New Member VC Interactive Helps Businesses Stand Out

VC Interactive, via digital signage, provides a means to reach your targeted audience, whether visitors or internal personnel, using engaging messaging and visuals that deliver the right information at the right time and place.

VC Interactive captures the attention of viewers on any piece of glass—from tablets to video walls and everything in between.  Impressions can take an active form as one might encounter on an airport concourse, or subtly blend into the décor of a fine jewelry store. Creating a powerful, tailored solution, with versatile content and ease of use sets VC Interactive apart.

Eric Woody is one of the founding partners.Eric Woody, VC Interactive, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver

“We evaluate each project, determining a primary and secondary goal and define how our comprehensive visual communications approach will provide both tangible and intangible benefits. While that sounds like sales gobbledygook, it really is a waste of time if we are simply a solution in search of a problem. Not everyone we meet is in need of our services and there is no reason to force feed it where it doesn’t belong,” Woody said.

A childhood friend introduced him to a company and told Woody of the tremendous growth in the visual communications industry. Today, the trend is to communicate visually.

“From retail displays and HD monitors, to educational tools and the web, images are replacing text,” Woody said.

Woody referenced a recent Hewlett Packard white paper that concluded people remember 10 percent of what they hear, 20 percent of what they read and 80 percent of what they see and do.

“We present a concept to people that causes them to view their business approach in a different light,” Woody said. “The solutions VCi provide clients often reflect the vary influences that have impacted their own buying habits or office life. It’s fun to see the light bulb go on when they realize the subtle effect it has already played in their daily behavior. We demonstrate how that can help in their business.”

Eric Woody, VC Interactive, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver

After visiting with VCi it is apparent that employing dynamic visuals is a requirement to reach an audience and generate meaningful results.

“Visual messages surround us every day,” Woody said. “We watch real and fictional stories on television.  We view advertisements in magazines and on billboards and we review charts, graphs and tables in books. We consider photographs that we want to display around our home, and design visual aides to accompany our presentations at work. VCi translates that into a strategy that can be implemented by an organization needing to reach the public or inspire its workforce.”

Woody emphasized the primary benefit of visual communication over verbal is immediacy.

Eric Woody, VC Interactive, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce Denver

He said the composition of Glendale’s current businesses and the future 180 Project are a perfect example of how informing and inspiring the public is vital. Woody joined the Chamber in April 2017 because the expansion of Glendale is bringing in more new businesses.

“We felt it was time to bring our services to the community,” Woody said.

After attending a few luncheons and happy hours, Woody said his favorite part about the Chamber so far is the people.

For more information on VC Interactive, visit their website.

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Craig Hospital Foundation Makes Difference for Spinal Cord Patients

The Craig Foundation, along with Craig Hospital are helping patients with spinal cord and brain injuries regain their highest possible level of independence and life quality with cutting-edge technology and resources.

Ranked as a top-ten nationally recognized, independent, not-for-profit hospital, Craig relies on charitable support from the Craig Foundation. The Craig Foundation exists solely to raise support for Craig, it’s programs and patients. Ken Mowad, Director of Philanthropy at the Craig Foundation, said Craig’s mission to advocate for and provide exceptional patient and family centered care, motivates him every day at work.

Ken Mowad, Craig Hospital, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce“Our patients come here because of a catastrophic injury. Even in the most challenging times, they approach their rehabilitation with bravery and enthusiasm. I enjoy hearing their stories and watching as they persevere through their recovery process. The patients are my motivation,” Mowad said.

The Craig Foundation provides more than $1.2 million of direct financial assistance to patients and their families each year through the patient assistance funds. In addition, the Craig Foundation provides nearly half a million dollars each year to support spinal cord and brain injury research.

“Donor support empowers patients and their families to return to home with confidence and the tools they need to thrive,” Mowad said.

Many of Craig’s innovative programs are not reimbursed by insurance companies and rely on donor support, including Operation TBI Freedom, the Nurse Advice Line, Music Therapy and the Craig School Program. OTF is a program of Craig Hospital that provides support for veterans and active duty military personnel with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The program offers case management services including crisis management, mental health referrals, classes, and emergency assistance for food and housing needs. In the past eight years, the program has assisted more than 1,300 service members.

Ken Mowad, Craig Hospital, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

The award-winning Nurse Advice Line at Craig is the only phone-based care and education resource in that nation that provides free specialized healthcare information to people living with spinal cord and brain injuries, their family members and health care providers. Music therapy is the clinical use of music to facilitate recovery of motor, speech, language and cognitive function and to retrain the brain to learn important life skills. Craig integrates music therapy into its approach to stimulate neurological responses that other therapies may not reach.

