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223 W. Main St. .................... ...Sterling, Colo. ................... 970-452-2082
Congratulations

Kentec Communications

710 W. Main St. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. . . . .. .. . 1-970-522-8107
Kentec Communications is the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Week. Receiving the honor are Karin Williamson - Office Manager, Dan Wiebers - Director of Field Operations, Dave Logan - Network Operations Manager and Chip Powell -President and CEO.

...Kentec Communications Inc. (KCI) is a wholly owned company located in Sterling, Colorado that began in 1983 as a locally owned and operated alphanumeric paging service including two-way radio sales and repair.
... Over the past 35+ years, KCI has grown from an alphanumeric paging service to become a wireless and fiber optic internet service provider.
...KCI currently employs approximately 15 people. Staff members include, frontline support personnel,
customer service specialists, wireless support technicians, field construction crews, specialized staff and
network operations engineers having over 75+ years of technical support and customer service experience.
...KCI currently offers wireless internet service in Colorado to the following locations: Sterling, Fort Morgan, Brush, Wiggins, Akron, Log Lane Village, Weldona, Snyder, Hillrose, New Raymer, Stoneham, Merino, Atwood, Fleming, Haxtun, Padroni, Iliff, Crook, Sedgwick, and Peetz; plus providing wireless internet service in Sidney, Lodgepole and Chappell, Neb.
...While building the wireless network, KCI recognized an increased demand for a service that would provide customers a faster and more reliable internet connection. In 2008, KCI began building and installing a fiber optic
...KCI’s expanded network now offers fiber optic service (Internet and Telephone) to commercial and
residential customers in Sterling, Atwood, Merino and Yuma, Colorado. KCI is currently the only internet
provider with fiber optic service to the home in Northeast Colorado.
...KCI also provides other IT products to commercial and residential users. Some of these services are:
Secure off-site data storage, Webhosting, Colocated server space, Cloud based backup and transfer, 24/7 Network Operations Center, Door Access Control Systems, Network Engineering, VoIP Phone Systems and services and Video Surveillance Systems.
...As a telecommunications carrier, KCI also provides carrier level services which include Fiber to Denver, Routing and Switching, Carrier/Commercial Bandwidth, Redundant 10 gigabit paths to Denver,
Generator backup for all sites, Carrier/Enterprise grade bandwidth, Speeds up to 1 gigabit to customers in Sterling, Atwood and Merino and speeds up to 100 megabits in Yuma, Colorado.
...KCI is proud to still be locally owned and operated. Chip Powell purchased the business in 2010. KCI is located at 710 W. Main St in Sterling, and can be reached at 522-8107 or online at www.kci.net.
KCI is currently hiring! If you are interested in construction or IT support, applications can be found on
their website www.kci.net.
Join Us In Congratulating The
Kentec Communications
as our Business of the Week, Tying Our Community Together

Kentec Communications .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ...................Your Chamber of Commerce  
Haxtun Hospital District
235 W. Fletcher     Haxtun, CO 80731         (970) 774-6123
Sterling Correctional Facility
12101 Hwy. 61.      Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 521-8215
Simon
220 Edwards Ave.      Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 522-3647
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their customers including those who are self-quarantining
through our Virtual Marketplace. Your store will be seen
promoted on the Logan County Chamber's website,
social media sights and through the weekly E-news.
Find The Marketplace Here....................... ....................... Your Chamber of Commerce  
Northeastern Junior College
100 College Drive      Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 521-6600
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* Spurz Grill
* Wickedly Good Treats
* Chocolate Daydream
* Kim Coleman Insurance
* J & L Cafe
* Stonescape Steel Roofing

