Financial expert to speak about technology opportunities

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If you’ve got extra funds put away for a rainy day, now might be the time to break them out and get your portfolio to see some growth. And, if you get involved with the right business venture, you might be strengthening the world around you, as well.

As part of this month’s 5:05 Drinks Program, Yampa Valley Data Partners will host special guest speaker Sam Jones with the presentation “Investing Your Money: Clean & Green.”

Jones, of Steamboat Springs, is the president of Denver-based business All Season Financial Advisors. He will discuss potential investments in the field of green energy, especially those that would be appealing to Northwest Colorado residents.

Organizer Kate Nowak said Jones has been quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post and SmartMoney Magazine.

“I’ve listened to him speak and the thing I like about Sam is that he tells it like it is,” she said. “He really lays it all out there. We’ve been trying to schedule him for a couple months, but he’s pretty busy.”

Nowak said attendees could benefit greatly from new information about green technology.

“Getting in on the ground floor of these kinds of things could make them a lot of money,” she said.

March’s 5:05 Drinks Program takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, 465 Yampa Ave. Admission is free, as are the appetizers.

For more information, call 824-1133 or visit www.yampavalleypartners.com.

Thrift store owner weathers change

When you’re bargain hunting, the best time to be out and about in the pursuit of the best deals is when the days are warm and inviting.

Though the climate is drastically different from when she first started her business, Michelle Noland still keeps customers in the same frame of mind as they were in the summer.

Noland, the owner of M&M Secondhand Store, 80 E. Fourth St. No. 105, first started up last July in the wake of a similar store’s closing.

The business Faze II used to operate out of her premises.

“It was just kind of empty and the landlord had to get rid of a bunch of their stuff,” she said. “At the time, there weren’t any other thrift stores except the (Community) Budget Center, but now we’ve had a couple more open up. It seems like not many people knew about Faze II when it was open.”

Noland said the idea to set up shop was the brainchild of a group of friends.

“A bunch of them asked me if they gathered up their stuff if I would sell it, so it worked out that way,” she said.

Noland’s store offers a variety of used items donated by community members, with the greatest emphasis on clothing and books.

“I was doing quite well in the summer and fall, and it’s kind of slowed down for the winter, but it’s slow all through town,” she said.

With the winter weather limiting her sidewalk appeal for passersby, Noland said she has to rely on word of mouth.

She said the challenge of making her presence known has been easy thanks to fellow business owners. She has gotten numerous referrals from neighboring businesses like Chaos Ink and Black Mountain Glass.

Her donation box also helps her keep inventory well stocked.

“It’s all based on the kindness of strangers,” she said.

Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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