Business Briefs

Chris Noce, owner of Noce Metal Design, created dozens of Rail Openers to recognize Durango’s role hosting the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Several of the stout bottle openers, cut from surplus rails for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, are still available for $20 by emailing Noce at chris_noce@yahoo.com. Also, several cuttings without laser engravings are available for custom engraving. Enlarge photo

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Chris Noce, owner of Noce Metal Design, created dozens of Rail Openers to recognize Durango’s role hosting the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Several of the stout bottle openers, cut from surplus rails for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, are still available for $20 by emailing Noce at chris_noce@yahoo.com. Also, several cuttings without laser engravings are available for custom engraving.

Woodworker opens new art gallery

Dave Sronce announces the opening of his business Aspen Heart Turnings.

Sronce’s work also is available at the Durango Trading Post, Raven House Gallery in Mancos and Artifacts Gallery in Farmington.

Sronce was born and raised in Colorado. He came to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College and never left. Sronce’s passion for woodworking began in high school when he took wood shop. His favorite thing to do was work on the lathe. In his spare time he would do carving and make furniture. He started using aspen and came to appreciate the beauty of the aspen tree. He uses fallen logs. There is no waste – even wood shavings are used for fertilizer.

For more information, call 946-2670, 946-9412 or email sunsetridesrus@yahoo.com.

Leavitt Group announces new hire

Leavitt Group Four Corners Insurance Agency has hired Kristin Hoff as employee benefits account manager.

Hoff will work with Todd Toner, account executive assisting him with fully insured and partially self-funded insurance plans for large and small businesses. She has extensive background with annual renewals, cost containment strategies and claims assistance. A 2001 Fort Lewis College graduate, Hoff became a licensed life- and health-insurance agent that same year and has previously worked as an employee benefits account representative and manager.

For more information, call 375-3160.

Interior design studio adds showroom

Madeen Interior Design Studio, 635 East Second Ave., announces its re-introduction to Durango.

The business has revamped its working office and added a retail showroom. Everyone is welcome to stop by and peruse furnishings, finishes and accessories, as well as services the business offers.

The business is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 375-1131 or visit www.madeeninteriors.com.

Garrhs receives dealer certification

Garrhs Heating and Air Conditioning announces it has recently been certified by Carrier Corp. as a factory-authorized dealer of Carrier heating and air-conditioning equipment and products.

Garrhs is the only factory-authorized dealer in the Four Corners.

For more information, call 259-5579.

Entrepreneur’s stories available on website

The U.S. Small Business Administration is giving entrepreneurs an online platform to share their stories and showcase their businesses with the launch of “Small Business Owners Speak” at www.sba.gov/stories.

The website features videos by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business with the help of the SBA. The website features a map of the United States that allows users to click on videos by state or by using the drop-down menu and searching for videos by topic.

For more information, visit the website.

Innovation Network to host summit

The Colorado Innovation Network will hold its inaugural Innovation Summit “Leadership & Collaboration in Transformative Times” from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Parkway in Denver.

The summit will bring together innovative and action-oriented leaders in the Colorado community and beyond. The summit will feature two days of presentations and panels focused on the innovative strategies that can propel Colorado forward. The network was created in November 2011 by Gov. John Hickenlooper to connect and convene leaders across Colorado’s public, private and academic sectors.

For more information, visit www.coloradoinnovationnetwork.com.

Herald Staff

Chris Noce, owner of Noce Metal Design, created dozens of Rail Openers to recognize Durango’s role hosting the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Several of the stout bottle openers, cut from surplus rails for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, are still available for $20 by emailing Noce at chris_noce@yahoo.com. Also, several cuttings without laser engravings are available for custom engraving. Enlarge photo

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald

Chris Noce, owner of Noce Metal Design, created dozens of Rail Openers to recognize Durango’s role hosting the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Several of the stout bottle openers, cut from surplus rails for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, are still available for $20 by emailing Noce at chris_noce@yahoo.com. Also, several cuttings without laser engravings are available for custom engraving.

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