Business File: Alpine Bank team earns statewide green honor

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— Alpine Bank's Green Team was named one of two 2009 Colorado Sustainability Team Champions in July. The Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment gave the honor, according to a news release.

"The Green Team has committed to continuously improving Alpine Bank's environmental performance," the bank's certificate reads. "Your achievements include educating the local community on sustainability, offsetting your carbon emissions, and attaining LEED 'Silver' certification for two Alpine Bank buildings."

The bank also earned and has maintained "ISO 14001" certification, the universally recognized standard for environmental management, according to the release.

Home builders group launches new Web site

The Steamboat Springs Home Builders Association has launched a new Web site, www.hbasteamboat.com. The group's regularly scheduled lunchtime meetings are the first Wednesday of every month, along with a special membership drive meeting in mid-September. Meeting information will be posted on the site.

JB's to clean school windows free of charge

JB's Professional Window Cleaning Service is helping the Steamboat Springs School District by cleaning the windows at all the schools and Horizons for free this year, JB's owner Jon Smalley said.

JB's has been cleaning windows in Steamboat for 33 years and has eight employees, Smalley wrote in an e-mail. The company usually offers the schools window-cleaning services at cost. But the schools' budgets were tight, so JB's is providing cleaning for free at each Steamboat campus and at Christian Heritage School, Smalley said.

First Steps Seminar is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

People interested in starting a business are invited to a First Steps Seminar on Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus. The free workshop will help potential business owners figure out whether their personality and skills are compatible with running a business, and it will teach them about the finances of starting a business.

Wednesday's seminar is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 300 of Bogue Hall. First Steps workshops are the third Wednesday of the month at the Bogue Enterprise Center.

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Wind-turbine maker in Oregon moving to Denver

DENVER - A wind-turbine maker lured by Colorado's tax incentives will relocate its headquarters to Denver from Portland, Ore., Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said Friday.

REpower USA's Denver office initially will employ 25 relocating or new workers. The staff is expected to double within the next year.

The company is a subsidiary that sells turbines made by the German firm REpower Systems AG. It is the second firm to take advantage of a new state program that gives tax credits to relocating companies.

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