Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Taste of Indiana Today in Indianapolis: Come Out & Say Hello to the Bell Aquaculture Bell Perch™ Team

Bell Aquaculture is proud to be a sponsor of today's DIG*IN "A Taste of Indiana" at Indy's White River State Park.

Aaron Butts, Executive Chef at Roanoke's Joseph Decuis restaurant, is one of the chefs at DIG*IN. As an aside, Joseph Decuis included Bell Perch in its menu this past week at the presitigious James Beard House in New York. Read more: First Indiana Restaurant Invited to Serve at New York's Prestigious James Beard House - Indiana's Joseph Decuis Selects Bell Perch™ for Its Ceviche Appetizer

About DIG*IN: "Indiana growers will make their way to White River State Park to showcase their high quality locally produced products, and remind Hoosiers there is much more than corn in Indiana. Dig-IN will feature educational discussion panels, cooking demonstrations, urban gardening exhibits, local chef Q&A sessions, wine tastings, beer and food pairing classes, and much more. Combining the freshness of farmer's markets and our state's greatest food minds, this event promises a feast for the senses. Prepare to learn from Indiana agricultural and culinary experts as they invite you on a journey from field to table top. Don't miss the opportunity to help us celebrate all that Indiana agriculture has to offer." See you Noon - 6 p.m. today (admission required).

Link for complete event details

Thursday, August 26, 2010

August Issue: CBSA Focus Newsletter

In this issue:

Letter from the President: Holli Baumunk

Corporex Beginning Development of Fitzsimons Village

Legislator Profile: Rep. Jim Riesberg

Company Spotlight: AlloSource

Ernst & Young: Beyond Borders Report

Link to the pdf

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bell Aquaculture's Yellow Perch Farm Is 1st In Indiana To Receive 'Excellence in Progressive Farm Practice' Award

Indiana Lt. Governor Rebecca S. Skillman and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) have recognized Bell Aquaculture LLC for excellence in progressive farm practices. The announcement is made by Norman McCowan, President & CEO, who says Bell Aquaculture recently completed the voluntary ISDA Certified Livestock Producer Program (CLPP) in order to qualify for the review and is the first aquaculture facility in Indiana and one of only a few in the nation to receive this type of designation.

"We are thrilled that our operation has received this recognition," McCowan says. "The yellow perch that we’re raising, the Bell Perch™, is a higher quality product from the standpoint that there is no real possibility of contaminants entering into their food chain during their growth. We have absolute control over our water supply, since they are raised in-house there is no opportunity for bird predation, pesticides or herbicides to get into the flesh of the fish that you and I might sit down to eat.”

Link to the PR Web newswire

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Food Industry Today: Indiana's Joseph Decuis, First Indiana Restaurant Invited to Serve at NY's Prestigious James Beard House, Takes Bell Perch™ Along

"When guests sit down to dine at New York’s prestigious James Beard house tonight, Bell Aquaculture Bell Perch™ will be on the m...enu in the “Perch Ceviche with Crispy Rice Cake, Lime Air & Chili Pepper” hors d’oeuvres offering. Joseph Decuis is the first restaurant in Indiana to be invited to serve at New York’s prestigious James Beard House."

Link to the posting about last night's event

Monday, August 23, 2010

Joseph Decuis, First Indiana Restaurant Invited to Serve at New York's Prestigious James Beard House, Selects Bell Perch™

When guests sit down to dine at New York's prestigious James Beard house tonight, Bell Aquaculture Bell Perch™ will be on the menu in the "Perch Ceviche with Crispy Rice Cake, Lime Air & Chili Pepper" hors d’oeuvres offering. The announcement is made by Norman McCowan, Bell Aquaculture's President & CEO, who says, "We've simply been on cloud nine since Joseph Decuis' Executive Chef Aaron Butts advised we'd be on the menu at their James Beard House event. We just can't contain our Indiana pride."

Butts explains, "We partner with Bell Aquaculture regularly, as one of the Indiana 'Like Minded Farms,' sharing our belief that quality is more important than mass-produced foods, and that family farming is in the blood. Each of our partners believe in natural, drug-free, humane, practices. We’re proud to use these Indiana farm-raised products to bring excellent tasting, healthy food to diner's plates – both at our restaurant and at their homes." Learn more at

As reported in Fort Wayne's The News-Sentinel, "The man who set things in motion for the invitation is John Garr, a resident of Converse [IN] and frequent patron at Joseph Decuis. Garr, who says he loves good food, has been a member of the James Beard Foundation for years and attends events there three to four times a year. On one visit, he told Izabela Wojcik of the foundation about Joseph Decuis. That led to a phone conversation between her and Butts and eventually to the invitation."

