A BERNINA sewing machine or a brand new BMW?
Thursday, 02 December 2010 16:03


David Hyatt of Dallas, Texas, national winner of BERNINA of America’s “Test Drive a BERNINA 3 Series” sweepstakes, opted to take a cash prize so he could purchase his first BERNINA sewing machine, rather than keep the 3 Series® BMW sedan which was the offered sweepstakes prize.

Hyatt, 58, test drove a 3 Series sewing machine at the BERNINA Sewing Center inside the Hancock Fabrics at Firewheel Town Center, just northeast of Dallas. Sewing has been a lifelong, passion, hobby and profitable sideline for Hyatt, who spent 18 years as working in the healthcare industry.

“It’s a creative outlet and I enjoy working with all kinds of fabrics,” he said. “I like to sew everything, and now I find I’m interested in machine embroidery.”

Hyatt sews clothes for himself and his sisters and has created three patchwork quilts. For many years, he completed all kinds of upholstery for fun and as a supplemental income. He’s covered car and motorcycle seats, couches, chairs and ottomans. He said he obtained customers through word of mouth.

Visit www.quiltingarts.com to see what Stitch Magazine had to say about this news.

JohnstonWells Public Relations Begins Work with Wystone's World Teas
Friday, 30 July 2010 16:48

Wystone's World TeasJohnstonWells will assist Wystone's World Teas with public relations efforts locally and nationally.

Wystone’s whole leaf teas and products are hand selected across the world to ensure the finest quality – selling only loose leaf teas because of the superior taste and increased health benefits. Most importantly, many of Wystone's products fit within fair trade practice standards.

Check out Wystone's World Teas online or at the Wystone's Tea Cafe located in Belmar.


Goodwill is green!
Monday, 19 July 2010 18:56

Denver Magazine lists a few of its favorite green things – including a unique initiative called “A Care Tag for Our Planet.”

Goodwill Industries of Denver (along with all Goodwill agencies in the United States and Canada) partnered with Levi’s® Jeans launching “A Care Tag for Our Planet.” 

The tags ask Levi’s jeans owners to machine wash in cold water and to, “donate to Goodwill when no longer needed and care for our planet.”

Read more here.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 award winners in Rocky Mountain Region announced
Friday, 25 June 2010 20:06

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the Rocky Mountain Region.  This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders.  The winners were revealed at a gala event on June 24, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver.

“Ernst & Young believes in the power of entrepreneurship,” said Jim Wilson, Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Rocky Mountain region.  “These Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners are best in class, and we are proud to honor their outstanding success.”

The Rocky Mountain Region winners for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2010 are:

Retail & Consumer Products
•    Trevor Tice, CEO, Core Power Yoga, LLC
•    Jack McClurg, CEO, HealthTrans
•    Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald, President & CEO, MegaStar Financial Corp.
•    Blake Jones, Co-Founder, President & CEO Namasté Solar
•    Paul Ford, CEO, NetQuote
•    Kevin Reddy, CEO & Chairman, Noodles & Company

Faegre & Benson Practices Ranked Nationwide by Chambers, Among Best in Colorado and Minnesota
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 18:53

Three Faegre & Benson LLP practices—product liability, Indian tribes, and franchise and distribution—have received nationwide rankings in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

The firm's product liability practice is new to the Products Liability & Mass Torts: Nationwide listing this year. Chambers highlights the practice's "strength in pharmaceutical and agricultural matters" and its role as national counsel for Novartis in hormone therapy multidistrict litigation proceedings in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Moving to band 1 this year, the Indian tribes practice has recently represented a number of syndicated bank lenders in the restructuring of distressed loans to Indian tribes. "Clients are attracted by the group's deep understanding of tribal finance and strong lines of communication with federal agencies," according to Chambers.

After making a jump to band 2 in this last year's listing, the firm's franchise practice is included among the nation's elite providers of legal services to franchisors in a range of industries. Representing more than 200 franchisors across the globe, lawyers in the practice "approach matters with an expert level of legal knowledge, but perhaps more importantly, with business objectives and company history in mind," a client told Chambers.

BERNINA Gives Sewers a Test Drive Experience
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 18:21


Sewers can now test drive the premium line of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines with the click of the button on BERNINA’s new 8 Series website, which was launched this week.

The Swiss manufacturer of state-of-the-art sewing machines unveiled the 8 Series line, the BERNINA 830 and 820, in 2008, after nearly a decade of research and development by top engineers. However, this is the first time sewers will be able to experience the top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery system virtually.

The 8 Series site, www.bernina8series.com, allows sewers to navigate and experience all the features of the lifelike, virtual machine when they download the BERNINA 830 and 820 simulators. The site also showcases videos demonstrating the machines’ key features, interviews with professional sewers who use and love the 8 Series and free downloadable patterns.