For approximately 15 years, the donor-funded Craig School Program has helped high school students with their studies. While at Craig, students work closely with a credentialed teacher to earn school credit and keep up with their classmates back home. Prior to discharge, students and families work with the teacher to create a school transition plan in order to make the return to school as seamless as possible.

“As unpleasant as it is to think about, I’ve learned that any of us could sustain a spinal cord or brain injury and need professional and financial assistance. It’s rewarding to connect generous donors with the people and programs who need the help,” Mowad said.

Ken Mowad, Craig Hospital, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Mowad joined the Chamber in August 2016. He said the Chamber is a great opportunity to support area businesses, to network with new and creative people and highlight what he does with like-minded individuals.

“The Chamber has done a great job communicating events and making me feel very welcome as a new member,” Mowad said.

Mowad has enjoyed attending the Business Before Business Workshops that give members the opportunity to network before work and learn about each other’s businesses. The Business Before Business Workshops occur every third Tuesday at the Egg and I on South Holly. For more information on the Craig Foundation, visit craighospital.org/foundation or call 303-789- 8650.

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Executive Talk Moves to the CTN

Chamber Ambassador, Maurice Washington, has taken the next step with his show, Executive Talk.

This year, Washington switched from public access to the Christian Television Network, CTN. His new slot gives his show access to thousands of TVs across the nation by the end of May. CTN is in 12 other states across the US and has been around for more than 15 years.

Maurice Washington, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Executive Talk

“I made the switch because I felt like it was a biblical transition for me,” Washington said. “The station was looking for someone in the business world speaking from a biblical format and the opportunity presented itself at the perfect time.”

His show has always focused on helping individuals in business learn more about a multitude of aspects of different industries. Now on CTN, Washington is adding a biblical perspective to his show.

“To be able to address the business world from a biblical point of view is a deeper direction with my business consulting,” Washington said. “I love exploring the depths of the emotional aspects of business ownership. I know how much the business owner goes through on a daily basis.  It’s not easy and to be able to provide specific answers to these challenges is my passion.”

Not only can you see him on your television screen, Chamber members and friends can attend Monday afternoons from 3:45 – 5:00 pm at the studio: 8081 E Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, Co 80111.

Executive Talk airs on Facebook Live Mondays from 4:30 – 5:00pm and plays on Thursday’s from 5:00 – 5:30pm and on Saturday from 12:30 – 1:00pm on channel 51 Comcast and channel 55 on DISH Network. For more information and to keep up with the latest on Executive Talk, visit the website and like the Facebook Fanpage.

 

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Welcome New Member Kevin Reilly with AXA Advisors:

Kevin Reilly has been in the financial world most of his life. In fact, as a child he would collect pennies in a milk jar and count them every week.

“I think that was an indicator,” Reilly said.

Once he arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University, he knew he wanted to be in the financial field.

“The immediate exposure to the financial markets was incredible,” Reilly said.

Now in Denver at AXA Advisors, Reilly is a full-service, one-stop shop financial consultant. He can handle anything from life insurance, estate planning, wealth management, retirement income strategies and real estate.

“I can do everything other than lend money,” Reilly said. “AXA Advisors is an open architecture firm (meaning) we can utilize other companies’ products. That allows us to find the absolute best solution for our clients.”

Reilly builds and protects wealth for all his clients, relieving the pressure of them doing it on their own.

“Taking this off their day-to-day agenda allows my clients to focus on their families and their own professional careers while knowing someone is looking out for their long term financial future,” Reilly said.

Reilly is truly looking out for his clients, and is in the business to help people because it’s what he loves.

“I love helping people,” Reilly said. “I love solving problems and pain points for individuals and families regarding their financial house. I am able to assist people and businesses solve problems that on their own many times are not achievable. This gives my clients a level of satisfaction and thankfulness that in turn allows me to love what I do for them.”

Kevin Reilly, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Glendale Colorado, Chamber of Commerce, AXA AdvisorsReilly joined the Chamber in December 2016 and attended the Christmas party. Living in the neighborhood, he wanted to meet and mingle with like-minded professionals. He said he appreciates the immediate friendliness and communication of the Chamber in such a short amount of time with newsletters and events.

“I want to thank the Chamber for a warm reception, and I hope to meet as many people as I can in this 2017,” Reilly said. “I am building my business at AXA Advisors and am here to help anyone in their financial needs such as life insurance, estate planning, wealth management, retirement income strategies and real estate. We have creative ways to assist people and business that just aren’t available in the pure retail channel. There are advantages to using a financial consultant. Perhaps I can help you in 2017.”

Reilly has some financial advice for 2017.

“Stay the course. Use a financial adviser. Great things to come! Live within your means. But by all measures protect what you have,” Reilly said.

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Jultak Floral Designs Stays Modern

Michale Jultak Floral Designs is a traditional company with a modern twist.