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Furniture Mart
Dr. J. Scott Hadley, DDS
Kentec Communication
Advantage Treatment Center
ALSCO (Linen and Uniform Rental)
Terry's Computer Asylum
D&J Electric Inc.
Goal Academy High School
Hooteannies Inc.
RE-1 Valley Schools
American Red Cross/Northern Colorado Chapter
Sterling Livestock Commission
Connect! Engage! Promote!
Joining or renewing your chamber membership is a vital part of our local economy! Members of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce play an important role in the future of our area and gain valuable benefits.
Regardless of whether your business is large, small, new or long-established, you'll find your chamber membership invaluable. The benefits to our members are as unique and individual as their businesses. While some appreciate the connections they make that allow their business to remain strong and grow, others value the opportunity to support the community and give back to the those who have supported their growth.
The bottom-line: We're in business for your business. When you succeed we succeed.Thank you for your membership and continued renewal. We look forward to continuing to work on your behalf.
  1. Chamber membership provides networking and new business contacts to help your business grow.
  2. The Chamber produces publications that feature your business and provide publicity and recognition for your company.
  3. The Chamber takes on the tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments, and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aid businesses in being treated fairly
  4. The Chamber provides a "voice" for Logan County businesses locally, as well as at the State and Federal levels
  5. The Chamber supports the "drivers" of our economy here in Logan County: Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacturing, and Retail
  6. The Chamber has launched a "Shop Locally" program that will keep tax dollars and your shoppers in our community as well as saving jobs and helping fund needed services and attractions.
  7. The Chamber provides several sale opportunities, events and referrals to deliver a return on your investment
  8. Annual Chamber Membership costs less than the average "one time" media buy
  9. Your business listing will remain on the Chamber's website, therefore, search engines will lead potential customers to your business
  10. Your Chamber provides many social media advertising opportunities to get your name out there in so many ways.
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Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0122

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Women-Owned Business

There are over 12.9 million women-owned businesses in the United States. In fact, between 2014 and 2019, American Express’ State of Women-owned Business report states that “the number of women-owned businesses climbed 21%” while all business,
over the same period, increased by only 9%. 

AirMedCare Network
1-720-595-6463
America's First Ladies
Focus Of History Café
 
Both the 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wed., March 31 History Café will honor five of America's First Ladies. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Admission is $3. Call 522-3895 to reserve a spot!

Together with law enforcement agencies and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced the creation of the Colorado Unemployment Fraud Task Force. The joint task force will investigate and prosecute those who have committed identity theft, and used that information to commit fraud against the state of Colorado and the unemployment insurance system. Nationally, criminals have targeted state unemployment programs and federal extended benefit programs using stolen identities to file fraudulent claims. ......................Fraud Task Force

Increase In Report Fraud Claims
With the rise in unemployment insurance claims associated with COVID-19, nationally there has been a rise in fraudulent claims and other instances of fraud or identity theft. If you receive a Reliacard debit card or other paperwork from CDLE and have not filed a claim, report it to us via the form and follow the four steps we have outlined. Use this same form if you have received any paperwork to your mailing address that was sent to someone else other than those in your household..................Identity Fraud Statistics

