock.
Editor’s Note: The Chamber apologizes for inadvertently omitting this article from the February issue of the Business Voice. Congratulations to
Castle Rock Bank for being the first recipient of the Business of the Month award. This program was launched in January of 2010 to recognize
outstanding businesses in the community that are dedicated to the continued success of their local chamber.
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Business After Hours
Business After Hours
May 19, 2010
January 20
Woodlands Academy
1057 N. Park Street
3692 Meadows Boulevard
FREE to Chamber Members (Networking level and above)
$10 for Community Connection members • All events are 5-7 p.m.
February 17 The Fowl Line
774 Maleta Lane
March 17
FREE to Chamber Members
(Networking level and above)
$10 for Community Connection members.
$20 for non-members.
All events are 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
If you have an interest in hosting at your
business location, please contact
Diane Leduc at the Chamber, 303-688-4597
All Business Over Breakfast functions are Friday mornings from 7:30 – 9:00 am
unless otherwise indicated.
April 16 FirstBank of Douglas County
May 21 - NEW DATE!
Patriot Enterprises
June 11
July 16
August 13
September 24
October 8
December 3
Wholistic Healing Center of Castle Rock
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Woodlands Academy
Thank you...
to FirstBank of Douglas County
at 2 Plum Creek Parkway in Castle Rock for hosting a fabulous omelet bar
in April for the Chamber Business Over Breakfast networking event. Wes
King, President, and his team did an outstanding job of hosting, complete
with great prizes for five lucky attendees.
Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick,
Patoile, P.C.
Castle Rock EDC
Downtown Development Authority
Downtown Merchants Association
White Contruction Group
18 S. Wilcox Street
April 9
Showcase After Hours
500 Fairgrounds Drive
May 19
The Grange at the Meadows
3692 Meadows Boulevard
June 16
Sky Ridge Medical Center
10101 RidgeGate Parkway
July - New Date Pending
Crystal Valley Ranch
August 18
Patriot Enterprises
701 Park Street, Suite E
September 15
gopixel design studios, inc.
October 20
Cherokee Ranch & Castle
November 17
Wells Fargo Bank
445 S. Perry Street
FREE to Chamber Members (Networking level and above)
$10 for Community Connection members
• All events are 5-7 p.m. •
Thank you...
to major Showcase After Hours
sponsors, Flying Horse Catering and Black-eyed Pea. Congratulations to
the Pea for winning the Front Range Showcase award for Most Creative
booth. It was a successful business networking event as part of the 2010
Front Range Showcase with hundreds of businesses represented.
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Castle Rock Chamber
Chairman’s Circle - Rock Solid!
President’s Level
Monday 3rd
• Annual Banquet Committee Meeting (Chamber) @ 4:00
Tuesday 4th
• GIC Government Issues Committee Meeting (Chamber) @ 7:30 am
• Workers Comp Safety Meeting (Chamber) @ 11:30
• Chamber Chatter ( @ 12:00 pm
• S.C.O.R.E Counseling (Chamber) @ 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm
• Women In Networking (WIN) (Sky Ridge) @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 5th
• Leadership Douglas County (South Metro Fire & Rescue Authority)
@ 7:00 am
• Leads Referral (El Parral) @ 11:30 am
• Douglas County Economic Gardeners Business Counseling (Chamber)
@ 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Friday 7th
• Castle Rock Economic Partners (EDC) 8:00 am
• Annual Banquet (Cielo) @ 6:00 pm
Tuesday 11th
• Douglas County Business Alliance (SEBP) @ 7:30 am
• Leads Plus (The Fowl Line) @ 11:30 am
• Chamber Chatter ( @ 12:00 pm
Wednesday 12th
• Ambassadors Exec Meeting @ (Chamber) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
• Ambassadors Meeting @ (Chamber) 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
• Douglas County Economic Gardeners Business Counseling (Chamber)
@ 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Thursday 13th
• Castle Rock Stars Membership Meeting (Chamber) @ 8:30 am
• Ribbon Cutting for B2B CFO (Chamber) @ 4:00 pm
Friday 14th
• Membership Orientation (Chamber) @ 8:00 am
Tuesday 18th
• DCBA Governor’s Forum (Wildlife Experience) @ 7:30-9:30 am
• Medical Marijuana Workers Comp Training (Library) @ 11:30 am
• Chamber Chatter ( @ 12:00 pm
• S.C.O.R.E Counseling (Chamber) @ 1:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Wednesday 19th
• Leadership Steering (Chamber) 7:30 am
• Leads Referral (El Parral) @ 11:30 am
• Douglas County Economic Gardeners Business Counseling (Chamber)
@ 1:30 & 3:30 pm
• Business After Hours (The Grange) @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday 20th
• Douglas County Community Foundation Board Meeting (TBD) @ 3:30 pm
Friday 21st
• Castle Rock Economic Partners (EDC) @ 8:00 am
• Business Over Breakfast (Patriot Enterprises) @ 7:30 am
Monday 24th
• Castle Rock Economic Gardening Taskforce (Chamber) @ 11:30
Tuesday 25th
• CR Hat Committee Meeting (TBD) @ 8:30 am
• Leads Plus (The Fowl Line) @ 11:30 am
• Chamber Chatter ( @ 12:00 pm
• Customer Service Training (Theatre of Dreams) @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Colorado Community Newspapers
CoWest Insurance Group
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Executive Level
Black Hills Energy
Castle Rock Bank
Centura Health
Douglas County Living Magazine
Intermountain Rural Electric Association
Pinnacol Assurance
Entrepreneur Level
Castle Rock Development Company
FirstBank of Douglas County
Grand Lodge on Peak 7
Patriot Enterprises
Wells Fargo Bank
Premier Level
Black-eyed Pea
Castle Rock Radio
Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick & Patoile, P.C.
