Business of the Week
South Platte Sentinel 7/12/2021
South Platte Sentinel
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The South Platte Sentinel began publishing in April 1988 by Delinda Korrey and Ken McDowell. The Sentinel was started as a free weekly newspaper serving the Sterling area.
The South Platte Sentinel was purchased by the Journal-Advocate on Aug. 1, 2016. The Sentinel is now a publication of the Sterling Journal-Advocate, which is owned by Prairie Mountain Media, a subsidiary of Media News Group.
The publisher is Brian Porter. The Journal-Advocate Assistant Editor Callie Jones oversees production of the Sentinel each week. Other staff members include Editor Sara Waite, Staff writer, Jeff Rice, Advertising representatives Kim Francis and Steve Buxton. The Sentinel also continues to give a voice to various local contributors who write columns on a variety of topics. Since the Journal-Advocate purchased the paper, it has been delivered via mail to households throughout Logan County. They are proud to continue to bring their readers local news from the Sterling and Logan County community.
The South Platte Sentinel has transitioned to a remote workforce, with staff working from home. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 495, Sterling, CO 80751; phone number is 970-522-1990 and website is southplattesentinel.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating South Platte Sentinel as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our community together!
Colorado Flatlanders Car Club 7/5/2021
Colorado Flatlanders Car Club
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The Colorado Flatlanders started in 1991 when Larry Hilty moved to Sterling to start a Grocery business. After several meetings the car fanatics group founded the Colorado Flatlanders Car Club. At that time, the founding members created a vision with bylaws and goals to be a charitable club with a love of cars located in Sterling, Colorado. Every year since, the Colorado Flatlanders has held their annual Rod Run in Pioneer Park the weekend after the fourth of July. With the help of area businesses and the City of Sterling, the Colorado Flatlanders have been able to support multiple local charities and provide scholarships to Northeastern Junior College vocational programs.
Visit the Colorado Flatlanders website www.coloradoflatlanders.com to see future event happenings and view past memories and shows. You are invited to join them at Pioneer Park on July 10th from 8am-4pm to celebrate their 29th Annual Rod Run in the Park. Admission is $2 per person.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Colorado Flatlanders Car Club as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our community together!
Highline Electric Association 6/28/2021
Highline Electric Association
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Highline Electric Association was incorporated December 19, 1938, with the first portion of their territory energized in early 1940. The founders and original members wanted to bring electricity to rural areas of the country. Highline is owned by the members they serve.
In 1953, Sterling office moved from the Maggard Electric building on 112 Main Street to 232 West Main Street. The Sterling crew moved in 1967 from 232 W Main St to current location at 16107 Hwy 14. In 1994, the Sterling crew moved into their new office and shop building at the same location.
In 2005 Highline was Awarded the first Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) which also created their Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to assist local economic development projects. Co-op Connections Program in 2009 was offered to their membership. In 2019 the Riverview Solar Project 1.5MW array was commissioned in Sterling.
Other than serving their members with reliable and affordable electricity, Highline offers members a host of services including rebates ranging from Energy Star® certified appliances and LED bulbs to irrigation and commercial/industrial electric motors, electric outdoor power equipment, heat pumps and water heaters. They offer many options to pay your Highline bill including account access via their website and through their mobile app, as well as offering auto-pay options through bank drafts or with a credit/debit card. They offer on-bill financing to help you make energy efficient upgrades to your homes such as updating insulation, doors, windows, HVAC, heat pump water heaters etc. Contact their main office at 970-854-2236 for details.
Their Sterling office is located west of town on Hwy 14 just past the airport on the north side of the highway at 16107 Hwy 14, Sterling, CO 80751. You are welcome to call their office with any questions 970-522-2650 or visit their website at www.hea.coop.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Highline Electric Association as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our community together!
Furniture Mart 6/21/2021
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After purchasing the business from his parents in 2000 and successfully growing the business in Fort Morgan, Josh Becker saw an opportunity to serve a larger area by expanding to the Sterling area. Furniture Mart in Sterling opened up in 2010. The Sterling location allowed for the opportunity to serve more of Northeast Colorado as well as the Nebraska panhandle.
They have experienced great growth since their Sterling opening! Upon opening, they were located on 3rd Street; later moving to their current Main Street location in 2012. Between their two stores, they have grown to serve Northeast Colorado, Northern Colorado, as well as Western Nebraska and the Front Range from Ft Collins to Colorado Springs. They are excited for remodeling efforts in the next year as well as a new warehouse that will allow them to stock more inventory and more quickly serve customer’s needs.
With an industry leading website, they are able to serve customers both online and in-store with great products. They have been privileged in the last few years to grow to serve not only residential customers, but also specializing in furnishing offices and corporate spaces across Colorado. They have served many area businesses, in addition to government buildings and healthcare facilities. They have taken on many brands over the years to best serve customer’s needs and style and work their best to provide a wide range of selections and prices.
Furniture Mart is located at 602 W Main Street, Sterling. Please contact them at 970.522.2406 or www.furnituremartco.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Furniture Mart as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Business of the Week
The law firm of Williamson|Lowery|Fredregill is owned by Levi Williamson, Kelly Zorn Lowery, and Bryson Fredregill. The firm has served northeastern Colorado under various ownership for over 60 years. The current ownership has extensive experience representing for profit, non-profit, and government entities, along with individuals and families. The firm is based out of the historic City Hall and Fire House at 214 Poplar St. in Sterling.
Levi, Kelly, and Bryson each grew up in northeastern Colorado and chose to return home to live and practice law. The firm has one associate attorney, Callie Capraro, who grew up in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming, and one legal assistant Keo Ramirez, a Colorado native with family roots in northeastern Colorado.
The attorneys at Williamson|Lowery|Fredregill can be reached by telephone at 522-2341, on the web at www.wlflawfirm.com, and in person at 214 Poplar St., Sterling, CO.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Williamson|Lowery|Fredregill as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
AirMedCare Network 6/7/2021
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The AirMedCare Network is a division of Global Medical Response (GMR). GMR provides emergency services, critical care services (both ground and air) and patient relocation services around the world. Their aircraft, and medical equipment are state of the art. Their highly trained flight crews are seasoned pre-hospital critical care providers with years of experience and expertise. In addition, they provide fire services and disaster response worldwide. Not only are they the largest emergency service provider in the world, they operate over half of all air ambulances in the United States.
Their membership program has been in operation since the early 1980’s and is the largest of its kind, with nearly 4 million members. Unlike other offerings, GMR and the AirMedCare Network guarantee’s their members, NO out-of-pocket cost for their services. A guarantee that other companies simply can’t match! They provide patient care, and transport by operating their own aircraft. In addition, they offer “peace of mind” through their membership program. These two factors can’t be duplicated by any other membership offering. It’s their membership program that allows them to base aircraft in rural communities throughout the United States.
Bob Walter, local membership representative can be contacted at (720) 595-6463 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating AirMedCare Network as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
New Methods Cleaners - Sterling 5/31/2021
New Methods Cleaners
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New Method Cleaners started in 1953 by Harold Whyman. There was a need for dry cleaning services, which started New Method Cleaners. The business was also owned by Harry Held and Chuck & Ruth Lynch. As the fourth owners, Andrew and Aliesha Fritzler purchased the business in June 2013. Later in October of 2013 Carousel Cleaners was acquired and the business expanded. Since then, New Method Cleaners has grown and partnered with several small businesses to service all of Northeastern Colorado, western Nebraska and Kansas, and parts of Southern Colorado.
In the past two years, New Method Cleaners has also started servicing the Ft. Morgan area through the purchase of Anchor Cleaners. They have partnered with Double R Embroidery in Ft. Morgan in order to provide dry cleaning services in the area. New Method Cleaners presently employs seven people. New Method Cleaners offers dry cleaning; laundry services, including starching of jeans and shirts; wedding dress cleaning/pressing and preserving; and household bedding, pillows, comforters and drapes.
New Method Cleaners is located 110 Hamilton Street in Sterling. Their hours are Monday thru Friday 7:30am-5:30pm. Phone: (970) 522-0548. Email: email@example.com. Website: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please like New Method Cleaners on Facebook to keep up with any updates to the business.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating New Methods Cleaners as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Reata Petroleum/Reata Travel Stop 5/24/2021
Reata Petroleum/Reata Travel Stop
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Reata Petroleum/Reata Travel Stop is a family owned company started by Terry and Kathy Sanger in 1998. Terry and Kathy wanted to have a family owned and operated business in a great community. Their wish has come true with three generations working together. Their daughters, Shannon Rusher, and Shawn McKinley and their grandson Cole McKinley are part owners.
They have three locations to serve our area: Sterling, Fort Morgan and Crook. Their convenience stores have a wide variety of hot/cold foods that include a deli featuring homemade burritos with a variety of hot/cold drinks, souvenirs, Lotto/Lottery tickets and gas/diesel fuel. The Sterling location provides a bus stop for the Arrow and Burlington lines. Bus tickets must be purchased at the Sterling store.
Reata Petroleum/Reata Travel Stop is located at 2170 East Chestnut Street in Sterling. Sterling hours are Monday to Sunday 4am – 10pm. Please contact them at 970-522-0307 or 970-522-0988.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Reata Petroleum/Reata Travel Stop as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Gordon Insurance Agency, Inc. - Sterling 5/17/2021
Gordon Insurance Agency, Inc.
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Gordon Insurance is a family owned company started by Rock and Cindy Gordon in 1985. Gordon Insurance Agency is one of the largest independent agencies in Eastern Colorado serving clients with diligence and quality customer service. Their other locations include Limon, Calhan, Kit Carson, Flagler, and Sterling as of 2016.
Gordon Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent agency who has no allegiance to one company. This is important because they have the ability to shop the best companies for the best rates. They can write with a plethora of companies. Gordon Insurance Agency can write policies for home, auto, commercial, farm/ranch, life, health and crop insurance. It is their priority to provide their clients with the friendly and personalized service they deserve.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Gordon Insurance Agency, Inc. as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
S & S Auto Repair LLC 5/10/2021
S & S Auto Repair LLC
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S & S Repair was started in 1979 by Ken Scheck.
Trey Becker worked at S & S Repair for 12 years. Trey loved the way Ken ran his business which was in a very honest and fair way. Ken also established solid relationships with his customers. This amazing customer relationship made Trey want to continue this tradition when he took it over. Trey purchased S & S Repair from Ken in December 2019. The name was changed to S & S Auto Repair, LLC.
Trey has started a new tradition of “Fix It Forward Board”. Fix It Forward Board is a way for people to help others in need. Anyone can donate money to help an individual that has car problems but cannot afford it for example a teacher, police officer, single mom, veteran, etc.
S & S Auto Repair offers automotive and light truck repair. They also repair or do replacement of electrical, engine, transmission, and differential. Other repairs include brakes, steering and suspension.
If you need vehicle repairs, they can be contacted at 115 Broadway St., sandsrepair.com or 970-526-2668.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating S & S Auto Repair LLC as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Xcel Energy - Sterling 5/3/2021
Xcel Energy - Sterling
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The Denver Gas Company was created in 1869. It was started by being investor-owned by William N. Byers, Col. James Archer, Louis Bartels, Walter Scott Cheesman, John Evans, David Moffat, Lewis N. Tappan and D. Tom Smith. The company initially provided gas for lighting.
In 1881, Colorado Electric Company offered electric power. The two companies merged in 1899 to become the Denver Gas & Electric Company (DG&E), headed by Henry Doherty. In 1923, DG&E and Western Power & Light merged to form Public Service Co. of Colorado (PSCo). Doherty’s utility empire continued to expand and would eventually encompass 225 utilities in 26 states.
The Colorado Power Co. and its subsidiary Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power in Wyoming came under the Public Service Co. of Colorado name on Sept. 3, 1924. PSCo became an independent and autonomous operation in November 1943 when it served 80 percent of Colorado’s gas and electricity needs. As demand for energy continued to grow, so did PSCo. Eventually the company merged with Southwestern Public Service Co. (SPS), based in Amarillo, Texas, to form New Century Energies (NCE). In Aug. 2000, New Century Energies, Inc. (NCE) and Northern States Power Co. (NSP) merged and formed Xcel Energy Inc.
They are a regulated utility providing gas and electric service to homes in eight states for over 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers. Pawnee Power Plant is a major asset to the Xcel system in both Northern Colorado and statewide as it sends electricity both locally and into the Metro region. Smaller service centers in the Sterling and Brush areas are where the ubiquitous bucket trucks come from to complete local work and repairs.
Xcel Energy Area Manager Lucas McConnell can be reached at email@example.com , (970) 521-1800 or xcelenergy.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Xcel Energy - Sterling as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Overland Trail Museum 4/26/2021
Overland Trail Museum
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The Overland Trail Museum was started by a small group of people who felt that saving, preserving and sharing the history of Logan County was important! A small collection of pioneer artifacts, archeological finds and head mounts of local animals were displayed in the original building. The Overland Trail Museum was built in 1936 and was a project of the WPA. The WPA is Works Progress Administration which was a part of President Roosevelts "New Deal" helping to put people to work during the depression. The original stone structure is now our front lobby and houses some of our oldest collections. The Overland Trail Museum is owned and operated by the City of Sterling.
In the mid 1960s it became apparent that the museum collection had outgrown the original building and the first addition was added on to the east wall of the museum. In the 1980s the Johnson room level was added and in 2002 the Overland Trail Museum proudly opened the Dave Hamil building in honor of the man credited with bringing electricity to Northeastern Colorado. In addition to this, several historic buildings were brought in including the school, church, general store, house and two barns. A barbershop and filling station were added as well as a caboose and box car depot. In 2011, thanks to a generous donation from Frank and Gloria Walsh, the new High Plains Education Center was opened.
Three exciting projects are currently in the works to further expand the museum. This summer they will open the new Propst Agriculture building which is a hands on exhibit that will teach young children about agriculture from planting to harvest to planning healthy meals. They will also be opening the new Print Shop/Media building this summer which displays machinery used in the printing of newspapers as well as their collection of antique business equipment and cameras. Finally, in the fall of 2021 they will be introducing their Talking Trail audio tour where visitors can learn fascinating stories about the people of Logan County.
The Overland Trail Museum welcomes all visitors and encourages them to step into the past while enjoying the fascinating history of northeastern Colorado. They also offer children’s programs, Family Fun Saturday and their monthly History Café programs as well as special events that take place throughout the year. Family Fun Saturday occurs the first Saturday of every month and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
The Overland Trail Museum is also a wonderful facility that can be reserved and rented for small weddings, business meetings, family reunions and private parties.
The Overland Trail Museum is open (April 1-October 31) Monday through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and (November 1-March 31) Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Please like them on Facebook and visit them at www.sterlingcolo.com. They are located just off of Exit 125 at the junction of Highway 6 and I-76. They are happy to help you with research and any other questions that you may have. Call them at 970-522-3895.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Overland Trail Museum as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Northeast Colorado Family Medicine Associates, P.C. 4/19/2021
Northeast Colorado Family Medicine Associates, P.C.
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Dr. Curtis Clark opened Northeast Colorado Family Medicine Associates (NECFM) in 1977. Dr. Clark started the practice to provide full-scope primary care, including obstetrics, to Northeastern Colorado.
After two partners left early in the history of the clinic, Dr. Clark practiced solo for nearly 20 years until his daughter, Stacey Rhodes, PA-C, joined in 2003. Dr. Gerk joined in 2011, Rachelle Maker, FNP, in 2014 and Dr. Kyle Schwindt in 2020. Dr. Clark retired in 2019. The practice is now owned by Tony Gerk, Stacey Rhodes and Rachelle Maker.
The practice has always been located in the Medical Arts Building near the Sterling hospital, allowing easy access to the hospital’s services to patients and office staff. NECFM was selected as the Medical Facility of the Year by Journal-Advocate and South Platte Sentinel readers in 2020.
Since it was established, NECFM has strived to provide comprehensive care to the whole family. From obstetrics and well child care to chronic disease management and preventative care, the office embodies the ideals of Family Medicine and primary care: state-of-the art, integrated, patient-centered care that strives to improve health, not only for our patients, but also the for health of our entire community.
Northeast Colorado Family Medicine Associates, P.C. can be reached at 1405. S. 8th Avenue, Ste 103, Sterling, call 970-522-3304 and www.necofammed.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Northeast Colorado Family Medicine Associates, P.C. as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Sterling Lions Club 4/12/2021
Sterling Lions Club
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On June 20, 1920, 15 men attended a meeting to hear about Lionism from an organizer of Lions Clubs and District Governor of Texas and Louisiana, G. M. Cunningham. Five days later, the first official meeting was held, and the new club was formed with L.G. Giacomini elected as president. The official charter date is June 22, 1920
Lions 27, Rotary 16 was the score of the ball game and the first money-raising project for the Sterling Lions Club on June 17, 1921. Proceeds of $477.25 from the game were donated to the Good Samaritan Hospital. From the very beginning, the Sterling Lions Club started its service to the community and since then, the Lions have given to and worked on the following projects: the gateway into Riverside Cemetery; marble monument at Summit Springs Battleground; Campfire Girls Lodge (now the Girl Scouts Lodge}; Little league ballpark; and a "Lion's Park" on Division Ave. (later moved to Dawes and Franklin). Among their projects are the Annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt; donation of Christmas baskets to the needy; ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army; sponsoring the "Friendly Dog Tail Wagging Contest" during the Logan County Fair; buying glasses for needy children; provision for two annual scholarships to NJC; sponsoring of the Best Bedside Nurse Award at NJC; support the Lions Camp for the Handicapped and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank; recognition of outstanding students from Caliche, Sterling Middle School, and the GED Program at NJC; "Adopt A Highway" clean-up; and sponsoring of the Health Fair. The first Cowboy Breakfast was held in 1952 and is still an annual event, which kicks off the Logan County Fair. In 2000 the first Pioneer Award was presented. It has been an anticipated tradition since that time.
In 2001, the Club began a partnership with the Sterling Correctional Facility and Logan Industries in preparing used glasses to be sent all over the world. Glasses from clubs throughout the state come to the Sterling Lions for processing. Before the pandemic they processed about 1,500 pair of glasses each week. On February 28, 2019 they shipped the ONE MILLIONTH pair of eyeglasses from Sterling.
In 2007, members of the club built the mega-grill, and the Club has been called upon to cook hamburgers and pancakes many times a year including the Cowboy Breakfast, as well as the July 4th Heritage Festival, Flatlanders Car Show, Sportsman’s Experience, and many other events.
In 2013, the club added the Hearing Aid Recycling Bank and the Reading Action Program to their projects.
During the Centennial Year of the Lions in 2017, International issued a challenge for all clubs to create a Legacy Project in their community. The Sterling Lions erected a Flagpole in Prairie Park, beside the bench and the clock they put in earlier.
For more information on the Sterling Lions Club, please contact them at 970-520-4860, on their Facebook page at Sterling Colorado Lions and website at sterlinglionsclub.org. They Need and Want You!! They are accepting new member applications! Please contact Bob Blach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating the Sterling Lions Club as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Edward Jones - Brandon Steele, Financial Advisor 4/5/2021
Edward Jones - Brandon Steele, Financial Advisor
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Edward Jones was founded in 1922 by Edward Jones Sr on the premise of bringing Wall Street to Main Street. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to investors in the communities in which they live and work.
Steele's branch opened in August of 2017 and is in the original Colorado Telephone Company building now known as the Dawn Foundation building located at 114 N 4th St. in Sterling. After a decade long career with BNSF, Steele pursued his interests in personal finance with Edward Jones. Steele started as a Financial Advisor in 2016. Megan Blair joined in December of 2018 as the Branch Office Administrator.
Their team is dedicated to building personalized strategies that help clients achieve their goals. This includes gathering and organizing their assets, protecting them from sudden life changes, and ensuring their Legacy is transferred to who they care about the most. This is done by understanding what's important to their clients, utilizing an established process, and partnering with them throughout their lives to keep them on track. "We can help both individuals and businesses with Retirement Savings and Income Strategies, Annuities, College Savings Plans, Insurance, New Investors, and Estate and Legacy Strategies", Steele stated. "Helping a family, couple, or individual realize one of their goals is something we take pride in doing", Blair added.
