BUSINESS BRIEFS | Franz Klammer Lodge Pitches In on Grow Dome
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TELLURIDE – The Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge will partner with EcoAction Partners and Telluride Schools for Grow Dome Volunteer Week, encouraging guests, colleagues and members of the public to volunteer at the local indoor garden.

Grow Dome Volunteer Week ends Sunday, Sept. 29.

The Grow Dome, located behind the Telluride Middle/High School, provides healthy, homegrown ingredients for school lunches (and sold at the Telluride Farmer’s Market). Volunteers will help with watering, weeding, planting and harvesting.

“I would say [the goal is] to make sure that every student has an opportunity to be in the dome, learn in the dome, eat delicious food grown in the dome and understand how food is grown and how delicious fresh, organic, just-picked produce can be and how import that is to our health,” said Kris Holstrom the Executive Director and Sustainability Coordinator with EcoAction Partners.

The Grow Dome was funded by the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, a U.S. Department of Education initiative to promote healthy active lifestyles for kids nationwide. The grant was given to the Telluride Medical Center, which collaborated with EcoAction Partners, Southwest Institute for Resilience, Telluride School District and Ramona Gaylord on the opening of the Grow Dome.

“Fighting childhood obesity is one of the long term goals. Another goal is to have the dome be a self-sufficient program so that the food and plants grown can pay for the operating, maintenance and management of the dome,” said Holstrom.

To volunteer, contact Eve Donegan at 970/728-3318.

Montrose Memorial Hospital Hosts 42nd Annual Fall Clinics Medical Conference

MONTROSE – The Annual Fall Clinics sponsored by Montrose Memorial Hospital and its medical staff takes place Friday, Sept. 27, at the Montrose Pavilion. Now in its 42nd year, the Clinics are focused on three primary topics – Obesity, Diabetes and Pain Management.   The program is open to physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers for a small registration fee.

Featured speakers include:

Endocrinologist, Dr. Martin Abrahamson, M.D., FACP, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Abrahamson will speak on the topics of Managing Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Internal Medicine, Michael Dansinger, M.D., Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, Director, Tufts Medical Center Diabetes Reversal Program, Weight Loss and Nutrition Consultant for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and WebMD. Dr. Dansinger will speak on What NOT to Eat: Insights from a Hollywood Nutrition Doctor and Intensive Lifestyle Coaching for Type 2 Diabetes Reversal 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Keith Raziano, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Raziano will speak on Pain Management: Emerging Trends and Safe Narcotic 

Bariatric Surgeon, Jonathan Schoen, M.D.,  Associate Professor, Surgery-GI Tumor & Endocrine Surgery, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, CO. Dr. Schoen will speak on the topics of Bariatric Surgery for the Treatment of Obesity and there will be a panel discussion on : Surgical vs. Medical Management of Obesity 

To pre-register go to or call Julie Disher at 240-7394 for more information. 

The meeting this year is followed by a concert at the Pavilion by the John Adams Band – A Tribute to John Denver. This is a fundraiser for the Montrose Community Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the Pavilion and other locations around Montrose. Price for advance purchase is $20 or at the door for $25.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in eight Colorado counties and neighboring counties in Utah are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration.  "These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by frost and freezes that occurred April 9-May 3, 2013,” said Alfred E. Judd, director of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

Eligible counties in Colorado include Delta, Mesa, Montrose, San Miguel, Garfield, Gunnison, Ouray, and Pitkin. 

"SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster," Judd said.

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

"Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage.  These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses and 2.875 percent for private, nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private, nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship," Judd said.

By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster.  Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster at the request of Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance.  Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U. S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary's declaration. 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure Web site at  

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling 800/659-2955 or e-mailing  Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800/877-8339.  For more information about SBA's disaster assistance programs, visit  

The deadline for applications is May 12, 2014.

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