gopixel design studios, inc.
IMI Global – Where Food Comes From
Key Bank
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Plumbline Services, Inc.
Wednesday 26th
• Business of the month (IREA) @ 9:00 am
• Douglas County Economic Gardeners Business Counseling (Chamber)
@ 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Thursday 27th
• Board of Directors Meeting (Chamber) @ 11:30 am
• Ribbon Cutting for Retirement Strategies @ 4:00 pm
Friday 28th
• Chamber Closed
Monday 31st
• Chamber Closed (Memorial Day)
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Members in the News
Mike Tafoya Receives Franchisee of the Year Award
Mike Tafoya, President and CEO of Estrada Strategies-DTC, was
recognized recently with the first ever Franchisee of the Year award
by the Estrada Strategies organization. Ruben Estrada, Founder
of Estrada Strategies, a business development company, stated,
“Even in the toughest economy Mike has made an amazing impact
on the Metro Denver small business community, and that is the
primary reason we are recognizing Mike with this award.
Last year alone, Mike Tafoya coached, trained and monitored over
200 businesses in several venues. Mike is the official trainer for the
Small Business Administration (SBA) e200 business training and
leadership program. The e200 program is the flagship training
program for SBA nationally, and Mike Tafoya has championed
this effort in the Denver Market place. Along with all of Mike’s
programs, this program is designed for established business owners
with a minimum of 5 employees who are committed to growing
their businesses. Mike is also the official business coach for the Denver Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce’s Latino Council Business Training
program, and one of their finalists for Business Activist of the Year
Award, and the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Business
Boot Camp program. In addition, Mike is the committee chair
and lead facilitator for the BOSS Program (business owners sharing solutions) for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. From these three programs, Mike will have graduated over
60 business owners who are positioned for success in 2010.
Mike is a leader who is committed to the success of others in the
community. He has not only displays these traits but lives them
through the programs that he runs.
White Construction Group Awarded Denver Pubic
School Projects
White Construction Group, a Colorado-based commercial general
construction firm, was awarded Denver Public Schools projects to
include window, fire suppression upgrades, and general renovations.
The first project includes the design-build window replacements of
six schools.
April 20, 2010 – Press Release from the Castle Rock Historical Society in partnership with the
Castle Rock Historic Preservation Board and invaluable assistance from the Town of Castle Rock
Little known fact about our Town of Castle Rock:
origination, narrated by three of our most illustrious and long-time Town
This unique and special town of ours abounds in fascinating historic sites
within the Town limits.To reveal these engaging sites and their back-
So save the date: Saturday, May 15th at the Castle Rock History Museum,
ground, the Castle Rock Historical Society in partnership with the Castle
420 Elbert Street, beginning at 9:30 am, 11:00 am and at 1:30 pm… don’t
Rock Historic Preservation Board has put together, for the first time ever, a
be late as the Trolley will leave promptly and reservations are recommended.
Trolley Tour; made possible by the Town of Castle Rock’s generous loan of
Come with us on this absorbing time travel journey and learn just how
the Town Trolley.
special this Town of ours really is! This, and all our tours are free and all are
Traditionally, for the past two summer/fall seasons, the Castle Rock
Historical Society has offered historical walking tours. This year in com-
As there are only 27 spaces allowed for each tour, again, reservations are
memoration of May being Historic Preservation Month, a kick-off tour
encouraged. For reservations and more information, you may call the
with the Town Trolley is planned on May 15th. This unique tour will
Castle Rock History Museum at 303-814-3164 or e-mail [email protected]
offer the chance to see historic sites not available on the traditional walking .
tours. The duration of the tour will be approximately one hour with three
separate tours of 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Each tour will begin
Also, don’t forget the Walking Tours occurring every 3rd Saturday of month
and end at the Castle Rock Museum.
beginning in June, the 19th and every month thereafter through September.
