August 2012

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In This Issue

Northglenn Economic Development
- Larkburger Opens
- Business Showcase: Cakes by Karen Rises to the Top
- Businesses Encouraged to Conserve Water
- New Businesses
- Business Expansion Projects
- Closed Businesses

Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA)
- Northglenn Urban Renewal Update
- NURA 2011 Annual Report
- NURA 101: How Are Property Owners Impacted by an Urban Renewal Plan?

Calendar
- City Hosting Free Sales and Use Tax Class in September
- SBDC Hosting Free Classes in Brighton and Westminster
- Free Lender Forum
- Adams County Connects Employer Event
- Buyers and Sellers Procurement Assistance Fair


Regional Economic Development News
- Colorado Shows Well in Forbes’ "Best Places for Business"
- New Patent Office to Open in Metro Area
- Applications Being Taken for Export-Promotion Grant
- Regional Labor Market Showing Positive Gains

Economic Development Indicators
- Unemployment
- New Storefront Businesses in Northglenn in 2012


Northglenn Economic Development

Larkburger Opens

Members of City Council and city staff joined Larkburger employees for a ribbon cutting on Monday, Aug. 6, for the new restaurant, located at the corner of 120th Avenue and Washington Street. Larkburger is a Colorado-based fast-casual restaurant offering different types of burgers – including chicken burgers, turkey burgers, tuna burgers, truffle burgers and traditional hamburgers – along with an array of sides and salads. The facility employs 20 people. The Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority approved $22,500 of funding for this project under the Business Improvement Grant and Business Upgrade Assistance Program.

Business Showcase:
Cakes by Karen Rises to the Top


When you walk into Cakes by Karen in Northglenn, the aroma of freshly-baked cakes and butter cream frosting will make your taste buds dance with delight.

This family-owned business opened its main store at 10691 Melody Drive in Northglenn 35 years ago in 1977.

Karen Snell, business owner of Cakes by Karen, recalled back to the 70s and said, "In our early years, we would set up tables in the Northglenn Mall and take over displays of our wedding cakes on weekends. We would sell cupcakes and mini-character cakes such as Big Bird, Burt and Ernie, and monkey and tiger cakes to shoppers."

Although wedding cakes are Cakes by Karen’s specialty, you can purchase a cake to celebrate any special occasion such as a birthday, graduation, baby shower or quinceañera, just to name a few. Each cake is unique and can be designed and decorated to compliment your party’s theme.

Some of the unique cakes made by Cakes by Karen throughout the years include a 10-foot-tall cake to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Northglenn Mall in 1979. Then-Mayor Al Thomas cut the cake by standing on a ladder to reach the top of the cake. Another was a 110-foot-long cake for Elitch Gardens.

"Since then, we have mastered what we refer to as a door cake. Each cake measures 8 feet long and is typically ordered by a large business or corporation," said Karen.

In addition to delicious homemade cakes, you will find fresh baked cupcakes, cookies and brownies ready to go.

Since opening, Cakes by Karen has expanded the business to three other locations in the greater metropolitan area, including Denver, Lakewood and Aurora. Karen has also added a limousine service to the business mix.

The business now spans three family generations with children and grandchildren who have become experts in cake baking and decorating. Karen said, "Everyone pitches into the business."

"We have been fortunate since we opened in the early 70s. The family has a job and we enjoy what we do. Throughout the years, the community, the city and our customers have been loyal to us and we appreciate their support," said Karen.

Karen invites you to stop by the Northglenn store on Saturdays and enjoy a free sample.

Cakes by Karen
• Location: 10691 Melody Drive
• Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Phone: 303-452-6801



Every Drop Counts.
Thank You for Helping Conserve Water


The city would like to thank local businesses for their efforts to conserve water during this warm, dry weather. Conserving water does not mean not watering – it means getting the most from every drop used. Here are some quick tips to help you in your conservation efforts:

• If it rains, water less. Watch the weather and adjust watering days and times accordingly.

• Do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering during the day results in less water reaching your lawn due to evaporation and afternoon winds.

• Check your irrigation system at least once a month for leaks. When you water at night, it can be difficult to see problems. Running each zone for a few minutes during the day once a month will reveal needed repairs.

