Upcoming Events

Please Help Keep our Teens Safe! – WRHS After Prom

November 23, 2019

Dear Community Supporter,

Please join us as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Wheat Ridge High School After Prom. This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 11PM to 2AM. The purpose of this event is to provide a fun and safe alternative to private parties after the prom that could potentially involve drinking and driving. The success and enthusiasm for this event has grown through the years and financial support from our business community makes it happen. The After Prom is paid for solely by contributions received from parents, businesses, services organization and fundraising.

Your tax deductible donation will be put to work to provide games, entertainment, food, prizes and decorations to transform Wheat Ridge High School into a safe and supervised fun-filled event for our students. All sponsors are recognized for their contributions during the After Prom, on the schools website, on the Wheat Ridge High School After-Prom Facebook site and in the local newspapers.

Your donation would be sincerely appreciated. We are in need of cash donations, gift cards/certificates, unique experiences, car care services/items, health and beauty services, food for the event, items for future college students or anything a teenager would like.

If you are interested in donating an item or service please contact me at 303-726-1421 or WRHSafterprom2020@gmail.com. The Wheat Ridge High School After Prom/PTSA is a Section 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Tax ID # 84-6047965.
Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity.


Erin E. Perrin, RN
Parent of 9th Grade Student
Wheat Ridge High School
9505 W 32nd Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033



Community Outreach – Support Feeding the Future Program

Community Outreach Committee is working to raise awareness to Feeding the Future program. We collected monetary donations at November and December meetings. WRBA matched $500 of the money raised at these meetings and the grand total of $1,381 was sent to the program. Thank you for your generosity to support the effort to help our children in need.

Feeding the Future Backpack program is run by Community Table (formerly known as Arvada Food Bank) and is providing students, who are on free or reduced lunch program, with food to eat over the weekend during the school year. Our volunteers meet every Thursday morning while school is in session at Stevens Elementary School and bag some food (some carbs, canned veggies, a piece of fruit, energy bars and some snack items). These are sent home with them on Fridays so they have some food to eat over the weekend. We are supporting the children in our neighborhood in need with these basic needs so they are able to focus on learning and growing. We encourage you to attend the next bagging if you can for just 30 minutes of your day to make a great impact in their lives.

Bagging Day Information:

Wheat Ridge Business Association members are invited to help fill bags for students at Stevens Elementary School the first Thursdays and any 5th Thursdays. Please check in at the main office and they will direct you to the cafeteria.

Remaining 2019-20 Dates: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Mar. 5,  Mar. 29, Apr. 2, April 30, May 7
Starts at: 8:25 am, Ends at: 9:05 am
Cost: 30 minutes of your time per day
Pre-registration required? No


Location: Stevens Elementary School
Address: 7101 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge 80033

Contact: Cheryl Brungardt 303-425-0230 cherylbrungardt@gmail.com

*If you can’t volunteer, donations may be sent to Wheat Ridge Foundation, For Wheat Ridge Feed the Future.


Jeffco BRC Upcoming Workshops – February 2020

Bookkeeping 101: Making Cents Out of Your Books
Thursday, February 13th – 8:00 am – 10:00 am
$10.00 with Advanced Registration – $20.00 at the Door.

Using Twitter for Small Business Success!
Thursday, February 20th – 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
$25.00 – Includes Lunch. Space is limited and Advanced Registration is Suggested.

Getting Started with Constant Contact
Thursday, February 27th – 8:00 am – 9:30 am
FREE but Advanced Registration is Appreciated!

Workshop location:
Jefferson County Business Resource Center
1667 Cole Blvd., Ste. 400
Lakewood, CO 80401

To learn more and register, please visit: www.jeffcobrc.org


March 2020 Breakfast

*** Please RSVP for this meeting before 5pm on Thursday, March 5 ***

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 7:00am-9:00am
Location: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO
Cost: $15 for WRBA Members and their guests, $18 for Non-members

Speaker: Liz Wendling, Sales and Business Development Consultant

Topic: Update Your Sales Language to Improve Your Sales Results

How recently have you updated your sales language, process and sales skills to align with today’s consumer? Could your emails or phone calls contain words that don’t build trust and confidence in you? Do you want to improve your closing ratio?


