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Offered by: Trinity Orthodontics

You’ve probably seen an Invisalign ad recently. They have spent millions of dollars perfecting their aligner system for straightening teeth and they want everyone to know it! Dr. Bryan Nelson is the #1 single provider of Invisalign in the Region and has spent years working with Invisalign to perfect the art of digital case management and he now has an office in Brighton. 4th Avenue Orthodontics is now Trinity Orthodontics.

Advanced digital case planning allows us to take comprehensive photos of your teeth using Itero scanning technology. We produce a digital roadmap for moving teeth to their ideal position. This, along with Dr. Nelson’s exceptional skill takes the guesswork out of teeth movement resulting in treatments being done in 12-14 months! Even the most difficult cases are getting amazing results using Invisalign. Invisalign is also great for early treatment on young kids and alleviates the need for bulky oral appliances. At your FREE consultation, scans of your teeth will produce a simulated picture of the end results before treatment even starts.

Dr. Nelson has made the teeth straightening process even easier by developing the F.A.S.T. System – Few Appointments Straight Teeth. Using video communication, photos, texts, and phone calls to accommodate virtual appointments, your time away from home/work/school is cut in half; plus, your risk of Coronavirus exposure is much less.

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

It was the Summer of 2008 at the National Karate Championship in Houston, TX. I was fighting in the open weight division against another member of the National Karate Team. He was about a foot taller and about 30 lbs heavier than me. With time running out, down by two points, I lunged forward with a combination that fell short. He counter attacked with a punch that struck my face with a cracking noise. I knew right away that my left cheekbone had been crushed. While I felt no pain, as the nerves had been severed on impact, I knew it was a serious injury.

That was the end of Nationals for me that year, and a long way of recovery that included hospital visits and reconstructive surgeries. I was already 35 years old, but there was still plenty of fire within me.

My wife asked me to stop competing, and I gave it a thought… about 5 seconds worth…I wasn’t done yet. I loved competing, was in great shape, and had plenty of experience that helped me overcome the 10-17 year gap with my opponents. After that, I went on to compete very successfully for another four years, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

People asked me if I was afraid to compete after what had happened. I competed for almost three decades, there were always the butterflies in my stomach the morning of the competition. But once I stepped into the ring, it was all business. No nerves, and especially, no fear. Regardless of the size or skill of my opponent, fear never entered my mind. But I do recall squaring against an opponent and seeing the fear in his eyes. I knew that in his mind, he was already defeated. The match was only a formality.

We tell our students, if you’re afraid of getting hit, you will get hit. If you’re afraid of getting hurt, you will surely get hurt. If fear dominates your thoughts, it will come for you. Just like poor, stricken Job put it, “For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.” – Job 3:25

Today, I look around and I see widespread fear, that paralyzing fear I saw in my opponent’s eyes years ago. As a competitor, I preferred to fight and risk injury, rather than give into fear and carry on with life-long regrets. However, I was never reckless, I prepared well, weighed the risks, and moved forward with full knowledge and confidence in my abilities.

I think that if we can properly understand the challenge in front of us, weigh the risks, and take action, we can move forward with courage and determination, rather than timidity and fear. As the Polish physicist Marie Curie said over a century ago: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less”.

And this I wish for us all.

Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

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Offered by: T. Lloyd Worth

One survey found that 79% of small business owners expect at least some of their retirement income to come from tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts.¹ If you have yet to develop a retirement plan for your business, or if you’re not sure the plan you’ve chosen is the right one, here are some things to consider.

How much can my business afford to contribute?

The cost of contributions may be managed by the plan type.

A simplified employee pension plan (SEP) is funded by employer contributions only. SEP contributions are made to separate IRAs for eligible employees.²

Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees of Small Employers (SIMPLE) IRAs blend employee and employer contributions.³ Employers either match employee contributions up to 100% of the first 3% of compensation, or contribute 2% of each eligible employee’s compensation.

A 401(k) is primarily funded by the employee; the employer can choose to make additional contributions, including matching contributions.⁴

What plan accommodates high employee turnover?

The cost of covering short-tenured employees may be reduced by eligibility requirements and vesting.

