Upcoming Events


Make a HUGE impact by just spending 30 minutes a week – Feeding The Future

WRBA members, please volunteer today to help Feeding the Future on the 1st Thur of each month at Stevens Elementary, 38th and High Ct.

We’re looking for volunteers to help pack weekend food sacks at Stevens Elementary School in Wheat Ridge. If interested, please show up on Stevens Elementary (38th & High Ct. – 7101 W 38th Ave. ) on Thursdays. (Every Thursdays during the school year). Check in at the school office by 8:20am. More volunteers we have, faster we can finish.

For questions and more information, please contact James Normandin at jnormandin@cotable.org or (720) 573-6300.

*** WRBA is committed to help as a group with the bagging on the 1st and the 5th Thursdays. You are welcome to help at any or all Thursdays during the school year!

WRBA Days are 1st and 5th Thursdays.

September 7
October 5
November 2 & 30
December 7
January 4
February 1 & 29
March 7
April 4
May 2

Check in at office by 8:20, should be done by 9 am. 7101 W. 38th Ave.

Feeding the Future Program at Stevens Elementary

 

Localworks Revives Legislative Lowdown by Popular Demand: A Crucial Insight into 2024 Legislative Session

Legislative Lowdown 2024

In response to overwhelming demand from the community, Localworks is delighted to announce the return of Legislative Lowdown! This eagerly anticipated event, in collaboration with Wheat Ridge community partners, aims to equip business owners with comprehensive insights into the key facets of the upcoming legislative session.

Scheduled for February 22, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, the event will be hosted at DiLse IT, 11919 W I-70 Frontage Rd N, Suite 127. All interested parties are invited to join Localworks for an informative session that promises to unravel the intricacies of the legislative landscape. The event will cover a range of hot topics crucial for business owners, delving into areas such as construction and housing, workforce development, employee retention, property tax reform, and energy initiatives.

The Legislative Lowdown event will feature an overview presentation about the legislation slated for the 2024 session, shedding light on potential impacts to you and your business. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with other small business owners, fostering connections and having crucial conversations on policy changes.

Click here to register!

This event is sponsored by DiLse IT and brought to you by Localworks in partnership with the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, Wheat Ridge Business Association, Wheat Ridge Business District, and the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

 

This evening promises to be a valuable resource for business owners navigating the dynamic legislative landscape, ensuring they stay well-informed and prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Save the date and join us on February 22, 2024, at DiLse IT 11919 W I-70 Frontage Rd N, Suite 127, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM!

 

Coffee Networking in the Morning

Please register for this FREE monthly business networking event.

Date: Wednesday, February 28
Time: 8-9am
Location: Stylus & Crate – 6985 W 38th Ave. STE 101 Wheat Ridge
Free event – bring your business cards and invite your colleagues who may benefit from meeting new people

 

Sign up HERE >>

 

 

Ribbon Cutting – Thursday, February 29, 3pm

Ribbon Cutting

Join us and Mayor Bud Starker for a Ribbon Cutting on

Thursday, February 29 at

3:00 p.m. UrgentVet, 3840 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge

 

New Commercial Exterior Grant Program for Large Scope Commercial Improvements in Wheat Ridge

The Wheat Ridge Business District’s Revitalization Incentive Program gives matching grants to eligible businesses for improvements to signs, facades, architectural design, landscaping, and accessibility.  The Wheat Ridge Business District is excited to announce the new Commercial Exterior Grant program for commercial property owners and businesses willing to invest in their properties in the City of Wheat Ridge to make a dramatic change in the curb appeal of their buildings and properties. The new Commercial Exterior Grant program is an effort to have a larger category to consider larger in scope projects that include substantial changes to the exterior or façade of a commercial property.

For more information and to apply, visit Wheat Ridge Business District website >>

 

Colorado Women’s Day 2024

Colorado Women's Day

Do you know about Colorado Women’s Day?
The 9th Annual Colorado Women’s Day is Friday, March 8, 2024. Join us and bring your co-workers. Our Keynote speaker is Sarah Thomas Champion Swimmer & Inspiration to us all!

We will be honoring Colorado women in 10 categories (students & adults). Make waves and nominate a friend, colleague, or student!

2024 will mark the ninth year that International Women’s Day has been celebrated with Colorado Women’s Day. 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.

Shop unique jewelry, handmade art, and more! Attend mini workshops in the morning. Win door prizes!