The 45 minute walking tours begin hourly at 10 am, 11am and12pm; each
The tour will entail such interesting places as the Sante Fe Train Depot,
beginning and ending at the Courtyard on Perry Street, next to Siena Res-
Madge Quarry, the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, New Memphis
taurant. Reservations are not required for these lively and entertaining tours,
Colony, Scott Ranch and more! All have fascinating stories behind their
they are free and all are welcome! Bring your walking shoes!
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
ATA Family Martial Arts
of Castle Rock
Peggy Fitouri
324 E. Miller Ct.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Martial Arts Instruction
Bathrick Drilling
Bryan Bathrick
2575 S. Raritan St.
Englewood, CO 80110
Drilling - Custom
Everything Alpaca
Debra Powers
518 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Clothes & Accessories
Insphere Insurance
Chris Roughen
242 Woodstock Lane
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Insurance Health/LifeInsurance Long Term Care
Member Orientation!
Are you a new member, haven’t been to your Chamber or an existing
member who wants to see what is happening these days at your Chamber?
If the answer is yes, then mark your calendar for Friday, May 14, 2010 to
attend a Member Orientation! Plan to arrive early at the Chamber to sign
in and network as the orientation begins at 8:00am and completed about
9:30am. Enjoy a cozy setting and a continental breakfast while you meet
other members and staff as well as hear a short presentation from each staff
member! Email Joanne or call 303-688-4597 to register now as seating is
limited! Bring your business cards—there will be a drawing!
Business of the Month Sponsor
Dream Pastries
Soraya Balleydier
370 Perry Street, Unit A
Castle Rock
Jack of all Macs
Benjamin Decker
Castle Rock, CO
ServicesComputers ConsultantsComputers Service & Repair
Palms Tanning Resort,
Marques & Brandy Harris
5646 Allen Way Suite 132
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Tanning Salons
Results For Life, LLC
Elaine Love
3249 Country Club
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Financial Advisor
Windsong Holistic
Health Inc.
Darlene Zwolinski
305 Jerry St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Health & Wellness
The Breakfast Club Leads
group will begin meeting every other Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Village
Inn on Wolfensberger Road. The two meeting dates in May are the 11th
and the 25th. This leads group is sanctioned by the Castle Rock Chamber
and run by a management team consisting of leads group members.
Floral Sponsor
Storage Sponsor
Castle Pines Florist
& Greenhouse
Kristin Clifford
807 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Park Street/Jerry Street Storage
Mark Heath
1500 N. Park Street
Castle Rock
Years with
The Chamber
Medved Autoplex Castle Rock
22 Years
Gabriel’s Restaurant
20 Years
Village Inn Pancake House
Gene’s Muffler & Auto Service
ITC Compounding & Natural
Wellness Pharmacy
Bird Man, The
7 Years
Union- An American Bistro
5 Years
20 Years
Stucy Realty Company
9 Years
Castle Rock Bank at Castle Pines
5 Years
20 Years
Olde Tyme Kettle Korn
8 Years
Genesis Church
3 Years
Autobahn Autobody, Inc.
19 Years
Well Within Chiropractic, P.C.
8 Years
Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, LLC 3 Years
PRO Plumbing Service
18 Years
Echo Ridge at Metzler Ranch
7 Years
South Denver OBGYN, P.C.
2 Years
BreakThroughs, Inc.
13 Years
Mutual of Omaha - Brock Goodwin
7 Years
One Source IT Group
2 Years
FirstBank of Douglas County
13 Years
Riverside Church Castle Rock
7 Years
Office ProClean, LLC
1 Year
MacVan Productions, Inc.
12 Years
RE/MAX Alliance - Nadine & Jim Kirk 7 Years
CertaPro Painters
1 Year
Best Western Inn & Suites
12 Years
Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc.
Cook Financial Associates
1 Year
7 Years
Your business affordably to
12,500 homes
& hundreds of businesses
Phone Calls
in Castle Rock!
Choose from 5 Area newsletters:
1) Founders Village
2) The Meadows
3) The Woodlands / Metzler Ranch / Escavera
4) Castlewood Ranch 5) Castle Pines North
For all your advertising questions, contact me or visit:
Business Referrals
Website - Unique Hits Restaurant
of the Month
Bryan Carlin, Manager
207 W. Wolfensberger Road
Castle Rock
10 Years
Coffee Sponsor
Dream Pastries
Soraya Balleydier
370 Perry Street, Unit A
Castle Rock
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Debbie Davis, owner/publisher
[email protected]
303-688-7487 Office & Fax
Beverage Sponsor
The Pepsi Bottling Company
3801 Brighton Blvd.
Denver 80216
Ambassador of the Month
The Ambassador Program is Sponsored by
Ginny Wainright
Ginny Wainright moved to Douglas
County in 1993, moved away twice to
live in Arkansas and Arizona, and then
decided that “snow was better than
those infernal summers”!!