Their team is dedicated to their community and its people. Steele serves as a board member for the Logan County Chamber and the Sterling Regional MedCenter Foundation, he is also a field trainer for his Edward Jones region. Blair recently became a BOA mentor and is pursuing other leadership roles as well.
In 2017 and 2019 Steele was awarded the firms Eagle Award for his "clear vision of both client and business goals." This is awarded to only 1590 advisors. "I am grateful to build my business in the community I grew up in." They can be reached at 970-526-6373 or at www.edwardjones.com/brandon-steele.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Edward Jones - Brandon Steele, Financial Advisor as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
NJC Young Farmers 3/29/2021
NJC Young Farmers
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The NJC Young Farmers have a storied past. It all began with a vision to educate those interested in agriculture and create strong leaders. In 1968, representatives from Northeastern Junior College, Colorado State University and the Colorado Vocational Agriculture supervisory staff discussed and planned the efforts to increase the amount and quality of adult education in Colorado agriculture. An experimental proposal called “Project 21” began January 1, 1969, and continued through August 31, 1970.
The purpose was to demonstrate the effectiveness of a coordinating agency in promoting and developing effective adult education in a prescribed region of the state. Northeastern Colorado, because of the number of schools offering vocational agriculture (21), was selected as the region, thus the name “Project 21” was selected and the Young Farmers programs emerged with a primary purpose of increasing leadership development. At this time, Jack Annan was selected as the coordinator of “Project 21”, then became the Executive Secretary for the Colorado Young Farmers Education Association. NJC Young Farmers chapter was one of the 21 chapters chartered in 1970.
Today, the NJC Young Farmer chapter is still a very active chapter; however, they devote more time to community service, but yet continue with agriculture education along the way. The majority of their time is focused on several programs which include the Youth Pedal Tractor Pulls. They hold at 6 different locations in northeast Colorado in addition to hosting the Colorado State Pedal Tractor Pull in Yuma, the Human Tractor Pull they hold during the Relay for Life, the Hot Rod Tractor Pull they hold on Father’s Day weekend, Ladies Night held in Crook where they raise money for area school’s Post Prom parties, a Cajun Boil to thank their sponsors, and their Christmas Adopt-A-Family program where they select 4 to 6 families in need to make sure each family has a Christmas meal and gifts.
The leadership of the NJC Young Farmers includes Dale and Maureen Whittington serving as Chapter Advisors along with Dave Lieber who serves as President. If you would like more information on the NJC Young Farmer chapter, please call 970-265-2023.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating NJC Young Farmers for this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
ALSCO (Linen & Uniform Rental) 3/22/2021
ALSCO (Linen & Uniform Rental)
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The linen supply industry did not yet exist in 1889 when George A. Steiner, at the age of 15, started his own part-time towel delivery service in Lincoln, Nebraska. He bought the delivery route of Lincoln Steam Laundry for $50.80. In those days it was customary for a business to wring a wet towel through a wooden roller and hang it to dry for the next use; a change of linen was a rare luxury.
The business was incorporated in 1912 under the original name American Linen. From its incarnation as a towel delivery service, American Linen quickly became a pioneer in the commercial and industrial laundry businesses, or textile services. Still true to its original motto, "It pays to keep clean," Steiner remains a third generation, family-owned private company with some 70 facilities around the world. Bob and Kevin Steiner are the fifth generation owners. In 2000 Richard Steiner, Sr., stepped down, yielding control of Steiner to his two sons, Robert and Kevin.
George A. Steiner moved the business to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1895. By 1896 a second branch of the business was established in Minneapolis. The company was incorporated in 1912 under the name American Linen. Steiner patents the first continuous roll towel cabinet in 1918 to replace the condemned public roll towel. Minneapolis Linen Supply Co. was established in 1935 to manufacture uniforms. All individual American Linen companies are consolidated under the American Linen Supply Company by 1948. The company went under many names changes: Steiner American Corporation in 1960, renamed Steiner Corporation in 1976, the U.S. branches of Steiner Corporation in 1988 revert to the original name, American Linen Supply, and in 2002 Alsco launches an international rebranding effort whereby American Linen, American Industrial, American Cleanroom Garments, and Servitex are all combined under the name Alsco.
Alsco delivers the protection employees want and deserve in our line of rugged automotive workwear. Your employees work in a variety of environments and need the right protection to do their jobs safely and effectively. Whether it’s the need to be visible, endure heat, or grease, you need uniforms that are up to the task. From the front rooms to the back rooms to the washrooms—the appearance of your business matters. To help keep your business looking fresh and clean, Alsco offers all the products you need for your facility services—including floor care and All FreshSM by Alsco Hygiene and Well-Being Services. They also offer uniform services to further boost your business’s professional image. At Alsco, they take food processing safety seriously when it comes to your uniforms and linens. Not only are they committed to providing the highest quality food processing uniforms and service to their customers, they are also committed to safety and cleanliness at all times in their processes and operations. From washing to delivery, they go the extra mile to ensure you always have clean and safe uniforms and linens. Alsco provides a HACCP-conscious uniform program, including a three-tier sanitation process to ensure our high quality product meets strict hygienically clean standards.
If you have linen & rental needs contact Alsco Uniforms at 229 S Front Street, Sterling CO. 80751, Main office – Alsco Uniforms 1850 S Acoma Street, Denver CO 80223, call them at 303-722-4661 or visit them at alsco.com. Cecil Wilson General Manager, Andy Frey Service Manager, Loran Hale District Manager, David Heinrich Production Manager, Jillian Humphryes Office Manager, Route Sales Representatives Justin Dugan, Paul Gittere and AJ Capps
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating ALSCO (Linen & Uniform Rental) as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Kentec Communication 3/15/2021
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Kentec Communications Inc. (KCI) is a wholly owned company located in Sterling, Colorado that began in 1983 as a locally owned and operated alphanumeric paging service including two-way radio sales and repair. Over the past 35+ years, KCI has grown from an alphanumeric paging service to become a wireless and fiber optic internet service provider.
KCI currently employs approximately 15 people. Staff members include, frontline support personnel, customer service specialists, wireless support technicians, field construction crews, specialized staff and network operations engineers having over 75+ years of technical support and customer service experience.
KCI currently offers wireless internet service in Colorado to the following locations: Sterling, Fort Morgan, Brush, Wiggins, Akron, Log Lane Village, Weldona, Snyder, Hillrose, New Raymer, Stoneham, Merino, Atwood, Fleming, Haxtun, Padroni, Iliff, Crook, Sedgwick, and Peetz; plus providing wireless internet service in Sidney, Lodgepole and Chappell, Nebraska.
While building the wireless network, KCI recognized an increased demand for a service that would provide customers a faster and more reliable internet connection. In 2008, KCI began building and installing a fiber optic network within the City of Sterling.
KCI’s expanded network now offers fiber optic service (Internet and Telephone) to commercial and residential customers in Sterling, Atwood, Merino and Yuma, Colorado. KCI is currently the only internet provider with fiber optic service to the home in Northeast Colorado.
KCI also provides other IT products to commercial and residential users. Some of these services are:
Secure off-site data storage, Webhosting, Colocated server space, Cloud based backup and transfer, 24/7 Network Operations Center, Door Access Control Systems, Network Engineering, VoIP Phone Systems and services and Video Surveillance Systems.
As a telecommunications carrier, KCI also provides carrier level services which include Fiber to Denver, Colorado, Routing & Switching, Carrier/Commercial Bandwidth, Redundant 10 gigabit paths to Denver, Generator backup for all sites, Carrier/Enterprise grade bandwidth, Speeds up to 1 gigabit to customers in Sterling, Atwood & Merino and Speeds up to 100 megabits in Yuma, Colorado.
KCI is proud to still be locally owned and operated. Chip Powell purchased the business in 2010. KCI is located at 710 W. Main St in Sterling, and can be reached at 522-8107or online at www.kci.net.
KCI is currently hiring! If you are interested in construction or IT support, applications can be found on their website www.kci.net.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Kentec Communication as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
CSU Northeast Regional Engagement Center 3/8/2021
CSU Northeast Regional Engagement Center
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The Northeast Regional Engagement Center (NREC) opened in July of 2010. The Engagement Center was established to serve 7 counties: Sedgwick, Yuma, Phillips, Washington, Kit Carson, Logan and Morgan. NREC’s goals are making education and resources from Colorado State University accessible to students and community members, facilitating collaborations for co-creation of solutions to community needs and offering conferencing and meeting space which is well equipped with technology to assist with in-person and virtual meetings. Colorado State University System funds the Engagement Center which is a part of the Office of Engagement and Extension within CSU.
Between 2010 and 2021 NREC gradually lengthened business hours to accommodate both daytime and evening meetings. The early coordinator position, filled by Erin Waitley, transitioned in 2014 to a full-time director position filled by Karen Ramey-Torres. In 2018, NREC added a position, and Peggy Stoltenberg came on board as the Partnership and Program Development Manager.
The Engagement Center facilitated collaborations that resulted in the Sterling Creatives artist cooperative, the Sterling Creative District and Wellfest. The Center also convened stakeholders to assist a developing Mobile Opioid Treatment Unit project that subsequently began delivering services to Northeast Colorado in early 2020.
NREC developed a number of older adult initiatives such as monthly Life Long Learning lectures, a weekly discussion group named Coffee, Tea and We and Aging Mastery, a series of 10 classes available across the northeast region beginning May 18, 2021. NREC has collaborated with Logan County Economic Development to create Rural, Rocking Retirement, a project that is intended to facilitate remote work opportunities for older adults. NREC is currently involved in building a Task Force on Aging in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association. NREC is collaborating with Larimer County Extension to create a Logan County Senior Access Points (LCSAP) website to connect older adults and their families to local resources that help people thrive as they age.
NREC is in the midst of a study to determine the feasibility of CSU offering degree completion in collaboration with NJC and MCC. NREC is coordinating the study, which involves the community colleges and high schools in the region. NREC collaborated with the College of Agriculture dean, Dr. James Pritchett, to plan a series of listening sessions which were designed to inform the College’s programming and to update constituents about the College’s work. NREC facilitated relationships between CSU faculty and high schools to augment academic instruction through the addition of architectural design classes and entrepreneurship mentoring. With NREC’s participation, an intern will document Sterling historic buildings, with innovative 3-D equipment, in the summer of 2021. Another student will document “lost” buildings such as the Sterling Municipal Auditorium. Students will create a website to house the information for public accessibility. A faculty member will work with the Overland Trail Museum to augment visitor displays relative to this project.
In the last 3 years, NREC upgraded technology and remodeled office space to enlarge the conference room and diversify its use. In 2021 CSU Extension restructured to add Elbert and Lincoln Counties to the Northeast Region. Dennis Kaan became the Director for the enlarged 9 county region. He now occupies an office within the Engagement Center along with two other colleagues, Brent Young, Agriculture and Business Management Specialist and Logan Hoffman, Beef Extension Agent.
They specialize in forming and managing collaborations, listening intently to community needs, identifying resources which may contribute to co-created solutions and managing short-term projects. NREC is open full-time beginning March 1, 2021. 302 Main St., Sterling, Co. 970-522-7207 or Karen’s Cell Phone, 970-520-7142. http://engagement.colostate.edu/ https://www.facebook.com/csunortheastregionalengagementcenter
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating CSU Northeast Regional Engagement Center for as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Sterling Recreation Center 3/1/2021
Sterling Recreation Center
Business of the Week
The City of Sterling established a need for a Recreation Center for the youth and adults of Logan County and the surrounding areas by building the Sterling Recreation Center in 1983. The Sterling Recreation Center is owned by the City of Sterling.
The Recreation Center has gone through many stages in its 37 years. From a lounge area upstairs with vending machines, pool tables, and ping pong tables, to moving the work-out area upstairs to create a party room downstairs. The pool surface was redone in 2013, along with the pool deck surface. The Frank Walsh family was gracious enough to fully fund the addition of the outdoor pool in 2006. The owners of the pool have remained the same since inception, but there have been several Directors and Superintendents throughout the years running the building.
The Recreation Center offers a wide variety of things to do. The indoor pool houses lap swimming, water walking, water aerobics, open swimming, a baby pool area, and a deep end that has a diving board. They also run swimming lessons and a summer swim team. Their out- door pool offers a zero entry, with 4 slides, and a separate baby pool. They have a work-out area that offers weight machines and cardio/plyo-metric equipment. They have 4 courts, 1 of which is fully dedicated to children’s play, with the other 3 courts offering Wallyball/Racquetball, Basketball, Pickle ball, Indoor soccer, and more.
The Recreation Center is also home to the Recreation Sports Programs division. This division runs city league sports such as Adult/Youth Basketball, Adult/Youth volleyball, Adult/Youth Softball, dodgeball, kickball, and Sand Volleyball. The Programs division also runs Fishing is Fun Derby, helps with Bike to School days, Halloween 5K, Parks and Rec Month program, and various other programs.
The Recreation Center address is 808 Elm St. with a P.O. Box of 4000. The main phone number for the building is 970-522-7882, and the Rec. Programs phone is 970-522-7883. Check them out at www.sterlingcolo.com, and www.facebook.com/Sterling-Recreation-Center-119020124935197.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Sterling Recreation Center for as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
St. Anthony's Catholic Church 2/22/2021
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Business of the Week
The original Catholic church was named St. John the Baptist. The deed was dated October 1, 1888, and the church was located on Walnut Street, the church was destroyed by a high wind, or twister, in 1896.
The present day Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church became an Independent parish in September of 1908 and the Rev. P.U. Sasse was appointed as pastor by Rev. Nicholas Matz, Bishop of Denver. The Cornerstone was placed on, April 2, 1911. Saint Anthony's remains part of the Archdiocese of Denver.
Sterling became an important center in this area! Many Irish Catholics who had followed the railroads as they were being developed, followed by, Italians who were farmer/ranchers, and as irrigation developed, it brought many German-Russian families to farm and raise sugar beets. Many of these new immigrants were devout Catholics with large families. Therefore, there was strong support for a resident priest for their Church.
A two story, 10 room rectory was built and finished in 1914. A parochial school was opened the second Monday of September 1918 and was closed in May of 2015.
They at Saint Anthony, of course, follow the teachings of the Catholic Church, but they are also, “Partners In Christ!” They strive to live the Gospels, be a beacon to those in need, help those who have fallen, give a hand to those who are hurting, and let the light of Jesus shine through. They believe, that every saint had a past, and every sinner has a future.
All are welcome at Saint Anthony! Come and see the many programs they offer!
They are shepherded by the Very Rev. Michael Bodzloch, Parochial Vicar Herman Nsubaga and, Deacon Ron Michieli. You are welcome to stop by at 326 South 3rd Street, call 970-522-6422 or visit their website www.saintanthonyssterling.org.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating St. Anthony’s Catholic Church as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
River Station 2/15/2021
Business of the Week
Chad Lauer enjoyed coming to Bauer’s Market when he was younger. He thought it would be a great location to open a Convenient Store. On November 19th, 2015 Chad established River Station. They have a memorial outside honoring the Bauer’s and a mural on the wall in back of the store.
River Station provides a Friendly and Clean environment along with great customer service. They offer Hunt Brothers Pizza, Lauer Krauts, a wide variety of cold drinks, fountain drinks and coffee. They also have a great selection of a wide variety of snacks.
River Station Customers are what make their business run. They appreciate them very much and are very thankful for all of them over the years.
Don’t forget to like them on Facebook. Visit their store at 1912 Highway 6 or call 970-622-7611
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating River Station for as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Bank of Colorado Investment Services 2/8/2021
Bank of Colorado Investment Services
Business of the Week
Two stories; one great team! Bank of Colorado had a vision to become a ‘one-stop’ full-service bank. And with the help of Matthew Varney, the Bank of Colorado partnered with Raymond James Financial Services in 2000 to be able to provide customers with a financial services department to offer a wide array of products and services. Both firms have a very conservative (fiscally) mindset. Although Raymond James is publicly traded (NYSE: RJF), and Bank of Colorado is not, it was a very good fit. Bank of Colorado is about helping customers meet their financial goals. They are Family Owned and Community Focused. The communities they are a part of make them who they are. That started back in 1900 and continues earning people’s trust today. In 1978, they became a part of a larger family of local banks started by the Dinsdale family, running their bank much like they ran their farms.
Much like the family presence in the banks’ history, so it is with the Investment team. Matthew Varney, Branch Manager & Financial Advisor, managed the investment division for 17 years before retiring, and now his son Patrick Varney, Branch Manager & Financial Advisor, continues to expand the team in CO. In 2018, they rebranded themselves as Bank of Colorado Investment Services. Today, there are 14 financial advisors serving 33 branches across the state. Strong rapport and open communication between the bank team and the investment services teams is required for the success of the partnership built on a model of local, loyal teamwork.
Sterling is one of the first branches to provided full-fledged financial services. In 2016, Tim Edgar, Financial Advisor, was brought on to represent the financial services team for this area. In 2017, Tim expanded his business when supporting the Holyoke branch on a part time basis as well. In 2018, Sales Assistant, Karen Daniel joined Tim’s team. Although she was not new to Bank of Colorado Investment Services, as she was hired in 2008 to support the Financial Advisor in Brush and now spends time between both the Brush and Sterling branches. Together, this team has grown the client base by 200%, and the assets under management by 400%.
Bank of Colorado Investment Services sheds light in the area of finance through education and goal planning/monitoring. When an entrepreneur, farmer, or rancher experience a business transition; a family dynamic (and size) changes; or an employee scales back from the office, it is time to re-evaluate the financial plans. Tim loves hearing your story and identifying with your goals-both long-term and more immediate. They will customize and implement your financial plan, ensuring it develops with you-regardless of which life stage you find yourself in. Well-established plans need local, ongoing review to accommodate life’s unplanned changes and interruptions. To determine if this would be a benefit to you or your business, please read more at www.raymondjames.com/timedgar.
Bank of Colorado Investment Services – and Tim Edgar - can be reached at: 970-526-9200
Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, and are not insured by bank insurance, not insured by FDIC or any other government agency, not deposits or obligations of the bank, not guaranteed by the bank, subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. Bank of Colorado and Bank of Colorado Investment Services are not registered broker/dealers and are independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Investment Advisory Services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Bank of Colorado Investment Services as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Eastern Colorado Services for the Developmentally Disabled INC. 2/1/2021
Eastern Colorado Services for the Developmentally Disabled INC.
Business of the Week
Eastern Colorado Services for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (ECSDD) started over 40 years ago.
A group of parents determined to have their loved ones receive services outside of an institutional setting fought hard on a state and local level to help receive funding to start services for intellectually and developmentally disabled children and adults in Northeastern Colorado. The mission was and continues to “Enhance the lives of individuals with varying abilities within their community.” These parents, along with community leaders established ECS and, as a result, preschool, residential and day program options to become available in Sterling.
ECS is a private nonprofit agency and serves 10 counties in northeastern Colorado. They are governed by an 11 member Board of Directors that represent these counties. Their Management Team includes Rhonda Roth-Executive Director, Dave Fast-Human Resources Director, Leeah Key-Community Supports Director, Lori Araujo-Case Management Director and Kasha Sheets-Finance Director. The Management Team has combined experience of over 80 years with ECS!
In Sterling, ECS opened several residential facilities, a day program and preschool. They continue to provide services in Sterling through six group homes and staffed apartments. ECS contracts with several Host Home Providers, they provide residential services in their home and are an important part of the individual’s team.
They also offer two day programs that focus on meeting identified goals of each individual. ECS works closely with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, not only supporting their people receiving services, but members of the community, too. Finding employment and receiving support to succeed in long term employment is on the top of their list of many they serve. Their day program and job coach work with community businesses to find the right fit and offer support to each individual to make this happen. They also offer shredding services and lawn care throughout our Sterling community through Logan Industries.
Their Early Intervention Program works with children from birth through age two and their families when there are delays in cognition, motor abilities, sensory losses, social emotional development or self-help skills. Their service coordinators are diligent in assuring children are identified, screened and evaluated, partnering with school districts, the health department, medical professionals and social services. Participating families receive information and training on strategies to maximize their child’s development by accessing a variety of specialty and professional services.