• Raise your lawn mower blade. Protect your lawn’s roots from heat by letting grass grow a little longer.

• Sweep driveways and sidewalks with a broom. Use a nozzle on your hose when watering landscape or washing cars.

• Check your business for water leaks. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the water in the bowl changes color, you have a leak. Replacing the flapper or other adjustments will generally solve the problem at little or no cost.

• Know your water use. Check your water bill regularly to make sure there aren’t any unusual spikes.

The water that is conserved today will be available in the future.


New Businesses

The city is pleased to welcome the following new companies and nonprofit organizations to Northglenn. These companies are making capital investments in our community, creating new jobs, and increasing our tax base - thereby fostering and enhancing economic development in Northglenn.

Adams County Head Start has leased approximately 2,500 square feet of classroom space from the Little Sailors Child Development Center at 11840 Delaware Court. This facility will serve approximately 35 low-income students who are 3 to 5 years old. Head Start will be closing its Federal Heights operation, and opening new centers in Westminster and this Northglenn facility. They will employ eight people. For more information, call 303-286-4141.

Auto Upholstery By Splash is a start-up company that leased 1,800 square feet at 11450 Huron St., Unit 1. The business provides auto upholstery services and employs one person. It is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 303-920-7384.

Avis Rent A Car leased space at 1408 W. 104th Ave. in Hillcrest Plaza. They employ two people. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Call 303-920-2485 for more information.

Carolina Bedding Direct leased 1,220 square feet at 528 Malley Drive in the Malley Center. They employ two people. This is an exclusive distributor of the Carolina Collection Mattress Line that is manufactured by Five Star Mattress Company. They also offer a private line of Serta Mattresses and Visco Memory foam specialty sleep products. Hours of operation vary. For an appointment or more information, call 720-569-1538 or visit www.carolinabeddingdirect.com.

Cash for Gold leased 1,400 square feet at 1440 W. 104th Ave. in Hillcrest Plaza. The business purchases gold and silver, and employs one person. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 773-842-8987.

Consignment Furniture Store leased space at the Palmer Center at 11455 Washington St., Unit F. The store is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 303-907-5954.

Discount Auto Repair leased space at 11480 Cherokee St., Unit B. The company provides automotive repair services. The company is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 303-450-8729.

Fortuitous Photography, LLC leased space at 11091 Irma Drive. This company provides photography services and a portrait studio that is available for rent for other photographers and special shootings. For more information or an appointment, call 720-319-7441 or visit www.fortuitousphotography.com.

Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Food Bank has leased the 5,172-square-foot former daycare center at 11426 Pearl St. The facility will serve approximately 450 families (2,000 people) monthly. IHM will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The IHM food bank boundaries serve residents located between Interstate 25 and Quebec Street and 104th Avenue to 160th Avenue. IHM plans to open in late August or early September. They will have one full-time employee, and several volunteers will work at the facility. For more information, call 303-452-2041.

Kinetic Movement Dance Academy leased the building at 1660 E. 112th Ave. This dance studio accepts students ages 2 and up and employs two people. The business is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 303-595-3435.

Paramount Printing & Graphics leased 800 square feet at 556 Malley Drive in the Malley Center. The company prints signs, banners, stationary, business cards, brochures, vehicle graphics and wrappers, and promotional items. The business is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 303-280-2753 or visit www.paramountprintings.com.

Rocky Mountain CAD Works, LLC leased 2,622 square feet at 10650 Irma Drive, Suite 26, in the Northglenn Industrial Park. The company provides computer aided drafting services and employs one person. For more information, call 720-379-7648.


The city welcomed Sinews with a ribbon cutting in July. Pictured from left to right are Councilmember Marci Whitman, co-owners Shannon and Tom Russell, Councilmember Wayne Dodge and Mayor Joyce Downing.

Sinews is a start-up business that sells new clothing apparel, accessories, toys, home decorations and other merchandise. They had a grand opening on July 2. The business is located at 11916 Washington St., in the Washington Point Shopping Center, and employs two people. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 303-457-6885.

Don't forget to market your Northglenn business on our Web site
Shop Northglenn - Every Northglenn storefront business is included in the Shop Northglenn Web site automatically. Business owners have the opportunity to customize their listing with coupons, logos and more.