You will learn:


  • What todays’ consumers want in order to feel confident in doing business with you.
  • What old-school words and phrases to avoid in your sales process.
  • How people evaluate and choose professionals. Do you measure up?


Meeting Sponsor: TBA
Member Business Spotlight: TBA

Liz Wendling – Sales and Business Development Consultant

Liz Wendling is a nationally recognized business and sales consultant and the author of 6 books.  She understands the sales challenges that business owners face when selling in today’s crowded and competitive environment. Liz shows professionals how to make a profound difference in the way they sell and communicate—online and offline.

Liz will share why strategies and tactics that made you successful in the past, will not be enough to ensure continued success in the future. You’ll learn key principals for turning today’s rapidly changing business climate into your company’s strategic advantage.





March Madness Book and Gift Sale

It’s the annual March Madness Book Sale benefiting the Jefferson County Library Foundation. Hundreds of almost-new books, CDs and DVDs available for purchase.


Date: Friday, March 20 & Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Golden Library
Address: 1019 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401
Member: Jefferson County Library Foundation
Contact: Susan Spring 303-403-5079 www.jeffcolibraryfoundation.org


5th Annual JeffCo International Women’s Day

JeffCo International Women’s Day Seeking Nominations for Shattered Glass Award & Unsung Heroine Award

Know a Jefferson County woman who deserves recognition for her volunteer efforts, or an innovative woman who is a model for other women striving to make their dreams a reality in politics, government, or the public or private sector? Nominate them for the “Unsung Heroine” award or the “Shattered Glass” award. The winners will be recognized at the 5th annual JeffCo International Women’s Day celebration on March 6, 2019. Applications, which are due no later than 5 pm, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, can be found at: https://www.ixpowerfoundation.org/women-s-day/2020-awards/

The JeffCo International Women’s Day celebration is an official International Women’s Day event and can be found on the international website at: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Events.

Recognition of Jefferson County’s “Unsung Heroine” and the winner of the “Shattered Glass” award are just two of the elements of this popular annual event which complements the global International Women’s Day celebration. Other activities for the day in Jefferson County include breakouts, and the luncheon itself. The luncheon will feature an exciting keynote speaker, a Women’s Day “marketplace,” door prizes, swag bags and more!

Jefferson County merchants either owned or operated by a woman, or featuring a product or service for women, also have the opportunity to participate in International Women’s Day with an item for the swag bags that will be at each seat at the luncheon. Additionally, special deals for Women’s Day will be promoted on the website, in press releases, and in advertising where appropriate.



This is the Fifth year that International Women’s Day has been celebrated in Jefferson County, Colorado. In many countries around the world, this is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. International Women’s Day first emerged at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe and the first time it was observed nationally in the U.S. was in 1909. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. The United Nations’ theme for their women’s initiative is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” Sponsorships featuring a number of benefits, and individual registrations, are still available for the March 6, 2020 JeffCo International Women’s Day luncheon. However, space is limited and “earlybirds” are rewarded with lower registration prices. More information about sponsorships can be had by visiting: http://jeffcowomen2020.org or calling 303-277-9520. No walk-ups will be admitted. The event is expected to sell out in advance again this year.

Executive Committee:
Deborah Deal, APR, Founder & Chair
Ellie Cabell, Politics Chair Coach
Stacey Fowler, Program Co-Chair
Joni Inman, Awards Chair
Debbie Ridgell, Volunteer Chair
Jo Schantz, Prizes Co-Chair
Deb Starkey, Prizes & Vendors Chair



March Madness Book Sale

The Jefferson County Library Foundation will be hosting its annual March Madness Used Book Sale at the Golden Library. The sale contains over 1,000 used books, CDs and DVDs – like new, recently published, collectible, and gift-quality. There will also be several hand-curated gift baskets available for purchase.
Cost: FREE
Location: Golden Library
Address: 1019 10th Street, Golden CO 80401
Member: Jefferson County Library Foundation
Contact: Susan Spring 303-403-5079 susan.spring@jeffcolibrary.org jeffcolibraryfoundation.org
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April 2020 Breakfast

*** Please RSVP for this meeting before 5pm on Thursday, March 5 ***

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 7:00am-9:00am
Location: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO
Cost: $15 for WRBA Members and their guests, $18 for Non-members

Speaker: Patrick Goff, City Manager, City of Wheat Ridge

Topic: “State of the City”

Every year the City of Wheat Ridge is our biggest sponsor. The city shows its support through their direct financial support and through the use of its facilities. Mayor Bud Starker and Economic Development Manager Steve Art sit on the WRBA board of directors. They are both valuable members and we appreciate their participation. One of the big reasons that WRBA has been successful is because of the partnership between the two organizations. Thanks City of Wheat Ridge!