Identity Fraud Repair Kit
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America, impacting millions of households each year. The threat is more pervasive, and the scams are more sophisticated than ever before. Identity thieves only need a few data points—like those found in widespread data breaches - and they can infiltrate your personal financial life, creating chaos. The damage can be life-altering. ........................Identity Fraud Kit
Startup Colorado Network
Startup Colorado Network enables entrepreneurs to find one another based on location, interest, expertise and industry. Rural Colorado’s entrepreneurial presence and success are highly undervalued, and Startup Colorado has launched a space for a community of people with innovative ideas and the people who want to support those ideas!
.................Startup Colorado ..........................................................................................Eastern Colorado SBDC
State To Add Digital Vendor Pool
To secure top talent for digital delivery teams, Colorado is using the RFI Agile Technology solicitation to establish a group of companies that can consistently meet the needs of programs into the future. This pool of vendors should have the diversity of experience and expertise to work with the variety of current tech stacks for each state program, and to provide consistent high quality work across the board that will help to mature the state’s use of technology.
.................Digital Vendor Pool .....................................................................Eastern Colorado SBDC
Great Western Tire
1020 West Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-4141
Eagle Convenience Stores
930 W. Main St.     Sterling, CO 80751        (970) 522-0801
Suzanne P. Clark New Chamber CEO
Suzanne P. Clark recently took the helm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization, as its President and CEO. In addressing the Board of Directors, Clark outlined her vision to advance the Chamber’s mission to create jobs and stimulate economic growth. “We are in a period of accelerated transformation and face major challenges, changes and disruptions that will reshape our lives, businesses and country,” said Clark. “But change is not a threat; it’s an opportunity. We will lead with bold ideas, take on the big fights and win the future for our members and our nation.”
American Rescue Plan
Last March, the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to near-zero to support the economy as the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic. No one doubted the Fed’s decision, but only a few realized the dire con-sequences this would have on private companies that sponsor defined benefit pension plans. Unfortuna-tely, because of the time value of money, the lower the interest rate used to determine future payments, the higher the current contributions – even if the promised benefit does not change. Alas, the effort to save the economy was about to wreak havoc on those very companies that voluntarily still maintained pensions for their employees. . .. .. . . . . . .. .. . . . . .. .. . . . . .. .. .Rescue Plan And Business
Rally For Recovery
America's business community plays a critical role in combatting the pandemic. Now that safe and effective vaccines are available, every business must rally around a common goal: accelerate vaccinations, reopen safely, and defeat the pandemic. Employers across the country are taking vital steps to get the country back to health—and we are committed to providing you the expert guidance
and resources you need to get the job done. . .. .. . . . . . .. .. . . . . .. .. . . . . .. .. .Rally For Recovery
Is Research And Development In Peril?
America’s Research and Developmemt (R&D) infrastructure enabled us to win the Cold War, put a man on the moon, connect us to the internet, and become the most technologically advanced nation in world history. Recently, America’s R&D leadership has been on full display in the effort to combat COVID-19. The private sector is leading and, in many cases, collaborating with academia and the public sector on advanced pharmaceuticals like the COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna, for example, developed and deployed a vaccine in less than a year. That would not have been possible without the long-term R&D efforts by life sciences companies, or the short-term laser focus by a unique partnership of the federal government, the private sector, and academia. .. . . . .. . . . .. ... . .. .. .. .. . Research and Development
US Chamber On Demand
Thoughtful and engaging conversations with business leaders, government officials and experts on the most urgent topics impacting businesses today. Available now on demand. .. . . . . .. .. . Browse Videos
Businesses Need A Privacy Shield
Last month, while addressing the Munich Security Conference, President Biden declared that “the transatlantic alliance is back.”  For businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, this is welcome news.The 
flow of goods, services, and investment between the U.S. and the EU is unmatched by any other bilateral relationship, and it supports the jobs of 16 million American and European workers. We at the U.S. Chamber are ready to roll up our sleeves to tackle the disputes that have plagued transatlantic 
commerce in recent years and address shared challenges. But results are needed.  Privacy Shield

Click on these U.S. Chamber resources to help keep
your business strong, prepared and proactive.




 


Wells Fargo
129 S. 3rd St.   Sterling, CO 80751    (970) 521-4120
Nichols Tillage Tools Inc.
312 HerefordAve.      Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 522-8676
COVID UPDATES COLORADO
March 16 COVID-19 Update For Colorado
Health Orders Change
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released an amended public health order eliminating all previous requirements for reinstating elective medical, dental, and veterinary services, while retaining hospital reporting requirements........................v......................Health Order Changes
State Lab Identifies Variant
The State Public Health Laboratory detected five additional cases of the B.1.351 variant at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex. This variant was first identified in South Africa. All five of the cases are incarcerated/detained persons with specimen collection date of 3/1/21. Since the facility has an outbreak, additional testing has been required-- along with the regular monitoring. All of the cases are new and do not appear to have previous positive results. ..................................................................................................New Variant
Local Vaccines
In Logan County, in addition to the Northeast Colorado Health Department (call 970-522-3741) there are several other locations offering vaccinations. Below is a current list of providers and registration information:

*Sterling Regional MedCenter: 
970-521-3223
or

*Salud: 
970-484-0999 
or 

*Sterling Walmart: 
970-522-8340 

Local Vaccine . .. ...

