Business Digest June 22, 2012
Boulder Motor Co., an independent, full-service center for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, has opened at 63 S. Pratt Parkway, Suite B, in Longmont. It is an authorized shop for extended-warranty service plans.
NOCOJobsList has changed its name to Boconoco, increased its scope of operations and launched a new website at boconoco.com with a detailed database of thousands of Colorado Front Range jobs.
Boulder-based Campus Publishers has added Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to its family of more than 35 Official Visitor Guides. The Guide, to come out spring 2013, will reach 80,000 members of the IUPUI community. Campus Publishers, which also publishes the University of Colorado's Guide, provides official campus visitor guides for U.S. colleges.
The worldwide market for smart energy and its storage reached $222 billion in 2011, and is poised to climb 90 percent and hit $420 billion in 2015, according to Boulder-based market research group Pike Research LLC, which released the findings as part of its Smart Energy Annual Report. The rising cost of maintaining the current system and regulatory and policy changes in other nations are among the drivers of the market, the report found. The smart-energy sector is growing fast enough that it now is an important part of the global-energy mix. For the study, Pike Research defined smart energy as the range of efficient technological options available to providing electricity in a distributed fashion, either for local use or for grid support.
The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Broomfield is buying 4.82 acres of land to follow federal safety guidelines, with help from a $4.05 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant. The airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to have 1,000 feet of safety area beyond the runway. Currently, the safety area is 600 feet. Other airports in the region also received grants from the federal Department of Transportation that are earmarked for infrastructure work. Vance Brand Airport in Longmont received $150,000; Erie Municipal Airport received $150,000; and Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport received $468,000.
A project designed by Boulder-based architectural firm Workshop8 LLC has taken third place in the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority's 2012 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit design competition. The Peachtree Canyon project in Las Cruces, New Mexico was cited as "a rare example of a project that offers density on the urban fringe while maintaining sensitivity to the natural landscape. Height variations in the buildings and walkways and the material choices and shading devices are all designed to create the feel of a natural canyon and arroyo."
Broomfield-based Internet-security company Webroot Inc., has been named a Trail Blazer in The Radicati Group's new report, "Endpoint Security Platforms: Market Quadrant 2012." The independent analysis praises Webroot's SecureAnywhere business endpoint protection. Radicati Market Quadrants rank vendors based on a four-quadrant system, which includes Trail Blazers, Top Players, Mature Players and Specialists. Trail Blazers are defined as companies that offer cutting-edge technology and hold the power to dethrone current market leaders by growing their customer base and market awareness.
Boulder-based Catapult PR-IR was ranked 42nd nationally among technology public relations firms and 106th overall. by O'Dwyer's in its 2012 PR Firm Rankings.
Louisville-based Global Health Exchange Inc. is one step closer to delivering its Implantable Device Supply Chain solution to the GHX Global Network of health-care providers and suppliers. In an agreement with Charlottesville, Virginia-based Meddius Inc., GHX will use the Meddius Integration Platform to integrate and connect with hospital systems managing HL7 data, an industry framework for moving patient data.
Lanza Language Inc., a Boulder-based small business, was awarded a General Services Administration contract for language services (translation, interpretation), joining 104 other GSA schedule holders for language services. Since receiving the GSA contract, which streamlines procurement for the federal government, Lanza has been awarded two more contracts on its GSA schedule, a translation contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an interpretation contract with the U.S. Army. Lanza also has begun doing translation work for the federal Chemical Safety Board.
Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) signed a contract to be a global reseller of Longmont-based Intrado Inc.'s VIPER Call Handling and Power 911 products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The products shorten response times for first responders following 911 calls.
Lafayette-based Aegis Analytical Corp. certified Sequence Inc. to deploy and validate Aegis' Discoverant software platform. The platform enables users to maximize understanding and control of their product lifecycle management process.
Concept3D Inc. will receive a $1.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help lower the cost to install rooftop solar panels. The company with offices in Boulder, Denver and Minneapolis plans to use the grant to help reduce the time and "soft costs" associated with on-site surveys and permitting, system design and installation of solar panels, according to a press statement announcing the grant. The grant is part of the DOE's SunShot incubator program, which aims to reduce the cost residential customers pay for solar energy by 75 percent by 2020.
Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development is soliciting applications for a $150,000 Companies interested in applying for funds must submit material by Monday, July 2, to the nonprofit group's website, CID4.com. Managers and the nonprofit group's technical and business advisory committee will decide which company will receive the grant. Company business plans submitted after July 2 will be considered in a following project-evaluation session to take place in 2013. In recent years, the Aurora-based nonprofit has given $600,000 to hearing-device maker Sophono Inc. in Boulder and $150,000 to blood diagnostic test company Flashback Technologies LLC in Longmont.
University of Colorado-Boulder researchers developing next-generation vaccines, drugs to protect against cardiac diseases and other research have been selected to receive grants from the Colorado Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade established the grant program in 2007. Four of the 10 researchers or research teams are based at CU-Boulder, including three in CU's BioFrontiers Institute. CU research projects that have received or will soon receive funding in the 2011-12 round are: Christopher Bowman, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, CU-Boulder, for inexpensive, highly efficient synthetic nucleic acids for use in nanoassembly, biodetection and other biofunctional applications; Robert Garcea, BioFrontiers Institute, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, CU-Boulder, for a next-generation vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV); Leslie Leinwand, BioFrontiers Institute, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, CU-Boulder, for novel drugs to offer protection from cardiac disease; and Hang (Hubert) Yin, BioFrontiers Institute, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CU-Boulder, for more sensitive biomarkers for metastatic cancers and other diseases in body fluids.
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Boulder-based Tech BizSolutions Inc. and Denver-based PBC Inc. have merged to form ReliAscent LLC, a firm specializing in support for small- to medium-size government contractors. Former PBC owner Russ Farmer and former Tech BizSolutions owner Brian Sperry will be the new owners. The new company has two office locations: 5710 Flatiron Parkway, Suite B, in Boulder, and 1777 S. Harrison St., No. 350, in Denver.
Boulder-based Global Casinos Inc. (OTCQB: GBCS), which owns and operates the Bull Durham Saloon and Casino in Black Hawk and Doc Holliday Casino in Central City, says it will sell all its gaming interests and acquire a real-estate investment trust that acquires properties related to health care. As part of the agreement, Global's shareholders will be asked to approve a name change to Global Healthcare REIT Inc. That change must be approved by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which will assign it a new trading ticker symbol once the name change becomes effective. Global Casinos, headed by president and chief executive Clifford Neuman, entered June 1 into a "split-off agreement" with Gemini Gaming LLC to sell all of its gaming properties, interests and operations. Gemini, formed in September, is controlled by president and director Neuman, director Pete Bloomquist and the two casinos' general manager, Doug James.
Lafayette-based Door to Door Organics, an online retailer that delivers organic produce and natural groceries to homes, offices and schools, has added whole and skim milk, soy milk, half-and-hand and butter to the products customers can order. The new products are from Morning Fresh Dairy in Bellvue, near Fort Collins, and Organic Valley, a cooperative of small family farms.
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