Link to the PR Web newswire

Link to a pdf of the full menu

Sunday, August 22, 2010

CU Professors Interview on Business For Breakfast Radio Show About the ReTool Renewable Energy 4-Part Certificate Program, starting Aug 27

Reminder: the first of four monthly sessions begin Friday, August 27th: "RETool: Developing Business Careers in the New Energy Economy."

"The rapid growth of renewable energy is a bright spot in a troubled economy. Clean energy companies are expanding, especially in Colorado, and federal stimulus funds are flooding the industry. Now is the time to identify attractive opportunities in this rapidly evolving industry.

Get ahead of the curve - take an intensive, four-day certificate program offered by the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder that provides an in-depth look at renewable energy technologies and policies.

All courses will be held at the Leeds School of Business on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each course will be led by CU faculty with expertise in clean technology development, and will include a panel of industry experts. Schedule and topics:

Friday, Aug. 27 Renewable Power
Friday, Oct. 1 Understanding Smart Grids
Friday, Nov. 5 Renewable Transportation Energy
Friday, Dec. 3 Energy Efficiency

Participants may take all four courses to earn a RETool Renewable Energy Certificate, or may take courses individually."

Link to registration information

Link to the Business For Breakfast radio interview, recorded Aug 20th

Thursday, August 19, 2010

From the Matt Howell Blog: "A visit to Bell Aquaculture"

"I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Bell Aquaculture recently. They are a client of Fusework Studios (Muncie & Indianapolis). I met with Mark Kelly who proceeded to give me a grand tour of the processing facility outside Redkey, Indiana."

Link to the blog post

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Holben Hay Balzer Denver CPA Firm Now Has Its Facebook Branded URL

Holben Hay Balzer CPAs in Denver now has its Facebook branded url - The page was launched June 21 at the announcement of the firm name change.

More information about HHB is found at these postings:

Name Change Rollout:

Sheila Balzer CSCPA Board Appointment:

In addition to Facebook, HHB is also found at these social media sites:

Twitter: and

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coming in October: Colorado's First Cleantech Awards Celebration

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is pleased to announce the inaugural Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration. This celebratory luncheon will honor the companies and entrepreneurs driving Colorado’s thriving cleantech industry.

Mr. Ira Ehrenpreis, General Partner with Technology Partners in Palo Alto, CA, will keynote the luncheon event. Ira has been with Technology Partners since 1996 and was investing in cleantech before it was considered as an industry. The majority of the firm's investments are in early stage companies and 50% of those are in cleantech. Ira leads the firm's Cleantech investment practice, investing in Energy Technology, Water Technology, and Advanced Materials opportunities and is an investor in Colorado's Abound Soar, as well as in Tesla Motors.

Link for more information

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ecotech Institute to Host Green Jobs Open House With Panel of Industry Experts, Including CCIA Exec Dir Chris Shapard

"Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design, will host an open house on Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. The open house will feature an impressive panel of guest speakers to discuss the booming green industry and how to obtain and prepare for careers in the cleantech sector.

Potential and current Ecotech Institute students will gather to listen to the discussion and participate in a Q&A session. Ecotech's first class of students boasts an almost perfect attendance rate, proving their dedication to preparing for future green careers. The open house will not only feature the guest speakers, but also allow potential students to meet faculty, staff and current students.

The Ecotech Institute panel of expert speakers will include:

Christine Shapard, Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

Dr. Abbas Ghassemi, Director of the Institute for Energy and Environment (IE&E) and professor of Chemical Engineering at New Mexico State University

Glenn Wilson, Academic Dean at Ecotech Institute

Alison Wise, Director of Career Services at Ecotech Institute (moderator)"

Link to the Marketwire newswire

Monday, August 9, 2010

WebCPA: Holben Hay Balzer name change

"Holben Hay Husman, Denver, has changed its name to Holben Hay Balzer CPAs LLC in recognition of the influence and contributions of Sheila Balzer. Balzer had been with Husman & Co. since 1994, prior to its merger with the Holben firm in 2001."