Meeting Sponsor: TBA
Member Business Spotlight: TBA

Patrick Goff, City Manager, City of Wheat Ridge

Patrick Goff has been with the City of Wheat Ridge since 2002, serving as City Manager for ten years.  Before coming to Wheat Ridge, he held public sector positions in Sheridan, Colorado and Westminster, Colorado.

In 2012 Mr. Goff received the Strategic Leadership and Governance Award from the International City/County Management Association recognizing innovative local government programs and processes. In 2014 the Colorado City and County Management Association selected him as the City Manager of the Year recognizing his leadership skills, inspirational hands-on management style, and dedication and commitment to the employees and community he serves.

Patrick received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Nebraska.





30th Annual Good News Breakfast

Hosted by The Good News Coalition


Be part of the celebration and attend the 30th annual Good News Coalition Breakfast.

Hear the good news and help honor those who make Jefferson County a better place to live!

Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 West 6th Avenue Golden, CO 80401
Date: April 21, 2020
Time 6:59 AM to 8:29 AM

$20.00 for two (bring a friend!)

Includes breakfast provided by Warren Tech Restaurant

Click here to register & pay online >>

Nominations for Awards are open now through Monday, February 17.
2020 Theme: Enriching the Earth, Enhancing the Future (Click for more info >>)



May 2020 Breakfast

*** Please RSVP for this meeting before 5pm on Thursday, May 7 . No Walk-ins Please ***

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 7:00am-9:30am
Location: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO
Cost: $15 for WRBA Members and their guests, $18 for Non-members

Speaker: Pamela Starr – Grow with Google Trainer
Topic: Reach Customers Online with Google ( View/download flyer >> )

Meeting Sponsor: TBA
Member Business Spotlight: TBA

Please RSVP today as this event will sell out! As soon as we reach full capacity, the registration will close even if it’s before the deadline.


Reach Customers Online with Google

Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your
business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in
Google Ads.

In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:

  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
  • Creating a free Google My Business listing
  • Advertising your business on Google

Led by Pamela Starr, one of Google’s professional national trainers, this is a can’t miss workshop for every small business owner.



Pamela Starr – Grow with Google Trainer

Pamela Starr is a leading authority on building customer loyalty and a professional speaker for Google’s Grow with Google program. A sought-after keynote speaker, Pamela also consults for brands and elite performers. She helps them achieve more measurable and profitable results from their digital and offline communication programs. For all her clients, she delivers real-world tools and strategies that drive stellar results.

Pamela is known to many in the business community for her prior role as corporate Director of Product Training for North America at Constant Contact. In that position, she directed the training activities that showed thousands of small businesses and non-profit organizations how to improve their digital media marketing efforts.

Pamela has dedicated her entire career to helping businesses and top performers grow. She has trained, coached and delivered keynote presentations to more than 80,000 professionals at more than 500 events. In addition, she has logged more than 30 hours of live national television appearances.

Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the Florida State University and completed graduate-level studies in Communication at the University of Central Florida.

You can connect with Pamela on her website: www.PamelaStarrOnline.com or through Twitter: @PamelaStarrFL.



Know How the Current Issues are Affecting Your Business through JCBL

Jefferson County Business Lobby (JCBL) is a partnership of area Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations in Jefferson County, Colorado. We work together in order to create a larger representation of our local business community. JCBL works with a lobbyist to focus on business-related issues so we can learn any changes that impact our business and act upon them as needed.

We receive periodical updates from JCBL if there are any legislative issues that pertains to our business. You can also receive updates by signing up to their email list from THIS LINK. All members are strongly encouraged to sign up TODAY.

Please click HERE to see past updates >>



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