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Discovery Tap House Open for Business

The Discovery Tap House at 4990 Kipling St., #7, in Wheat Ridge officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 27. Owners Gary Thomas and his wife Karen left corporate jobs to open the new tap house that will serve beers from across Colorado. Discovery Tap House offers 20 rotating taps and a wide variety of beers including some from smaller breweries.

To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/DiscoveryTap

Elected Officials Meet & Greet, Nov. 29

The Jefferson County Business Lobby and The West Chamber of Commerce will host a meet-and-greet with elected officials, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Rockley Foundation Community Recital Hall, 8591 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood.

There will be no formal presentation, just a chance to talk with the elected officials from Jefferson County, its municipalities and other elected officials.

Light appetizers, beer and wine will be served. Admission is $10 per person in advance; $15 at the door.

Register by Nov. 22 at www.westchamber.org.

Wheat Ridge Power Hour Strikes on Dec. 7

Join the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce for its Power Hour on Dec. 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. The Power Hour provides the professional development you need to thrive in our ever-changing economy. This intense and collaborative 60-minute segment offers you the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, successful business professionals and your peers in business.  

Learn more or register at www.wheatridgechamber.org/events/details/wheat-ridge-power-hour-298

GEICO Opens Wheat Ridge Office

GEICO has opened an office at 5145 Kipling St., in Wheat Ridge. Michael Martinez, a 15-year insurance industry veteran, will lead a team of four licensed agents at the new location.

Martinez serves as a board member for Fundación Internacional Amigos del Niño con Cáncer, an organization that brings Latin American children to Disney World who are recovering from cancer.

The new office has Spanish-speaking agents on staff.

For more information, visit www.geico.com/insurance-agents/colorado/denver/michael-martinez/

Feel the Beat Brings Dance and Music to Those With Special Needs

The ribbon cutting and grand opening for Feel the Beat, 5451 W. 32nd Ave., was a huge success! The nonprofit is dedicated to bringing the expressive world of dance and music education to the lives of children who are deaf, hard of hearing and those with different special needs.

       The ribbon cutting and networking event took place Nov. 1, and the grand opening Nov. 12, featuring dance, painting, food and a silent auction.

       Visit www.feelthebeatdance.com for more information.

WRBA Serves Up Annual Holiday Luncheon Dec. 12

At Wheat Ridge Business Association’s Annual Holiday Luncheon, Dec. 12, corporate comedian and self-defense expert Tim O’Shea will present “Top Secrets Revealed: The Funny Way We Think,” providing key insights into how to avoid making assumptions to handle conflict, manage change, and have more successful outcomes. It takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. $20 for members, $150 table for eight; register by Dec. 7.

To learn more and to register go to www.wheatridgebiz.com. Call 720-588-2317 with questions.

Business Classes, Events From Jeffco Business Resource Center

The Jefferson County Business Resource Center, located in Denver West, is offers helpful presentations and workshops every month.

“Start-Up 101: What You Need to Know Before You Consider Starting a Business!” is held at the JBRC, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9 to 10:30 a.m. This class covers entrepreneurial characteristics, feasibility of business ideas, which business structure is right for your business, who do you need to know, why business planning is crucial for your success, financing options, banking, bookkeeping, taxes and business liability. Free, but registration requested.

For more information about Jeffco BRC and their business education programs, contact Amira Watters, Executive Director, at 303-996-8976, or visit www.jeffcobrc.org.

Gift Exchange at Applewood Holiday Luncheon, Dec. 14

A holiday gift exchange will take place in lieu of a guest speaker at Applewood Business Association’s holiday luncheon, Thursday, Dec. 14, starting 11:15 a.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club, 15707 W. 26th Ave., Golden.

Luncheon guests should bring item for the gift exchange; cash, check or charge card to buy gift “steals” as well as bid on auction items; and a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.

The Applewood Business Association helps businesses in Applewood start, grow and flourish, is engaged in the community, and encourages businesses from outside Applewood to join.

Guests are welcome, with the first lunch free (but not the Holiday Luncheon). Newcomers may visit the meetings twice before they must join.

Cost for the luncheon is $25 for members and nonmembers. The deadline to RSVP is 5 p.m. on Friday before the meeting date. The Association cannot guarantee a meal after that time.

For more information, visit www.applewoodbusiness.com or call 720-460-1539.

WR Chamber Leads Group, Dec. 7

The Wheat Ridge Chamber Leads Group meets the first and third Thursdays (Dec. 7) of each month, 11:30 a.m. at Pietra’s Pizza, 9045 W. 44th Ave.

A Leads Group, or networking group, is a group that meets regularly to create partnerships and build relationships with the members in that group, with a goal of referring business to each other. It’s a great way to build your network, grow your business and help other members grow their business.

In order to participate, you must be a member of the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce. If your industry is already represented in this group, the Chamber will put your name on a waiting list and start a second group once we have five or six names on the list.

If you are interested in joining, email dot@wheatridgechamber.org. Visit www.WheatRidgeChamber.org for more information.