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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance

Now in its third year of business, The Rippy Agency has been so busy and involved in the community over the past two years that we are literally asking ourselves, where did the time go? December has been an exciting time for the Rippy Agency. You may recall having seen our floats decorated in thousands of holiday lights as we have been involved in the City of Brighton’s Annual Festival of Lights Parade the past two years. We are gearing up once again, and getting our elves ready to help prepare our float for this year’s parade on December 12th! We are very excited to have you see this year’s entry as it will be like nothing you have seen before!

In the past two years, we have also sponsored an Angel Giving Tree in our agency. We have partnered with two local elementary schools in the past to provide an opportunity for our customers as well as citizens of our community to help provide a gift for a child who may not receive one otherwise. If you would like to become an angel, please stop by the agency to pick out a tag.

When we are not active in the community, we are working to protect our customer’s assets and loved ones. Allstate has recently released several new products that can gear towards not only your budget, but your family’s needs. We offer final expense policies with death benefits starting at $10,000.

If you would like to set up an appointment to go over your family’s needs at your home or at our office, please let us know.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

The past two months I’ve been addressing the growth rate here in Brighton and some of the effects related to the rapid growth. It’s general knowledge that at least some of Brighton’s growth is directly related to the influx of energy industry growth in Adams and Weld counties, and after last months article, that our growing population is getting younger. But what does that look like in terms of employment?

Not surprisingly, construction and oil/gas sectors account for a large percentage of the overall greater Brighton area job generation, but the job mix, specifically in Brighton, is in reality driven more by public sector jobs (including education) and retail trade. Breaking it down within just the private industry sectors, more than two thirds of Brighton’s local economy hinges on employment in retail, oil/gas extraction, health care, accommodation/food services, construction, and manufacturing. According to ESRI and a recent report by Leland Consulting Group.

In terms of occupational classification comparisons between Brighton and the general metro area, there is a much higher concentration of blue collar workers in Brighton than the overall metro area. But, when you only consider Brighton, the number of white collar workers (54%) is nearly double blue collar workers (30%). Source: ESRI (based on US Census/BLS data)

Numbers clearly show that despite our history of agriculture and the assumption that Brighton is a predominantly blue collar town, the face of our community is evolving increasingly into a community of white collar workers, looking for a place to raise their young families.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

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Offered by Jennie Poppenger
Are you using social media to boost your business? I have a special offer at the end of this article. Facebook says it now has 1.55 billion active monthly users, up 14% from a year ago. Most of those users, 1.39 billion of them, accessed the social media platform through mobile devices. [, 11/4/15 stats]

Are you using ads to raise awareness of your business? Try creating a link ad to promote your website and increase purchases and leads.

If most of your revenue comes from people near your business, use local awareness ads to reach more of them and grow in-store traffic.

Unlike promoting your Page or boosting posts, local awareness ads let you target people by distance around your business—as near as one mile away. Plus you can include a call-to-action button to give potential customers a way to get directions, call or message your business directly.

Have you tried using a video ad yet? Targeting your video ads on Facebook helps get your videos in front of the right people to maximize views and reach. Organic video loaded directly to Facebook will have the best results.

Need help? My gift to you this Christmas season is to offer a complimentary 1/2 hour consultation. Call me at 303.518.0089 to schedule. I can help you make sense of social media and help grow awareness for your business or non-profit!

Need help with your social media? Call Jennie Poppenger at Face to Face – 303.518.0089.

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Offered by Susan Kline

During this Holiday Season, a lot of people are thinking about the gifts they might give or receive. A number of people in our Brighton Community have realized that giving is the true gift and worked diligently to put together 1250 Thanksgiving dinners for those that might not have had one. Many years ago, the VFW and Kiwanis organizations began this tradition on a smaller scale. Typically, 500-600 meals were prepared and delivered each year.

When the VFW closed several years ago, the Brighton Elks Club joined with the Kiwanis to keep this tradition going. Each individual receives both a hot and cold container of food with all of the usual Thanksgiving fixings. The cold container has relishes, cranberry sauce, a roll, and a slice of pie. The hot container is filled with hot turkey, mashed potatoes, and hot vegetables. Putting together these dinners was no small task. The volunteers participating cooked 70 turkeys and spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week cooking to have the food available to assemble for the recipients. Another group of volunteers arrived at 3 a.m. Thanksgiving day to stage the meal packaging and 50 people assisted from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to put together all the meals. Another 60 volunteers delivered the 1250 meals by noon on Thanksgiving.

Participants in this effort are many. To list just a few…….United Power, Brighton United Methodist Church, Brighton Business Builders, Greater Brighton Neighborhood Organization, Safeway and King Soopers, Bimbo Bread in addition to the Kiwanis and Elks organizations. The organizers of this effort worked tirelessly to keep things moving and make this all happen. They were: Bill Alsdorf, Kiwanis, Bob Grant, Kiwanis, Char Wolf, Elks Lodge, Jim Vincent, Elks Lodge and Kiwanis. The success of this undertaking is largely because this group of people had the sole desire to help others during this Holiday Season. They enjoy doing it and derive great pleasure from seeing it grow each year. Congratulations to them and all of the participating volunteers for making this happen!

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Offered by Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness will celebrate 10 years in Brighton in 2016, Whoop! Whoop! A huge Thank You to all of our members, past and present . . . and of course future, for the wonderful opportunity to serve as your fitness destination. Watch out for the celebrations in the summer and our plans for the next 10 years.