With the SEP-IRA, only employees who are at least 21 years old and have been employed in three of the last five years must be covered.

The SIMPLE IRA must cover employees who have earned at least $5,000 in any prior two years and are reasonably expected to earn $5,000 in the current year.

The 401(k) and defined benefit plan must cover all employees who are at least 21 years of age. Under the SECURE Act, these retirement plans are open for employees who have either worked 1,000 hours in the space of one full year or to those who have worked at least 500 hours per year for three consecutive years.

Vesting is immediate on all contributions to the SEP-IRA, SIMPLE IRA and 401(k) employee deferrals, while a vesting schedule may apply to 401(k) employer contributions and defined benefits.

Do I want to maximize contributions for myself (and my spouse)?

The SEP-IRA and 401(k) o er higher contribution maximums than the SIMPLE IRA. For those business owners who are starting late, a defined benefit plan may offer even higher levels of allowable contributions.

My priority is to keep administration easy and inexpensive.

The SEP-IRA and SIMPLE IRA are straightforward to establish and maintain.

The 401(k) can be more onerous, but complicated testing may be eliminated by using a Safe Harbor 401(k). Generally, the defined benefit plan is the most complicated and expensive to establish and maintain of all plan choices.

T. Lloyd Worth can be reached at 303-558-0214, or Lloyd.Worth@LPL.com.

¹Gallup, March 16, 2017. Most recent survey available.
²Like a Traditional IRA, withdrawals from a SEP-IRA are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Under the SECURE Act, in most circumstances, once you reach age 72, you must begin taking required minimum distributions.
³Like a Traditional IRA, withdrawals from a SIMPLE IRAs are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Under the SECURE Act, in most circumstances, once you reach age 72, you must begin taking required minimum distributions.
⁴Under the SECURE Act, in most circumstances, you must begin taking required minimum distributions from your 401(k) or other defined contribution plan in the year you turn 72. Withdrawals from your 401(k) or other defined contribution plans are taxed as ordinary income, and if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty.

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright 2020 FMG Suite.

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC

Have you been struggling with trying to figure out how everything works in this wonderful world of Medicare?

Whether you’re new to Medicare or you’ve been on Medicare for a few years, it’s confusing to figure out how everything works. A lot of folks may not realize that the help of an Insurance Agent who focuses on Medicare is a free service.

There are so many insurance agents in this world and so many different levels of customer service. My parents are both on Medicare. When I’m meeting with a client, I treat everyone as if they were my parents. And, I should point out, I love my parents!

That means that I want the best for each of my clients. That also means I’ll be honest with you.

I don’t think you should be left on your own to tackle something as convoluted as Medicare without guidance. Now of course, some of you are naturally gifted at grasping all of the ins and outs.

As an insurance agent who specializes in Medicare, I recertify to offer Medicare insurance plans every year. That recertification process can mean 50 hours of classes and testing.

Included in all that is insurance company specific information. That just means we get to know the nitty-gritty details about what makes each company different.

So this is my plea to you, if you are struggling to figure out what is best for you in 2021, please call me. I love to help people and I don’t charge for my services.

Just remember, December 7 is the last day you can make any changes. So please don’t wait till the last minute. 720.626.6524

Jennifer Bell | Bell Benefits

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Offered by: Bellco Credit Union

On October 8, Bellco Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its newest branch location in Brighton.

“We have tremendous membership support in the fast-growing Brighton area, so it only made sense to expand our presence and open a new branch to better serve our members who live and work there,” said John Rivera, Bellco’s senior vice president and chief retail officer.

The new branch is located at 450 E. Bromley Lane, in the Palizzi Marketplace, near the intersection of Sable Boulevard and Bromley Lane. The branch includes a full-service lobby, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to the full-service options, members can conduct self-service banking transactions with the Express Teller Machine and have access anytime with 24-Hour ATM service.

“We are so pleased to welcome Bellco Credit Union to Brighton and appreciate the investment that they are making in our community. As a long time Bellco member, I am excited to have not only the convenience but also the exceptional service provided by Bellco right here in Brighton,” shared Yvette Martinez, Community Concierge for the Brighton Chamber.

