Business Briefs

Insurance, financial advisers to meet

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Southwestern Colorado will meet at noon Wednesday at the Strater Hotel in the Oak Room, 699 Main Ave.

The guest speaker will be Tyler Hessing, an independent long-term care and disability income insurance wholesale specialist based in Colorado. Hessing owns the D.I. Broker-Colorado/Arizona franchise. He is active in the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, serving as president of the Centennial chapter in 2010-11.

Lunch will be served. Prospective members are invited. There is a $20 fee for nonmembers.

To RSVP, email Judy Simmons at or call 247-1413.

The association also will host a Long Term Care Refresher Partnership class the morning of Oct. 10. The charge for this class is $50. To register and for payment information, email

Economic-impact modeling available

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado will offer IMPLAN economic modeling in the region.

IMPLAN analysis estimates the impact of a proposed project and answers questions such as how many jobs will be created or what the economic impact to the community will be. The first step for businesses is to schedule a one-hour scoping meeting to assess the viability of a project and receive cost and timetable estimates.

MIG Inc. is the provider of the IMPLAN system. It also provided training in Southwest Colorado.

For more information, call Donna Graves at 385-4897.

Accountant accepted to graduate tax program

Rachel Bell, a certified public accountant with Gervais & Associates, has been accepted to the University of Denver’s Graduate Tax Program.

The program is one of the nation’s oldest and largest master’s programs in taxation and one of the few where accountants and attorneys study side-by-side. The program, accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, selects only highly qualified students who are graduates in law, accounting or business.

Gervais & Associates is a tax and financial planning CPA firm at 1199 Main Ave. For more information, call 385-1002.

Herald Staff