Grow with Google – Get Your Business Online

*** This is not a repeat of the presentation we (the ABA) co-hosted in March. Pamela will dive more in depth to use Google to promote your business further.

Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get detailed instruction about creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Business Profile on Google
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile

Date: Thursday, November 7, 7:00-9:30am
Cost: $10.00 with Advanced Registration, $15.00 at the Door
Location: Lakewood Cultural Center
Address: 470 South Allison Parkway Lakewood, CO 80226
Member: This workshop is being co-hosted by: City of Wheat Ridge, City of Lakewood, Arvada Economic Development Association, West Metro Chamber, Arvada Chamber, Golden Chamber, Wheat Ridge Chamber, Applewood Business Association, Wheat Ridge Business Association and the Jefferson County Business Resource Center.
Contact: Steve Art – City of Wheat Ridge – 303-235-2806

Space is limited! Register and pay at Jeffco BRC website >>


About the Speaker

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: or through Twitter: @PamelaStarrFL.


Space is limited! Register and pay at Jeffco BRC website >>


Member Meeting – November 14

RSVP for November Luncheon

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on November 8 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, November 14, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)

Speaker: Tricia Downing, Author/Paralympian Athlete

Topic: “Discover Your Inner Champion”

5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Ben Currier, Excel Exposure


IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow “Member Login” button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we’ll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • If a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.

Speaker: Tricia Downing, Author/Paralympian Athlete

Though she is a lifelong athlete, Tricia Downing’s “grit” goes far beyond the playing field. As a leader, coach and mentor, she is one who cares deeply about others, helping them to see opportunities at times when they may only see overwhelming challenges.

Seventeen years ago, Tricia, a competitive cyclist, was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. In the accident, she was paralyzed from the chest down. While many others may have seen this life-changing tragedy as an insurmountable challenge, Tricia handled it with tenaciousness and grace and found the strength to flourish. Not only did she return to athletics—competing on the world stage in four different wheelchair sports—she founded and directs The Cycle of Hope, a nonprofit organization created to help other female wheelchair users redefine their own lives. She thrives on helping others see their potential and welcomes the role of “coach,” in guiding them to embrace their unique, authentic and powerful lives.



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Monthly Breakfast Meeting – October 24

RSVP for October Breakfast Meeting

*** Please RSVP by 5pm on Friday, October 18 ***

Breakfast – Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:30am – 9:00am

Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern – 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228
Cost: $20.00, includes meal

Spotlight Speaker: Susan Reilly, SAR Accounting Solutions

SpotlightSpeaker – Susan Reilly, SAR Accounting Solutions

Susan Reilly of HealthyBookkeeping.Online is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor focused on helping business owners keep track and stay organized in all aspects of revenue as it flows in and out of their company. With 20 years of co-ownership over five diverse businesses, Susan has experience in financially managing small business.

Susan easily attained her Certified QuickBooks Pro designation in September 2018 after years of hands-on use in the software system. Prior to using QuickBooks Online, Susan also extensively used QuickBooks Desktop and Peachtree accounting software. She is currently working on achieving the Certified Advanced QuickBooks Pro designation and expects to complete this program by the fall of this year.

Susan has a BA degree in Communications from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a graduate technical writing certificate from Ohio University, and a Masters Certificate in Holistic Nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences.

She has lived in Colorado for almost 20 years, most of which has been in Evergreen. In the Fall of 2017 she moved to Lakewood and this year purchased a townhome in Belmar.

JCBL Legislative Update

Bipartisan agreement on problems, but not necessarily on solutions

By Jeff Weist, Jefferson County Business Lobby

The Applewood Business Association is an active member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, the unified voice of 3,000 Jefferson County businesses advocating for public policies that strengthen our economy. We wanted to give you a preview of some of the business issues on which the JCBL is engaging at the State Capitol in Denver as the 2017 Colorado General Assembly gets underway.

The dynamics of the Legislature will, for the third year in a row, be dominated by split partisan control.  Democrats retained control the State House of Representatives while the Republicans hang onto their slim one seat majority in the State Senate. Split control means both parties have to work together to accomplish anything of significance.

Remarkable agreement exists between the Democrats and Republicans on the major problems facing the state – such as inadequate transportation funding and escalating housing costs – but finding agreement on the solutions to such problems have been elusive.

The JCBL’s priorities for the coming year include:

New Transportation Funding: Colorado is one of the few states in the nation not dedicating state General Fund dollars to transportation infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature must find new sources of transportation funding for the short, medium and long-terms.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees: The shortage of skilled employees in Jefferson County and around the State is actually becoming a drag on economic growth. Colorado needs better training for skilled employees. And we need to fix the broken litigation system that is preventing the construction of new, affordable, housing.

Fostering a Strong, Competitive Business Climate: While Jefferson County’s economy is strong today, the Legislature must provide effective economic development incentives, lower regulatory burdens and reduce lawsuits if we are to withstand future downturns.


We will keep you updated on the Legislature’s progress on these important business issues through out the 2017 legislative session.


Jeff Weist can be contacted at