Logan County Is Now At
LEVEL BLUE: CAUTION
New Variants Detected
Colorado State Public Health Laboratory has detected 3 cases of the B.1.351 variant in Colorado. This variant was first identified in South Africa. This is the first detection of B.1.351 in Colorado, but to date 68 cases have been identified across 17 jurisdictions in the U.S. The 3 cases -- 2 among staff and one person who is incarcerated -- are at the Colorado Department of Corrections Buena Vista Correctional Complex (BVCC). These samples were chosen at random for sequencing as part of ongoing variant surveillance analysis.. ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. New Variant Detected In Colorado
Free Crisis Counseling
The Colorado Crisis Services continues to see a record-breaking number of calls and texts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services will remain free through June 27, 2021. .....................................................................................................................Increase In Crisis Counseling

Resources For Small Businesses

Federal Stimulus
The new federal stimulus provides additional support for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, especially restaurants and entertainment venues. This round of “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP), can go to any businesses that show a loss in revenue of 25% or more from at least one quarter of 2020 as compared to that same quarter in 2019. The funding available for businesses is calculated by finding the average monthly payroll in 2019 and then multiplying it by 2.5, meaning 2.5 months of payroll expenses. The new law provides even more help for restaurants through a special provision that gives these businesses a PPP amount equal to 3.5 months of average monthly payroll costs. We anticipate that Colorado businesses can gain access to billions of dollars in funding via these programs. The timing for the availability of this round of PPP loans has not been announced by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Please visit the OEDIT website listed above for updates as information becomes available and more details on this round of PPP loans and other federal stimulus program. The new law also creates a simplified one-page forgiveness application for PPP loans of under $150,000 and allows expenses covered by PPP loans to be tax deductible. A $600 stimulus is part of Congress’ most recent bipartisan stimulus package and have already begun hitting bank accounts. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 a year on their 2019 tax return will qualify for the $600 and couples earning up to $150,000 will qualify for $1,200 total. The credit phases out for individuals earning above $75,000 but below $100,000. There is also a $600 payment for each qualifying child. .................................. Payment
 
Unemployment Insurance
If you’re looking to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time or have questions about a claim you’ve filed, visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s website for more information and support during this process. 
 
Housing and Utilities Assistance
During this year’s special session, we collaborated with bipartisan legislators in the General Assembly to allocate an additional $54 million in housing assistance through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). For more information on DOLA’s housing programs and to access support for your rent or mortgage, visit their website. We also allocated $5 million to Energy Outreach Colorado to help Coloradans with utility assistance. Visit their website for more information on how to access those funds. You can also find more information on other programs serving our state, such as County Housing Authorities, the Colorado Low Income Energy Assistance, and more. 
 
Food Assistance
During this pandemic, 1 in 3 Coloradans aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. I’m proud that during the special session earlier this year we awarded $5 million to the Food Pantry Assistance Program in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). If you’re experiencing food insecurity, learn more about food assistance programs from the CDHS, Food Bank of the Rockies, and others serving the people of Colorado. Organizations looking to help their communities address hunger and food access issues, can apply for assistance with the Emergency Hunger Relief Fund 
 
Health Care Resources
This pandemic has made accessing and affording health care even more difficult for many Colorado families. If you’re looking for help finding physical or mental health resources, or need assistance paying health care bills, find resources here including Connect for Health Colorado and Salud Family Health Centers and more. 
 
Small Business Assistance
The Office of Economic Development and International Trade COVID-19 Business Resource Center offers multiple funding opportunities for businesses and nonprofits, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Express Bridge Loans.Small Business Hotline: (303) 860-5881. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses facing eviction can find assistance through OEDIT
RE-1 Valley School District
 Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 522-0792
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Riverside Fabrication, Inc.
150 Edwards Ave.     Sterling, CO 80751         (970) 522-5300

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