Link to WebCPA (Accounting Today)

Absolutely Public Relations Named PR Agency of Record for Denver-based Accounting Firm Holben Hay Balzer CPAs

Colorado public relations consulting firm, Absolutely Public Relations, is the PR agency of record (AOR) for the Denver-based accounting firm, Holben* Hay*Absolutely PR Owner/Founder Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, who says, "HHB's PR effort launched in June with its name change announcement from the Holben Hay Husman moniker used during past decade. A PR campaign focusing on Sheila Balzer's appointment to the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA) followed in July." Link to the related messaging:

Name Change Rollout:

Sheila Balzer CSCPA Board Appointment:

Link to today's PR Newswire Agency Roster

Link to the PR Web newswire

* For full disclosure, both Holben and Hay are Maggie Holben's first cousins by marriage.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Video Recap: "Clean Over Green," Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

Dr. Joseph A. Stanislaw, Independent Senior Advisor, Energy & Sustainability, Deloitte LLP presented "Clean Over Green" to the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association July 29, 2010, at the Denver Chamber. Link for more information at: or

Part One (first of four parts, followed by six questions)

Clean Over Green Part 1:

Clean Over Green Part 2:

Clean Over Green Part 3:

Clean Over Green Part 4:

Clean Over Green Question 1:

Clean Over Green Question 2:

Clean Over Green Question 3:

Clean Over Green Question 4:

Clean Over Green Question 5:

Clean Over Green Question 6:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Colorado Wines plus Technology & Bioscience Execs at the Dazzling Denver Botanic Gardens venue

Come enjoy Colorado-grown wine, while mingling among technology and bioscience leaders and professionals at the CSIA and CBSA 7th Annual Wine Tasting at the Botanic Gardens on August 12th.

The CCIA/CBSA Annual Wine Tasting is one of the year's most anticipated events. With great food, wonderful Colorado wine and an evening dedicated to pure networking, this year will be no exception.

Note: advance registration required; admission charge for both members and guests of the sponsoring organizations.

CBSA registration site:

CCIA registration site:

A participating winery tour:

Garfield Estates
Over the last 8 years, Garfield Estates transformed the historic farm they purchased in early 2000 into a state-of-the-art winery and state vineyard. They acquired Garfield Estates from the granddaughter of the family that originally homesteaded the land well over 100 years ago. From the very beginning they wanted to create a premium winery while also retaining the historic aspects of this property. Their winery is renovated from the original barn and incorporates this historic building into a modern winemaking facility. Currently they have 11 acres planted with five different varieties of grapes: Syrah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscat Ottonel.

Two Rivers Winery
Nestled between the gateways of the Colorado National Monument is our family operated winery. Although Two Rivers Winery and the Chateau are relatively new, they are both becoming Grand Junction’s Newest Tradition. The entire project was built literally from the ground up on 15 acres of vacant land in 1999.

D’Vine Wine
D’Vine Wine is a boutique winery specializing in custom wines made from the highest quality varietals. By the glass or by the bottle our vintners will guide you through the process of customizing your very own wine. D’Vine Wine, your personal winery is truly a unique experience for the wine novice or the wine expert. Our winery produces many award winning wines from the finest juices. Starting from the juice, rather than growing our own grapes, allows us to offer a wide variety of wines from the bold reds, to crisp whites, to fruit and dessert wines.

Balistreri Vineyards
Balistreri Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery dedicated to making high quality wine. The winery was licensed in 1998 and they released their first vintage in February of 2000. Their wines are primarily made with vinifera varietal grapes purchased from growers in the Grand Valley Viticultural Area located in Western Colorado. Select wines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Muscat are produced with grapes from their own Denver Vineyard. Their winemaker John Balistreri combines both traditional wine-making methods and modern technology to produce award winning wines.

Verso Cellars
Founded in 2001, Verso Cellars is Colorado’s largest producing vineyard of cabernet sauvignon grapes. Fifteen acres of certified rootstock purchased from Sonoma Grapevines Nursery in California were planted in the spring of 2001on their 19.22 acre parcel in East Orchard Mesa. The cabernet grapes are of the highest quality and consist of a distinctive blend of six clones which when made into wine results in lovely combinations yielding unique wines.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Colorado BioScience Association Seeks Region’s Top Innovators for Venture Showcase Competition at 2010 BioWest Conference & Expo

Organizers of the annual BioWest Conference & Expo are again looking for the best bioscience start-ups in the region as candidates for this year's $7,500 Dorsey & Whitney Venture Showcase Award. The announcement is made by Holli Baumunk, President & CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) who says, "four companies will be chosen to present at the showcase on Wednesday, September 29, and will be judged by a panel of venture capitalists. Deadline for entry is Friday, August 20."

“The BioWest Venture Showcase Competition allows early-stage companies to present their discoveries and research to venture capitalists and nearly 700 attendees during this regional conference,” Baumunk explains. “Many of the past presenters have gained national and international exposure from participating in this event, and we are excited to include the competition in the conference again this year.”

Link to the Business Wire posting

July 30 Denver Business Journal Newsmakers: Sheila Balzer CSCPA Board Appointment

"ACCOUNTING The Colorado Society of CPAs appointed Sheila Balzer of Holben Hay Balzer to a two-year term on its board of directors."

Link to the PR Newswire release

Link to the PR Web newswire

Link to Sheila Balzer's "Auditing Expert" Profile