A family business since 1947, Michael Jultak Floral Designs has been serving the Denver area with high-quality flowers, from having a traditional store front to now a modern online-based company.

Current owner, Skip, got started in the family business when he was just 16 years old.

“I was a delivery driver for my father when I was 16, and every time I went up to the door people would just cry or smile, just really have a great emotion when I dropped them off,” Jultak said.

It began a career of creativity that he never thought would lead back to the floral business.Jultak Floral Designs, Megan Carthel, Megan McNeil He went to culinary school, but came back to the family business and began taking calls on a very special day—Valentine’s Day.

“I enjoyed answering the phone and talking to people,” Jultak said.

And he realized that not only could he be creative and talk with people, he was selling more than flowers, but an emotion.

“My father always said we don’t sell flowers, we sell sentiment,” Jultak said. “A lot of people can’t show their emotions, so they send flowers.”

From private parties, weddings, funerals, acts of love to the Denver Police Officers Foundation annual memorial, Michael Jultak Floral Designs does it all, and on short order.

Because it’s an internet based company, most orders are delivered within 2-4 hours. The tropicals, Jultak’s favorites, are jetted in fresh from Hawaii weekly, and provide a brighter, more unique and longer lasting arrangement. His business is truly world-wide.

For more information or to order, visit www.jultakflowers.com.

Jultak Floral Designs, Megan Carthel, Megan McNeil, Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce

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Device Pitstop Welcomed to Chamber

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Device Pitstop was officially welcomed into the Chamber family December 7th with a ribbon cutting.

The store joined the Chamber in July 2016, well before the doors were even opened.

“We wanted to build a relationship with our community and fellow merchants in the area,” Jason Gaines said. “The Chamber is clearly an integral part of the Glendale community and we want to be a part of this vibrant area.”

Device Pitstop is a one-stop shop for all electronic needs. They buy, sell, repair, trade and upgrade laptops, desktops, cell phones and tablets.

“Unlike other companies that limit services to either phones or computers, we have experienced technicians able to repair both,” Gaines said. “ We also buy and sell devices and accessories. We are truly your one stop device shop.”

At Device Pitstop, “reusing computers and various parts is the smartest way to recycle.” The company started in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003, and has grown to now ten franchise locations, two of which are here in the Denver area.

The store lowered prices on many of their laptops just for the holidays. They have laptops starting as low as $100 and desktops for as low as $59.99. Device Pitstop is also promoting $80 screen repairs on the iPhone 6 and all iPhone 5 models.

The new location on Colorado Boulevard has enjoyed being in Glendale, with a great location and even better clientele.

“We are extremely happy with our Glendale location,” Gaines said. “The clientele has been great and we look forward to being here for many years to come.”

It’s not just the location in Glendale that Gaines is happy with.

“The Chamber has been extremely welcoming,” Gaines said. “Several Chamber members have already reached out to us for various services and marketing opportunities. We had a great turnout for our Ribbon Cutting and everyone has made us feel like family.”

Gaines said he has been impressed with the communication at the Chamber, always keeping them informed about new and exciting opportunities and events in the area. And as they get more involved in the community and in the Chamber family, Gaines hopes to have a deeper connection with the area—a reason the store joined the Chamber in the first place.

“We want to be a part of the community, not just another business,” Gaines said. “We want
everyone to think of us first when they need help with their phones or computers.”

For more information, see Device Pitstop’s website.

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Bertrand Leads Essentrics Class Before Annual Meeting

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It’s that time of year again—it’s time for our Annual Members meeting.

The event will be held at the Infinity Park Event Center, Sport Plaza on October 12, 2016. With the rugby field as the backdrop, the event will showcase the best of Glendale. But, before the networking begins, Chamber member Jenny Bertrand will teach a modified Essentrics class for members.

The Essentrics class will be like the lunchtime classes I do for employees in the workplace. We’ll work hard, but won’t get super sweaty, so everyone will be presentable for the annual meeting that immediately follows. Exercise clothes are most comfortable, but the workout can be done in slacks for anyone who didn’t have time or forgot to pack exercise clothes,” Bertrand said.jenny-bertrand-headshot

For Essentrics, you kick off the shoes as it is done with bare feet or socks. The workout exercises the full body, from fingers to toes. Bertrand said if you want to keep your shoes on, that is fine too.

“We will be having lots of fun moving! We’ll be relieving the stress of the day, stretching out tight necks and shoulders, sore backs, stiff hips and knees,” Bertrand said.

Essentrics is a no-impact workout that stretches and strengthens every muscle while working through full range of motion of the joints to rebalance the body. The movements are based on everyday activities, so everyone can do it because there are no difficult poses. Benefits include improved posture, reduction, and often elimination of aches and pains, better balance, increased energy, and weight management, to name a few. This workout will only have standing exercises and will not use weights.