Go to http://www.northglenn.org/listings/vendor to customize your Northglenn business on our Web site.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Tuttle at dtuttle@northglenn.org.

Business Expansion Projects

Auto Nation, located at 104th Avenue and Huron Street in the former Northglenn Dodge building, has begun construction on its Hyundai dealership building, and plans to break ground on the new Fiat building in the next couple of weeks. The company plans to open in late October.

Burger King, located at 650 E. 120th Ave., received a NURA Business Improvement Grant (BIG) for $12,500. The total project cost for interior and exterior improvements to the facility is estimated at $360,000. The project will include landscaping, roofing, façade, signage and major upgrades to the inside of the building.


Closed Northglenn Businesses

The following companies closed in July:

Company Name Address Start Date
Fix Glass 10650 Irma Drive, Suite 16 04/2009
Wine Works 2145 E. 120th Avenue, Unit A 01/2010

For more details on these business closures, contact Debbie Tuttle at 303-450-8743 or dtuttle@northglenn.org.


Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority

City Updating its Urban Renewal Plan

Northglenn is updating its Urban Renewal Plan. The goal is to study properties within and outside current urban renewal areas (URAs), to determine if conditions exist that meet the state requirements for designation as URAs. The Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA) has retained Ricker|Cunningham to conduct a new conditions study and update the current Plan.

During the evaluation process, NURA will make recommendations to City Council as to which areas to include in the city’s URAs, and whether those areas should be independent URAs, or if they should be subareas within a single URA. Upon completion of the conditions study, and after receiving public input, City Council will consider continuing and/or expanding existing URAs, as well as possibly designating new areas based on their ability to qualify under the Colorado Urban Renewal Statute.

Business and property owners are encouraged to participate in this process. Please attend a public meeting that will be held to provide information about the process and to solicit input:

• Conditions Survey Update
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22
City Council Chambers, 11701 Community Center Drive

If you have any questions, please contact NURA Executive Director Debbie Tuttle at 303-450-8743 or dtuttle@northglenn.org. More information is also available at www.northglennurbanrenewal.org/urbanrenewalplan.


2011 Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority Annual Report

NURA has released its 2011 annual report. It can be downloaded by clicking on this link.(PDF, 1MB)


NURA 101 - Frequently Asked Questions

The Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA) is a special purpose governmental entity that was created by the Northglenn City Council in March 1990. NURA's primary purpose is to improve Northglenn's economy by eliminating blight, assisting private development and redevelopment projects, and to plan and build public and public-related improvements as necessary to achieve those goals. Over the past two decades NURA has invested approximately $20 million in redevelopment and revitalization projects throughout the city.

To help educate citizens and businesses on urban renewal authorities, here is information from the Ricker | Cunningham presentation given at the Urban Renewal Plan Update meeting in July:

Courtesy Ricker | Cunningham

Q: How are property owners impacted by an urban renewal plan?

A: What will the urban renewal plan do for you?

• Allow more flexibility in what you can do with your property in the form of mixed-use opportunities (e.g., residential)
• Allow your taxes to be spent on improvements in your immediate "neighborhood"
• Address land use and transportation planning issues
• Identify capital improvements needed to accommodate future investment
• Potentially provide property redevelopment / expansion financial assistance

What won’t the urban renewal plan do for you?

• Prevent you from continuing your current business or land use
• Raise property tax mill levy sales tax rate
• Force you to improve your property (especially at a higher standard than outside the area)
• Diminish the value of your property
• Prevent you from selling your property


Business Classes

City Hosting Free Sales and Use Tax Class

What does your business need to know about sales and use taxes in Northglenn? Find out as the city’s Finance Department hosts this free sales and use tax class.

The class will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive.

For more information, call 303-450-8729 or e-mail salestax@northglenn.org.


Small Business Development Center Hosting Free Classes in Brighton, Westminster

The North Metro Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of free business classes at its Brighton and Westminster locations. To register for any of these classes, go to www.coloradosbdc.org/events.aspx. For more information about classes or other services provided in Brighton, call 303-655-2150. For Westminster, call 303-460-1032.

Brighton
Brighton Learning & Resource Campus, 1850 Egbert St.

