Promote Your Business in 2015 ABA Directory

Applewood Business Association is compiling its annual business and community directory. This publication is a valuable asset throughout the local community for businesses and individuals alike. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your company in one of the most anticipated regional publications of the year.

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John Tracy 303-995-6421

ABA Represented at Jeffco Business Expo

Jefferson County Business Resource Center hosted an event titled "Get Back to Basics! Jeffco Business Resource Expo 2014" on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The event was aimed to showcase many resources and service available to the businesses in Jefferson County to help the businesses succeed and thrive.

Representatives from organizations such as Alameda Gateway, American Job Center, Chambers of Commerce from: Arvada, Conifer, Evergreen, Golden & the West, Ecenomic Development reps from: Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County Commissioners' Office, Jeffco EDC, Jeffco Public Library, South Lakewood Business Association, Colorado PTAC, Wheat Ridge Business Association, West Colfax Community Association, 40 West Arts to name a few.

Among these resource tables are our own Applewood Business Association manned by board members: Sean Plumb (US Bank), Debbie Hall (Mary Kay), and Kim Smith (Central Payment). They welcomed and greeted the attendees and provided information about our organization.

(From left) ABA Board Members: Debbie Hall, Sean Plumb, and Kim Smith
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(From left) ABA Board Members: Debbie Hall, John Tracy, and Kim Smith

November Speaker – Drew Litton

This whole thing began with my grandfather reading me the comics as a kid. I grew up with Pogo, Dick Tracy, Little Iodine, Buzz Sawyer, L’il Abner and, of course, Peanuts. I was also one of those kids who would wake up at 6:30 on a Saturday morning just to see the latest episode of Underdog, Secret Squirrel, Top Cat, Woody Woodpecker, Quick Draw McGraw, Mighty Mouse, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Spider-Man and always the funniest one of the bunch, Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner. Those cartoons and large bowls of Cap’n Crunch were my major source of nourishment in those days. They still are. Yes, even the Cap’n Crunch. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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November 5 Minute Spotlight – Bert Waisanen

Bert Waisanen is an independent insurance adviser for GIA Risk Management in Wheat Ridge. He works directly for clients to match their protection needs with the best carriers in the industry.  His interests include bringing technology tools to the insurance profession to modernize the customer experience with convenience, access and speed and to strengthen the high-value personal advisory relationship.

Bert’s career has engaged both the public and private sides of finance. He began as a congressional aide and fiscal adviser in Washington, DC, specializing in tax and economic development policy, moving to Colorado as a state legislative fiscal analyst. His entrepreneurial spirit drew him into the local food business, where he opened his own locally supplied food market in Jeffco while devising greenhouse growing techniques featured in the Farmer’s Almanac. He returned to the finance industry in 2013 as a licensed insurance advisor. A native of Kansas City, Missouri and educated at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bert and his family reside in Morrison.

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GIA Risk Management