Bertrand said no matter who you are or what shape you’re in, Essentrics is for you.

“This workout is for everyone. If you’ve ever said you’re too tight to stretch, this workout is for you. If you feel like you’re not in good enough shape to do a class, this workout is for you. If you’ve never done group exercise, this workout is for you. If you exercise all of the time, this workout is for you. If you have aches and pains, this workout is for you. If you sit at a desk most of the day, this workout is really for you (you’re going to love how your shoulders and neck feel).  We will have fun, and you will feel great as you head to the annual meeting,” Bertrand said.

Bertrand’s class will be held from 4-4:45 pm in the upstairs studio of the Sports Center. The locker rooms are available for members to change before heading out to the patio for Business After Hours and the Annual Members meeting from 5-7 pm. Appetizers will be provided by Old Chicago, and refreshments are sponsored by Landers Brightway Insurance.  Members will vote on the Board of Directors for 2017 before the fun begins.

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September Business Before Business Workshop

photo courtesy Confluence Denver

photo courtesy Confluence Denver

Did you miss the Business Before Business Workshop on September 20? No worries, we’ve got what you’ve missed right here.

Lea Marlene of Lea Marlene Actors Studio presented “Tools to make you comfortable when you’re uncomfortable public speaking.” And boy, did some Chamber members get uncomfortable. Members were called in front of the group to do exercises intentionally designed to make a person uncomfortable. Participants had to repeat a compliment or statement about themselves that another member said to them…while looking each other in the eyes.

While not every public presentation will make someone feel that uncomfortable, Marlene offered great advice. Her main bullet points to giving a great presentation are:

1.) Be in the moment
2.) Connect
3.) Listen
4.) Put all your attention on the other person
5.) Be grateful
6.) Be of service

The next Business Before Business Workshop will be Tuesday, October 18. Steve Roper of Roper Insurance will be discussing employee benefits, emphasizing healthcare and the effects on business if Amendment 69 passes.

Workshops start at 7:30am and run until 9 am at the Egg and I on South Holly St.

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What You Missed At The First Business Before Business Workshop

The Business Before Business Workshops kicked off on August 16. Nearly every seat was full, and Chamber members filed in for breakfast and to hear the ABCs of Business presented by Bob Liebhauser and Storm Gloor.

Liebhauser and Gloor went through each letter in the alphabet, denoting a couple of words that start with each letter, and giving only two minutes of speech time to each letter.StormGloor Dec2014 Members were then challenged to pick five words and apply them to their business.

For Johnny Shenn, AFC Urgent Care lead physician, the Business Before Business Workshop was his first day as a Chamber member. He found the presentation “extremely helpful.”

“Usually I would just do this myself sitting at home, so this kind of forces us to engage in an exercise where we draw out things about ourselves and motivate us to improve upon it,” Shen said.

Shen believes Chamber members can learn a lot from each other with varying lengths of time in business. He personally is not an owner, but as a lead physician, it is crucial for him to understand management in the healthcare world.

Bob Dec2013“There’s a couple things you definitely want to work on for the rest of your life, and there are a couple of things you want to stress for the next couple of weeks,” Shen said.

He chose the words leaderships, management, happiness, comfort zone and unique to focus on in his business. Shen said he is “definitely” looking forward to the next Business Before Business Workshop. In September, the topic will be public speaking given by Lea Marlene with Lea Marlene Actors Studio.

Here’s a few key words mentioned in the presentation:

Attitude
Drive
Excuses
Fun
Goals
Honesty
Innovation
Just Do It
Knowledge
Practice
Questions
Risk

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Chamber Initiates New Program- Business Before Business Workshops

gg chamber logoIf you want more out of your Greater Glendale Chamber, a new initiative headed by Bob Liebhauser, Eric Sapir and Storm Gloor is your out. It’s called Business Before Business Workshops.

On the third Thursday of each month from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The Egg and I on South Holly, Chamber members will have the opportunity to hear peers discuss business topics and learn more about what other’s do—and there’s a buffet breakfast.

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“Our goal is for people to not only have something in their belly, but with one or two things to apply,” Liebhauser said.

For a minimal $10 fee, members have access to a business-boosting breakfast with friends. Presentations will last an hour, including questions, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with plenty of time to chat and network before and after.

Presenters will be current Chamber members. These friendly faces will present on topics they are experts in. The first Business Before Business will be on August 16, 2016. Liebhauser and Gloor will present “The ABC’s of Business.” There is only room for 30 people, so sign up fast on the Chamber’s website. To sign up to be a presenter, contact Sherri Liebhauser at (303) 584-4181 or at sherri@ggchamber.com.

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