In celebration of the new branch and in keeping with its commitment to the communities it serves, Bellco is supporting local organizations through donations. During today’s grand opening event, Bellco donated $2,500 to Almost Home, which provides assistance to those in the community that find themselves experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

Bellco also made a donation of $1,000 to the Friends of Barr Lake, which provides funds to enhance education, recreation, and conservation at Barr Lake State Park. As part of this support, Bellco is also providing a one-day pass to the park to any existing or new members who opens an account at the Brighton location during the month of October. The pass can be used any day before November 30.

Now in its 84th year, Bellco continues to provide the technology solutions members need to manage their money including online and mobile banking, mobile check deposit and phone and video appointments for members who wish to speak with a Bellco financial specialist without going to a branch.

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

A key indicator of a good community is how it comes together in times of need to help those less fortunate and/or adversely impacted by external factors beyond their control. This coming together happens through partnerships between local organizations, businesses, non-profits, and residents. What is now known as the annual Thanksgiving Meals Project is a perfect example of this.

It started from humble beginnings with a partnership between the VFW Post and Meals on Wheels program in the mid 90s and has grown steadily ever since. According to Bob Grant, a long-standing Kiwanis Club of Brighton member and the Thanksgiving Meals Project coordinator, Kiwanis joined the partnership in 1998 with approximately 80 meals delivered. In 2010, the United Methodist Church signed on and in 2012 the program delivered a new record 550 meals.

After the original VFW post disbanded in 2014 the project found a new home base of operations when the Brighton Elk’s Club joined the partnership, providing larger dedicated kitchen facilities and additional volunteers, including Char Wolf as head cook. Volunteers from the Brighton High School DECA club and the Greater Brighton Neighborhood Volunteers also joined the efforts in 2014, and the program expanded to more than 800 hot meals delivered to 208 different locations, followed by an all-time record of 1,204 meals delivered in 2015.

Over the past five years, the project has averaged more than 600 volunteer hours and delivered around 800 meals each thanksgiving, including a hot and cold plate. The dedicated volunteers won’t even let weather stand in their way, and still managed to deliver over 800 meals to more than 200 different locations in the middle of the Thanksgiving snowstorm of 2019. Many other community partners have stepped up to assist through donations, financial support, and volunteers, since 2014 including the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, United Power, School District 27J, Brighton Business Builders, Safeway, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Let Your Light Shine, Brighton Senior Center, and dozens of Brighton citizens who show up Thanksgiving morning to help with delivering the meals.

The project receives referrals for shut-ins, seniors, the homeless, and citizens facing socio-economic and physical challenges, from many different organizations, including the schools, food banks, churches, Meals on Wheels, housing managers, and others who are aware of people in need. To get a meal(s) delivery, recipients/referrers are asked to provide a location, phone number, how many meals are needed, and a guarantee that someone will be there to accept the meals between 10:00am and 12:00pm Thanksgiving morning. In compliance with health and safety precautions, this year’s program includes a no-contact protocol with meals placed on the doorstep for recipients.

I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Brighton since 1987 and am proud of the positive impact the club has had within Brighton. If you need a meal, know anyone in need of a meal, or you are interested in volunteering to help deliver meals, please contact Bob Grant at 303-902-0586.

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: Mile High OPS

An escape room is an interactive, adventure based experience where you are immersed into a story and must work as a team to find clues and solve puzzles in order to prevail! You will enter a themed room and have one hour to complete your “mission”. Your mission will vary depending on which of our rooms you choose. Think interactive theater meets Sherlock Holmes.

Will I really be locked in a room?
No, we are not locking you in. You will never be trapped or without the help of our trained staff. Just know if you walk out of your room before completing your mission, it does not count as a win! We want our guests to be safe while having the adventure of a lifetime (or hour). When you enter our rooms, we want you to feel like you are in another place and lose yourself in the story, not worry about being trapped.

Is this for kids or adults?
Our rooms are for everyone, however, children under the age of 13 must have an adult in the room with them. We do caution that some of the puzzles may be difficult for younger children to solve and the room themes may be scary for little ones. Call us if you have any questions.

