BUSINESS BRIEFS
Ski Butlers Awarded ‘Emerging Business of the Year’
by Watch Staff
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ASPEN – Ski Butlers Aspen was awarded the distinction of Emerging Business of the Year for 2010 by the Aspen Chamber and Resort Association. “To be recognized by such an outstanding community is a great honor,” said Riley Tippet, owner of Ski Butlers Aspen/Snowmass/Telluride. “I am excited to use this opportunity as a stepping stone to become more involved and to become a leader in the community.”

Founded in 2004 in Park City, Ski Butlers now serves over 30 North American resorts in Colorado, California, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia, renting and delivering ski and snowboard equipment. Ski Butlers is the only ski shop in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado to win the Vail Valley Platinum Service Award for exceptional customer service this past winter, and is Deer Valley’s preferred ski rental delivery provider. Ski Butlers corporate offices are based out of Park City, Utah

For more information on Ski Butlers go to www.SkiButlers.com, call Riley Tippet at 970/309-3644 or email Riley@SkiButlers.com.

Chamber of Commerce Hires Development Coordinator

RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce has hired former Board of Directors Secretary Jennifer Mandaville as its new development coordinator. Mandaville, who has a background in marketing and development as well as public relations and publishing, will seek grant opportunities in the areas of tourism and economic development, and work on special events, fundraising, public relations and administrative duties.

In the last six months RACC membership has more than doubled, thanks to efforts by Business Administrator Gale Ingram, who has recruited and renewed memberships, and worked on the Visitors' Center, focusing on staffing, merchandising, beautification and general polices and procedures.

“We've created a strategy that focuses on promoting tourism, business and community growth," said RACC Board of Directors Vice President Brian Scraton. "And, because we are a largely volunteer organization, a crucial part of achieving that strategy lies in the creation of these positions. It's essential that RACC strengthen it's role as resource for local businesses and at the same time pursue grants that will provide the funding necessary to promote Ridgway in a way that reflects how special this place really is. With Jen and Gale on board, we are poised to make things happen."

Telluride-Homegrown ASAP Delivers $100 Million in Payrolls

TELLURIDE – ASAP Accounting and Payroll Services, Inc., a leading Colorado provider of payroll and accounting solutions for small-to-medium sized businesses, reached its one hundred million dollar mark in employee payroll payment processing in 2010.

“The economic impact of this is substantial,” said ASAP President Richard Betts. “We hope this is an indication that the economy will continue to trend upward in 2011.”

With the economic downturn of 2008, payroll processing took a dramatic turn downward as companies laid off workers or went out of business. But ASAP saw the conditions as an opportunity to expand beyond Telluride’s box canyon.

“We decided that the fate of our company was in our hands, and we committed to the idea of working smarter and working harder,” said Betts. “We set goals to expand into new markets, and we’ve done so, with our expansion into Carbondale in 2009 and now into Denver.”

ASAP put down roots in Telluride over 20 years ago, and has since grown into one of the most respected providers of business solutions in Colorado with regional offices in Denver, Durango, Carbondale and Montrose.

Historically, payroll administration has been used by both state and federal governments as a means to implement social policy. The employer is responsible for having knowledge of items such as tax calculation and withholding, wage garnishments, child support issues, benefit plans and specific payroll-related items, including Health Savings Accounts, Section 125 cafeteria plans, 401K, 403Bs, 457s, 409As, 2 percent shareholder distribution, and golden parachute payments. Because of the complexity and continuous change, many companies have long known the benefits of outsourcing payroll administration.

“We look at services a little differently from other firms,” said Diana Murray, director of ASAP business development. “We’re not just looking to perform processing for a business. That’s a byproduct. We’re acting as a trusted business advisor and partner to help our clients succeed.”

ASAP is currently up for nomination for Colorado Companies to Watch, a prestigious award honoring second-stage businesses that continue to achieve growth and fuel economic growth in Colorado. To nominate ASAP, visit www.Colorado.CompaniesToWatch.org

New Investors Education Group in the Four Corners



DOLORES – A stock investment club called The Four Corners IBD Meetup will soon open its doors in Dolores, with an organizational meeting tentatively planned for Sunday, Feb. 20.

The club takes its name from Investors Business Daily and its investment strategy pioneered by investor William O’Neil.

IBD will be sending invitations to all the subscribers in the Four Corners Area, from Montrose to Farmington, N.M., who are active investors with better than average knowledge of the financial markets. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/Four-Corners-IBD-Meetup.
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