Date: Friday, March 8, 9am-2pm
Register at http://www.ColoradoWomensDay.org
Cost: For more info http://www.ColoradoWomensDay.org
Location: Denver Marriott West
Address: 1717 Denver West Marriott Blvd, Golden, CO 80401
Member: Cheryl Garcia
Contact: Cheryl Blum Garcia info@CherylGarcia.com
Submitted by: Cheryl Garcia

 

March 2024 Meeting

Member RSVP for March MeetingGuest (Non-Member) RSVP for March Meeting

*** RSVP for this meeting by 5pm on Thursday, March 7. No walk-ins are permitted. ***

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Time: 7:00am-9:00am
Location: The Vista at Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W 32nd Ave. Golden, CO 80401
Cost:  $20 for WRBA Members and their guests, $25 for Non-members (*Please see below)

Topic: “Westbound in our Home Town”

Speakers: Casey Bogenschutz, Lutheran Medical Center – Intermountain Health & Patrick Chambers, Cumming Group

The Lutheran Medical Center replacement hospital has required collaboration across many areas to ensure we built the best hospital to serve our community while maintaining high-quality and reliable care for the community. This presentation aims to share what that collaboration entailed, what our progress looks like now, and how we will move the hospital and patients later this year.

You will learn:

  • Understand how the team worked together in the design of the space.
  • View virtual tour of progress inside the replacement hospital.
  • Details regarding how the hospital will move

*This program will focus on the new Lutheran Hospital at Clear Creek Crossing. The presentation and conversation will not include any discussion of the current Lutheran Medical Center Hospital and Campus.

 

President’s Circle Member Business Spotlight: Lowrey Burnett, CCIM,  Fountainhead Commercial

Patron Member Business Spotlight: LaDawn Sperling, Coldwell Banker Realty

 

Speakers: Casey Bogenschutz, Lutheran Medical Center – Intermountain Health & Patrick Chambers, Cumming Group

Casey BogenschutzCasey Bogenschutz holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She began her professional career at BNSF Railway. Casey pivoted into healthcare when she relocated to Colorado. At Lutheran Medical Center, Casey contributed significantly to the performance improvement team during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Casey is overseeing the relocation of Lutheran Medical Center to Clear Creek Crossing.

 

 

 

 

Patrick ChambersPatrick Chambers is a seasoned healthcare project delivery leader with over 25 years of experience providing leadership and direction in the areas of planning, programming, design, and construction oversight for major national healthcare projects totaling more than $5 billion. Currently, Patrick is the Director of the Project Management team providing integrated program management services for planning, design, construction, and activation for the new Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

 

 

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 *IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – About our Monthly Meeting

  • Our monthly meeting tickets are:
    Member – $20 per person (member and member paying for their guests. Must be logged in to their member account)
    Non-member – $25 per person (guests visiting the second time and returning past members)
  • Punch card is $100 for 5 punches. (Available for members only. Credit is loaded into your member account)
  • Annual meal package is $225 for the whole year (10 meetings @$20/ea plus 1 holiday luncheon @$25/ea. We will still RSVP for you automatically and if you can’t make it, you are encouraged to send in someone else in your place. This is a use-it-or-lose-it program with your convenience in mind).
  • The WRBA will cover the first meeting for prospective members. (Need a completed guest card), Second time visitor is $25
    Additional persons attending from the member business or guests of a member, if registered by the member logged in to their account, is $20/ea.
  • Each meeting ticket includes hot breakfast, but not eating the breakfast WILL NOT excuse you from needing a ticket as we submit the headcount to the venue and pay for it. Please consider the ticket price as cost for the great networking opportunity and information you will receive. No-shows will be invoiced, unless notified BEFORE the RSVP is closed.

 

 

Join us for March Biz Mix

Please register from the form below so we know how many people to expect.

Biz Mix March 2024Date: Wednesday, March 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Feed Your Soul Fitness – 5500 W 44th Ave Denver 80212

 

Bring your business cards, your friends & family and come ready to network.

 

Register for Biz Mix

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Every Member Drawing for Biz Mix

How does it work? – We have names of all WRBA members, Yes ALL member; not just the ones who are there, in the barrel and during the event, we’ll draw one (1) name. If your name is called and you are present, you win $100 cash! If you are not there, then we’ll return the name to the barrel for next month’s drawing and add the unclaimed $100 to the following month’s $100 and the prize next month becomes $200, and so on. To claim the cash, you must be present and must be a WRBA member in good standing (with dues current). Not only it’s a free event, you as a WRBA member may win cash for just being there.