Ginny has always enjoyed smaller
towns and when she found Castle
Rock, she knew she had found a home.
She says there is a sense of pride, ownership and connection in Castle Rock
that you don’t feel living in the suburbs.
Ginny says Castle Rock has all the
advantages of a smaller community and yet there is easy access to
the “big city. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Ginny is an independent distributor for SendOutCards. Sending cards is a lost art…only 1% of business people send thank you
cards! She shows business owners how they can use greeting cards
to express appreciation to their clients and customers and, because
of her reminder system, they will never forget a birthday again!
It’s like a virtual greeting card store where you can choose one of
12,000 cards, write a message in your own handwriting, sign it, attach a gift if you choose. SendOutCards even prints, stuffs, stamps
and mails your card for you.
Ginny joined the Castle Rock Chamber several years ago when
she owned a resumé and word processing business. Because of her
positive experience with the Chamber at that time, there was no
question about joining the Chamber again when she became affiliated with SendOutCards. Four months after becoming a member,
Ginny became an Ambassador.
When Ginny was a new chamber member, she participated in a
lot of activities and was on a couple of committees. With her new
business, she decided she not only wanted to participate but wanted
to promote what has been so good to her and her business. Ginny
feels the Chamber has so much to offer businesses of all sizes and
that so few people take advantage of the different programs and
activities. She sees the Ambassadors as the mentors who promote
As an Ambassador, Ginny meets more business owners and
learns more about what it is they do. She sees her Ambassador role
as another opportunity to build relationships, keep informed about
the Chamber and market her business. The Chamber networking
events are not only social events but great opportunities to meet and
reconnect with other members and build relationships that grow
with time.
Ginny’s current hobby is experiencing Colorado. She admits
she has not taken advantage of all the cultural and fun activities
here, so she has decided to make a point of playing “tourist” in the
Denver area.
PuroClean Property Paramedics
Scott and Karen Stone
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Fire and Water Damage
Tallgrass Kitchen & Bath
Eric Paciaroni
218 Wilcox
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Kitchen & Bath
Business Communication Support, LLC
Brian Leugs
200 S. Wilcox Suite 305
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Communications - Consultants, Consulting - Communications,
Copyrighting, Marketing, Writing and Editing
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Business of the Month
CoWest Insurance Group
Laurie Lewis has not only succeeded, but has excelled in a male dominated industry. After working with CoWest Insurance Group for several
years as a minority owner, she became the principal owner by purchasing it from its founder six years ago. Since that time Laurie has grown
the business significantly, making the company one of the largest independent agencies in the State.
Laurie was voted the 2007 Insurance Person of the Year by the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado, and later was asked
to serve on its prestigious board. She has invested in the local economy by starting the Castle Rock Chamber Workers Compensation program in partnership with Pinnacol Assurance and the Castle Rock Chamber. Laurie is currently a member of the Chamber Chairman’s Circle
at the President’s Level, and she was named Business Person of the Year by the Chamber in 2008.
Laurie has also been active with Douglas County Schools, charities and sporting events. Laurie sponsors the Pinnacol Foundation, which
provides college scholarships through the Pinnacol Assurance grant program for children who have lost a parent or been disabled while on the
job. Currently a board member for the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, her hard work and strong commitment to community also earned Laurie the Castle Rock Business Person of the Year award in 2008.
Laurie, along with her husband Dean, raised four children in the Douglas County area and with Dean’s three older children, are now grandparents
of nine wonderful grandchildren. Laurie’s commitment to CoWest has become a family tradition as her daughter Stacie has been working alongside
her mother for 10 years, and is currently a Commercial Lines Manager, while son Stephen joined them recently on the IT side of the business.
Castle Rock Chamber Business Voice •
Town &
Town Council approves sandwich board signage on
emergency adoption
Town Council voted to allow sandwich board signage within all areas of
Town. Council also amended the ordinance to allow one sign per business. In other words, in buildings or areas where there is more than one
business, more than one sandwich board sign can be displayed. Several
business owners spoke before Council, touting the many benefits of sandwich board signage to their businesses, including the freestanding signs
help to bring their businesses into the line of site of those passing by.
Because the ordinance was approved on emergency adoption, the sign
code changes are immediately in effect. A closer look at the ordinance
contact Development Services Director Bill Detweiler, [email protected] or 720-733-3557.
