Business File: Green energy powers Colorado's Alpine Banks

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Green energy powers Colorado's Alpine Banks

All Alpine Bank locations across western Colorado have offset 100 percent of their electricity usage by buying green power from local utility providers and through the Colorado Carbon Fund, according to a news release. Alpine Bank has a location in Steamboat Springs.

Alpine Bank operates 37 bank locations, one operations facility and employs more than 550 employee-owners in western Colorado, the release stated. Operations include banking functions, cleaning and maintenance, renovations and constructing new banks.

Pougiales named AIA regional president

Thira announced last week that principal architect Cynthia "Cyd" Pougiales, AIA, LEED AP is the American Institute of Architects' 2009 AIA Colorado West president.

With more than 276 professional architects on the western slope, "AIA Colorado, the voice of the profession of architecture, inspires and supports its members as leaders to improve and sustain the quality of the built environment. We promote the value of the profession and provide resources and education for our members," a news release stated.

Pougiales also has been recognized as an accredited professional with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design with a thorough understanding of green building practices. For more information, call 970-871-9041.

SCORE provides tips to help during a recession

SCORE issued a news release last week offering small-business owners recession pitfalls to avoid. The national counseling group for small businesses has an office at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

Pitfalls to avoid:

1. Cutting expenses too slowly. Now is the time to look at expenses and decide whether the company needs to cut expenses five, 10 or as much as 20 percent. Do what it takes early in the year and bring costs down.

2. Maintaining the same product and service mix. Your needs are changing. You can bet your clients needs have changed too. Call clients and ask them what they need. Then, design the product and service mix around those needs.

3. Reducing marketing instead of focusing on marketing.

4. Lacking systems to free up your time. Streamline your business and become more efficient. Use a handheld organizer to keep track of phone numbers, dates, appointments and meetings. Set a time each week to handle routine tasks, bills and paperwork.

5. Keeping everything to yourself. Your team knows the economy is tough and wants to understand what the company is facing and how, together, you can make it through. Lead toward a brighter future by focusing your efforts on today.

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