Their case managers are very knowledgeable in all services including the Children’s Habilitation Residential Program, Children’s Extensive Support Waiver and Family Services and Supports that provide services to individuals that meet the requirements of each program.
ECS employs 100 full-time employees, Direct Care Professionals, Case Managers, Early Intervention Service Coordinators and Administrative Staff in Sterling. ECS provides extensive on the job training and excellent benefits to their team members.
If you are interested in hearing more about the services they offer or employment opportunities please contact Rhonda Roth, Executive Director at 970-522-7121. Check them out at www.easterncoloradoservices.org.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Eastern Colorado Services for the Developmentally Disabled INC. as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Northeastern Dental Associates, Lance Swapp 1/25/2021
Northeastern Dental Associates, Lance Swapp
Business of the Week
The original name of the practice was Robert W. Patten, D.D.S. Dr. Swapp has been practicing in Sterling since 2018. He picked up where Dr. Patten left off, so the practice has a history of 46 years. Dr. Swapp took over ownership of the business as of February 2018. In November 2019, Dr. Swapp partnered with a management company to help with the business aspect of the practice. The name changed to Northeastern Dental Associates December 2019.
This business was started to provide quality dentistry with compassionate care to our community. Dr. Swapp believes that these are the qualities people are searching for in a dentist.
In 2019 they were awarded with The Readers Choice award for best dentist in Sterling. In 2020 they were awarded with the runner up award. Northeastern Dental Associates have heavily invested in the latest technology to bring their patients the best care.
Northeastern Dental Associates offer every specialty in the realm of dentistry. From simple fillings and crowns to orthodontics and implants.
Northeastern Dental Associates are located at 112 Delmar Street, Sterling, CO C 80751. Please contact them at (970) 522-5535 or visit their website at www.NEdentala.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Northeastern Dental Associates, Lance Swapp as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
GOAL Academy High School 1/18/2021
GOAL Academy High School
Business of the Week
GOAL High School originally opened in Pueblo, Colorado in 2008. The Sterling location opened in 2014. GOAL has spread throughout the state adding drop in sites in 38 locations. For a complete address list visit goalac.org. GOAL High School is a free public high school here in Colorado.
GOAL fulfills a void in the educational system where disengaged youth can earn their high school diploma, earn some type of workforce certificate (construction, welding, plumbing, etc.,) while going to high school. In addition, students can continue in college or go directly into military service.
GOAL High School provides an opportunity for students to achieve their goals in a caring, supportive, and personalized environment. They serve high school aged students from 14 to 20 years of age. They are an accredited Colorado Department of Education high school that offers an alternative to how students can earn their diploma.
GOAL High School (only one of its kind in the world) is a Microsoft Showcase School. GOAL was listed as top 50 online high schools in the United States (a national honor through study.com).
GOAL High School is local address is 1307 W. Main Street, 80751. For additional information visit their website at www.goalac.org.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating GOAL Academy High School as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Simkins Parlour 1/11/2021
Business of the Week
Simkins Parlour was established September 2016. The owners of Simkins Parlour are Christa Moore, James, Amber and Kevin Douglas.
They wanted to create a unique community meeting place that combined the nostalgia of the past with the comfort of the present; their hope being that Simkins Parlour would be a place of respite for their customers. Whether you are there to use their free Wi-Fi or engage in a traditional board game, Simkins provides a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere.
Simkins Parlour has a delicious salad bar which includes 30 fresh topping, tasty house made sandwiches and soups, and unique cabbage, cheeseburger and specialty pockets. They provide Northeast Colorado’s favorite desserts from ice cream to fresh pastries. They pride themselves in offering scratch made food as often as possible! If you are thirsty, Simkins has lattes, milkshakes, frappes, coffees, teas, fruit smoothies and flavored lemonades.
Simkins Parlour received Reader’s Choice Award for Best Dessert in 2019 and 2020 and Best Customer Service -Runner Up in 2019. In 2020, They received Best Ice Cream Award in Northeast Colorado and were also awarded Best Desserts in Sterling. They love Logan County and appreciate all of Logan County’s support.
Contact them for dine-in, takeout or delivery at 316 Main Street, (970) 522-0896 and like them on facebook.com/simkinsparlour.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Simkins Parlour as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Early Childhood Council 1/4/2021
Early Childhood Council
Business of the Week
In 1997, The Early Childhood Council began as a community collaboration focusing on early childhood issues in our community. ECCLPS was one of 12 original Consolidated Child Care Pilot Programs established by the Colorado General Assembly through Senate Bill 97-174. They were tasked to consolidate funding sources to create a seamless system, ensuring collaboration among private and public stakeholders, responding to the needs of working parents and enhancing childcare quality. In 2007, the Colorado General Assembly approved House Bill 07-1062 (HB1062). This bill renamed the pilot communities to “Early Childhood Councils” and allowed for coverage of all 64 Colorado Counties through an application and funding process. The goal of HB1062 was to build upon the success of the pilot communities by increasing and sustaining quality, accessibility, capacity and affordability of early childhood programs and services for young children 0-5 years and their families. The legislation established a common purpose for Councils to develop and implement a comprehensive system of early childhood services to ensure the school readiness of children in the areas of early care and education, family support, mental health, and health.
In 2007, The Early Childhood Council became an independent 501c3 with a governing board of 10 directors and paid staff members and expanded their service area to include Phillips and Sedgwick Counties. In 2018 ECCLPS was awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral funding for the three counties. In 2019, they received the designation for the Childcare Tax Credit which leverages donor’s donations.
ECCLPS is one of Colorado’s 34 Early Childhood Councils working to improve services to children and families. The Council focuses their efforts on improving availability and quality of services in the areas of family support and education, health and well-being, and learning and development. This work is guided by the Early Childhood Colorado Framework.
Early Childhood champions in Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick Counties are able to utilize the Early Childhood Council to embrace their model of a comprehensive, connected network of resources and services in order to impact positive outcomes for young children and their families. ECCLPS mission empowers them to strive to carry on their system building work. Currently their main area of focus is on Colorado Shine Quality Improvement System, professional development support for their early childhood professionals, and to increase the number of quality child care setting to help meet the child care need in our communities. If you have any questions please contact them at 970-526-2440 and www.ecclps.org.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Early Childhood Council as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Chaney-Reager Funeral Home & Crematory 12/28/2020
Chaney-Reager Funeral Home & Crematory
Business of the Week
Jackson Mortuary was founded in 1900 by A.D. Jackson and T.D. Ritchie. In 1915, Mr. Jackson purchased the controlling interests. In 1930 a new building was erected at their current location of 443 S. 2nd Street by A. D. Jackson. Robert M. Jackson entered the mortuary business with his father in 1935. The funeral home was renamed A. D. Jackson and Son Mortuary. Bob Jackson operated the mortuary from 1946 until 1959.
Richard and Caroline Walters and Russ and Carolyn Chaney purchased the firm. They changed the name to Walters-Chaney Funeral Home. In 1960 the building, chapel and family rooms were remodeled. Russ and Carolyn Chaney purchased the firm from the Walters and became sole owners of the Chaney-Walters Funeral Home in 1971. Russ and Carolyn Chaney formed a partnership with Mike and Susie Reager in 1999. This partnership created a name change to Chaney-Reager Funeral Home & Mortuary. A new addition was built on the funeral home to provide an on-site crematory.
In 2012, Ed Halouska joined the team. In June 2019, Ed and his wife Amalia purchased the business from Mike and Susie. Ed started his service to families in 1994 working at a local funeral home and he graduated from mortuary college in 1999. He is a Colorado state certified Mortuary Science Practitioner, holds an AA of Mortuary Science and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer for the state of Nebraska. In 2020, video and streaming capabilities were installed for families to view the services online. Their firm provides a large selection of onsite caskets, urns, and funeral and cremation products. Chaney-Reager Funeral Home & Crematory’s quality, caring & thoughtful services for the families has not changed, even with the many name changes over the years. If you have any questions, please contact them at (970) 522-2111 or www.chaney-reager.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Chaney-Reager Funeral Home & Crematory as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Sterling Living Center 12/21/2020
Sterling Living Center
Business of the Week
The facility now known as Sterling Living Center actually was established as a nursing facility back in the early 1960s, as Rose Arbor. SAVA Senior Care came in to manage the facility in 1990’s and the name was changed to Sterling Living Center. This business was started to provide long term care to elderly and frail elderly who were unable to take care of themselves at home any longer, and for whom home health care was not appropriate or available.
Sterling Living Center is owned by a partnership called Sterling Operating Company LLC. The owners also have interest in Yuma Life Care Center and Sunset Manor in Brush, Colorado. Currently it is managed by SAVA Senior Care.
Sterling Living Center has evolved into a long term care facility plus a rehabilitation center, that draws people from Greeley, Haxtun, Holyoke, Ft Morgan and even as far away as Loveland and Scotts Bluff, NE. Additionally, with the resources it has available, Sterling Living Center is also a highly desired facility because of the ability to transport residents to and from Dialysis, which other facilities in Sterling do not provide at this time. They accept Medicare, Medicaid and Private Pay and Commercial Insurances payer sources.
Sterling Living Center specializes in compassionate care and assisting in rebuilding independence for the senior population in the most efficient way to bring your loved ones home sooner, and complete their recovery at home, with family and the environment they are most familiar with. If you have any questions please call them at (970) 522-2933.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Sterling Living Center as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Schaefer's Precision Body & Frame 12/14/2020
Schaefer's Precision Body & Frame
Business of the Week
Schaefer's Precision Body & Frame has been located in Sterling since 1993. Owners Mike and Denise Schaefer started this business because there was a need in the community and this opportunity presented itself.
Their business has evolved over time with the continuous implementation of the latest collision industry technology. With these necessary advancements to add on, Schaefer’s was remodeled four times to accommodate this growth. They provide collision repair and paint, paintless dent removal, and glass repair and replacement.
Over time, their son, Damon, and daughter-in-law, Ashley, have become a valuable part of the business operations and management.
Sterling and surrounding areas have always provided continued support. They give great credit to all of you and their dedicated employees for the opportunity to serve in this community. Please stop by 440 E. Chestnut, or call us at (970) 522-3368 (DENT).
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Schaefer's Precision Body & Frame as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Business of the Week
Wal-Mart was founded in 1962 by Sam Walton. Mr. Walton wanted to make sure that customers couldshop and save money to help them live better.
The Sterling Supercenter store opened in March 1986 at the location where Bomgaars currently resides. Walmart moved to their current location 1510 W Main Street. They have had several remodels over the past years. In January 2021, they will begin another remodel to improve the store’s overall appearance.
Walmart offers everything from food to general merchandise items. They also provide a Pharmacy, an Auto Care, Vision and Photo Centers. They are currently specializing in online grocery shopping. Walmart is open for In-store shopping and Curbside pickup. You can reach them at 970-522-0600 and www.walmart.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Walmart as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Christ United Methodist Church 11/30/2020
Christ United Methodist Church
Business of the Week
The Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) was the oldest and largest Methodist denomination in the US from its founding in 1784 until 1939. It was also the first religious denomination in the US to organize themself on a national basis.
In 1876 a sod school house was used by a group from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South for their worship. Everyone brought their own chairs to church. God and the Holy Scriptures call them to gather and worship in community with like minded people. This church teaches biblical doctrine, proclaims a risen Lord and the gospel of Salvation. They gather in thanksgiving and praise to nurture one another in spirit.
By 1884 the Methodist Episcopal Church, South had a parsonage and brick church at the corner of Beach and Second Streets. This building seated 200 with pews and an organ. Six years later a blizzard in 1897 damaged the little brick church and it was declared un-safe. The Methodists moved to having church in the Town Hall. A new church building, which seated 400 people, was erected on the Second and Beech (now Delgado’s). The lot at Fourth and Main was purchased by the Methodists Ladies Aid for $3,000, in 1907.
On April 20, 1913 all the families of the church assembled at the old church on Second and Beech and they marched to their new building on Fourth and Main, where services were held for the first time. Three years later a parsonage was erected just south of the church for $6,000.
In 1939, the MEC reunited with two breakaway Methodist denominations (the Methodist Protestant Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South) to form the Methodist Church. In 1968, the Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church to form the United Methodist Church.
On June 13, 1977, a fire extensively damaged the old sanctuary, built in 1912. After an extensive 3 ½ years the Building Committee led the congregation in completing the current Sanctuary, built on the same site. It was first used for worship on Dec. 7, 1980. They specialize in welcoming and caring for all who come to CUMC.
THEIR MISSION STATEMENT: “We the people of God known as Christ United Methodist Church will be the Heart of Christ in the Heart of Sterling by loving God, loving others, loving ourselves, and making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Christ United Methodist Church as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Terry's Computer Asylum 11/23/2020
Terry's Computer Asylum
Business of the Week
Through the year’s computers have always intrigued Terry and so confident there was not any problem he couldn’t figure out somehow, he started Terry’s Computer Asylum. Nestled in his garage, Terry began building his small computer repair business. Terry and Debbie Dowis opened the first computer store front July 1st, 2000 to fill a need of fair priced computer repair and sales. Terry is the First and only owner. His first location was across from Walgreens where Town Wide reality is now (in the back of the building which was back when Louisburg grain was still where Walgreens is at now).
On, August 1, 2000 Terry took all his customers from his garage business and opened his store front at 101 S. Division Ave. which was across from Lewis Grain at the time. Today this building is still there and is located across from Walgreens. Town Square realty is located there.
In 2003 Terry moved to his current location at 101 Main St., on the corner of Main and Front. Terry has maintained the same phone number of 970.522.6834 for over 23 years throughout numerous moves, switches, and upgrades.
Terry originally started his business as “Terry’s Computer.” Shortly after that he decided to change the name of the business to “Carousel Computer” in tribute to the Dowis family name. Terry’s family has been involved in the carnival business since the turn of the Century. Then one day Terry had his head in his hands and was completely frustrated. His daughter happened to walk by and saw him like this and asked “Dad! What’s the matter?” Terry responded with “This flippin’ computer is driving me CRAZY!” “Well!” His daughter said, “you should call it Terry’s Computer Asylum then!” and from that day forward the name stuck and Terry continued to build his business into what you know today.
Terry over the years has been awarded the Logan County Chamber “Supporter of the year”, and awarded Best computer shop, involved and support many community events including the Sterling Community Flea Market, Sugar Beet days, Flatlanders car shows, trick or treat street, sponsor just about every poker run, NJC Baseball team, and have hundreds of thank you letters for supporting school functions, rodeo queens and much more.
The TCA (Terry’s Computer Asylum) motto is “Your User-Friendly Computer Store!”
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Terry’s Computer Asylum as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza 11/16/2020
Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza
Business of the Week
Papa Murphy’s was founded in 1995 and now has over 1,500 locations. Their Sterling Papa Murphy’s of 13 years proudly on Main Street began in July 2007 under the ownership of Tony & Amanda Whiteside. In March 2017 the store was acquired by Alpha Chadyl1, LLC with administrative offices in Greeley. Their store is ably managed by locals, Briana Dee and her daughter, Chantae.
Papa Murphy’s is known for fresh (not frozen) ingredients, our dough is made daily. They love to customize your pizza with a selection of four different crusts (Original, Thin, Pan and Stuffed) and over 25 toppings. The customer can take it home, and 12-15 minutes later will have a fresh out of the oven pizza.
You can order online, by phone or walk-in, and curbside pick-up is available. You can reach them at (970) 522-4900, 712 West Main St., Sterling and www.papamurphys.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Transwest Chevrolet Buick 11/9/2020
Transwest Chevrolet Buick
Business of the Week
Transwest Chevrolet Buick was established in June 2016. George and Barb Eidsness purchased the location from Ron Korf of Korf Continental. In the fall of 2016, they broke ground on their new state of the art facility and moved into their new store in June of 2017. They specialize in the sales of new Chevrolet and Buicks along with a large selection of used automobiles.
They provide a full service and parts department. For all your large truck needs, they also have a heavy parts department at this location. You can reach them at (970) 522-2700, 1200 W Main St., Sterling and www.transwestchevroletbuick.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Transwest Chevrolet Buick as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Russell Cellular- Verizon Wireless Retailer 11/02/2020
Russell Cellular - Verizon Wireless Retailer
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Established in December of 1993, as a home based business, owner Jeff Russell began as a lone sales representative selling Alltel Wireless from the trunk of his old Dodge Omni. Formerly a turkey farmer, Jeff was intimidated by big business and large towns. His fear of cold calling caused him to develop a strong referral program with the farmers and small business owners that were his first customers. Jeff developed his sales technique and soon hired a few outside sales representatives, all of them selling from the trunks of their cars.
By the end of 1994, a customer base had been established and two retail locations were opened. Kym, Jeff’s wife and partner, began managing the home based office allowing Jeff to focus on sales, marketing and finances. The Corporate Office was moved out of the Russell’s home into a new Springfield, Missouri location, and three new rural offices were added. Russell Cellular was recognized as Alltel’s top selling agent. Additional administration staff were hired, and a sales manager was brought in to focus on the rapidly growing sales force.
Sales continued to soar, and Jeff Russell was awarded the 1998 Small Business Association Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Kansas City District. Russell Cellular continued into 2002 with their first acquisition of a long standing competitor in Springfield, Missouri. Several new locations were added as Russell Cellular expanded into new markets. The Springfield Business Journal named Russell Cellular as the area’s fastest growing company of 2004. 2007 and 2008 were record breaking years in sales as the company continued to grow into new states, including an acquisition of an 18-store company in Ohio.
In 2008, the Alltel Wireless and Verizon Wireless merger was announced. This merger created a daunting task for Russell Cellular: converting over 100 Alltel stores to Verizon stores in a matter of months. At the same time, the company was completing construction on a brand new Corporate Office in Battlefield, Missouri, just a few miles south of Springfield. By December 2009, 16 years after the company was founded, all stores were converted to Verizon and the new headquarters facility was opened in Battlefield. The organization’s success was again recognized with the Springfield Business Journal’s 2010 “Dynamic Dozen” award, as the fastest growing company in Southwest Missouri.
One of Russell Cellular’s greatest challenges has been to respond to the pressures of the wireless industry while maintaining the operation of the company in a way that is true to the foundational core values of the organization. In 2012, the company’s leadership team focused on creating a more positive Customer Experience and Employee Experience, adding a Vision Statement and implementing the three pillars of Employee Experience: Opportunity, Value, and Team.
Russell Cellular celebrated their 20-year anniversary in December 2013. This 20-year milestone was followed by a year of exponential growth and record-breaking sales, including 6 consecutive months of record sales from July 2014 through December 2014. In 2015, the organization continued its pattern of growth into new states and Verizon markets. The fall of 2015 ushered in the acquisition of stores in the northeastern U.S. Stores in New York City, and locations in central Pennsylvania, marked Russell Cellular’s easterly expansion, and its first growth into major metropolitan markets.
2017 began with Russell Cellular’s entrance into Verizon’s “Big 6”, the retailer program for the six largest Verizon Authorized Retailers in the U.S. This recognition provided the company with the opportunity for accelerated growth in new markets, including the organization’s first locations in California. By the first quarter of 2018, Russell Cellular maintained over 400 stores in 30 states. The company’s future includes continued growth of same store sales, as well as new locations that strengthen the company’s nationwide partnership with Verizon. Regardless of the changes the company may experience, Russell Cellular will always strive to maintain its core values and founding principles that helped drive their success for nearly 25 years.
Russell Cellular, Inc. is an exclusive Verizon Authorized Retailer specializing in wireless communication services and is one of the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless Retailers. We specialize in creating the best wireless experience possible. You can stop by at 1309 West Main Street or reach them at (970) 521-0850.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Russell Cellular- Verizon Wireless Retailer as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Legacy CPA & Financial Services, LLC 10/26/2020
Legacy CPA & Financial Services, LLC
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Legacy CPA & Financial Services, LLC is the longest operating CPA firm in the Sterling area. The firm was started in 1934 by Earl Reynolds. Since then, it has gone through several name changes and partner changes, until it became the current firm in 2018. Steve Hill began doing work for Fetzer & Co in January 2017. Steve had come to really enjoy the community and the work they were doing. During the 2018 tax season, Larry Fetzer and Steve agreed to a transition, in which his firm, Legacy CPA & Financial Services, LLC, would take over the firm and allow Larry to begin the retirement process.