Ryan Reilly appointed Mayor; Chip Wilson, Mayor Pro Tem
Two new Town Council members were sworn in at the April 13 Castle
Rock Town Council meeting. Once installed, the seven-member Council
elected Ryan Reilly to serve as Mayor and Chip Wilson as Mayor Pro
Tem. Both are one-year terms.
Reilly first was elected in 2005, most recently serving as Mayor Pro Tem.
He represents District 3, which includes Red Hawk and parts of The
Meadows, where he and his family reside. Originally from Yonkers, New
York and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Reilly moved to Castle Rock
in 2002. He works as an independent software developer.
Wilson represents District 4, which includes downtown and Castle Rock
North. He first was elected to Town Council in 2008. Born and raised in
Massachusetts, Wilson moved with the Army to Colorado in 1988. Currently, he is a manager for United Airlines. His wife is a third-generation
Castle Rock resident and Wilson and his family resides just outside of the
Craig and Gould neighborhood.
The two new Council members are Brian Logan, District 2, and Clark
Hammelman, District 6. They replace Mayor Randy Reed and Councilman Douglas Lehnen, respectively, who both were ineligible to run due to
term limits.
Public Invited to May 5th Centennial Airport Noise
In an effort to gather as much input from the public as possible the
Centennial Airport/Community Noise Roundtable (CACNR) will hold a
public hearing to identify and discuss aircraft-related noise issues.
The meeting is on May 5, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel and
Suites adjacent to the Air Traffic Control Tower at 7770 S Peoria St, Englewood, CO 80112. The purpose of this public hearing is to determine
if the Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable has addressed all
community concerns regarding noise at Centennial Airport.
Light-timing changes improve travel on Plum Creek Parkway
Drivers traveling on Plum Creek Parkway should experience fewer delays
now that traffic lights along the stretch have been retimed to account for
new road segments and a redesigned interchange.
The Town aims to update traffic signal timings every three years to adjust
for population increases or when a significant roadway improvement is
made. In this case, Plum Creek Parkway was expanded to both the east
and west last year as part of the Southeast and Southwest Arterial Connection Road projects. During the construction, the parkway’s interchange
with Interstate 25 also was redesigned to a standard diamond interchange.
The improvements changed traffic volumes and distribution patterns in
the area. So the Town recently worked with the Colorado Department
of Transportation to update the timing of the traffic signals at these
Plum Creek Parkway at Plum Creek Boulevard (Town-operated)
Plum Creek Parkway at Perry Street (Town-operated)
Plum Creek Parkway at Wilcox Street (Town-operated)
Plum Creek Parkway at northbound I-25 ramps (CDOT-operated)
Plum Creek Parkway at southbound I-25 ramps (CDOT-operated)
Questions? Contact Traffic Engineering and Operations Manager Dan
Sailer, 720-733-2470 or [email protected]
Lone Tree Arts Center to open in early fall 2011
The Lone Tree Arts Center is going to be a busy, vibrant and unique addition to Douglas County and the entire south metro area. Located within
the RidgeGate development, just west of I‐25 and Lincoln Avenue, the
new Lone Tree Arts Center will feature:
• A 500‐seat theatre for arts performances, lectures, corporate meetings
and seminars
• A 150 – 250‐seat flexible space that will do triple‐duty as a theatre,
conference and meeting hall and banquet facility
• A 200 – 250‐seat outdoor amphitheatre for summer concerts
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mind. As part of our Castle Rock Hospitality and Tourism Program, we invite you to visit often as well
as enjoy our new website dedicated to shopping, dining, playing and staying in the Castle Rock area –
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Enjoy a hilarious evening
with Baxter Black and
help raise funds to help CALF
“Connect People to Agriculture.”
May 22
Proceeds from this event will
assist CALF in maintaining
the Lowell Ranch and
provide agriculturallyoriented educational
programs for school aged
children that emphasize the
importance of agriculture
in everyday life.
Baxter, a veterinarian by
training and comedian by
nature, will be in rare form
as he returns to Colorado
to help support CALF.
CALF is offering a VIP
reception and book signing
and general admission.
For tickets, visit Tickets West. Need more details? Please call Leah at 303-688-1026.
“Reason to Wine & Win”
Fifth Annual Douglas/Elbert
Task Force Fundraiser
A fun filled evening to benefit
The Douglas/Elbert Task Force
May 14, 2010
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Plum Creek Golf &
Country Club
Why pay for air fare and a hotel room in Las Vegas when
$50.00 per person
A reason to
you can attend the Douglas/Elbert Task Force’s Fifth Annual Reason to Wine and Win event?