Over the past couple of years we have made many improvements to our club. Adding a full fitness studio with Fitness on Demand offering 24 hour classes including spinning for our members at no extra cost. Based on membership feedback we added a Power Rack this year which has garnered substantial positive feedback. In addition new treadmills with increased speed and incline options; Expresso Bikes allowing you to shift gear and elevation and explore everything from coastal runs and forest getaways, to Mayan ruins and outer space!

Our latest addition is the Gauntlet Stairmaster “the machine the entire gym looks up to” which allows members to climb the world’s most recognizable landmarks including the Eiffel tower.

Snap Fitness has all the tools and support to help members look good, feel great, and get results. In addition, members can also work with personal trainers and customize nutrition programs.

There’s never been a better time to join Snap Fitness. The club, located at 35 North 42nd Ave., is offering new members a special deal: Join with $0 enrollment fee.

See you at the GYM!

For more information on Snap Fitness or to schedule a club tour, please contact the gym at 303 659 1261 or

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Offered by Paul Cucunato

Have you been thinking about getting a life insurance quote? Well, I have one for you: “Fun is like life insurance, the older you get, the more it costs.” Kin Hubbard, American Humorist-Journalist. Kin lived from 1868 to 1930 and he was a pretty wise and funny guy. Even though he made his joke about life insurance about 100 years ago, his statement is timeless and still true today.

So, let me ask you another question-what’s the most important thing in your life? When asked this question, my response and that of a majority of my fellow Coloradoans would be “my family”. If family was the first thing that came to your mind, you need to ask yourself if you are fully prepared with a well-thought-out plan to protect them and their way of life if something happens to you. Many of us put off this type of planning and these discussions because we always think we can do it tomorrow or next week, but then the unexpected occurs and our legacy becomes the good intentions we had to do the right thing for our loved ones.

If a child, a life partner, or a parent depends on your income, you need life insurance. It can be the difference in getting to stay in the home with the lifestyle you built, and starting all over again. It helps keep dreams alive and it provides a relief and a softer landing in times of need. Life insurance isn’t about death, it is about life and legacy.

With the holidays upon us, you can give yourself and your family some security and peace of mind. Come see me and my team at our agency to ask questions and learn about a wide variety of options that are available to protect those that are most important to you.

A final thought for today: “You don’t get life insurance because you are going to die, but because those you love are going to live.”

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Offered by Hearthside Dentistry

With the holidays around the corner that means the New Year is near. Now is a good time to utilize your Dental Insurance Benefits.

Please call the office to schedule any appointments before the end of the year. And just remember if you don’t use it you will lose it.

Please visit to see a list of all insurances we participate with.

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Offered by Brian Margolis

It is the time of year when we reflect on 2015 and for me, to be grateful for all the blessings I have received in the past year and that surround me each day. I would like to thank my work family of Veronika Morton, Tracy Younger, Jim Wagner and Monica Dunn as well as my new work family of wonderful people at Keller Williams Preferred Realty. I’d like to give thanks to all our clients over the years that have trusted The Margolis Team with one of their biggest financial decisions in buying and/or selling their home.

To my family of Karlyn, Molly, Bryce and Sophia who put up with the long, strange hours of real estate. They are the reason to come home every night no matter what the day has handed me. My parents who have given me guidance and never ending support over the years. Of course, how could I not include Radar, our German Shepherd!

To my Rotary family with the motto of “Service Before Self”. This is a great time of year to help others who are not as fortunate as us. Once again during the Brighton Parade of Lights Saturday December 12th, The Margolis Real Estate Team will be having our Client Appreciation Holiday Party and food drive to help others in our community.

Hopefully, this time of year you will be able to get to see family and friends, and appreciate the things that are most important to you. To relax and enjoy each other’s company as well as respect each other’s wishes and dreams.

The joy of the Holidays and a New Year are upon us. May your home be warm and full of love.

Brian Margolis has been helping families with their real estate dreams in our community since 1999. You can reach Brian on his cell at 720-352-0454 or visit his website

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Susan KlineWhat a whirlwind of a year! It’s always amazing to me how fast each of these years go by. Summer ends and then it’s time for the Holidays! 2015 has been filled with many great happenings and also some very major tragedies. This Holiday Season it would seem should be spent counting our blessings for all of the good things that came our way and feeling very lucky that our families are together and able to celebrate the moment.

Below we would like to express our wish for you at this important time for celebration.

The Best of Holiday Seasons,


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Offered by Innovative Real Estate Group

Innovative Real Estate Group has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal (DBJ) as Denver’s fastest growing private company in a category of companies with annual revenues of between $8 million and $22.9 million. The companies were ranked on the percentage growth for fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014. The DBJ announced the 2015 rankings at an awards luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Each company had to report a full 12 months of operations in the base year of 2012. The categories were determined by taking into consideration the reported revenues of all the companies that shared data with the DBJ and grouping them to achieve the maximum amount of competition among like-sized companies. The accounting firm of Anton Collins Mitchel authenticated some of the financial data submitted to the DBJ.

“We are pleased to be ranked among metro Denver’s fastest growing private companies for the second consecutive year,” said Scott Nordby, President of Innovative Real Estate Group. “We have attracted some of the finest, most dedicated real estate professionals in the business who were seeking a company with values, integrity, and dedication to advancing the careers of its brokers in one of the most competitive industries in the country. Through continuing education and training, advanced technology, agent support, and a family environment, we have achieved our goals and look forward to continued success in 2016 and for years to come.”

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Innovative Real Estate Group