They are a full-service accounting firm. They specialize in Business Consulting, Tax Planning & Preparation, and general accounting/bookkeeping services. You can reach them at (970) 522-1015 and email@example.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Legacy CPA & Financial Services, LLC as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Rotary Club of Sterling 10/19/2020
Rotary Club of Sterling
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In 1905, a group of four business men met in Chicago and decided to keep meeting about business concerns and as they did this they went from one business to the next, thus adopting the name Rotary. By 1920, the business men of Sterling decided to start a club with the first President being Dr. Naugle. Today, there are over 35,000 clubs representing 200 countries with 1.2 million members known as Rotarians. Women were allowed into the organization in 1989.
The Sterling club is part of District 5440 which covers Northern Colorado, Western Nebraska, Eastern Idaho and Wyoming. Their club number is 1118 and there are 53 clubs in our District.
The Sterling club is a part of a new and thriving organization providing service to others, promoting integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
Rotary connects the world as a Global network of friends, leaders and problem solvers. These people of action reach their goals through Service Above Self, our Rotary motto!
Over the years, Rotary sees a world where people unite and take action to create lasting changes across the globe, in their communities, and in their selves. They strive to Fight Diseases, Promote Peace, Grow Local Economies, Provide clean water, Save mothers and children, and Support Education.
Starting in 1985, one of our Big Global Projects which is still ongoing, is the Eradication of Polio. And with the CDC and WHO, they only have two countries with the wild virus that affects the nervous system and causes paralysis. Those two countries are Pakistan and Afghanistan. One of their members has participated in three National Immunization Days, India and two in Mexico, and describes it as an "unbelievable experience". ON OCTOBER 24TH, they will be participating in the WORLD POLIO DAY and would like their community to be a part of it!
Locally, they strive to give scholarships, send youth to leadership camps, participate in Local service projects and partner with the Elks in providing dictionaries to third graders.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Rotary Club of Sterling as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Logan County Heritage Center 10/12/2020
Logan County Heritage Center
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” These words by Margaret Mead could easily apply to a small group of Sterling Citizens who helped change our community in the late 1960’s. Many older adults in our community were gathering at what is now the Sterling Foursquare Church to play cards and share in social and recreational time together. From that group the Senior Citizen’s Club was organized and chartered October 6, 1969, with their mission being “To add Life to Years, Not Years to Life”. Over time the group ran out of room and decided that they needed a space of their own. In partnership with the Logan County Recreation Commission they were able to move activities to the Christ United Methodist Church annex three times a week. This organization was the driving force in establishing the Logan County Heritage Center, they petitioned the City of Sterling for a space they could call their own. On August 15, 1975, the Heritage Center opened its doors, at our current location of 821 N. Division Avenue; 255 members attending daily for pool, cards, games, music and dancing. At that time the Heritage Center was operated and financed through City of Sterling Recreation. In November of 1989, in an agreement between the City and the County the Heritage Center’s operations and maintenance became the responsibility of Logan County.
The Logan County Council on Aging which started the 55 Plus Bus and offered in-home services to help keep our older adults safely at home, took care of the daily management of the building. Over time, due to how funding sources were distributed, the Area Agency on Aging absorbed these programs and continues to offer these services to our Logan County citizens. The Council on Aging still calls the Heritage Center its home, and continues to help serve older adults needing assistance and continues to guide the Heritage Center as it grows and expands.
The Area Agency on Aging has a Senior Citizen’s Coordinator office on location to provide information, referrals, and senior health insurance counseling in addition to other in-home services. The Area Agency on Aging also funds and manages the nutrition program, Meet & Eat. Once hosted at the Episcopal Church it has been at the Heritage Center since 1988. The Meet & Eat program provides meals at the center (when not closed due to COVID-19 restrictions) for those who want to share a meal and conversation with their peers, or you can have the meal delivered if you are 60 years of age and older.
In the fall of 2008 Tivity SilverSneakers® exercise program was added to the lineup of the many activities and programs hosted at the Heritage Center. SilverSneakers® Yoga led by certified instructor Kathy Graham is on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. offering Yoga and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10:00 a.m., we offer SilverSneakers® Classic led by certified instructor, Cynthia Mills. Most recently one of our very own exercise patrons, Dorothy Hood was recognized as a finalist for the prestigious SilverSneakers® Swanson Award.
Many of our programs operate with the help of volunteers. We are blessed by many who are willing to share of their time and energy. We are tremendously grateful to our volunteers who have kept our meals going and to those who help our higher-risk adults with grocery shopping/errands during these unprecedented times. The Heritage Center is staffed by a full time coordinator, Cynthia Mills, part time assistant staff members Mary Ann Berg, Jane Mullanix, and Joni Thompson, and our custodian Julie Boren. We enjoy working with our Area Agency on Aging partners Tiffany Cady, Tracy Miracle, Karen Ness and Brenda Nelson. We want to thank those officers and board members serving on the Council on Aging and the Senior Citizen’s Club that have kept that 1969 spirit alive, “To Add Life to Years, Not Years to Life.” Please call the Logan County Heritage Center if you are interested in volunteering with us or if you would like more information at (970) 522-1237 or email us at heritagecenter @kci.net
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating the Logan County Heritage Center as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
First English Lutheran Church 10/5/2020
First English Lutheran Church
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On December 11, 1927, many people attended an organizational meeting. First English Lutheran Church was born that night. First English is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
The decade of the 1920’s the need was seen among Lutherans in Sterling for an English language opportunity to worship our Lord and Savior.
In the years since that first night they have worshiped the Lord in a variety of places. Some of them were: Sterling Junior High School (formerly Sexson School), in the basement of Trinity Lutheran School, their first church building was located at 210 N. Division St. (dedicated in 1937), at The Fox Theater (while their present building was being constructed) and their present facility at 701 Fairhurst Street, dedicated in 1954, and their education building dedicated in 1965.
They believe that the Bible is God's Word. Their Lutheran emphasis is that they all have made mistakes and sin. They are saved by God's grace alone, by faith in Jesus alone. They are a Family!
First English like every other Church in Sterling found themselves in very interesting times due to the Covid19 pandemic. They worked tirelessly and remained open for worship on every Sunday! They did not miss one Sunday! First English went to many multiple tiny services each Sunday in order to go above and beyond the Public Health Orders to ensure that anyone who wanted to attend in person Worship Service would be able to attend. A member has dedicated herself to making masks for the members so that they could wear them in Worship and out in the community as needed. Communion is now being offered every Sunday in order that members who have the desire can attend every week, and those who have needed to miss worship services do not now have to wait for it to be offered just a few times a month. Higher cleaning measures, physical distance, and many different volunteers have made everything possible. First English feels truly blessed!
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating First English Lutheran Church as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
PFS Insurance Group 9/28/2020
PFS Insurance Group
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PFS Insurance began in 2001 in Johnstown Colorado. The Sterling office was started in 2010 by Travis McConnell. PFS now consists of 4 branches in Sterling, Yuma, Johnstown and Greenwood Village.
Majority owner of PFS are Pinnacle Bancorp (same company that owns Bank of Colorado and Pinnacle Banks).
Travis McConnell started the Sterling branch in 2010 on his own. Kelly Baxter joined the company in 2011 as his account manager. Lisa Hoffman joined in 2013 as a second account manager. From then until present Sterling branch has grown to a total of 6 employees.
Travis McConnell, Kelly Baxter, Lisa Hoffman, Lacey Sexton, Andrew Fritzler and Hilary Leisure.
In 2010 PFS was located at 201 S 3rd Street inside the Bank of Colorado. In 2012 when the Bank of Colorado moved to their current location PFS moved with them. PFS was in the bank until their recent move in 2019 when they purchased the old bank location and remodeled the building back at 201 S 3rd Street. Remodel work to the exterior of the building is still being done and landscaping and remodel work hopefully be done by 2021.
PFS specializes in all types of insurance including home, auto, business, farm & ranch, crop and benefits. With a staff of around 65 employees across the 4 branches, PFS has account managers and agents that specialize in all aspects of the insurance industry. PFS still believes in deep customer service and will always have a real person answering the phone, along with a dedicated account manager and agent to every client that can be reached that will know your information. The client does not just go to a phone bank for customer service representatives. You can reach them at (970) 522-8888 and mypfsinsurance.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating PFS Insurance Group as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
First FarmBank 9/21/2020
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First FarmBank was founded in 2007 and expanded into Logan County by opening our Sterling Branch in 2013. Starting in a temporary office space, they broke ground on their current (permanent) facility soon thereafter. First FarmBank is deeply devoted to this community and they were excited to build in Sterling. As a community bank, it’s important to them to support those who live in the areas they serve. They were proud to use local contractors for this project. Our new branch building officially opened on July 18, 2016.
The idea of First FarmBank began with the desire to offer superior banking products and services - specifically in the areas where many people have felt underserved. As their founders were all involved in agriculture, First FarmBank was built upon the ideas and promises that their founders had for or their great farmers and ranchers: they work to create the right conditions for their customers to grow and manage their finances. It’s important to know that they are a full-service community bank that is proud to serve all types of customers - not just those involved in agriculture.
They opened their first branch in Greeley in 2007 and since have grown to five branch locations in Colorado and Kansas. While many organizations tend to focus on the I-25 corridor and more populated areas, First FarmBank subscribes to a different approach. They focus on the communities East of I-25, proudly serving the great rural communities in their area.
They have invested a significant amount of resources in technology and remote banking options. In the past 18 months, they have implemented more than 10 services or service enhancements including online account opening, debit card rewards, and Zelle. Here are some of their favorite new services:
- Allpoint Surcharge-Free ATM Network: First FarmBank debit cardholders have access to 55,000 ATMs worldwide for FREE!
- Card Defender app: easily turn their debit card on/off from their phone. They can also implement merchant and other location controls so they can determine when, where and how their debit card can be used -uChoose Rewards: earn rewards points on every purchase made with their First FarmBank VISA Debit Card. Redeem for cash, merchandise or experiences. (Www.firstfarmbank.com/uchooserewards.aspx for full details)
Their Sterling branch is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (drive thru) and their lobby 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lobby) Monday through Friday. Their drive thru is also available from 8:30-noon on Saturdays. They offer a drive-thru ATM and night depository for after-hours deposits. They are conveniently located on West Main Street and have a friendly and knowledgeable staff that would love to assist you with your banking needs
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating First FarmBank as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Logan County Arts League 9/14/2020
Logan County Arts League
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In 2018 LOCAL - The Logan County Arts League worked with the Sterling Arts Council, established in 1971, to merge and complete a rebranding effort. Soon after Sterling Creative District was formed under the LOCAL umbrella and gained state certification December 2019.
LOCAL is managed by a board of directors made up of seven members with President Linda Merkl, Treasurer - Loretta Davidson and Secretary - Denise Gaynor. The Office of Economic Development, CSU Engagement Office, Logan County Arts Council, Logan County Chamber of Commerce and a wide range of artists, municipal government officials and community members gathered together in an effort to create LOCAL and the Creative District.
LOCAL was formed to fill a need in the community to expand on our amazing public art and cultural events and to support Logan County Artists and creative organizations. LOCAL has been a 501C3 umbrella organization for the creation of both Sterling Creative District and the upcoming High Plains Film Festival 2021. The thirteen-year tradition of July Jamz has been joined by Art in the Square, and Artstober to name a few new annual community events.
LOCAL meets monthly at The Annex a co-workspace managed by the Office of Economic Development and located in the old jail owned by Logan County. Use of the space was given in exchange for murals throughout the building by previous President and founding member Cindy Moore. LOCAL has hosted three Colorado Art Educators Art Shows with the Chamber of Commerce. Art in the Square, an arts festival centering around chalk art with a Art Department chalk competition and cash donations to support them, live music, vendors and food. July Jamz, a concert series every Friday in July in historic downtown Sterling on the Logan County courthouse lawn with beer garden and food trucks. LOCAL Jamz a pre-July Jamz event featuring local musicians. Artstober a collaboration with local businesses to promote and display all the Autumn festivities and fall inspired food and beverage Sterling has to offer. 2019 featured a Bike Fest and Art Bike Parade with the City of Sterling to show off their new river access. Partnering with the Chamber on Corn Maze Mania, a fun opportunity for organizations to compete to win money to the non-profit of their choice. Supporting advertising for Sterling Creatives Artist Co-Op’s weekly classes and demonstrations as well as the Miracle Players Haunted house among other activities. A fall Artstober concert with two local bands, Stahley’s Pumpkins and beer garden by Parts and Labor Brewing Company. Hosting the Chamber’s Business After Hours at The Annex and finishing up with the Zombie Crawl. The Zombie Crawl included music provided by KPMX, Miracle Players Thriller performance, Popcorn and drinks at Clarence’s Corner by the Girl Scouts, zombie makeup by Northeastern Junior College, a scavenger hunt to walkable Creative District businesses and costume competitions with prizes donated by participating locations. Artstober -November 2nd 2020 will feature two 8 foot tall nichos decorated by community members in celebration of Día de los Muertos provided by the Denver Botanic Gardens among other fun activities. LOCAL has been working on attaining grants for art programming for the community. They recently applied for an Arts in Society Grant with Centennial Mental Health LLC. to provide therapists and artists to demonstrate and teach lifelong creative coping skills virtually and in group settings. In an effort to bring more public art and beautification to Chestnut St. while encouraging community involvement through artist talks and community nights, LOCAL has partnered with the City of Sterling, Logan County and the Citizens Advisory Board to attain matching funds for the Our Town NFA Grant and support for this project out of designated art and beautification funds. LOCAL is an organization made up of community members passionate about the arts and our town. They plan to continue striving to bring more art and programming to Logan County as well as supporting our artists and creative business.
LOCAL is an organization made up of people passionate about the arts and our community. They plan to continue striving to bring more public art and programming to Logan County as well as supporting our artists and creative business.
If you have an interest in getting involved as a board member or just to help out please contact Program Manager Mandy Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 571-7179
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Logan County Arts League as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Sterling Public Library 8/31/2020
Sterling Public Library
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Sterling Public Library opened on April 12, 1918 with much help from the Zeta Zeta Club. Money was raised from the community and with a generous gift provided by Andrew Carnegie Sterling was able to have a public library. The first librarian was Katherine Marvin.
Sterling Public Library is a part of the City of Sterling. The library is funded through the City’s general fund.
Sterling Public Library was started to provide reading materials to the community.
In 1953 the public library and Logan County Library were combined. The library remained in the Carnegie Building on the corner of South 4th St. and Ash until moving to the current location of 420 N. 5th St. The current building was dedicated on Aug. 1, 1976. On April 1, 2010 ground was broke for a new addition of 5478 sq. ft. The addition and complete renovation of Sterling Public Library was completed in February 2011.
Sterling Public Library is no longer just a place to borrow books. The library offers various forms of technology. Sterling Public Library provides downloadable books, audios and magazines for all ages through Overdrive. Computers are available for use by all. Wireless printing is also available. There are special devices such as Playaway Views and Launch Pads available for children.
Under normal circumstances the library offers a wide range of programs. One of our most popular programs is Story Time. Denise Ladd and Connie Chambers have a great time introducing early literacy to children. Erica Kallsen provides programming for teens. Some of these programs have involved cooking, art, movies and much more. We also provide informational programs such as medical or financial information and entertaining programs such as our annual teas for adults.
Each year during the summer the library provides a Summer Reading Program. It has been found through numerous studies that reading for pleasure during the summer helps kids maintain skills for the next year. During the summer the program provides incentives for reading and most summers many educational and entertaining programs are offered as a part of the program.
Sterling Public Library also provides several annual programs. Santa City is provided with the Recreation Division for kids of all ages. Kids are able to have their picture taken with Santa, complete a craft, enter a coloring contest, draw for a prize, watch Christmas movies and enjoy refreshments. The Library also holds the Parade of Trees each year. Community members help decorate trees and an Open House is held where all the lights are turned down to enjoy the sparkle of the trees. Live music and refreshments are provided throughout the evening.
The library is involved with a Growing Readers Together grant. Through the grant the library is working to reach informal and unlicensed care providers who care for children under age 6. Denise Ladd provides information and resources about early literacy and how you can help children in your care learn and grow. Through the grant the library will also have wonderful educational materials in the library for children to enjoy as soon as conditions allow.
The library continually purchases new books for all ages. However, we cannot possibly purchase everything. For those items we do not have and you wish to use, the library provides Interlibrary Loan. Dorothy Schreyer processes ILL requests to help you obtain what you need.
Vickie Wettstein, Tish Ramos and Megan Riveria-Howard are also available to help you in the library. This group provides great support in making the programs happen. The Sterling Public Library staff are all here to serve you. Library staff has 142 years of service and experience serving you.
The library holds an annual Quilt Show in March. Quilters and those who own quilts graciously display their pieces to share with the community.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Sterling Public Library as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Viaero Wireless 8/24/2020
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Viaero Wireless located at 516 W. Main Street, was founded in 1991 by Frank DiRico, with a mission of providing underserved rural communities with the same technological advantages enjoyed by urban America. As someone who has always loved the rural lifestyle, Frank’s belief in the value of personal, local customer service has permeated the entire culture of Viaero Wireless. This value is one of the foundations of how Viaero’s network of stores in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming operate. Delivering personalized service also shapes the operations of the company’s team of customer service, sales, and corporate employees.
The company started with one store in Ft. Morgan and expanded its retail presence with the Sterling store in 1995. Since its inception, the store’s staff has been actively engaged in the Sterling community. Not only has the company provided free Wi-Fi to the fairgrounds, but events like toy drives, car wash fundraisers for local schools, school supply drives, and Trick or Treat Street have given back to Sterling’s residents.
Today, Viaero Wireless has a network of 42 stores. The company’s newest store in Sterling was built in 2018, and then received an updated look along with all of their other stores in 2019. Viaero specializes in keeping customers connected to their families, friends, work, and communities at home, nationwide, and around the globe.
One of Viaero’s priorities is providing the latest in cellular technology, including top phone brands such as Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy and Note product lines. Another priority is offering family and budget-friendly plans. The unlimited, shared, and prepaid options are some of the most affordable available.
Finding new ways to create value and improve network coverage and capacity are helping to drive the company’s future. The company recently introduced its Student Unlimited with a smartphone included, as well as a Family Advantage plan with unlimited cellular service and smartphones for a family of four. Viaero’s ConnectED program is yet another recent development, designed to help K-12 schools deliver remote learning.
Viaero Wireless also provides residential and commercial high-speed internet services to keep customers connected to school, work, and family. The company’s associates are friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to help with phone issues, even if someone is not yet a part of the Viaero family. Viaero strives to offer the best service and coverage at the lowest prices.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Viaero as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
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Leta Propst and Dorothy Duncan started the business on June 10, 1987; It was a special centennial celebration for Sterling and they wanted to be open for that day. Now the business is owned by Leta and her daughter, Shauna Houser.
A need for a quilt and fabric shop and their love for sewing and their mom’s love for quilting got this business started.
They had a very unique beginning. In 1987, the talk of a quilt store began with Leta and her mom, Dorothy. At the time Dorothy and her husband, Everett were running Teen Acres, a group home for teenage girls and they were also partners of the Bible Lighthouse. Leta worked as a secretary at the facility. They decided to start buying bolts of fabric which led to having a sales rep come and show some fabric. On their way to Sterling, this sales rep talked about their own quilt shop in Loveland. They were both salesmen and wanted to travel together. So on Thursday, of the same week, they went to look at their quilt shop. Plans were finalized by the end of day and on Saturday they took a truck, pickups and a trailer and loaded up the quilt shop. At this point they had only looked at a few buildings for their shop. Now they had store inventory and no building. The next week they settled on a building at 201 Ash St. It was a great location but needed a lot of work. Their family has never been afraid of work, so they started to work long hard hours because there was a deadline to meet. Sterling was having a centennial celebration and they wanted to be open. Ten days after they purchased the quilt shop they were open for business. Shortly after opening they became a Bernina dealer and from there they just kept growing and changing. They added custom sewing, custom quilting, and classes. Through the years, the store has employed several people including grandkids and gives them a beginning job in the retail world. Their next adventure started when the Bible Lighthouse closed and the building was available. They moved their store May 31, 2014 to the current location of 125 N 2nd St. It gave them a chance to have the retail part of the store all in front and more room. Shauna and Leta continue to do custom sewing, custom quilting and embroidery.