To order tickets or
One of the Task Force’s major fundraisers, A Reason to
sponsor a casino table
Wine and Win is being held on May 14 at the Plum Creek
call 303.688.1114
Wine Tasting u Silent Auction u Appetizers
Golf and Country Club. This event has been a major source
Casino Games & Prizes
of monies used to stock the Task Force’s food bank throughout
the summer, typically a time when the food bank’s donations
The Douglas/Elbert Task Force endeavors to meet the immediate needs of
residents of Douglas and Elbert Counties who are in financial distress and at risk
are at their lowest.
of becoming homeless, to help them work through troublesome times with dignity.
DETF provides essential services of food, clothing and household items,
The event begins at 6 p.m. with a one and a-half hour wine
utilities, rent, information/referrals and more.
Assisting the Community with Compassion
tasting and a silent auction with a variety of wine baskets,
a magnum of 2005 Cabernet Franc from Pride Mountain
to start you on your way to having a winning evening. Chips will be available
Vineyards, gourmet baskets, jewelry, and art being auctioned.
The very personable owners of Village Wines in Castle Pines Village will be for purchase throughout the evening. Don’t miss this event, it is a great way to
coordinating the wines being served. From 7:30 to 9:30 there will be casino support your community and enjoy an evening of great wines and fun.
Please contact the Task Force at 303-688-1114 to purchase tickets. Tickets
games, prizes, a no-host open bar, and heavy appetizers.
Tickets are $50 a piece and include the wine tasting, appetizers, and chips are limited and will only be sold at the door if there are any left.
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Douglas County Business Alliance
April 15th Update
This legislative session has been characterized by rhetoric,
election style politics, and party line votes. Education reform groups and environmental coalitions have made great
strides in making Colorado a model state. Unfortunately,
that is not the case for business groups. The business
community has seen several pieces of legislation that stifles
growths, increases reporting mandates, and makes business in Colorado less
attainable for both small and big companies.
Early in the legislative session businesses watched helpful tax credits disappear as one method to help balance the state’s budget. Although many
hoped this would be the end to the unfriendly environment to business in
the state several bills were introduced that added “salt to the wound”.
Several bills dealing with rent control and landlord/tenant relationships have
seen support from Democratic leadership in the Senate, making it a priority
for their platform leading into election season. Rep. Kagan, D - Denver and
Sen. Boyd, D – Lakewood, sponsors for HB 1017 have the bill close to the
finish line, this would allow for voluntary agreements between a county and
developers to enter into an affordable housing agreement. Those opposed
to the bill claim that voluntary agreements are currently allowed and places
additional and unnecessary pressure on private developers.
SB 185 (Senate President Shaffer, D- Boulder and Rep. Merrifield, D –
Colorado Springs) makes modifications to Residential Warranty of Habitability to favor the renters. Should the bill pass, a written notice is no longer
required before the breach of warranty. Republicans speaking against the bill
say that it tips the scales too far in favor of the tenant- in what is already a
renter friendly system. Furthermore, the bill allows for county courts and
small claims courts to provide injunctive relief related to a breach of contract. This could likely cause a substantial backlog in the court system.
This legislative session has seen an increased focus on enterprise zones- as
to whether they work appropriately, if they are abused by businesses and
whether recertification is needed. HB 1200 (Rep. Hullinghorst, D- Boulder- Sen. Heath, D- Boulder) caps the amount one can receive under an
enterprise zone to $250,000 for years 2011, 2012 and 2013. This bill is still
in Finance committee and votes are close, but will likely pass to the floor.
Rep. Judd, D – Denver, hopes to eliminate several of the tax credits that
exist under enterprise zones under HB 1396. Those tax credits include the
job training credit, new business facility credits, investment tax credits and
many more. This bill has yet to be acted on in its first committee. Almost
all of the testimony has been in opposition to this bill but Rep. Judd sits as
the chair of Finance, where the bill is assigned. Democrats will face a tough
decision as to whether or not they will kill his bill, in his committee.
HB 1107 (Rep. Fischer, D- Fort Collins and Sen. M Carroll, D- Aurora)
makes modifications to the existing Urban Renewal Authority (URA) statutes. Under this legislation, waiting for the Governor’s signature, it prohibits
agricultural land to be within a URA except under a few exceptions. This
bill will impact land development companies as they look for additional
land that would loosely qualify as “agricultural land”.
HB 1269 (Rep. Levy, D- Boulder and Sen. Carroll, D- Aurora) allows for
a plaintiff in an employment discrimination case to receive compensatory
and punitive damages plus the additional compensation under current law
including front pay, back pay, reinstatement, plus other mechanisms for
equitable relief. This means that more cases will likely go to jury trial rather
than a settlement, increases cost for all.