Sales Class "How to Sell Successfully Without Looking Like a Salesman"
9 to 11 a.m. Fri., Sept. 7
Find out more about this event or register

Federal Procurement Basics: Maximizing Your Veteran’s Status
9 a.m. to noon Fri., Sept. 7
9 a.m. to noon Thurs., Oct. 18

Sept. 7 Class | Oct. 18 Class

Healthcare Reform & Your Business
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 20
Find out more about this event or register

Lenders Forum
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., Oct. 5
Find out more about this event or register (Related story below)

Leadership Development
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thurs. Oct. 11
Find out more about this event or register

The Secrets to Building a Successful Network Marketing Business
9 to 11 a.m., Fri. Oct. 12
Find out more about this event or register

Westminster
Front Range Community College, 3645 W. 112th Ave.

Go to www.coloradosbdc.org/events.aspx to find out more information on these free classes or to sign up.

Start-Up Orientation

9 to 11 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 23
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 13
9 to 11 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 27
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 11
9 to 11 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 25

Finding Your Business Home: Leasing Brick and Mortar Space
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 17

Copyrights, Trademarks and Intellectual Property for the Creative Industry
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 20

Insurance 101
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 27

Tax 101
6 to 9:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 18

How to Hire a Rock Star Employee
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 11

The Employee Life Cycle
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 3

Fan Pages for Your Small Business: Focus on Facebook
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 19


Free Lender Forum

The Northeast Business Resource Center will be hosting a free lender forum, which will provide financing options for businesses, developers and entrepreneurs.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Brighton Learning and Resource Campus, 1850 Egbert St., Suite 120, in Brighton.

The forum will feature workshops, a lender panel and business resources. Those interested are invited to come learn about available lending programs and resources for accessing capital.

For more information on the event or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Teri Sanchez at 303-655-2150 or tsanchez@brightonedc.org.


Adams County Connects Employer Event

The inaugural Adams County Connects Employer Event is intended to connect employers from across Adams County with resource organizations from across the state. This free event will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Thornton, 83 E. 120th Ave. Following the event is a networking reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The city has worked with economic development agencies from across the county for this event. It will combine a tradeshow-like atmosphere for area resource providers to promote their services, as well as educational and networking opportunities for businesses.

The keynote speaker will be from the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange to discuss new healthcare and benefit laws, and how it impacts businesses. Three major breakout sessions include: Google Apps for Business; How to Get Government Contracts through the Procurement Process; and Managing the Growth Curve.


Buyers and Sellers Procurement Assistance Fair

The state’s Minority Business Office is hosting a Buyers and Sellers Procurement Assistance Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Tivoli Center on the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver.

The Minority Business Office connects smaller businesses to certification, procurement, networking, mentoring and contracting opportunities while utilizing its partners in state government, higher education and the private sector.

The fair will have free training sessions and panel discussions on business, procurement and contracting.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:
• Marketing and branding
• Networking and getting leads
• Bonding
• Insurance
• Compliance
• Getting on a GSA schedule
• RFP analysis and proposal writing

Also, attendees can meet with more than 50 state, city, school and prime contractor purchasing and contracting specialists.

For more information, please visit the Minority Business Office Web page.


Free Lender Forum

The Northeast Business Resource Center will be hosting a free lender forum, which will provide financing options for businesses, developers and entrepreneurs.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Brighton Learning and Resource Campus, 1850 Egbert St., Suite 120, in Brighton.

The forum will feature workshops, a lender panel and business resources. Those interested are invited to come learn about available lending programs and resources for accessing capital.

For more information on the event or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Teri Sanchez at 303-655-2150 or tsanchez@brightonedc.org.


Regional Economic
Development News

Colorado Shows Well in Forbes'
"Best Places for Business"

Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Colorado is the only state to have two cities ranked in the top five of Forbes' recently released Best Places for Business and Careers report. Fort Collins ranked third and Denver took the No. 5 spot.

"Metro Denver is repeatedly recognized as a bright spot in the national economy, thanks to our diverse array of high-tech industries, business-friendly environment, active and highly educated population, and ability to attract and retain a young and vibrant workforce," said Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

In its analysis, Forbes highlights the top 25 cities for business by cost of doing business, job growth, and education. To determine the top 25, Forbes rates the 200 largest metro areas on 12 factors, using data from Moody's Analytics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and Bert Sperling, considering job metrics, costs, income growth, quality of life, education of the labor force.