They say God has truly blessed them over the last 33 years. He has brought them through tough months. They are truly blessed to have their local customer base and the loyalty of their out of town customers and would like to say Thank You to each and every one of them!
They have fabric and sewing supplies. They are a Bernina sewing machine dealer and Jim’s Formalwear dealer. They carry Bibles and a few devotional books and boxed greeting cards. They have a full class schedule for kids each summer and classes for adults throughout fall and winter. Their Sew Creative Club is for sewing enthusiasts and they meet once a month on the 3rd Thursday at 9:30 am or 5:30 pm. Different techniques and projects are learned each month. Also Imagination Club meets once a month on the 1st Saturday. Their “block of the month” usually starts in February or March and will last for a year, meeting once a month to have a lecture/demo class to work on a quilt. Please contact them at (970) 522-0146 or 125 N 2nd St, Sterling, CO 80751.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Quilts-N-Creations as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
High Plains Spice Company 8/10/2020
High Plains Spice Company
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High Plains Spice Company 312 Main St, Sterling, CO 80751 was started 2013 by B.J. and Lacey New.
B.J. and Lacey have always had a great passion for food, both for cooking and for eating, so the idea of something in the culinary realm just came naturally. Recognizing a trend in the food industry that included more spices and flavors in home cooking, and being adventurous eaters themselves, the couple decided to try their hand at creating seasoning blends. After creating their first blends at their kitchen table and testing packaging and products on family and friends, B.J. and Lacey began attending craft fairs and offering products online. After a very positive reception, they concluded that a retail location would lend legitimacy and increased productivity to the business. High Plains Spice Company opened on October 25th of 2013 at 312 Main St. in Sterling, CO.
In the spring of 2014, HPSC was awarded a grant from the El Pomar Foundation after winning the top prize in Northeastern Junior College’s Business to College business plan competition. The grant allowed the company to expand current product lines and streamline many production processes.
In the following years, many more products, including olive oils and balsamic vinegars, BBQ and soy sauces, hot sauces, pickled olives, cocoa mixes, and many more spices and seasoning blends have been added to the shop’s core offerings of spices, blends, coffee and tea. Additionally, HPSC partners with local producers to include products like pickles, Bloody Mary mix, and local honey, as well as handmade cutting boards, cheese slicers, spice racks, and custom kitchen utensils.
HPSC further increased their product offerings fall of 2015 by opening High Plains Winery (HPW) inside High Plains Spice Company. As a Limited Winery, HPW can make up to 100,000 gallons of wine, as well as carry wines produced in the state of Colorado. We currently offer 19 different varieties of wine from five Colorado wineries/vineyards and are in the process of creating small batch wines that will be available as a limited release under the High Plains Winery label.
At present, HPSC has seen great growth in online sales and is taking steps to continue to expand this area of the business. In addition, they continue to add new products and create new seasoning blends. They are currently working on a new product line they hope to have ready for the 2020 Holiday Season. No spoilers but it’s going to be delicious!
HPSC creates and packages a large number of food products as well as unique kitchen utensils.
To support local 4-H and FFA members, they are offering 15% off any gift box purchased as a buyer’s gift, now through September 15th Please contact us at (866) 570-1425 or highplainsspicecompany.com.
Please join the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating High Plains Spice Company as this week’s Business of the Week and tying our Community together!
Waste Management 6/15/2020
Waste Management of Colorado
Waste Management of Colorado has been serving local communities for 57 years. They have 14 team members based at our Sterling hauling site, including professional drivers, technicians, and operations staff. Their team is committed to delivering the safest, most reliable service to our neighbors.
Waste Management is a publicly held company with national and local shareholders (including their employees).
Their sanitation roots extend back to the late 1800s, when the grandfather of one of their founders started collecting trash in a small wagon. Their founders wanted to serve their community by properly managing the waste produced by a rapidly growing population consuming more and more products built for convenience.
In the early 1980s, Waste Management became one of the first truly integrated waste companies, not only collecting waste but responsibly managing the landfills it ends up in. And they were also one of the first to recognize the burgeoning recycling movement, building robust collection, materials recovery and materials marketing infrastructures to ensure that more of our waste finds a second life.
They remain committed to building a more sustainable future. They recently invested in cleaner-burning CNG (compressed natural gas) trucks and fueling infrastructure in Northern Colorado. These trucks emit nearly-zero emissions. They run quieter and cleaner in the communities we serve.
Waste Management offers trash collection services to residential and commercial customers. Cardboard recycling for businesses is also available. They provide temporary roll-off containers and portable toilet services for construction projects and events. In Logan County, they provide septic service.
For residents interested in recycling, WM has recycling bins at 18211 Iris Drive in Sterling, to use free of charge. Residents can bring clean items to drop off for recycling, including flattened cardboard; clean paper (office, newspaper, brown bags), empty plastic bottles & jugs; empty glass bottles & jars; and empty aluminum, steel & tin food and beverage cans.
They would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support shown to their team during the current health crisis. Your heartfelt encouragement as they continue to deliver their essential service is greatly appreciated.
Waste Management is located at 18211 Iris Drive or you can call 970-522-2248.
Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Waste Management of Colorado as this week’s business of the week and tying our community together!
Simon (formally McAtee Construction Co. in Sterling, CO) was founded in 1954 by James E. Simon. He was a man who like to play with big toys – the messier the job, the better. The company’s early projects started with minor building, concrete and pipeline construction, and eventually, asphalt work.
To better accommodate increasing asphalt projects, Simon opened as Asphalt plant in North Platte, NE in the late 60’s. This enabled the company to make asphalt a predominate part of Simon’s business.
In the early 80’s James Simon purchased his first Concrete Ready Mix Plant in Cheyenne, WY. This facility empowered Simon to create concrete mixtures offsite and deliver in bulk to construction sites. This also is where Simon Corporate offices are now located.
By the 2000s, Simon had completed projects in most states west of the Mississippi River, operating as part of Colas North America. Simon operates locations in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota. In 2000, Simon acquired plants in Ogallala, NE and Sidney, NE. In 2004 Simon purchased Sterling Ready Mix and McAtee Construction Company in Sterling, CO. In 2008, Simon acquired plants in Scottsbluff, NE and Fort Morgan, CO.
Simon offers the following products and services:
· Materials: Asphalt, Emulsion, Aggregates, and Ready-Mix Concrete
· Construction: Asphalt Paving
Simon is a vertically-integrated company. Vertical Integration means that we produce many of our own raw materials used in construction projects. Examples of vertical integration include production of aggregate materials, ready-mix concrete, and asphalt products.
Here in Sterling the Simon facility is run by the following:
· Jeff Harms – Construction Manager
· Victor Anido – Concrete/Asphalt Manager
· Mike Weingardt – General Superintendent
· Pam Claymon – Contract Administrator
· Jeromy Smith – Project Engineer
· John Ellis – Paving Superintendent
· Jim Wheelock – Plant Supervisor
· Josh Park – Concrete Foreman
All total the Sterling location employees 34 employees, from equipment operators, labors, CDL Aggregate Drivers, Ready Mix Drivers, and shop mechanics.
Come check them out they are located @ 220 Edwards Avenue or call them at 970-522-3647.
Journal-Advocate 5/18 /2020
The Journal-Advocate’s roots go back as far as 1885, but has carried its current name since 1954, from the merger of the Sterling Advocate, established in 1910, and the High Plains Daily Journal, established in 1952. The newspaper was published in the afternoons until 2014, when it made the switch to morning delivery, and continues to publish six days a week (Monday-Saturday). In addition to the print edition, subscribers can also access a digital replica of the J-A through the website, www.journal-advocate.com, or via its e-edition app.
Over the decades, the daily newspaper has seen many changes. It is now owned by Prairie Mountain Media, a subsidiary of MediaNews Group, which owns more than 15 daily and weekly newspapers in Colorado. In 2016, the Journal-Advocate acquired the local weekly paper, the South Platte Sentinel, from owners Delinda Korrey and Ken McDowell. The J-A continues to publish the Sentinel weekly.
Brian Porter took the reins as publisher in June 2019; he also serves as publisher for Journal-Advocate sister papers The Fort Morgan Times and the Brush News-Tribune. Porter leads a staff of eight.
Editor Sara Waite has been with the paper since 2008. Assistant Editor Callie Jones joined the staff in 2007. Jeff Rice, who previously served as an editor of the J-A, returned to the paper as a reporter in 2016. The newest addition to the editorial staff is sports reporter Hart Pisani, who came on board in February.
In the advertising department, Kim Francis and Steve Buxton have been helping local businesses reach their customers since 2016 and 2017, respectively. Samantha Fagan came on board as circulation manager in 2019.
The newspaper office moved from its long-time location on N. Third Street to a new home in the Broadway Shopping Center last summer. While the office is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be reached at 970-522-1990.
The Journal-Advocate is proud of its long history of serving as the daily source for local news and sports in Sterling and Logan County, and looks forward to continuing that tradition for years to come.
Aero Applicators 3/23/2020
Darrel Mertens bought Benson Aviation Inc from Russ Benson in the spring of 1984. At that time the business consisted of one hanger, two outbuildings and the runway as real property. In 1984 there were four spray planes, two field pickups and two delivery trucks that were used to run the business along with two full time and two part time employees. In the 1980’s aerial application of crop protection products was quite simple from the amount of products, regulations and overall work schedules. The inventory consisted of only thirteen products vs over one hundred that is on our product list today. Aerial Applicators had to comply with far less regulation and regulatory agencies from the FAA and EPA to name a couple. The work schedule was also greatly reduced with a typical work year in the 1980’s that would span only eight months compared to a 12-month schedule today. In 1988 Darrel changed the name to Aero Applicators Inc. To date we employ eight full time and four part time employees. We currently have five agricultural aircraft, three general aviation aircraft, numerous amounts of support equipment and have added several hangers and storage buildings to support our services. In 1990 Darrel added a ground spraying unit that has since been sold to Aero Applicators agronomy manager Wes Pollart who manages the day to day work of the ground application services. In 1994 Darrel and Aero Applicators became the dealer and area manager for AgroLiquid Fertilizer. In 2014 Patrick Mertens started promoting Aero SEAT Inc which was incorporated as a subsidiary of Aero Applicators. Aero SEAT heads up the government contracting side of the business that deals mainly in Aerial Fire Suppression.
Currently Aero Applicators services include ground and aerial custom application of crop protection products, AgroLiquid fertilizer, crop protection product sales, and seed sales. To the general public Aero SEAT offers aerial charter services, flight lessons as well as several services for government entities.
Please help us in congratulating Aero Applicators as the Logan County Chamber Business of the Week.
*This Business of the Week Photo was taken before the Stay at Home Order was in place. Business of the Week will be suspended until the Stay at Home Order is lifted.
Broadway Wine & Spirits 3/16/2020
Broadway Wine & Spirits was started in 2015 by Clayton Unrein and Drew Schlup. They started out as two guys working together at a dead-end job that simply wanted more for themselves and their futures. They had toyed with several different ideas on what they could do in hopes of finding something they both felt comfortable taking on. Then, one beautiful Sunday, as they were grilling and having a few beers a conversation was sparked over the variety and availability of alcohol in Northeast Colorado. It was then that they took an interest in libations and providing Northeast Colorado with something they hadn’t seen before. They started with the idea of extending hours to midnight everyday and opening on Sundays which at the time, no one else was doing. Then, they knew they wanted to do a Colorado room dedicated to those companies in Colorado trying to get their name out there. It was preceded by the idea of building their shelves around the customer base and offering a beer cave allowing them to open their coolers to more placement for microbrews. From there, Clayton and Drew began their journey into the liquor industry and the rest is history.
Broadway Wine & Spirits struggled their first few years like most businesses do but they just hit their 5th anniversary in February! Since they started their business, they have been able to expand their services such as their catering business and their newest venture the delivery business. This year they were also finally able to purchase, a large neon sign which they are hoping to have up by the end of April cumulating their place as a mainstay business in Sterling!
Broadway Wine & Spirits also pour large amounts of their profits back into the community by sponsoring numerous events and donating to charitable community programs. They also sponsor all sorts of individuals with a need for help and a dream of their own in all categories of life, such as mixed martial arts, racing events, derby’s, consumer goods, etc. and they take a lot of pride in this aspect of their business.
Broadway Wine & Spirits runs their shop like family and family will always come first. They aren’t in the business to make money; they are in it to provide themselves and their employees with better opportunities to take care of their families.
Best Western Sundowner 3/9/2020
In 1999 TWC Management purchased property that was built in the 1970’s and began operating the Best Western Sundowner. The property was originally built with 28 rooms, and in the early 2000’s the company expanded the hotel adding 30 additional rooms. TWC Management wanted to invest in smaller communities in eastern Colorado and this was a great opportunity to move into the Colorado market.
In 2019 they celebrated their 20-year anniversary of owning the property. In addition to adding 30 rooms in the early 2000’s, they were renovated after the flood in 2013.
They have consistently earned Chairman Awards from Best Western Hotel Group by earning some of the highest quality assurance scores in their brand.
Their hotel is great for all types of guests! The property features a one-acre park, indoor and outdoor pools, TV lounge, and enhanced breakfast. Plus, they offer various styles of rooms, including King Conference, Hot Tub and Family rooms that sleep up to six guests.
Pam Werner Edward Jones 3/2/2020
In January 2000 the Edward Jones Branch office of Pam Werner opened at 1319 West Main Street, Sterling. While working as a Registered Dietitian Pam began investing with her dear friend & Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Tom Ritzdorf. It was during this time she discovered her keen interest in personal finance. Pam left her job in health care in 1999, being recruited by Tom. Pam says, “I had always been a goal setter for myself and others. My biggest desire was to help people change their lives for the better and to make a difference. So in 1999 I thoroughly researched the opportunities and was fortunate enough to be trained and hired by a company that always puts the client first, Edward Jones.” Pam Werner started as an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in 2000. Connie Schott, Senior Branch Office Administrator joined her in April 2000 and Amanda Steele, Senior Branch Office Administrator has been with the branch since January 2013.
Beginning as a Financial Advisor in January 2000, Pam became a limited partner with the firm in 2003. The Werner branch office ranks in the top 3% of the Firm. Out of the Firm’s more than 18,500 advisors Pam’s branch has been ranked in the top 400, qualifying Pam for the Edward Jones Managing Partner’s Conference the last three years. At this prestigious conference top advisors gather for three days to discuss best practices and how to improve service to clients. Every year since 2014 Pam has also been invited & attended the Barron’s Top 100 Women’s Advisor Summit. And in 2015 Pam was nominated by her peers to receive the Edward Jones Spirit of Caring Award which recognizes financial advisors who exemplify the values, spirit and culture of giving back.
Their team’s goal for every family they work with is to gather and organize their wealth, help them grow and protect it and assist them with transferring it to the ones they love and cherish the most. They use an established process where they meet face to face with their clients and their families and work to build personalized strategies to help them achieve their goals and partner with them throughout their lives to keep them on track to reach their goals. Their focus areas include: Retirement Income & Savings Strategies; Estate and Legacy Planning; Insurance and Annuities; Charitable Giving and Education Savings.
Their entire branch team; Pam, Connie and Amanda are committed to this community and the wonderful hard working people that live here. Volunteering and giving back are important to them and they are involved in the following community organizations: The Alzheimer’s Association; American Cancer Society Relay for Life; each of their churches; Logan County Economic Development; Rotary; Sterling Community Fund and Sterling Regional MedCenter board of trustees. Pam has held numerous leadership roles over the years. Currently Connie holds a Regional leadership role as Culture of Compliance BOA and Amanda is the Region Events Coordinator.
TBK Bank 2/24/2020
TBK Bank’s mission is more than money because they believe in helping the people and businesses in the community succeed. It’s communities like Sterling, CO that inspire them to step outside the bank walls and help their neighbors where they can. What started from humble beginnings has grown into a bank with small-town values and the resources to make a difference. TBK Stands for rolling up their sleeves on behalf of their customers because that’s what they deserve. They treat every customer like their friends and neighbors for one simple reason, because that’s exactly who they are. So, when it’s time to go the extra mile, they don’t hesitate. Stop in today to see their Sterling team pictured above: Joe Brewer, Bernadette Padilla, Miranda Whited, Patty Vandenbark, and Caron Champ
TBK Bank is a full service community bank offering personal, business and commercial banking products as well as 24/7 access to your money with the TBK Bank Mobile App. With team members ready to answer your everyday questions, to the latest technology that makes banking more convenient, TBK Bank is helping the people and businesses in our communities succeed. They are committed to Colorado with 37 branch locations, 3 loan production offices, over 350 team members that volunteered over 1,500 hours in 2019 to help our Colorado communities.
Please help us in congratulating TBK as the Logan County Chamber’s Business of the Week!
Lorenzo Apothecary 2/17/2020
David Lorenzo started Lorenzo Apothecary in October 2017. David wanted to provide a pharmacy that was there for the customer. He wanted to provide service to the customer without hassle and service that was friendly and without a long wait. He also wanted to provide other options for customers than what is currently available such as bioidentical hormonal compounds. David enjoys being able to greet the customers as they enter the store and offering the best service possible and he wants to provide customers with the best possible price in town.
David was born and raised in Sterling. He became a registered pharmacist in 1994. He is proud to have had this opportunity to have the vision, design and open this pharmacy and to be the first accredited UCAP / NABP compounding pharmacy in northeast Colorado. Their pharmacy is set apart from the other local pharmacies because of their USP800, PCCA-accredited compounding labs. They are the only compounding pharmacy in the northeast Colorado area that offer nonsterile hazardous and nonsterile compounds.
Lorenzo Apothecary doesn’t only focus on the usual over-the-counter medicinal items, they also offer:
- Jelly Belly jelly beans. They offer over 20 varieties of jelly beans that you can purchase in bulk, in single flavors or mix.
- Chukar Cherries from Washington state that includes nuts and cherries, salsa, pie filling, and desert sauces.
- Jelly Cat stuffed animals that are plush and huggable.
- L’Occitane creams and lotions from France.
- Paddy Wax soy candles that have unique scents.
- Locally handmade goat soaps.
- Functional Remedies CBD tinctures, capsules, and salves. They are also able to make gummies and dog biscuits with the CBD oil.
- Medi compression stockings and garments that are measured to order.
- Plantar fasciitis stockings.
- Wish Garden herbal supplements.
- Doterra essential oils.
- Hormonal kits
- Free delivery of in-town prescriptions and only $1 for out-of-town deliveries to Fleming, Haxtun, Holyoke, Yuma, Otis, and Akron.
Their staff is friendly and eager to help in any way they can. If there is an item that is not currently available, they can usually get it by the next day. Even if there are items they do not usually carry, they will be happy to order it for the customer.
It has truly been exciting to see how much their store has grown just in the two-plus years that they have been open. They have been able to add another pharmacist and support staff because of this growth, as well as the staff that have been with them since day one.
They want to thank their customers for their support in helping them on their continuing growth. Please help the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Lorenzo Apothecary as our Business of the Week!
Henry Stahla Homes 2/10/2020
Henry Stahla Homes opened in Kimball, NE in 1949 by Henry Stahla who owned and operated the local grocery store. A man dropped off 3 new single wide mobile homes to store during a winter storm and during the oil boom in Kimball, NE, Henry got an offer for all three homes, so he called the owner and sold the three homes. Henry called the manufacturer of the homes and asked for 3 more to be delivered and the rest is history. Dar Gardner, Henry’s daughter bought the business from Henry in 1992 and opened the Sterling, CO location in 1994. Henry Stahla Homes sells IRC modular homes as well as HUD mobile homes. They have a 3rd location in Scottsbluff, NE that opened in 2013 and they proudly serve Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. Stahla’s is a 3rd generation business that strives to satisfy their homeowners, they do not want to be the biggest company they want to be the best.