Faegre & Benson LLP in the news
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 17:50

For Faegre & Benson LLP, JohnstonWells helped position its New Energy, Clean Technology and Climate (NECTC) practice through a column in ColoradoBIZ’s April issue. The column was co-written by two Faegre partners and shared their environmental expertise with business leaders statewide.

Ernst & Young LLP seeks Rocky Mountain Region’s exceptional entrepreneurs
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 16:49

Nominations open for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award

Ernst & Young LLP today announced the open nomination period for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Awards in the Rocky Mountain Region. The deadline for applications is March 19, 2010, with the awards ceremony scheduled for June 24,, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards program, now in its 24th year, is recognized as the most prestigious business award program in the country.  Award winners are selected by a panel of independent judges, including local business owners – many of whom have won the award in the past – as well as area leaders from civic organizations and academic institutions.  

“Ernst & Young has recognized leading entrepreneurs for their contributions to society for nearly a quarter of a century,” said Larry Haynes, Americas Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program.  “These entrepreneurs create jobs, bolster the economy, drive innovation and revitalize their communities.  We are proud to support them.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in Rocky Mountain Region
Last year, seven entrepreneurs from the Rocky Mountain Region were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award winners from nearly 60 nominations.  Select past award winners have included Yvon Cariou, Dynamic Materials Corporation; Roy Dimoff, ViaWest; Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch, New Belgium Brewing; Steve Ells, Chipotle Mexican Grill; Dan Caruso, Zayo Group, Mo Siegel, Celestial Seasonings; Craig Clark, Forest Oil; and Julie Aigner Clark, Baby Einstein. 

“This program honors the outstanding entrepreneurial minds in our local area,” said James Wilson, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program Director for Rocky Mountain Region “Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by those in the region, bringing regional business, academic and community leaders together to celebrate achievements that make a real difference.”

Regional award winners are nominated for the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards.  Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year® award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. 

All honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, California.  The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.  For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.

Awards Criteria
Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee.  Application forms must be received by March 19, 2010.

To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be an owner/manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management.  Additionally, the nominee's company must be at least three years old.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 

In the Rocky Mountain Region local sponsors include Faegre & Benson, Clifton Gunderson, Denver Business Journal and JohnstonWells.

Contact Information
For more information and nomination forms contact:  Courtney Story,  Program Manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Rocky Mountain Region Awards, at 720-931-4411 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information is also available at www.ey.com/us/eoy.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 144,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

For more information, please visit www.ey.com.

New Product Innovation and Technology Utilization at SysTest Labs Fueled by Addition of Benjamin Ray
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 20:15

Benjamin Ray has joined Denver-based SysTest Labs as the vice president for strategic services.  Ray’s new roll focuses on new product innovation, sales, marketing and utilizing new technology avenues to expand SysTest’s offerings and capabilities in software testing.

"Ray brings a combination of entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking that will allow us to expand beyond our traditional testing and quality management suite of services," said Glenn Truglio, president of SysTest Labs. “SysTest is continuously looking for ways to grow in new areas and Ray will take charge of this effort. His track record for developing new products and opening new markets is in line with our aggressive growth strategy."

Ray’s focus prior to SysTest has been in digital branding and reputation management where he helped companies effectively promote their brand in the age of social media. The Digital Reputation Management tool, designed by Ray at AlchemicGORILLA, which he founded in November 2009, will help SysTest’s clients manage the ways in which their information is collected and distributed over the Internet. Prior to AlchemicGORILLA, Ray co-founded Xylem Digital and INDenverTimes.

"Becoming part of an accomplished, focused and quality-driven organization that is on a high-growth trajectory will allow me to apply my entrepreneurial drive in helping SysTest achieve its goals," said Ray. "I look forward to using my skills in strategic planning and new product innovation to help fulfill the company's vision for pursuing growth opportunities both here in the U.S. and internationally.”

Videos for SBIRT & CCGC Help Promote Wellness
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 18:30

A series of videos are being featured by SBIRT Colorado (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) and CCGC (Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative), to help illustrate how SBIRT and motivational interviewing can help health care providers work with patients to create a greater awareness about America’s number one preventable health issue – substance abuse.

Hosted on the SBIRT Colorado and CCGC Web sites, these short videos explain the SBIRT process and provide mock scenarios in which SBIRT and motivational interviewing are used with patients. CCGC is a nonprofit coalition of health plans, physicians, hospitals, employers, government agencies, quality improvement organizations, and other entities working together to improve health and health care in Colorado.  This organization created the SBIRT guidelines, which are being distributed to primary care providers across Colorado. SBIRT Colorado is an initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the Office of Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., administered by the Division of Behavioral Health and managed by Peer Assistance Services, Inc.

Join the Cause!
Thursday, 03 December 2009 18:11

Goodwill Industries of Denver has launched its Do Some Good Cause on Facebook. The Do Some Good Cause channels all the good you do into resources to help those who need it most in our community.

Join the Cause today to hear inspiring stories from people in our community, participate in contests and become a part of the movement to help others in need find the will to support themselves and their families.

Learn more about the Do Some Good Cause here.


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