According to Forbes, cities on both coasts continue to struggle with high business costs and regulatory issues. "States in the heartland, like Utah, Texas, Nebraska, and Colorado have the best business climates right now," says Forbes reporter Kurt Badenhausen.


New Patent Office to Open in Metro Area

Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced it has selected Denver as one of four new satellite patent offices to be located across the country. The expansion is expected to bring hundreds of patent examiner jobs as well as a considerable number of related positions, and an anticipated economic impact of $440 million in the first five years of operation. (See additional details in the article.)


Applications Being Accepted for
Export-Promotion Grant

Source: State of Colorado

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is accepting applications for the Colorado Export Development Grant (CEDG) through Sept. 14.

The grant was created four years ago to help qualified Colorado small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) export their products and services to new global markets. Grantees receive up to $4,500 per company on a reimbursement basis to offset the costs of such activities as business-to-business matchmaking services; translation of business-specific conversations, marketing materials and/or website; travel expenses (airfare/hotel) incurred to meet with potential buyers/distributors; and trade show exhibition and/or attendance.

To qualify for the CEDG, applicants are required to demonstrate their readiness to export, present a clear and attainable project aimed at achieving sales in a new market and show how use of the program funds would ultimately lead to the retention and/or creation of jobs in Colorado. Award amounts are at the discretion of OEDIT and selection of grantees will be made through a competitive process based on the quality of proposals and export potential of applicants.

The CEDG is open to qualified small business from all industries. The program is jointly funded by the OEDIT and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Last year, CEDG funds were awarded to 23 small and medium-sized enterprises located in 13 different Colorado counties and from a variety of industries such as agriculture, automotive, bioscience and cleantech.

For more information about the CEDG and to apply, please contact Stephanie Dybsky at stephanie.dybsky@state.co.us or 303-892-3840.


Region's Labor Market Making Positive Gains

Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Colorado and Metro Denver's enviable lifestyle attracts and retains talented and creative workers and is one reason why local labor markets – while still recovering – are faring better than markets across the nation, according to data compiled by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) in its Monthly Economic Summary for June 2012.  To view the full report, click on this link.

Metro Denver employers added 12,400 new jobs in April, a 2 percent increase from the previous year and a 2.2 percent increase year-to-date. Further, the Metro Denver unemployment rate decreased from 8 percent in March to 7.8 percent in April, the lowest monthly rate since December 2011 (7.6 percent) and below last year's rate (7.9 percent).  "The region's entrepreneurial activity continues to foster innovation and support successful companies," said Patty Silverstein, chief economist for the Metro Denver EDC.

New Business Locations and Expansions

Learn more about other Metro Denver new business locations and expansions by visiting the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Web site.

Economic Development Indicators

Unemployment

The table below reflects the estimated labor force, employment and unemployment information for June 2012. It reflects a 9.7 percent unemployment rate for Northglenn, which is a .3 percent increase from the previous month. This is the second month in a row that Northglenn's unemployment numbers have increased (May at 9.4 percent and April at 9.2 percent). The state unemployment rate also rose by .2 percent (8.2 vs. 8.4), and Adams County's rate rose by .3 percent (9.2 vs. 9.5) in June.

Area Name Labor Force
Number Employed Number Unemployed Rate
Northglenn 20,178 18,226 1,952 9.7%
Adams County 234,375 212,082 22,293 9.5%
Colorado 2,763,902 2,532,588 231,314 8.4%
Source: Labor Market Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program – Not Seasonally Adjusted.

New Storefront Business Summary

At the end of July, Northglenn had 919 total businesses. Of that total, 672 are storefront and 247 are home occupation businesses. Below is a year-to-date summary of new storefront businesses.

Month
Announced
2012 New Storefront Businesses
Square Footage Absorbed
New Employees
January
7
76,598
120
February
9
22,653
65
March
6
8,945
29
April
7
4,859
14
May
3
21,220
8
June
7
8,160
7
July
5
13,494
12
Total
44
155,929
255

For more economic development or urban renewal information, please contact city Economic Development Manager and NURA Executive Director Debbie Tuttle at dtuttle@northglenn.org or 303-450-8743.

 
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