TLC Automotive & Towing 1/27/2020
TLC Automotive & Towing was started by James and Christina Conour in November of 1983. At the time James felt like there was no one hiring mechanics and he saw an opportunity to open his own business. They hired their first mechanic after 15 years in business and another 2 in 2000, they have now grown to 8 employees. They bought their first tow truck in 1984. TLC Automotive & Towing moved to their current location in 2002, where they can work on anything from a Volkswagen to a Semi, RV’s, and trailers. They now have 8 employees, 5 heavy duty tow trucks, 2 medium, 2 rollbacks, and a service truck. They offer aircushion recovery for trucks and are also a U-Haul Dealer.
Sonnenberg Agency 1/20/2020
Sonnenberg Agency, LLC was founded in 1983 by Maynard Sonnenberg. Maynard realized in the early 1980’s that there was a need for specialized crop insurance solutions, and he had relevant experience that would translate well into selling and marketing a new crop insurance program. Then in 1999, Maynard, Tim and Sam found that many prospective clients were not happy with the service they were receiving from their current property & casualty companies. It was clear that Sonnenberg Agency, LLC could provide trusted risk management with insurance-based solutions. So, for the first 16 years, Sonnenberg Agency, LLC marketed and sold only crop insurance. Contracts were secured in 1999 with two property & casualty insurance companies and the expansion began.
In 2018, they celebrated our 35th Anniversary! Today, Sonnenberg Agency, LLC is owned by Tim Sonnenberg, Sam Sonnenberg, Jared Sonnenberg, Darin Wecker and Travis Davis. As they begin 2020, their agency team is 10 insurance professionals! In addition to Tim, Sam, Darin, Travis and Jared, Sonnenberg Agency, LLC is proud to include Coree Miller, Linda Wilson, Lindsey Martin (Strasburg office), Laurie Nitchman (Strasburg office) and Renee Little (Grand Junction office)!
Over the years the businesses has grown and expanded in many ways. In 1999, their primary office location in Sterling, CO was appointed with their first property & casualty company contracts, and since 1999, a second office location was opened in Strasburg, Colorado in September 2011, and in December of 2019, our third office location – a satellite office in Grand Junction, CO was opened! With 3 office locations, we are proud to offer trusted insurance solutions to all of Colorado and Western Nebraska.
The Strasburg office is located in a building that was remodeled in 2016 and the Sterling office finished a complete remodel in March of 2014. It is often said that “people buy from people”, and they have found this to be unequivocally true. Their agency is proud of the tradition and longevity as the trusted insurance partner for their many valued clients in Colorado and Nebraska.
Since 1986, Sonnenberg Agency, LLC has received more than 30 awards and recognitions for work in the insurance industry on both the crop insurance side and the property & casualty side. This is a tribute to the founder, Maynard Sonnenberg’s long-standing belief that “Our clients have the utmost confidence in us because of the history of exceptional customer service and in-depth understanding of the insurance industry.”
Their agency offers home & auto insurance (includes motorcycles/atv’s/campers/boats and renters), farm & ranch insurance, commercial insurance, crop insurance, stand-alone sprinkler insurance and livestock insurance. They utilize a push notification system for their crop insurance clients and many clients communicate with us by email. Our website, www.sonnenbergagency.com and Facebook page, Sonnenberg Agency, LLC are great ways to communicate with our many valued clients!
Tim, Sam, Jared, Darin, Travis, Coree, Linda, Lindsey, Laurie and Renee want to give a big “Thank You!” to the Logan County Chamber of Commerce for selecting Sonnenberg Agency, LLC as the Business of the Week!
Barnes Pharmacy 1/13/2020
Barnes Pharmacy was started in October 1972 when Ron Lorenzo purchased the pharmacy from Bob Barnes. It was originally located at 210 Main Street. In 1998, Ron’s oldest daughter Jenae Lorenzo Totten graduated from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and returned to Sterling to work in her father’s business. Barnes Pharmacy moved to its current location at 422 Main St in February of 2005.
On December 4, 2010 Jenae purchased Barnes Pharmacy and Barb’s Main Street Gifts. Barnes Pharmacy and Barb’s are well known for their unique selection of gifts, home decor, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, and gourmet foods. In 2016, in an effort to improve selection and offer more diversity, Barnes Pharmacy began renting space to local vendors. They currently lease space to nine vendors.
Jenae’s passion has always been working with long term care facilities and their staff. Jenae participates in reviewing medication charts, in pain and psychotropic committee reviews and providing in-services and education to the facilities. That has led to Barnes’s new custom medication minder packaging and service. Barnes provides specialty nursing home and medication minder services to patients in Sterling, Holyoke, Haxtun, Akron, Otis, Yuma, and Brush offering 6 day a week delivery.
Barnes Pharmacy is one of the only Medicare Accredited Pharmacies in Northeast Colorado which allows them to bill Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance for durable medical equipment, diabetic shoes, wound and ostomy supplies, breast prosthesis and other daily living aids.
In keeping up with new trends in healthcare, Barnes Pharmacy is in its second year offering strep throat and flu cultures. There is no need for an appointment and these services are often less expensive than insurance copays. If a patient test is positive a prescription is issued on site with no need to see a doctor. Barnes is now offering Urinary Tract Screening Tests with a positive result allowing for treatment. They also offer hormone and cortisol testing with results and prescription issued by their physician. They look forward to expanding their point of care testing services in 2020, allowing for easy, quick, inexpensive access to health care.
The newest addition to their services includes the Hydration Station which provides IV fluids packed with vitamins and minerals to benefit skin, overall health, weight loss, hydration, anti-aging effects, immunity, energy and recovery. They are also able to provide certain additives for nausea. They offer membership pricing as well. Barnes Pharmacy offers Vitamin B12 and Super B complex injections as well as flu, hepatitis, tetanus, shingles, pneumonia and other vaccines. Most vaccines are in stock with no appointment needed and they can bill most insurances.
Barnes Pharmacy has been compounding prescriptions and medication since 1972. They provide hormone replacement therapy, pain medication, and certain children and pet medication that is not commercially available. Their newest addition is customized face cream. It is made to meet each patient’s needs based on a survey and meeting with a pharmacist. A cream is then made in house for twice daily use, including eye cream to treat wrinkles, aging, acne, sunspots, dry skin or any other skin ailment. All creams are gluten, fragrance, dye, paraben and preservative free made with pharmaceutical grade ingredients.
Jenae and her staff, most of whom have had 15-20 years of service with her, have the philosophy of providing exceptional customer service and offering expanded clinical and unique services to help a patient’s overall health. Their goal is to be a focal point for prescription services and compounding as well as providing many point-of-care testing and treatment services along with alternative wellness prevention modalities such as IV hydration, essential oils, CBD products and the Bemer Blanket.
Barnes Pharmacy and Barb’s Main Street Gifts have many exciting projects planned for 2020. Like their Facebook page Barb’s Main Street Gifts and Barnes Pharmacy. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday Pharmacy hours are 9-2 with the Gift shop open from 9-5. They can be reached at 521-0190. Jenae and her staff will be happy to answer any questions about their services or stop in and see the Hydration Station and gift shop to experience it firsthand!
Sam & Louie's 1/6/2020
Sam & Louie’s Italian Restaurant opened in Sterling in May of 2016 by Mike and Denise Shaefer. The Shaefer’s purchased the building on Main Street and were looking to rent it out for increased business in the old downtown area. The Sam and Louie’s franchise came to Sterling upon an invitation from Economic Development for a tasting which Mike and Denise attended and were impressed by.
The franchise is family owned; the menu options available were broad scoped with a focus on Italian cuisine. As well as the fact that community comments over the years indicated a desire for more Italian options and the need for an additional restaurant contributing to the economic development of Sterling.
It was the Shaefer’s hope that someone would step forward with the intent of buying the franchise and opening a Sam and Louie’s in their building on main, utilizing the awesome location and size of the building. They did not want this opportunity to pass Sterling by, so after many conversations with the franchise family the Shaefer’s decided to open the restaurant.
Their objective is to provide an exciting and fun atmosphere where families can celebrate, meet with business associates, or connect with friends. They have catering available, both off site and on site in the party room. Daily food and drink specials are available giving guests a taste of what they offer.
As a part of the business community, they strive to support other businesses and groups with fundraising efforts and monetary contributions throughout the year.
The Sam & Louie’s guests are an extended part of the Shaefer family, they love to see you, and are proud to be part of your relaxation and life celebrations!
Rodine Communications Inc 12/30/19
Rodine Communications Inc. was started in Dec. of 1989 by Tom & Kathy Rodine. They started Rodine Communications Inc. after Tom was laid-off from AT&T, with his ties to the community and a desire to stay in the community Tom felt that his experience in telecommunications could be utilized best in this community. Rodine Communications started as a telephone repair shop, and after several years the business grew to installing On-Premise telephone systems, Structured Cabling and Fiber Optics. In 1999 his son Mark started with Rodine Communications Inc. and in 2013 Marks wife Jennifer joined the business as well. The products and services that Rodine Communications Inc. specializes in installing and repairing On-Premise or Cloud-Based Telephones Systems, VoIP, Video Surveillance Cameras, Routers, Ethernet Switches, WiFi, Fiber Optics, Ethernet Cabling and Google Nest Products. Please help us in Congratulating Rodine Communications Inc. as Logan County Chambers Business of the Week!
Media Logic Radio 12/23/19
Wayne Johnson started Media Logic Radio in 2002 due to his passion for radio broadcasting and how radio can help customers promote their business and improve their bottom line. Media Logic started in 2002 with an AM and an FM radio station. In 2003 KFTM in Fort Morgan was added and they operated with 3 stations for several years. In 2007 KSRX (Bob-FM) was built and has dominated the radio landscape since then. The opportunity to buy out Arnold Broadcasting came in 2013 and they continue to operate 7 radio stations and 2 FM translators in Northeast Colorado and Southwest Nebraska. Media Logic specializes in large promotional events. They do 3 major events per year, including the Bobstock Music Festival, which they’re preparing for their 13th year. They’ve seen Bobstock grow from a few hundred people per day to thousands of people each day of the event. They also are currently involved in their 8th Christmas Capital of the Plains event in Fort Morgan. That event has grown over the years and continues to provide the surrounding areas with fun activities for families, many free of charge, during the holiday season. Their final event it the Sportsman’s Experience. They are preparing for their 3rd annual event at the Logan County Fairgrounds. This event is designed for the outdoor enthusiast and will take place April 24th and 25th, 2020. These events would not be possible if they didn’t have outstanding relationships with their event sponsors. Media Logic also specializes in sports broadcasting. They have 5 sports directors who cover various teams throughout the different seasons. Their plan is to always cover local school sports from the very beginning of a season all the way through the post season. Over the years they’ve won numerous sports broadcasting awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Media Logic has a very experienced staff that is willing and excited to work with area businesses to help them with their overall advertising and promotional campaigns. Wayne’s daughters Lindsey and Melissa came back after college to help run the family business and continue to assist in the everyday operation of Media Logic. They operate all seven stations with a staff of 13 and have employees who are dedicated to helping Media Logic advance the mission of helping their advertisers as well as their listeners.
Carol's Furniture and Sleep Shop 12/9/19
In 1975 Carol and Art Propp opened Carol’s Chair Boutique. They offered chairs of different styles, mirrors, and wall décor. A few years later they expanded and remodeled the 108 Main St location. Then they started selling loveseats and sofas. In 1988 they purchased the coast to coast building and opened a sleep shot. They hired Lori and she ran the sleep shop. In 1999 Lori’s husband, Jay, started working after Lori’s Dad, Art, passed away. Jay and Lori became owners in 2003 when Lori’s mom, Carol, passed away. In 2011 they expanded and remodeled The Rock N Roller Rink and moved their business to 322 Poplar street. They then became a LAZ-Boy Comfort Studio and Simmons Beauty Rest Sleep Shop Gallery. They have been in business for 43 years and are family owned and operated. They offer a whole line of LAZ-Boy furniture, Simmons Beauty Rest Mattresses, and Best Home Furnishings. They offer financing, free in town delivery, and custom special orders. They are the largest LAZ-Boy dealer in Northeast Colorado. They are happy to serve the community as a 2nd generation business owner. Please help us in congratulating Carol’s Furniture and Sleep Shop as Logan County Chambers Business of the Week!
Holiday Inn Express 11/25/19
High Plains Hospitality opened the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in June of 2017 due to a need that Northeastern Colorado had for quality lodging. Since opening they have been recognized by IGH for outstanding customer service and loyalty. They have also been recognized by many 3rd party franchises for excellent guest reviews. They provide travelers with quality lodging in a pleasant, clear, and comfortable environment. They also have a top of the line fitness center, pool, and hot tub for guests to enjoy. Please help us in congratulating Holiday Inn Express & Suites as Logan County Chamber’s Business of the Week!
Kimberly A. Suter D.D.S. P.C. 11/18/19
Kimberly A. Suter D.D.S. was started in in 1994 by Kimberly A. Suter. She started the business to take care of the community’s dental needs as her own boss. Over the years she has expanded from one operatory to eight operatories. She also started with 2 employees and has grown to nine. Dr. Suter has continued her education with hundreds of hours in orthodontics, implants, and general dentistry. Kimberly A. Suter D.D.S. specializes in general dentistry, pediatrics, orthodontics, geriatrics, implantology, crown and bridge, dentures and endodontics. Please help us in congratulating Kimberly A Suter D.D.S. P.C. on being the Logan County Chamber Business of the Week.
E.B. Maxi Storage 11/11/19
E.B. Maxi Storage located at 815 West Broadway is locally owned and operated and began in 1993 based on demand for storage in the Sterling and surrounding area. The first phase of construction began on the far south section of the property also known as Building A and included 30’ x 40’ and 15’ x 40’ units. The following phases took place over the next few years and concluded with 6 building structures offering over 350 units in 11 different sizes totaling over 76,000 square ft.
With a desire to offer safe, convenient and hassle-free self-storage, numerous amenities were implemented in the design and structure including thermal ceiling blankets, state of the art internal locking systems and maximum ceiling heights with roll-up doors. Additional features included exceptionally wide and well lit alleys for easy maneuvering while loading and unloading. Eventually the potential need for increased tenant and property safety features was identified which led to the installation of security cameras throughout the facility and additional lighting at the entrance.
The office of E.B. Maxi Storage is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 to 5. We can be reached at (970) 521-0312. The owners and staff find it a pleasure to serve Logan County and beyond with their storage needs.
Country Creations 11/4/19
Country Creations was started in 2014 by Melinda Hutt so she could have a flexible job to spend as much time as possible with her kids and help on her family farm. She started the business in the basement of her home, and in 2015 it was moved to a farmhouse just outside of Sterling. Country Creations continued to grow and in November of 2017 they moved to their present location at 213 W Main St. They specialize in embroidery and heat transfers. They also offer rhinestones and glitter along with foil to make products bling. Please help us in congratulating Country Creations on being the Logan County Chambers Business of the Week!
Bank of Colorado 10/28/19
Bank of Colorado moved to the Sterling market in 1995 with the purchase of the World Savings branch. The Sterling branch opened with 6 employees and has grown to 33 employees today. The branch outgrew its initial location and moved into its current location September 2012. The Bank is owned by the Dinsdale family with banking roots that began in 1938 in Palmer Nebraska, a town of 420 people. The Dinsdale family still has deep roots in agriculture and has continued to diversify and grow their business footprint. Please help us in congratulating Bank of Colorado as our Business of the Week!
Sterling Travel Agency - Travel Savers 10/21/19
Sterling Travel Agency began in 1946 by Gene Ballard’s grandfather. He started his career in the travel business as a bus driver, transporting passengers over the then dirt roads of Loveland Pass. When he developed eye problems, he was offered a position as a ticket agent and moved to Sterling for Continental Trail ways. His entrepreneurial efforts led to him opening a taxi business as well. Gene’s father lived in Denver at the time, and in 1948 Gene’s grandfather asked him to come to sterling to help him with the new business. So, while still in high school Gene’s father worked at the travel agency and drove taxi. Gene’s father was married in the early 1950’s and his grandfather retired in the 1960’s. Gene’s parents operated the taxi service, travel agency, a Western Union Telegraph service, and a telephone answering service.
In the 1960’s to early 1970’s Sterling Travel Agency worked directly with airlines, handwriting tickets for customers. The guide outlined planned routes, times, and prices. Sterling Travel Agency staff would take requests, then call airline ticket offices after 5p.m. when the phone rates were cheaper. The business evolved to computer-based ticketing in the 1980’s. In 1978 Gene started Travel Trails with two other partners, competing with Sterling Travel. In 1984 the companies merged.
Sterling Travel Agency has also had to adapt and change in many ways over the years. When travel agencies started working with the airlines, the agencies were told what to do, when and how. That all changed when the Civil Aeronautics Board was dissolved, and more air fares have been offered since then.
Another of these changes occurred in 2000 when airlines quit paying agencies commission for booking flights, even though travel agencies were generating 85% of airlines business.
Part of the progressing change in the business is the use of the internet and computer research. Internet opportunities have been a blessing to Sterling Travel Agency. The internet allows travel agencies to research travel packages and prices easier. Travel Agencies are called on to help customers find their way through websites. Additionally, the experienced staff of Sterling Travel has the insight of what is needed for a complete travel experience.
Please help us in congratulation Sterling Travel Agency on being the Logan County Chamber Business of the Week.
Pilkington Financial Group 10/14/19
Curt Pilkington saw a void in the estate planning process in the 1970’s, so he got licensed and started selling life insurance to help families with the inheritance tax burden. Curt started the life insurance business in 1975 in Greeley, CO. In the 80’s he became a Financial Advisor and Cindy took over the life, health and disability operation. Curt and Cindy moved the practice to our current location at 226 S. 2nd Street Sterling in 1984. In 2019 Shanan Doherty, Derek Pilkington, CFP and Curt Pilkington became equal partners in the Financial Advisory business and changed their business name to Pilkington Financial Group. Thanks to technology we can work with over 500 families in 32 states. Several families include four generations! To sustain this growth, we added a Denver office in 2017 near Cherry Creek. Derek Pilkington runs the Denver office while Curt and Shanan run the Sterling office. Our success can be contributed to our hard working and knowledgeable team. Becky Bohler has been with us for 22 years and is the office manager for the Financial Advisory side. Sandy Zimmerman joined the firm in 2000 and works with Cindy in the insurance operation. Michele Carabello joined Pilkington Financial in 2017 and is an integral part of our team. Our firm is unique in that we offer a full array of Financial Services including comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Advisory, Life, Health, Medicare and Long-Term Care Insurance Services. Please join us in congratulating Pilkington Financial Services as Logan County Chambers Business of the Week!
Colorado Popcorn Company 10/7/19
Two friends, Kathy Littler and Sherry Brammer became business partners and purchased a local Sterling popcorn business. After being partners for a couple of years, it was time for a change for Sherry, so Kathy took the reins of their business as the sole owner and proprietor of the growing business. At the time, Colorado Popcorn Company was manufacturing and selling five different flavors of popcorn in a small store along Main Street in downtown Sterling, Colorado.
Soon thereafter, the company moved to a larger facility in order to expand. Although the original five flavors were very popular, there was a demand for new specialty varieties. Customer suggestions and ideas were used in creating new recipes, and Colorado Popcorn is now producing over 30 flavors of gourmet popcorn! Additionally, Kathy added helium-filled balloons to the local retail store to complement the popcorn!
After more than thirty years of successful operations, Kathy Littler decided it was time to retire from the popcorn business. Her hope was to find someone with the same passion for popcorn that had sustained her work for the past three decades to take over the reins at Colorado Popcorn. In addition, they had to be willing to continue the legacy by keeping the manufacturing in Sterling. She did find someone that fit the bill and in September 2017 turned the reigns over to Zachary Souffrant and Breanna Kelsch.