*If you are up for renewal prior to this, please renew your membership to make sure your membership is in good standing. If you are not a member, yet, join before the drawing then we will add your name to the barrel.

We are up to $200 this month!

 

 

 

 

Coffee Networking in the Morning

Please register for this FREE monthly business networking event.

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 8-9am
Location: Stylus & Crate – 6985 W 38th Ave. STE 101 Wheat Ridge
Free event – bring your business cards and invite your colleagues who may benefit from meeting new people

 

Sign up HERE >>

 

 

Thank you for your support! – Feeding the Future Cash Donation Drive

Every year, we collect cash donations to benefit Wheat Ridge Feeding the Future Backpack Program at the November Meeting and the December Holiday Luncheon, as well as online donations. As a result, we collected $538 offline and $365 online totaling $903. The WRBA matched $500 of the donation.

This year, our member, Community Choice Credit Union generously matched the WRBA’s matching for $500! Wow – thanks to your community-minded support!

Community Choice Credit Union 2024
(Photo: The Staff at Community Choice Credit Union presenting the donation matching check to the WRBA!)

So, Grand total of $1903 was delivered to Community Table, who administers the Wheat Ridge Feeding the Future program by some of our board members. We nearly doubled the donation collected this year – Great job all!!

FTF Donation presentation 2024
(Photo from left to right – Simon McGowan, Lowrey Burnett, Maki DeLaet, James Normandin, Jeremy Laufer, Cheryl Garcia)

What is Feeding the Future Backpack Program?

In order for the students to qualify for the Feeding the Future Backpack program, which provides them with nutritious food for the weekend during the school year, the families used to be required to fill out the application each year to qualify for the free/reduced school lunches. With the recent changes to that rule, the program now covers ALL students automatically (they can opt-out to receive the support). This change suddenly increased the demand for the food as well as the volunteers to bag the food to be sent home dramatically.

The WRBA is committed to help volunteer the 1st and 5th Thursdays during the school year to help with the bagging at Stevens Elementary School.

We’re looking for volunteers to help pack weekend food sacks at Stevens Elementary School in Wheat Ridge. If interested, please show up on Stevens Elementary (38th & High Ct. – 7101 W 38th Ave. ) on Thursdays. (Every Thursdays during the school year). Check in at the school office by 8:20am. More volunteers we have, faster we can finish.

Remaining dates this school year are: February 29, March 7, April 4, May 2   ** You are welcome to come volunteer on any Thursdays during the school year.

For questions and more information, please contact James Normandin at jnormandin@cotable.org or (720) 573-6300.

 

 

 

 

April 2024 Meeting

Member RSVP for April MeetingGuest (Non-Member) RSVP for April Meeting

*** RSVP for this meeting by 5pm on Thursday, April 4. No walk-ins are permitted. ***

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Time: 7:00am-9:00am
Location: The Vista at Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W 32nd Ave. Golden, CO 80401
Cost:  $20 for WRBA Members and their guests, $25 for Non-members (*Please see below)

Topic: “State of the City”

Speaker: Patrick Goff, Wheat Ridge City Manager

 

President’s Circle Member Business Spotlight: Darin Hammerschmidt, CFP, WealthClarity

Patron Member Business Spotlight: Simon McGowan, Rocky Mountain Insurance Network

 

Speaker – Patrick Goff, Wheat Ridge City Manager

Patrick Goff, City of Wheat RidgeThis year Patrick Goff celebrates twenty-two years with the City of Wheat Ridge coming on board in 2002. He has served as City Manager for fourteen 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.

 

 

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 *IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – About our Monthly Meeting

  • Our monthly meeting tickets are:
    Member – $20 per person (member and member paying for their guests. Must be logged in to their member account)
    Non-member – $25 per person (guests visiting the second time and returning past members)
  • Punch card is $100 for 5 punches. (Available for members only. Credit is loaded into your member account)
  • Annual meal package is $225 for the whole year (10 meetings @$20/ea plus 1 holiday luncheon @$25/ea. We will still RSVP for you automatically and if you can’t make it, you are encouraged to send in someone else in your place. This is a use-it-or-lose-it program with your convenience in mind).
  • The WRBA will cover the first meeting for prospective members. (Need a completed guest card), Second time visitor is $25
    Additional persons attending from the member business or guests of a member, if registered by the member logged in to their account, is $20/ea.
  • Each meeting ticket includes hot breakfast, but not eating the breakfast WILL NOT excuse you from needing a ticket as we submit the headcount to the venue and pay for it. Please consider the ticket price as cost for the great networking opportunity and information you will receive. No-shows will be invoiced, unless notified BEFORE the RSVP is closed.

