By Jamie Folsom
It’s a hot sunny day in Berthoud, and then the fire trucks show up. Not a bad thing if you own a car wash and your kids are thrilled to see the firefighters. Tom and Teresa Strizki, owners of the Colorado Rapid Wash, celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony with ambassadors from the Berthoud Chamber of Commerce and two trucks from the Berthoud Fire Protection District.
“We want to be a part of the Berthoud community,” Tom Strizki said. Wife and business partner Teresa said it took them four years to get the business going. Some had advised them to look elsewhere to locate the state-of-the-art car wash, but they insisted on Berthoud. “This is where we live, where our kids are a part of things.”
“We’d like to see Berthoud grow a little,” she added.
The Strizkis also plan to contribute to the community by setting up a hot dog stand for customers. Proceeds would go to youth organizations as a fundraising opportunity. Tom noted the stand should be up and running in a few weeks.
For more information call (970) 344-5089. Colorado Rapid Wash is located at County Road 17 and Welch Avenue in Berthoud.
Wind Energy Grant Deadline Approaching
Farmers, ranchers and rural business owners have until July 31 to apply for the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants. The grants provide funds to purchase and install small wind turbines (or other renewable energy systems). Farmers, ranchers and rural business owners are eligible for grants to cover 25 percent of the total installed cost of the small wind turbine system. These USDA grants, when used in conjunction with the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), can help a farmer install a small wind turbine system for roughly 50 percent of the normal cost.
The grant program is designed to assist farmers and ranchers who gain 50 percent or more of their gross income from agricultural operations. Rural small businesses with less than 15 employees are also eligible. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) offers examples of farmers and small business owners who have successfully installed small wind turbine systems on their property.
It is important to note that it may take up to two weeks for a farmer to fully complete an application, it is recommended to begin the process as soon as possible.
For more information:
Renewable Options & Investments firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 812-3285
USDA Rural Development Offices www.RurDev.usda.gov/scrty/sdirs.html
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) www.dsireUSA.org
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) www.awea.org
Small Business Development Workshops
Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Beginning Financial Management
Tuesday July 21, 7 to 9 a.m., Right Start I — Business Registration and Entity
Tuesday, July 21, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Right Start Docs
Friday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hands-on QuickBooks