DEADLINES

The Loveland Chamber of Commerce announced the call for 2012 Investor Award nominations for outstanding businesses and individuals. New this year, the chamber is introducing a nonprofit of the year award and civic beautification award. All awards can be self-nominated or nominated by other investors, and will be presented during the chamber’s annual investors meeting in January. Nominations are due to the chamber by Dec. 28.


EVENTS

The Fort Collins annual Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony will take place this year at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Oak Street Plaza. LED light strands are used exclusively in this year’s display, which will be in place through February. LED light strands lead to power savings of about 90 percent compared with standard lights.  

The third annual Hoopla for Hope, a Mathews House fundraiser, will be held on Nov. 8 at the Fort Collins Marriott. The era-themed dance party will highlight the dance styles, signature cocktails, foods, music and fashion from the disco era of the early 1970s, including a live disc jockey, disco dancers and singers, a photo booth, live-auction items and freebies. The Mathews House is a Fort Collins-based nonprofit that serves at-risk youth. For more information on The Matthews House, Hoopla for Hope or to purchase tickets, visit www.thematthewshouse.org or call 970-472-4293.


KUDOS

Otis, Coan & Peters LLC is now an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming and the Better Business Bureau Serving Denver and Boulder. BBB accredited businesses must uphold the BBB Code of Business Practices to build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, safeguard privacy and embody integrity.

The Founder’s Award, the highest distinction a Merry Maids franchisee can earn, was presented to the owners of the Boulder and Larimer County Merry Maids franchises at the company’s annual meeting in Florida. The franchise beat out more than 400 other Merry Maids.

In celebration of International Credit Union Week, The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Credit Unions provided electronics recycling and paper shredding events in October in four locations across Northern Colorado. The credit unions collected 43,000 pounds of computers, monitors, TVs and other electronics for recycling.

McKee Medical Center’s critical care program in Loveland received the America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Critical Care award from Healthgrades, a provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The findings used in the award process are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across roughly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.


NEW LOCATION

One year since its launch, WildRock Public Relations & Marketing is expanding to a new, larger location at 4025 Automation Way near Timberline and Harmony in Fort Collins. The move will allow the public relations and marketing firm greater access to clients in Longmont, Loveland, Boulder and Denver.

The SAVA Center has moved from its location at 331 S. Meldrum to 4812 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins. The office phone number is 970-472-4204, and the 24/7 rape hotline is 970-472-4200.


NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

KromaTiD and OptiEnz Sensors are now clients of the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, a technology incubator, and both had their start at Colorado State University. OptiEnz creates devices that allow users to continuously measure the concentration of organic chemicals, with applications ranging from monitoring for pollutants in a river to tracking the level of sugar during fermentation processes, like beer making. KromaTiD developed the first fluorescent paint designed to color a chromatid, enabling scientists to see which side of a chromosone has a defect, creating a platform for the discovery and detection of inversions; especially in cases where inversions may not occur in all cells, like in most cancers.


If you have an item to share about name changes, new products or business news of note, e-mail it to Maggie Shafer at mshafer@ncbr.com, or mail it to Briefcase at NCBR, 155O E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.