The business was started to provide the best quality gourmet popcorn at an affordable price to northeastern Colorado and online at www.coloradopopcorn.com They create over 30 gourmet popcorn flavors currently being sold throughout the state of Colorado in numerous grocery stores, gift shops, and hotels. In 2017 they expanded with an online store at www.coloradopopcorn.com to complement their brick & mortar store. This summer they upgraded their candied popcorn machines to increase their production capability to 100 gallons of candied popcorn per hour. In addition, with their new equipment they can now produce Kettle Corn. They plan on doubling their square footage and expanding into the west suite located at 320 Oak this November and will be completing a remodel of their manufacturing area and retail store in the spring of 2020.
Colorado Popcorn Company Specializes in: over 30 handmade gourmet popcorn flavors , popcorn by the bag, gift boxes, Popcorn Tins filled with up to 3 flavors, and due to a national helium shortage, they are the only place in Sterling, CO that carries helium filled mylar and latex balloons. They offer local delivery for popcorn and balloons within the city of Sterling and can ship popcorn to anywhere in the USA. (Last Christmas they had popcorn ship as far as Hawaii, Canada and even Europe.) They also sell Colorado Candy Company products such as peanut brittle, hard candy or thin ribbon candy for Christmas.
Please help us in congratulating Colorado Popcorn Company as Logan County Chambers Business of the Week!
Bank of the West 9/23/19
A pillar in the community formerly known as First National Bank, then Colorado Community First, followed by Community First National Bank and finally in December 2004 became Bank of the West. We are the 28th largest commercial bank in the U. S. by assets.
Being one of the largest commercial banks, Bank of the West takes pride in preserving our local focus while maintaining industry-leading customer service. We have long time employees, ranging from 2 years to 18 years with our Sterling branch who really care about their customers and making sure they are getting the home town feel and one on one attention that customers like. Three of our employees attended the Bank of the West Circle of Excellence Conference, an honor they each received for going that extra mile for their customers.
We offer checking, savings, money markets, wealth management and investments. On the lending side, we have the best Home Equity Lines, mortgage loans, auto loans, personal loans, commercial real estate, ag loans and SBA loans. We are the third-largest ag lender and the third largest generator for SBA loans. We are also a leader in loans in the RV/Marine and religious institution sector. Our Digital Service channels are constantly refined providing the most competitive digital advancements for our customers. Our constant focus on customer and expert collaboration drives our innovation standards in this competitive markets.
We love being part of the community and engaging in many of the activities. We want to thank the Chamber for giving the businesses this opportunity to be spotlighted!!
Wendy’s began in 1969. The Sterling Wendy’s reopened in 1994 when Family Restaurants purchased it, although Sterling had a Wendy’s for a short time before that. Family Restaurants saw a potential for Wendy’s in Sterling because of its expected growth and the college was another big factor. Dawn Kasper is the Area Manager for Family Restaurants who oversees multiple restaurants including Sterling and Ed Liebig is the General Manager in Sterling. Wendy’s was remolded in 2013-2014 creating a whole new dining experience. They have a wide variety of food items on the menu including lots of choices for the entire family. Wendy’s specializes in salads prepared fresh daily, fresh never frozen North American Beef, great chicken sandwiches, and of course the Frosty! Wendy’s contributes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption which is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for foster children across the US and Canada. All the money raised at the Sterling Wendy’s goes to help fund adoptions in Colorado!
Sterling Federal Credit Union 9/9/19
Sterling Federal Credit Union is a financial cooperative chartered, supervised and regulated by the National Credit Union Administration. Originally chartered as a community credit union in 1938, credit union membership is open to all residents that live in Logan and Morgan County Colorado and their families.
Everyone that joins the credit union becomes a member/owner. Once you’re a member, you are always a member; even if you move from the community.
Membership includes the privilege to elect the volunteer board of directors that govern the credit union. Complementing the board is a team of twenty-six employees responsible for operations; nineteen in Sterling and six at the Fort Morgan Branch which opened in 1988.
In the beginning the only services available were share/savings and loans. Early business was conducted by Treasurer Mr. Emmett Groce out of his home at 506 Lincoln Street. The credit union’s first office was at the Sterling Co-Op Oil Company on S. 3rd Street. Growth brought the credit union to its present-day location at 822 W. Main in July 1981.
Over the years, services expanded and today include a complete suite of financial products and services.
Along the way Sterling Federal Credit Union earned accolades that include:
The first Federal community type charter credit union to attain 1 million in assets in 1954,
Recipient of the Sterling Journal Advocates Readers’ Choice Award,
Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award from the Credit Union National Association,
Consistently ranked highly among its peer group of credit unions and federal auditors, and
Most recently, Sterling Federal Credit Union was named #1 of 5,460 Federally insured credit unions by DepositAccounts – LendingTree, based on Capitalization, Deposit Growth, and Texas Ratio.
Sterling Federal Credit Union, where the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” is behind everything we do.
Kutchar & Associate Accounting 9/2/19
Lyle Gress started the business in 1976 to provide tax services and other business services to the public. The current owner, Dave Kutchar, graduated from UNC in 1982 with a business degree (emphasis in accounting) and started working for Lyle in 1984. When Dave began working for Lyle the business was located in the old library. In 1994 they moved to the current location and remodeled the retail space to be a business office. Dave bought practice in 2000. The Downtown Urban Renewal funds were used to redo the facade in 2007 adding a conference room, smaller windows and stucco exterior in front. The interior was updated once again in 2016. Kutchar & Associate Accounting continues to serve at this location.
Sterling Workforce Center 8/12/19
The Sterling Workforce Center has been present in the City of Sterling for over 30 years including 16 years on the Northeastern Junior College campus and 3 years in our current location at 100 Broadway, Suite 24, Sterling, CO 80751.
The Sterling Workforce Center is an agency of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and is one of six centers serving the ten counties in the Eastern Sub-Region under Regional Director, Dawn Robards. The Sterling Workforce Center specifically serves Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick and Washington Counties and we have outreach offices in Akron, Holyoke and Julesburg.
The Workforce Center has held a variety of activities and events over the years including job fairs, hiring events, a Veterans Appreciation Day, business roundtables, workshops, and youth mock interview events. In 2018, the Sterling Workforce Center, in partnership with the Family Resource Center who provided in-kind services and use of facilities, received a grant to offer a week-long, hands-on summer camp (TRAINcation) for middle school youth to learn about local manufacturing careers. The Workforce Center will offer a similar event in the summer of 2020. The Sterling Workforce Center has also provided and continues to provide funding for adults and youth who meet eligibility requirements to assist with the cost of training. Many of these students have completed programs (including auto mechanic, wind technician, nursing, welding, and wind technician) through Northeastern Junior College.
The Sterling Workforce Center provides easy access to a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers. Employer services include customized job postings to fit individual business needs, assessments and skills testing to assist in applicant screening, hiring events, and labor market and demographic information. Local job openings are listed on the internet and statewide Connecting Colorado (www.connectingcolorado.com) system. At the Sterling Workforce Center, job seekers can utilize a resource center with public computers and internet access, and use office equipment for employment-related purposes. Job seeker services include registration and job-search assistance, skills assessments, resume and cover letter guidance, interviewing training/mock interviews, training and education programs, youth and veterans services, and networking opportunities. Customers can choose either self-service or staff-assisted options.
The Sterling Workforce Center maintains a close relationship with other service providers that are a part of local and statewide employment and training networks. Customers needing additional services may be referred by the Workforce Center to appropriate agencies.
September is Workforce Development Month, an annual tradition in Colorado. Colorado’s Workforce Centers and the Department of Labor and Employment will provide a variety of special events designed to help Colorado businesses and workers succeed. The Sterling Workforce Center will be holding an Open House on September 18 in addition to several employer hiring events throughout the month. If you are an employer/organization interested in holding a hiring event, workshop, or related activity in September, please contact our office for more information. (970) 522-9340, ext. 101. Join us in Congratulating the Sterling Workforce Center as our Business of the Week!
Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency 8/19/19
Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency began business as Kellogg-Ewing & Associates in 1979. Will Kellogg and John Ewing opened Kellogg-Ewing and Associates to provide insurance coverage for the needs of clients in communities throughout Northeastern Colorado. Will and John thought Sterling was a perfect place to start a business and raise their families. Larry Eakin joined the agency as a minority owner and office manager in 1980 Kellogg-Ewing & Associates office was located at 304 Cedar Street for many years before moving to the current location at 119 N 3rd Ave in 1997. A secondary location at 246 N Colorado in Haxtun, Colorado was opened to serve clients two days a week in that area in 2007. Kellogg-Ewing & Associates partnered with the Leavitt Group in 1995 and became Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Ins. Agency, Inc. The Leavitt Group is one of the largest privately-held insurance brokerages in the nation. Doug Stumpf began as a producer in 1986 and purchased ownership in 2000 upon Will Kellogg’s passing. Larry Eakin retired in 2004 and John Ewing retired in 2005 after building the agency for many
years. Becky Workman is an agency co-owner and manages the personal lines department and office. She began with the agency in 1997. Melissa Moos began her insurance career in 2000 and is the agency farm-ranch specialist. Jill Allen started with the agency in 2002 and services the commercial insurance as well as other office tasks. Tracy Glissmann has been with the agency since 2006 servicing the health, benefits and bond department. Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency continues to build on the relationships with their clients throughout Northeast Colorado for their farm & ranch, auto, home, bonds, commercial and life & health needs. Please join the Logan County Chamber in Congratulating Kellogg-Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency, Inc as our Business of the Week!
Dr. J Scott Hadley DDS 7-29-19
Dr. J. Scott Hadley DDS began his practice at the Sterling location in 2004. They are closing in on 15 years of serving Northeast Colorado! Vivian Hadley, J. Scott’s wife has been co-owner and Office Manager. They wanted to help meet the needs of Northeastern Colorado by joining Sterling’s Dental Community. Their practice began in 1994. They were first in neighboring Phillips County and later moved to their larger office in Sterling. Their office includes cosmetic, restorative and periodontal aspects of general dentistry. They are available from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday. They file all types and brands of dental insurance. You are welcome to go ask their receptionist Terri about specific dental insurance plans. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Dr. J. Scott Hadley DDS and his staff as our Business of the Week!
Korf Motors 7-22-19
Korf Auto Group, Ron Korf, started in business in 1975 in Yuma as a Chevrolet Buick dealership and added Oldsmobile franchise in 1987. In 1988 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram was added to the franchise group in Yuma. The Yuma store has been under the General Management of Hank Miranda since its beginning. In 2010 Korf Auto Group bought Spicknall’s GMC Pontiac store in Akron and moved the franchises to Yuma. Six months later General Motors cancelled Pontiac and eliminated the Pontiac franchises nationally. Consequently, Yuma is now a Chevrolet Buick GMC-Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram business. Korf Auto ventured out and got into the Van Conversion business in 1990’s and sold Continental Coach “Highline” conversion vans and trucks as a sanctioned Chevrolet Bailment Pool Company. Continental Coach provided thousands of vans and truck conversions to many dealers throughout the mid-west for about ten years. As the Conversion industry matured throughout the nineties, the manufacturers became attentive of that market. The new mini vans and the factory full sized van conversions soon evolved into the manufacturers new model lineups. With the manufacturers new products coming to market, they decided it was a good time to sell the Conversion business to a Fort Collins entity.
In 2003, they opened a Used Vehicle dealership in Brush. It now has been operational sixteen years under the guidance and management of Tony and Julie Peckham. Tony and Julie have developed many customers and friends over their many years of service in Northeastern Colorado. In 2010, Korf Auto had the opportunity to purchase the Julesburg Ford store and make it part of their group. In that store they specialize in doing a significant Fleet business of about two hundred fifty units annually plus their normal retail business. Their Fleet Manager, Ted Baca, is extremely qualified and has been with our company since 1998. Their Korf Auto Group Operations Manager, Dan Foster, oversees the Julesburg operation. In 2016, Korf Auto Group sold the Sterling Korf Chevrolet Buick dealership at 1200 West Main. They operated that dealership for eight years. They then exercised an option to purchase the Sterling Ford Lincoln**Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership at 520 East Chestnut, in Sterling. They have now been two and half years offering full Sales and Service at that location. Tony Peckham is the Operations Manager, Keith Peer is the General Manager, and Donnie Chrismer is the Sales Manager in Sterling. Matt Pierce is their Parts Manager and Ted Lawson is their Service Manager. Many of their stores operate under the dba of Korf Continental. In Sterling, Korf Motors, LLC is their Ford Lincoln business name and Korf Continental is their Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram business name. In Yuma, Korf Chevrolet Buick GMC, Inc. dba Korf Continental is their handle and that includes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at that location. In Julesburg and Brush they are known as Korf Continental. The Korf name has been around in the automotive business since 1975 and has developed many friends and customers throughout the years selling in a very large geographical area including Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. They currently employ about one hundred employees in their four locations. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Korf Motors as our Business of the Week!
Cattleya Floral 7-15-19
The business was started by Stan and Bonnie Kloberdanz in 1987. In January of
1999, Rick and Sue Weingardt purchased the flower business. Over the last twenty years Rick and Sue have had the opportunity to design for many special events across the states of Colorado and Nebraska. The shop was recently remodeled in order to accommodate customers by moving the front door to a new location. The Weingardt’s offer fresh arrangements made with flowers from the World’s Market as well as many decorative items. They handle occasions from “just because” to funerals, weddings and community events such as the Sterling Community Fund Gala. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Cattleya as our Business of the Week.
Logan County Lumber 7-1-19
Logan County Lumber, located at 502 S. 11th Ave has been serving Sterling, Colorado since 1909. Logan County Lumber was founded by George Henderson which later transitioned into a corporation now known as “The Sterling Lumber and Investment Company.” Sterling, CO began growing very quickly and George Henderson (founder) saw the
need an opportunity to open a lumber yard. Logan County Lumber was originally located on Main Street near Barnes Pharmacy. Some years after, they relocated to Chestnut Street where Daylight Donuts currently sits. In August of 1993, they found their new home and current location at 502 S. 11th Ave, Sterling, CO.
They are able to meet all your building needs including lumber and building materials, either in-stock or special order; which now includes a Design Center with cabinets, flooring, countertops and more! They also offer FREE in town deliveries. Join us in congratulating Logan County Lumber as our Business of the Week!
Shipping and Stuff 6-24-19
Larry and Shawna Stoltzfus owners of Shipping and Stuff opened their doors on
April 21, 2018. The business located at 1321 W. Main Street, is operated by their
daughter, Melanie Buckler…family owned and operated! They saw a need to offer a one stop shipping store in Sterling. In one stop, a customer can decide to ship with FedEx, UPS or USPS…it is their choice! They also offer in-store large format printing of banners, signs and pictures! They are still a new business…same location, same owners. Although, they have changed up some of the product offerings in their first year. They are continuously striving to offer what the customers need! Some of the things they
specialize in are
Packing and Shipping
Package Safe Keeping (have a package delivered to their store, instead of your
Mailbox rental, both in store and “virtual”
Copy, Shred, Notary, Fax, Scan, Binding, Laminating, Key Duplication
Printing, both regular and large format (banners, posters, photo packages, canvas
Custom design of invitations, announcements, etc.
In store computer rental
Packing Supplies, Office Supplies, Mobile Phone Supplies
They are very grateful for their customers and the community support over the
past year. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Shipping and Stuff as this week’s business of the week!
Area Wide Realty 6-17-19
Originally opened by Renee Selvidge in 1997, Area Wide Realty at 1100 West Main St. has served northeastern Colorado for 22 years specializing in residential real estate sales. Renee opened her own real estate service to allow her more control and more freedom with an office centered around integrity, professionalism and quality customer service. This allowed Selvidge the opportunity to meet customers at their convenience while still affording her time with her own family. Renee was joined by her husband Shannon in 2006, and recently daughter Brianna McBride became a licensed agent in 2016 after working at AWR as an assistant for five years. As well as residential real estate, the staff at Area Wide Realty also has experience in multi-family, commercial and land sales. Renee stresses, “Our goal is to assist our clients in fulfilling their goals whether it is selling, or buying, a home and investment or commercial property. We love helping to fulfill the dream of home ownership.”It’s easy for AWR professionals to be proud supporters of home ownership, especially in Logan County, because “Sterling has so much to offer to so many.” Having lived in Sterling since 1996, the Selvidge’s raised “our two children here”. We love this area and what it offers in so many aspects of our lives, our children’s lives and now our grandchildren’s lives.” Renee, Shannon and Brianna are also members of the Foursquare Church, serving on many different committees within the church. Additionally, Area Wide Realty has been proud to have been associated with many community events including Sugar Beet Days, the Christmas Parade of Lights, the Better Business Bureau, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Logan County Fair. Renee and Shannon have served multiple times on the Logan County Board of Realtors with both being voted “Realtor of the Year,” Renee three times. Area Wide Realty has also been involved with different Logan County Board of Realtors committees such as “Helping Hands”, “CAR Director (Colorado Association of Realtors)”, “MLS Committee,” “Adopt a Family for Christmas.” “Christmas Party Committee” “Finance Committee.” “Step Out for Kids” and “Real Estate Professionals Reaching Out.” Renee, Shannon and Brianna, and their loved ones, have also passionately worked on the Northern Colorado Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk over the past decade including establishing a local MS Run previously held the Saturday of Sugar Beet Days. To help ease the stress on their customers, Renee and her husband and daughter are continually taking real estate courses to keep up to date on the most current rule and utilize proven ideas to better serve her customers. Renee, Shannon and Brianna are always happy to meet with people to discuss their real estate needs at Area Wide Realty. Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Area Wide Realty as this week’s business of the week!
Harmony Home 6-10-19
The Harmony Home assisted living opened in October of 2017 by Scott and Kendall Rubottom as owners and operators. The building they chose at 703 Holly Drive had been vacant for several years. Scott owns Sterling Handyman Construction and Kendall has been a Registered Nurse for 11 years. With their combination of professions, they started brainstorming renovations for this building and making it a home for the elderly. After much research, they determined assisted living would be a great need for the community in the years to come. The building at 703 Holly Drive was purchased by the Rubottom’s in May of 2017. During the renovation process the kitchen was completely redone, fresh paint and flooring everywhere and showers were added to each room for resident’s privacy. Since The Harmony Home has opened in October of 2017, they have steadily increased their resident numbers to full capacity. In addition, on February 1st, 2019, they acquired a 2nd location in Yuma Colorado. The Harmony Home Yuma is a 25 bed assisted living facility. Kendall commented, “We have been so blessed to have gotten to care for some pretty amazing, loving residents.”
The Harmony Home ownership and staff prides themselves on personalized care in a homelike environment. They work closely with the family and physician to be sure that they are fulfilling all the residents needs. Some services provided are: Personalized assistance with relocation to The Harmony Home
Registered Nurse consultant on staff
Well trained staff on duty 24 hours per day
Three nutritious home cooked meals per day plus any snacks desired
Daily housekeeping services
Personal laundry and linen services
Private amenities in each room
Showers according to care plan, daily hair and personal care
Transportation arrangements if needed
Weekly linen changes (more often if needed)
Emergency call system provided and monitored
Dish Network TV
Kendall also works very closely with her staff to Ensure that they are giving the best care possible to their residents. “We feel very blessed to have amazing people on our staff that love and care for our residents each day”
To request information about The Harmony Home or for questions about how to care for your loved one as they age, call Kendall Rubottom, RN at 970-466-9775 or The Harmony Home at 970-522-7644.
Please join the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Ice Lanes Bowling Center as this week’s business of the week!
Ice Lanes 6-3-19
Ice Lanes Bowling Center is located at 208 North 10th Ave. It was originally a roller-skating rink in the mid 1900’s. After several years it was turned into a 10-lane bowling center and an addition was added to the building to accommodate 8 more lanes. Thomas Haynes was bowling at a state tournament with his wife, Icel’s father and brother when they learned the center was for sale. One thing led to another and on May 31 st , 1996 Thomas and Icel Haynes completed the purchase to become proud owners of the bowling center. They renamed it Ice Lanes and over the last 23 years they have made many renovations including upgrading the wood lanes to synthetic. Installation of a new projector, from self-scoring to electronic and recently updated to a newer system. They have installed new ball returns, carpet and flooring throughout. They offer bowling leagues, family fun entertainment, pro shop, company and group events and parties. They host fundraising events and offer a restaurant, bar and pool. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Ice Lanes Bowling Center as this week’s business of the week.
