Applewood Business Association

The ABA is a well-established and deeply rooted business association with over 200 members, focused on the greater Applewood community—including Golden, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County and the West Denver Metro region.

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ABA Member Spotlight - July, 2024

Don Awalt

Don Awalt ~ Thorum Consulting

Don’s career began in accounting. Although I didn’t like doing taxes or bookkeeping, I worked with local, small companies because I felt compelled to do whatever I could to help them. My professional journey led me to work with accounting software applications that were scaled for use by very large companies. For over four decades I have been consulting on accounting systems for large, multi-billion companies to fill their management needs. What I have found in this experience is the tools and strategies large companies have used to become successful are just as applicable, and readily available to small business.

Business owners work with us to focus on those details having the greatest impact on the profitability and valuation of their business. We focus on getting results by following the 80/20 rule, to identify the 20% that produces the 80% return.

Our process begins with ensuring a good bookkeeping and accounting system are in place. Financial feedback is critical to help business owners determine the effectiveness of the strategies being implemented.

To get a company from point A to point B within an expected timeline, we examine the marketing and sales process to maximize revenue, review expenses and implement cost controls to improve profits, manage risk by identifying potential threats and making the plans to avert them, and help the company establish the culture needed to attract ideal customers, employees, and vendors.

We are so confident in our services that we guarantee a 2X return on investment within one year, or we work for free!

Favorite Quote: “The value we provide can only be measured by our results. Sometimes harsh. Always fair.” – Thomas Wilhite

Don Awalt ~ Thorum Consulting

(720) 290-8088
[email protected]

2023 Business & Community Directory:
A Special 40-Year Anniversary Issue!

We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Smart Marketing to publish our annual Business & Community Directory for 2023! Smart Marketing is a Colorado-based company that has been in business for 22 years working with organizations like ours producing high-quality, full-color, custom publications. Our annual publication will deliver in February 2023 and will mail to 25,000 Applewood households followed by a July 2023 mailing to 3,000 businesses.

And, new to us…. our annual publication is delivered in print and online (digital edition) with live links! Our new directory is packed with everything Applewood, an events calendar, community information on Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County, and a full Membership Listing by Category.

Bringing Business and Community Together.

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Business Membership (B2B)

We provide a uniquely warm and welcoming culture to help our business members network, grow and thrive.

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Consumer Engagement (B2C)

We promote our members’ business-to-consumer (B2C) advertising and outreach throughout the community.

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Community Impact

We are engaged in the community, helping to enhance the lives of Applewood residents.

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Upcoming Events


Events are the foundation of collaboration, referrals and new business.

ABA events are proudly produced by Association volunteers, connect with us to support our next event!

Benefits of Membership

An Annual Membership to the Applewood Business Association is a great way to stay involved in the local business community.

We encourage businesses from outside of Applewood to join us!
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Find a Business

Find a member business by searching our Business & Community Directory.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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