HB 1012 by Representative Pace,D -Pueblo and Sen. Morgan Carroll, DAurora came from last year’s discussion regarding Pinnacol Assurance. The
bill essentially limits the ability for an employer to use surveillance under
worker’s compensation claims. This legislation could like impact insurance
companies significantly causing the cost of worker’s compensation to increase drastically. Also, related to the Pinnacol Assurance is HB 1009 which
adds 2 members to the board and they must represent non-management
As a likely precursor to a construction defect, HB 1162, Retainange Construction Contracts, Rep Soper, D- Adams County, prohibits retaining more
than 5% of payments that are due to a contractor until half of the project is
done. A managing contracting firm would be required to deposit retainange
into an interest bearing account that a sub-contractor could access through
in arbitration through a court order, should the contractor fail to make
Although less than one month left in session there looms several bills that
could impact businesses in a very negative way. Rep. Peniston, D- Westminster is bringing a bill that will establish a pay equity commission within
the Department of Labor and Employment. The Commission would be
charged with educating employers in the state about issues around pay
inequalities, encouraging equal pay, implementing equal pay best practices,
studying other states that have achieved pay equity as well as many other
tasks on this issue.
House Majority Leader Weissmann, D- Louisville, is currently working
on legislation, although not yet introduced, that would over the course of
10 years repeal most of the current income tax credits and sales and use
tax exemptions. Some of the tax credits that are at risk of being eliminated
include: Instream Flow Incentive, sales and storage use for construction
and building materials, the child care tax credit, conservation easement tax
credit, job growth incentive tax credit and many more.
Construction defect legislation could be moved forward this session or possibly next, assuming Democrats maintain control which would place construction companies, business groups and several stakeholders at increased
risk for unequal liability.
With 29 days left in the legislative session business coalitions are strategically looking as to where they can be most effective as well as prioritize those
bills that will cause the most determent to their organization and business.
Groups consistently distribute fact sheets, relay compelling stories of small
businesses down-sizing, and convey that legislation will force Colorado’s
economy into a downward spiral with little to no traction from legislators.
We ask that the business community speak-up and let their leaders know
how anit-business bills impact them and their employees.
Prepared for the Douglas County Business Alliance by The Capstone
Group. The Douglas County Business Alliance has been established to
promote a unified effort of certain Chambers of Commerce and Economic
Development Councils to lead and influence state and federal policy, legislation, and regulation to create and/or enhance a positive business climate
for the business community of Douglas County. Members include the
Chambers of Commerce of Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch the Economic Development Councils of Castle Rock and Parker; and the Southeast
Business Partnership.
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Leadership Douglas County
Class Topic: Law Enforcement
Leadership Douglas County would like to acknowledge our program sponsors: The City of Lone Tree, Douglas County Government, Black Hills Energy, BreakThroughs, Inc., Cherokee Ranch
and Castle, Douglas County Libraries, FirstBank of Douglas
County, The Metro District of Highlands Ranch, South Metro
Fire and Rescue Authority, Town of Castle Rock, Wells Fargo
Bank, The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, The Chamber
of Commerce of Highlands Ranch and The Parker Chamber of
In the morning segment, the class learned about the various programs that would not be possible without the many hours given
by all of the volunteers, including the Victim Assistance program,
Community Safety Volunteer program and Inmate program.
Other notable programs include Youth Education and Safety in
Schools (Y.E.S.S.), which reaches our youth and their families.
Text-A-Tip (students can text anonymous tips to alert officers
to potential issues in the schools) began from this program last
March and other agencies are modeling it.
Steering Committee Planner: Lt. Kevin Duffy (Leadership
Douglas County Class of 2009)
Did you know that Castle Rock’s Chief Lane is the longest serving
police chief in the state of Colorado? Or that traffic ticket revenue
does not automatically go back to the agency who wrote the ticket?
For instance, CHP ticket revenue goes towards highway maintenance. These are just two of the many things that the Leadership
Douglas County class learned on Law Enforcement Day.
On Wednesday, April 7th, the current class met at the Douglas
County Sheriff’s Office and heard, once again, about the reoccurring theme of collaboration. The day began with a welcome
by several leaders in the law enforcement field (including Sheriff
Weaver, Chief Lane from Castle Rock and Chief Hasler from
Lone Tree) who all agreed that with budget reductions and cost
saving measures, collaboration between organizations, volunteers
and the community is the best it has ever been. The leaders reinforced the idea of partnerships, including partnerships between
law enforcement agencies as well as partnerships between law
enforcement and citizens.
The day would not be complete without demonstrations given by
the K-9 Team and the various hands-on activities. One activity
which proved very insightful to see just how hard it can be to
anticipate actions of potential criminals was a simulated full-scale
interactive video. Reactions to the scenarios were a matter of
life and death. This simulation exercise is one of many hands on
exercises that officers utilize for training.
“This day was both eye-opening (the jail tour), gratifying (the vision and dedication of our local law enforcement), inspiring (the
commitment of the volunteers), and finally and most of all - a
lot of fun (the K-9 demo, and Range Shooting.) Excellent day.”
