Food Bank of the Rockies works throughout Colorado’s Front Range to end hunger, especially among children and elderly individuals. The organization maintains a number of programs, including Denver’s Table Food Rescue, which collects more than 5 million pounds of surplus food each year. This food, which would otherwise go to waste, equates to more than 4 million meals.
Denver’s Table sends refrigerated trucks to a range of retail establishments, such as restaurants and grocers, each weekday to collect surplus food that has been safely stored. Only food not previously served can be donated. The donations typically consist of high-quality raw products and prepared meals that the retailer does not need. Collected food goes not only to Food Bank of the Rockies, but also to other local hunger relief organizations.
When transporting food, the organization takes all necessary precautions to avoid spoilage. Food donors are protected from liability under federal and state Good Samaritan laws and may use donations as a charitable deduction on taxes. Local businesses interested in participating can contact Food Bank of the Rockies for more information.
Colorado-based consultant Scott Gelbard helps companies in the United States figure out how to reach international markets and assists international companies looking for business model analysis. Scott F. Gelbard also helps Terra Ferma, Inc., manage its day-to-day operations.
Since its inception in 2009, Terra Ferma has pursued three main avenues of business: public safety and emergency management, commercial interests, and military communications. It has found success in all three areas.
In the defense sector, Terra Ferma has netted several supply contracts with the U.S. government. It has an ongoing arrangement to provide commercial-off-the-shelf equipment and support services to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. Its contracts, which are indefinite in terms of quantity and delivery but involve a firm fixed price, could earn the company up to $1 billion over a five-year time period.
Terra Ferma has also found success in public safety. The company has signed an agreement to make it the preferred tactical communications equipment and services provider for numerous federal agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Additional information on Terra Ferma’s contracts can be found on its website, http://www.terraferma.com.
A leading provider of mobile communication and surveillance systems, Terra Ferma offers a broad range of products and services designed to help businesses streamline their activities. In the construction sector, Terra Ferma helps companies to address problems such as equipment theft and vandalism, which routinely cause more than $1 billion in losses every year. Faced with portability issues surrounding infrastructure establishment, construction companies often spend large sums of money on lighting and surveillance equipment.
The mobile surveillance and communications systems at Terra Ferma help construction organizations to overcome challenges in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The Aspen and Oak series of products enable maintenance engineers and managers to keep an eye on remote systems from their operations desks. Perhaps most importantly, Terra Ferma systems are highly mobile and portable, which means that construction enterprises can uninstall the entire unit and use it on the next job site. Furthermore, certain Terra Ferma systems feature reliable solar- and wind-powered systems, which greatly facilitate construction in remote locations.
Denver resident Scott F. Gelbard contributes to both domestic and international companies as a business consultant. An avid outdoorsman, Scott Gelbard often takes advantage of Colorado’s mountainous terrain and national preserves.
Accessed from the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway, the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park offers an array of day hikes, backcountry campgrounds, and breathtaking views. From the Wild Basin’s trailheads, which begins at approximately 8,500 feet above sea level, hikers can access more than half a dozen stunning alpine lakes surrounded by jagged granite peaks.
The creeks running through the region ice over in winter, but become roaring channels for snow melt throughout the spring and early summer. Wild Basin is also home to Copeland Falls, which sits less than half a mile from the trailhead, as well as Ouzel Falls and Calypso Cascades. In addition to its scenic allure, Wild Basin attracts visitors hoping to avoid the crowds that explore Rocky Mountain National Park from its more popular entrance near the town of Estes Park.
by Scott Gelbard
As a member of Apis Ventures, a business consultancy and venture capital firm in Denver, Colorado, I leverage my extensive experience in finance to provide management and venture capital services to companies in a variety of sectors. I established a strong educational foundation in the field at Colorado State University, where I studied consumer science, business, and finance, but I sought to gain a practical base of knowledge as well. During my last two years of college, I worked for an investor relations firm, which gave me the hands-on experience that allowed me to start my first company when I graduated from Colorado State in 1999.
Although many students worry that working during college might interfere with their academic careers, studies have shown that college students who find employment do just as well in their studies as students without jobs. Additionally, working doesn’t always mean taking time away from academics; according to recent data, students today spend more time watching television than ever before. While the phrase “working your way through college” points to the importance of minimizing the cost of higher education, especially if students or their families have taken out significant loans, a part-time or even full-time job can also prove useful for a future career. If students pursue work opportunities in their fields of interest, as I did, they might establish important connections or build useful skills. Moreover, future employers often look favorably on prior work experience.
As with all extracurricular activities in college, balancing a job with academics requires clear priorities and solid time management skills. Some students in particularly intensive academic programs may find that they simply lack the extra time to work. For the students who do have the time, however, taking on a job during college can be an opportunity to alleviate the cost of college, gain relevant professional experience, and further explore their interests.