Sterling Medcare 5-28-19
Sterling MedCare Home Health Agency opened its doors in 1995. Jackie Donnelly, a nurse since 1957, established the agency with two patients and four employees. They ' have now been in operation and serving northeastern Colorado for 24 years. Jackie continues to own the agency but has retired from her administrative position. They have a Board of Directors that she serves on which allows them to draw upon her years of experience and guide their vision as well as their day to day operations. She served in many capacities for the Home Care Association of Colorado which helped her shape a strong and sustainable agency for the community. When the agency opened Jackie saw the opportunity to provide healthcare at a more modest cost to the consumer, pay sources and the provider. Patients prefer to be at home, suffer far fewer complications and experience superior outcomes in their own homes. Sterling MedCare can provide individualized, focused, one on one care to patients and families in a way no facility or provider can. It's the best possible path to the best possible health for patients and their families! Sterling MedCare’s first location was at 224 S. 2nd St. in Sterling. Since then they have moved to at least a few other locations until in 2006 when they built their own offices at their current location of 614 S. 10th Ave. Their staff has grown to twenty-one and have cared for thousands of patients in and around Sterling. Jackie retired in 2012 and asked her daughter, Michelle Shorter, to become the Administrator. Sterling MedCare Home Health provides a comprehensive list of services both skilled and non-skilled. Skilled services include nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and certified nurse assistance. Non-skilled services include, personal care, homemaking, meal preparation, and other services the client may require. A unique program they are proud to offer is one for parents caring for a child who is medically fragile or has an ongoing chronic condition. They have cared for newborn and premature infants, those who are at the end of life and all that fall in between. Healthcare can be a complicated and confusing system. Sterling MedCare is happy to assist patients and families in guiding them to access the care they need. Though they are located in Sterling, Sterling MedCare’s service area extends to a 60-mile radius around Sterling including areas of Logan,Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, Morgan, and Weld counties. Sterling MedCare is thankful to the city of Sterling and all the communities they've had the privilege of serving and look forward to many more year. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling MedCare Home Health for being this week’s Business of the Week.
Sterling Trophy Shop 5-27-19
Sterling Trophy Shop located in the Broadway Plaza Shopping Center was started in 1980 by Carol and Harold Drescher. In 1993, Laural and Mike Brownell purchased the business with the hopes of
finding something that Laural could do while still raising their children. The Sterling Trophy Shop has had a wonderful staff through the years, making the shop what it is today. These employees include Carol Holzworth, Julie Sonnenberg, Polly Kurtz Winner, Audrey Brownell, Craig Brownell, Marybeth Skerjanec, April Gibson, and Sherrie Anderson along with numerous family members when in a tight spot. The business has been through a flood and survived and a fire that took it all. They have been in several locations in Sterling but love their home in Broadway Plaza. Adding a laser to their business 17 years ago was a big jump. They have supplied awards for Kansas and Colorado State Fairs, contests in Jamaica, and have shipped items all over the country. Sterling Trophy works for people across Colorado, even supplying badges, ribbons and buttons for conventions. In addition to the wonderful trophies and plaques, Sterling Trophy can do so much more. They create beautiful corporate awards, nameplates and name tags, as well as Acrylics which have become very popular in the last 10 years. Pet tags are an important aspect for all the pet lovers. They love to work with their clients to come up with something special that works just for them. If they don’t have it in stock, they can probably order it. Many businesses need custom signage and tags for their line of work, which Sterling Trophy can make in house. If you want something that can be personalized, Sterling Trophy is your source. Poker sets, keyrings, pens, pen sets, desk accessories, wine boxes and wine sets, flasks, slate and wooden cutting boards, coasters, business card holders, clip boards, portfolios, flag cases, silver trays, clocks, USB drives. They can permanently mark bbq utensils, hammers and tools as well as serving sets and gifts for weddings and events and so much more. See what Sterling Trophy can do for you. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling Trophy Shop as this week’s business of the week.
Northeastern Junior College 5-20-19
Northeastern Junior College was founded in 1941 on a recommendation from the Logan County Council of Parent –Teacher Associations and interest from Logan County high school senior interest in attending a junior college close to home. On Sept. 8, 1941 Northeastern opened its doors offering math, science and English courses as well as carpentry, fine arts and drafting, radio science, photography, business and journalism. Northeastern has grown considerably over the past 78 years. From humble beginnings of using space at
the Sterling High School; to one building that housed all aspects of the college; to a two campus institution with nine educational building, a student center, six resident halls, a library/learning center,
theater and athletic facilities to house 10 athletic teams, rodeo team, a livestock judging team and a cafeteria.
Northeastern currently offers more than 80 programs and 600 courses in agriculture, business, liberal arts/humanities, health care, math, science and career and technical. Work has begun on the expansion
of the Applied Technology Campus, formerly known as North Campus, to expand and strengthen learning spaces, enhance current program offerings and to allow space for new programs in career and
technical education. Many updates have taken place over the past couple of years to the main campus: Pete’s Retreat located in the Hays Student Center and Williams Residence Hall have been remodeled. The cosmetology building and the cafeteria are in the last phases of being remodeled and should be completed this
summer. Northeastern is in the process of opening a new satellite campus in Yuma, Co it will house adult and community education programs, GED, ESL, concurrent enrollment, and college credit and non-credit courses. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Northeastern Junior College as this
week’s Business of the Week!
Sterling Livestock 5-13-19
Sterling Livestock located at 20197 Riverside Drive, originally started in Columbus Ohio by M.H. VanBerg and was later purchased by his son and daughter in law, Bud and Arlene VanBerg in 1958. Bud wanted to be in Colorado so he moved his family and the business to its current location in Sterling. In
2005 the current owners, Jim and Becky Santomaso took over the business. Sterling Livestock has been a family owned business for 60 years. Jim and Becky are blessed to have their son and daughter, Jason and
Jenny, as well as their 5 grandchildren working alongside them. They have a terrific crew and wonderful customers. Along with their weekly cattle auctions, Sterling Livestock also does farm machinery and
antique auctions. In addition to the weekly sales, they have a café ran by Deanie VanBerg, serving delicious homemade entrées and pies. Each week you will find the Santomaso family working diligently
to make sure your buying and selling needs are met. You will also see Sil Tadolini who has been with Sterling Livestock from the start in 1958. Jim and Jason take pride in selling cattle at auction at the
highest prices in the area. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling Livestock as this weeks Business of the Week!
Village Inn 5-6-19
Fox 5 Theatre 4-22-19
Scott and Melissa Schaefer, the current owners of the Fox 5 Theater, purchased the existing business in 2012 from Jack and Sandy South, who owned the theatre for several years. The Fox 5 Theatre started as a play house and morphed into a movie theatre with two screens. When Jack purchased the business, he added theatres 3, 4 and 5. Years later when the Schaefer’s purchased the business, they installed digital projectors, and updated the sound systems in all five theatres. They began remodeling the exterior part of the building in May of 2014 and the concessions stand area in February of 2015. Scott and Melissa are currently working on updating crucial parts of the building which include the roof and other exterior components. Once completed, they plan on finishing with an
interior remodel which will include updates in many areas, along with getting new screens and seats. Joe Kraxner is a huge asset to the theatre. He has been an integral part in updating, installing and directing
the IT which is a huge part of the business. He is also partnering with Scott and Melissa and will be even more involved going forward. The Fox 5 Theatre provides their customers with a fun and enjoyable
movie going atmosphere, where they can purchase freshly made popcorn, soda, candy and many other items to enhancing their movie going adventure. Scott and Melissa are thankful for the opportunity to
share their love of movies and the movie theatre experience with their hometown. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating the Fox 5 Theatre as this week’s Business of the Week!
Concrete Specialties 4-15-19
The original Concrete Specialties Construction Company started in 1962. In 2003, Mark Krier,Duane Krier Jr., and Alan Krier purchased Concrete Specialties Construction and renamed it Concrete
Specialties and Utilities Construction. Duane and Alan still own the company, after Mark retired in 2018. In 1962 the company was founded by Dale Krier (father of Alan Krier) and Duane Krier Sr. (father of Duane Krier Jr.), exclusively performing concrete construction projects. In 1969, Delmar Krier (father of Mark Krier) joined his brothers Dale and Duane Sr. as owners. After a few years of business, the company expanded its services to also include excavation, water and sewer utilities construction. In the
late 80s, the company further expanded its scope to bridge construction. Again, in the early 2000s, the company expanded to provide snow removal services to the City of Sterling. The services the company provides include heavy concrete construction such as irrigation structures, roadways, curb and gutter; bridge construction; water and sewer utility construction; snow removal; excavation; demolition; dewatering and general contracting. Major projects completed include bridge construction of multiple bridges across the South Platte River, Pawnee Irrigation structure, Harmony Irrigation Structure, Caliche Water and Wastewater Renovations and large-scale waterline replacement projects for several cities in the region. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Concrete Specialties and Utilities Construction as this week’s Business of the Week.
The Sterling Culligan located at 329 Oak St. is one of the more than 800 franchised dealerships in more than 90 countries. Emmett Culligan started the business in 1936. In the 1930’s Culligan’s main focus was to treat hard water in the home with portable exchange tanks. Over the years Culligan has expanded its product offering to include problem water treatment as well as drinking water solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications. In 2004, Dan Sutter and Ty Baseggio purchased the Sterling dealership, and expanded their operation in 2007 when they purchased the Fort Morgan dealership. Sutter and Baseggio value their customers and take pride in themselves on the service they provide. They have a very experienced team that strives to provide the best equipment available along with the best possible service daily. Dan Sutter (15 years), Ty Baseggio (14 years), Pam Koester (13 years), Ernie Naranjo (12 years), Russ Hershberger (11 years), Jon Medeles (9 years), Crystal Graff (5 years) and Matt Welsh (4 years). In 2015 the Sterling dealership was awarded the prestigious “Emmett J Culligan” Award of Excellence for being in the top 15 dealerships in all of North America. Culligan specializes in water treatment for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. They offer for purchase or lease: water softeners, reverse osmosis systems, bottles coolers and bottled water coolers. They have specialized automatic filters for problem water such as arsenic, iron, sulfur and chlorine. Culligan also offers delivery services of bottled water and salt to their residential and commercial customers. Dan & Ty are both WQA certified Water Quality Specialists & Installers. Ernie & Jon are both WQA certified Installers. Please help us in congratulations to Culligan on being this week’s Logan County Chamber Business of the Week.
HR Tire 3-25-19
HR Tire was started in 1979 by Henry Rosas, and is still family owned with 3 generations working there. Henry and Roberta Rosas, son Jeff Rosas and his children Scott and Rachelle Rosas. Throughout their years owning and operating the business, there have been several remodels and additions. The business started with 3 service bays, and now has 15. HR Tire offers many services including tires, wheels, fuel, alignments, oil changes, on the farm tire service, and propane on anything from large trucks to cars and pickups. HR tire will be celebrating 40 years of wonderful service to the community this year. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating HR Tire as this week’s business of the
The Sterling Bomgaars location was opened for business in November of 2011 as the 60th store in the company with locations from Central Iowa to Colorado. Bomgaars was founded in the late 1940’s in Sioux City, IA as an automotive parts supplier and grew over the years to add farm, ranch and home goods as well as general merchandise. The company was started by W.H. Bomgaars and is currently owned/operated by the third and fourth generations of the Bomgaars family. As the company expanded to western Nebraska and Colorado, they found the opportunity to open a new location in Sterling, Colorado that was formerly a Walmart. This was a great space for them to make their own and allowed them the opportunity to expand their footprint into northeast Colorado to serve the needs of farm and ranch customers throughout the area. With a moderate amount of remodeling, they were able to open this store and fill it up with a wide variety of merchandise as well as display many additional products that don’t fit into their smaller locations. With more than 66,000 square feet of retail space and as a farm/ranch and general merchandise retailer they carry a multitude of products, totaling at least 60,000 SKUs in 13 major departments including lawn and garden with nursery, clothing and footwear, farm, pet, automotive supplies, paint, hardware, tools, housewares and toys. In addition, Bomgaars also offers special order products, in-store assembly, propane tank exchange, product deliveries and key cutting services. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Bomgaars Supply as this week’s Business of the Week!
Journal Office Supply 3-11-19
Journal Office Supply began in 1941 when Otto Unfung started the business. It started as a print shop and office supply store. Jim Horner, the current owner, has owned the business since 1976. Throughout the years, Journal Office has expanded their offerings. In the 1950’s typewriters and adding machines were added to their inventory. In 1975, copier sales and services were added along with a complete line of office furniture. Today, Journal Office carries office furniture, digital copiers, office supplies, and they are an authorized Brothers Service Center. The Journal Office staff is very knowledgeable, the average employee has been with the company for 24 years. In 2014, their building was restored to the original front. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Journal Office Supply as our Business of the Week.
Nichols Tillage Tools 3-4-19
Nichol’s Tillage Tools began in the 1930’s as a repair shop later becoming a manufacturer of spare parts for cultivation and planting equipment. Nichol’s holds patents and original designs of products that are best made and often unique shapes. The business came to Logan County in 1982 and have continued to expand facilities and sales each year since. Nichol’s Tillage Tools employs many men and women of the community, and are very thankful for their work. To learn more about Nichol’s Tillage Tools, visit their website at nicholstillagetools.com Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Nichol’s Tillage Tools as this week’s Business of the Week!
Sterling Monument Company 2-25-19
Sterling Monument Co located at 18851 Highway 6 has been open since 1918. In 1985, the current owner, Grant Hogarth purchased the business from Fort Collins Monument Works, and the Koenig family before that. After Grant bought the business, he took on a partner eventually having outlets in Colorado, Nebraska, and Texas. Monuments are their main product, but they also do signs and historical markers. Sterling Monument has a large selection of products to choose from, and allow you to add your personal touch with their customization. Please help the Logan County Chamber in Congratulating Sterling Monument Company as this week’s Business of the Week.
Sterling Auto 2-18-19
Sterling Auto Sales located at 531 W. Main St. in Sterling has been in business since
1961. Owner Tyler Wagner is the third-generation to run the business, and is keeping up the traditions set by his father, Gene Wagner, and grandfather, Gib Wagner. Sterling Auto Sales was awarded the CIADA- Quality Dealer of the Year award. The family owned business has been a trusted car dealership offering clean pre-owned vehicles. They offer financing for almost all credit types, and are safety inspected and serviced. Sterling Auto is also a Carfax Advantage Dealer, and provide a Carfax report for every car free of charge, on their website at sterlingautosalesft.com Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Sterling Auto Sales as our Business of the Week.
Hootenannies located at 324 W. Main St. in Sterling is owned by Kevin Griffee, and is managed by Trevor Bedsaul. In April of 2014, Kevin saw a need for a restaurant/bar in Sterling, wanting to offer a variety of food to meet everyone’s desires as well as being kid friendly. Trevor joined the team prior to the business’ official purchase and works to continue the vision that was established while also adding his own spin on Sterling’s demands. On April 7, 2014, Chester’s Pub, primarily a bar that served a very limited menu, turned into Hootenannies. They took over with a smooth transition by offering the same menu and beginning the addition a full kitchen, a patio, a revamped menu, and exciting late night changes. By October of 2014, they were finishing up the remodel of the kitchen and starting to get the changes finalized as desired. By Hootenannies’ one year anniversary they had added tap beers, nearly tripled their spirit selection, finished up our covered and heated patio, and had their initial full menu catching the attention of locals, offering a really good burger. Over the next couple years, they continued to make improvements as to what their customers wanted, such as wider selection of burgers, sides, draft beer, more TVs, a full-service bar on their patio for special events, and more live entertainment. As Hootenannies approaches their 5-year anniversary, they can make note of several changes, such as an increased wine selection, and 11 draft beers to choose from. Hootenannies also has a full-service heated patio with TVs, pool tables, big screen TVs, and its own draft beer system, with plenty of tables to sit and relax. Their menu continues to grow offering over 15 different burgers with more offered as specials. Their menu now consists of multiple appetizers, steaks, salads, and more… which is continually changing to offer the best values, healthy options, seafood requests, and spring specials that are still a secret… They also now offer, Hootenannies mugs, glasses, shirts, and sweatshirts. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Hootenannies as this week’s Business of the Week!
D Cent Plumbing 2-4-19
D Cent Plumbing began in the garages of brother Don and Cliff Lock in December of 1975. Both brothers had plumbing experience and wanted to start their own businesses. They continued their
businesses in their garages until 1994 when their current shop was built at 414 N. 2nd Street in Sterling. In 2010 Don retired followed by Cliff in 2016, leaving the ownership to his son, Jeff. Jeff took ownership January 1, 2017 by keeping it a family operation with his sons and other family members working
alongside him. D Cent Plumbing offers new installation and services of plumbing ad boilers, sewer and drain cleaning, water heater installation, faucet and plumbing fixture repair and replacement, as well as, new construction and remodels. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating D Cent Plumbing as this week’s Business of the Week!
Dale's Jewlery 1-28-19
Dale’s Jewelry began in May of 1983 when Dale and Jeanne Bedsaul purchased the existing jewelry store, Scheberle’s Jewelry, which had been in operation for 28 years. After operating at 103 S. 2nd St. for 21 years, Dale’s Jewelry was able to move to their current location at 201 Main St. in October of 1994. This location was almost doubled in size, and allowed them to design a layout that could suit
their needs. Dale’s Jewelry carries a full line of fine quality jewelry which included diamonds, and a vast array of colored stone jewelry. They carry a large selection of bridal engagement and wedding rings from
numerous manufacturers, many which can be customized to fit your wishes. Dale’s also carries pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings of all types, gold jewelry, sterling silver lines from award winning designers. They offer diamond setting, remounting, and service on all the items that they sell. They
provide a personal, professional and comfortable atmosphere for all their customers. Each year Dale and
his staff attend an international jewelry show with over 2,000 vendors, to bring you the latest styles with the most unique designs. In addition to their membership with the Logan County Chamber, Dale’s Jewelry also belongs to
The American Gem Society, Jewelers of America, Retail Jewelers Organizationg, and the Better Business Bureau. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Dale’s Jewelry as this week’s Business
of the Week!
Wells Fargo 1-21-19
Wells Fargo has been serving the Sterling community since 1925. It started out as a Security Service Bank and has been through a few different mergers until finally becoming Wells Fargo in 1975. The Wells Fargo company has been around for over 165 years and is one of the nation’s largest banks. Wells Fargo is a resource for their customers, they provide financial guidance and ensure to be there every step of the way. As a team, they go above and beyond taking care of customer needs. They have a firm belief in making sure things are done right the first time. The Sterling team is passionate about the community and making sure their customers are happy. Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Wells Fargo on being our Business of the Week.
CHS is a farmer and rancher owned cooperative with owners across the United States. CHS’s
first priority is to help farmers and ranchers grow, providing quality products, the latest innovation and
first class customer service. As agriculture and communities evolve, they are committed to staying
ahead of the industry. CHS employs a knowledgeable and professional staff to assist their customers
with any needs.
The down town Sterling office was formed in 2015 when two parent cooperatives merged their
agronomy divisions together to better service their owners. The CHS agronomy division services farmers
and ranchers in Northeast Colorado and parts of Southwest Nebraska offering them fertilizer, crop
protection, and application services.
Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating CHS as this week’s Business of the
Creative Eye Works 1-7-19
Creative Eyeworks located at 100 Broadway in the Broadway Plaza Shopping Center, has been serving our community for 22 years. Bonnie Frank, along with Carol Brunkhardt started their business knowing that their services would be a nice contribution to the community. In 1996, they were located on S. 3rd Avenue, later moving to a larger location in 2008.
Creative Eyeworks carries a large selection of prescription and nonprescription eyewear including sunglasses. They also offer some day service on some prescriptions. On top of their many wonderful products, Creative Eyeworks also has a part-time optometrist on staff to better serve your eyecare needs. Dr. Sean Blackburn and his staff come to the office once a week.
Please help the Logan County Chamber in congratulating Creative Eyeworks as this week’s Business of the Week.