David Farnan, Douglas County Libraries.
The next Leadership Class is “Fire and Emergency Services” day
on May 5th. Leadership Douglas County is currently accepting
applications for the 2010-11 class. The application deadline is
June 15th, 2010. For more information on Leadership Douglas
County or for an application, please call Melissa Moroni at (303)
688-4597 or email [email protected]
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Top of the Rock
Customer Service Training
Would you
like to….
In an effort to bring quality service to the best level - Top
of the Rock - we are offering free trainings beginning in
February. This is an excellent opportunity to receive complimentary training as part of a professional development
May 25th
Theater of
What to expect...
Top of the Rock Customer Service
Training includes:
Cost: FREE
Joanne Taylor
[email protected]
Join a network of emerging leaders?
Prior to the training, spend a few minutes viewing so you can answer game questions
and win a great prize!
Time: 2-4 pm
Space is limited
Enhance your leadership skills?
Discussion on how technology (Social
Media) affects your customer service
Exercises in bad and good customer service
Become more involved in your community?
Learn more about issues and challenges
facing Douglas County?
Leadership Douglas County is currently accepting applications for it’s
2010-11 program. Area citizens who are looking for hands-on education
regarding leadership skills and community issues are encouraged to
consider applying to Leadership Douglas County, a program that
assists those who want to become more knowledgeable about the area
in which they live. The application deadline is June 15th, 2010.
How clients rate customer service
History of Castle Rock
Education on tourism in our area
Please contact Melissa Moroni at 303-688-4597
or email [email protected]
for more information or to apply.
Fun interactive discussions
Invited to speak are Mayor John Hickenlooper &
Congressman Scott McInnis
May 18th, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Wildlife Experience
10035 South Peoria
Sponsored by:
Black Hills Energy, First Bank,
IREA, Pinnacol Assurance,
Free to the public if RSVP
At the door $20
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
303-688-4597, [email protected]
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One Toke over the Line:
Medical Marijuana at Work
Have you noticed the recent media attention given to medical
marijuana in Colorado? Have you wondered what it means for
your company and employees?
The use of medical marijuana is skyrocketing. Amendment 20
was passed in 2000 allowing persons to possess and use
marijuana to treat some medical conditions without fear of criminal prosecution.
Between June 1, 2001 and August 31, 2009, there were 14,377 state registry cardholders
with only 27 applications denied. By January 1, 2010, there were 30,000 cardholders!
Many users of, and applicants for, medical marijuana are your employees. The impact of
medical marijuana use is spilling over into the workplace. You need solid information to
manage those employees.
This session will explain:
 What Amendment 20 really allows
 How the medical marijuana industry operates in Colorado
 Your rights as an employer
 The relationship of Amendment 20 to other employment laws
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, CoWest Insurance, and Pinnacol
Assurance will host this seminar on “Medical Marijuana” presented by Cheri K.
Vandergrift, Esq., with the Mountain States Employers Council, Inc.
Save the date and plan to attend this informative seminar.
Castle Rock Library
100 S. Wilcox Street
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(Lunch will be provided)
Please RSVP to the Castle Rock Chamber by May 11 at 303.688.4597.
To qualify for a potential dividend, all members must attend at least one safety seminar per year.
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For further information, contact:
Pam Ridler 303-688-4597
[email protected]
Chamber’s Business Boot Camp
Are you interested in growing your Castle Rock business? The Business Boot Camp has been
designed for established business owners (3+ years) to be provided with business training, peer
group accountability and leader mentors during a high impact workshop series.
This year’s program is limited to 15 business owners which will be selected due to their growth
potential. At the end of the program you will have developed a strategic plan for growth for your
business and be recognized as one of Castle Rock’s emerging business leaders.
Deadline to apply is June 15. Go to and select the Boot Camp icon for
more information and to apply.
Criteria for your business to participate in the Boot Camp:
Session 1: Creating a leadership culture
• Must be in business for 3+ years
Session 2: Developing a sales and marketing strategy
• Must be physically located in Castle Rock
Session 3: a. Financial Reporting Systems:
Understanding and Interpretation
b. Understanding the income statement
and balance sheet
• Business ownership must have the desire to grow their
employment base.
• Participant must be the owner of the business­—
no alternates
• Company must have at least one employee and/or
a contract employee.
Session 4: Understanding your cash flow statement
and creating a financial dash board
Session 5: Information Technology/Web 2.0
Session 6: Human Resources
Session 7: Capital Acquisition and government
certification programs
Timeline for workshops:
Sept 14th, Oct 12th, Nov 9th, Jan 11th,
Feb 8th & March 8th (2nd Tuesday of the month)
6-9 pm
Located at the Chamber--420 Jerry Street
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