 

 

Coffee Networking in the Morning – Let’s meet outside!

Coffee Networking in the Morning

Please register for this FREE monthly business networking event.

Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 8-9am
Location: Ziggi’s Coffee – 2900 Youngfield, St., Wheat Ridge
Free event – bring your business cards and invite your colleagues who may benefit from meeting new people

 

Sign up HERE >>

 

 

Save the Date! – Volunteer judges needed for WRHS Capstone Project!

Dear WRHS Farmer Supporter,

 

The Wheat Ridge High School Senior Capstone Project is an intensive, research-based project that demonstrates the culmination of our students’ academic achievement while at Wheat Ridge High School. The Capstone consists of extensive research, the creation of a product associated with this research, the organization of a portfolio detailing this process, and a presentation to the community. These Capstone presentations will take place on May 2, 2024, from 5:15-8:00 PM, we will also have a dinner for our volunteers from 4:30-5:05 PM. 

In order to make this evening a success, we depend on volunteers from the Wheat Ridge and surrounding communities to listen to and evaluate our seniors as they present their projects.  The topics vary from sustainable architecture to the effects of music on learning. Over the years, many of you have played a valuable role in making this evening a success, and we hope you will consider volunteering your time again.  As a judge, you will join a panel of other community leaders and members to watch, listen, and provide feedback to the students as well as the senior teachers. Judges’ comments do not affect a student’s grade; however, feedback is important to the students as they develop the public speaking and presentation skills necessary for the real world. There are no requirements to be a judge other than a willingness to participate and enjoy the evening.

I will send additional information and a sign-up form as the date approaches.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in May!

 

Wheat Ridge High School Capstone Team

 

Respectfully, 

Heather Bureau
Instructional Coach
Wheat Ridge High School

 

What is Capstone Project? Watch this video to learn a bit about it -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOnlEkgJiNM

 

May 2024 Meeting

Member RSVP for May MeetingGuest (Non-Member) RSVP for May Meeting

*** RSVP for this meeting by 5pm on Thursday, May 9. No walk-ins are permitted. ***

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Time: 7:00am-9:00am
Location: The Vista at Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W 32nd Ave. Golden, CO 80401
Cost:  $20 for WRBA Members and their guests, $25 for Non-members (*Please see below)

Topic: “TBA”

Speaker: TBA

President’s Circle Member Business Spotlight: Gayle Maschari-Mohr, Anthony M’s Visions in Gold

Patron Member Business Spotlight: Suzanne Smith, Food for Thought Catering

 

 

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 *IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – About our Monthly Meeting

  • Our monthly meeting tickets are:
    Member – $20 per person (member and member paying for their guests. Must be logged in to their member account)
    Non-member – $25 per person (guests visiting the second time and returning past members)
  • Punch card is $100 for 5 punches. (Available for members only. Credit is loaded into your member account)
  • Annual meal package is $225 for the whole year (10 meetings @$20/ea plus 1 holiday luncheon @$25/ea. We will still RSVP for you automatically and if you can’t make it, you are encouraged to send in someone else in your place. This is a use-it-or-lose-it program with your convenience in mind).
  • The WRBA will cover the first meeting for prospective members. (Need a completed guest card), Second time visitor is $25
    Additional persons attending from the member business or guests of a member, if registered by the member logged in to their account, is $20/ea.
  • Each meeting ticket includes hot breakfast, but not eating the breakfast WILL NOT excuse you from needing a ticket as we submit the headcount to the venue and pay for it. Please consider the ticket price as cost for the great networking opportunity and information you will receive. No-shows will be invoiced, unless notified BEFORE the RSVP is closed.

 

 

Our Patron Members

Intermountain Healthcare Lutheran
The Abo Group
Red Rocks Toffee Company
GMD - Granite & Marble Designs
Rocky Mountain Insurance Network
Community Table Food Bank
Ramos Law
SpayToday Healthy Pet Center
Wheat Ridge Theatre Company
Foothills Credit Union
Taddiken Tree Company
Alpenglow Acupuncture
Nest Real Estate - Thomas Burney
38th and Kip Studio
Robinson Custom Cleaning
Restore Hyper Wellness
PG Construction
Dan the Window Man

Since joining the WRBA, I have made some of the best connections for my business! The sense of community, support, customers and friendships I’ve made have been invaluable to my business.

Emily Green, Owner, Cibo Meals
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