Team building/Corporate Events
Looking for the perfect team building experience for your group? An escape room is the perfect answer! Your group will form lasting bonds while working together to complete their “mission”. Escape rooms require critical thinking, problem solving, and communication to be successful. It’s the perfect team building activity! We offer flexible booking hours outside our normal hours to fit your work schedule.

Call us today to schedule your next event!
We are so excited to introduce our first room, Contamination! Be sure to check out our VIP page and sign up to receive email noti cations with upcoming promotional offers and information on our next room! 720-583-0213

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Offered by: Susan Kline – The Brighton Buzz

Susan Kline

I don’t know about you, but, I’m truly thankful that by the time you receive this issue, we all should have voted and the numerous calls and emails reminding us to take our 2020 Election Process seriously will be over except for receiving the results. I believe that most people I’ve spoken with gave credible attention to what’s going on and did their best to vote their conscience.

This, of course, leads to another thing to be thankful for and that would be our attempts to be in good health through the Travails of Covid-19. If we are lucky enough to have those we love around us for Thanksgiving, and can do so safely, our hope is that the outcome of the election doesn’t interfere with the love that transcends at this very special time.

The Centerfold of this issue highlights the Downtown Brighton Businesses and will give you a directory of what’s available to you in this upcoming Holiday Season. While we’re in a different time due to the pandemic, it would seem that shopping local and helping to keep the businesses alive Downtown would bring joy to many. Do attend small Business Saturday on November 28th, as many of the businesses will look forward to serving you and have special offerings on that day.

We, at the Brighton Buzz, give special thanks to all of our advertisers who make this publication possible, and to our readers who support our advertisers by using their products and services. It’s our pleasure to provide this resource for you and hope its contents enriches your lives.

Wishing You A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Offered by: Scott and Lora Nordby – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Buying and selling a home at the same time is pretty common, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful. If you’re considering a move, but you’re concerned about what to do (and also what not to do), check out these 4 mistakes to avoid before you buy or sell a home this year.

Start Moving Now
This doesn’t mean that you begin moving out of your home immediately. But you should be addressing any repairs, begin packing, decluttering, and getting your house ready to show as quickly as possible. Not planning on listing for another 2 months? That’s okay! Get professional photos taken of the outside while there are still leaves on the tree. It will make your house stand out when you do finally list.

Being Too Inflexible
When you need everything to just right, most people begin to get really rigid on their must-haves, selling price, or contingencies. It’s important to remember that while you’re getting a double dose of stress, your buyer and your seller are also experiencing their own stressors. Having a mind for compromise will allow some grace for everyone involved.

Not Having a Backup Plan
When you’re trying to manage both sides of a transaction, you’re counting on a lot of things going right, at the right time, and in the right order. Any number of things can cause delays or your transaction to fall through. The key is to have a backup plan for every scenario.

Going it Alone
When you’re coming up with your strategy, it makes the most sense to have a professional in your corner. Working with a REALTOR® means that you have someone who has seen it all and knows how to ensure you reach your goals as quickly and with as little stress as possible. They can also help you plan for delays and strategize backup plans with you. If you’re staying local when you move, it also makes sense to use your REALTOR® to help you sell and buy your home.

Sound like too much? There’s an alternative. Knock offers homeowners an opportunity to work with their local REALTOR®, who has been trained as a Knock Certified Agent, and receive home financing directly through Knock. This allows them to make a strong, non-contingent offer on their new home and take ownership immediately. By avoiding the hassle of living through repairs, showings, open houses, and dealing with offers, homeowners can move into their dream home and begin earning equity right away!

If you’re considering buying a new home and selling your current house, call us at 303-905-8850. We can talk with you about Knock and make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

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Offered by: Premier Pediatrics

Premier Pediatrics would like to welcome Melissa Johnson CPNP to our practice

Melissa is a Colorado native and earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and her Masters in Advanced Practice Nursing from the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus.

Melissa is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and excited to join the\ Premier Pediatrics team. She enjoys working with children of all ages and feels a strong relationship between provider and family is imperative when providing the best medical care. Outside of work she enjoys reading, golfing, traveling, and spending time with her family.