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Hilda Perez, Vice Chair

Kevin Hougen, Secretary 

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Rosemary Oyugi

Tom Ashburn 

Yemane Habtezgi 

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ImmiFest 

The Colorado Immigrant Festival - ImmiFest - is a series of events celebrating the cultures of our A-Town friends and neighbors. The first celebration is Saturday, July 22, and we're looking for African art, crafts and food vendors to join musicians and dancers at 1400 Dallas, the Aurora Cultural Arts District's event center. Sign-up at:http://www.auroraculture.org/immifest/

For more information about ImmiFest, please contact us at info@faxaurora.biz

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Top 10 Advantages of a Home-Based Business


From: AllBusiness.com.


Personal freedom. If you’re used to spending hours in traffic to and from work every day, some of the most exciting advantages to starting a home-based business are your newfound freedom and the retrieval of lost time from commuting to work. There are no bosses, no dress code, no set work schedule, and no office politics to maneuver. All you need is personal drive, discipline, and time-management skills.


You get to keep the money you make. It’s a simple principle: the harder you work, the more money you can make. Your earning potential is directly proportional to your performance, so you don’t have to wait for a raise or a promotion. You work harder, and you produce more. You’ll also save money on gas and food. Preparing lunch at home is more cost efficient and offers a nice break in your workday.


Increased opportunity. With so many corporations and industries in a slump, starting your own home-based enterprise means you can create your own income-producing opportunities. Good job prospects can be scarce in some industries, and promotional opportunities within major companies are also shrinking.


Less risk. Running a business from home takes much less startup cash than a freestanding business, or even a franchise location. And once your business is up and running, it’s cheaper and easier to maintain than a separate business location.


Tax advantages. There are a number of tax advantages to having your home and office under one roof. You can deduct a part of your home’s operating and depreciation expenses on your home as business expenses. This can be a percentage of your mortgage, property taxes, insurance, utilities, and/or the expenses of household maintenance.


More time for friends and family. This is especially important for parents of school-age children: you can see the kids off to school and on most days be home when they return. Also, if someone is sick, it’s easier to leave your home’s desk than one in someone else’s office.


Less stress. It’s a little less stressful to juggle the demands of work and family when you know you can stay home to care for a sick child and generally set your own schedule.


Opportunities for professional growth. Being your own boss gives you the chance to wear a lot of hats: sales director, marketing professional, strategist, business development manager, and more. This gives you insight into and experience with all the aspects of running a business, which, in turn, makes you even more marketable.


Increased productivity. Now that you no longer have to budget time and energy for commuting, you should have a lot more time and energy to make your business a success.


A creative outlet. Launching your home-based can be an opportunity for you to give birth to your passions and hobbies and create a money-generating outlet for your unique and creative talents.

 

 

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Home-based Business: An opportunity for just about anyone - Check out this list of 65 ideas:

 

 

http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/home-based-business-ideas-easy-to-start/

 

 

And click on the Resources tab for more information about home-based businesses. It's going to be something 'Fax Aurora will become increasingly engaged in during 2017.

 

 

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A New 'Acadia' in Aurora

By Bob Hagedorn

In 1755, Acadians (a group of French colonists living in New France, what we now know as Canada) were given essentially three choices: be deported, swear their loyalty to the King of England, or be executed. Rather than choosing among those choices, many became what could be described as the first political refugees of North America, fleeing their British oppressors by sailing down the Mississippi River to a place they would name New Orleans, after the French town of Orleans, the home of Joan of Arc.

The immigrants and refugees of Northwest Aurora have a remarkably similar experience to the Acadians of the 1750’s, and have found home, culture and community in Aurora. However, they are a very diverse, international group with residents having more than 130 first languages.      

With this in mind, three Aurora non-profit organizations, the Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD), ‘Fax Aurora and Community Enterprise Development Services (CEDS), collaborated to develop The ACADIA Project (TAP).

This program will identify refugee and immigrant artists in Aurora and help them build creative businesses to market and sell their crafts. The project has received seed money to begin the program from The Denver Foundation.

“We are working on raising additional funds to help fully realize this new project,” said Tracy Weil, Managing Director of ACAD. “This program will directly assist the artists and creative entrepreneurs in our community to pursue their craft for economic success and self-sufficiency.”

The majority of program activities will be located in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, along the East Colfax Corridor. This area is among the most culturally diverse areas in Colorado, with nearly half of the adult population identifying as foreign-born. The area also has high levels of poverty, with over 43% of families living below the Federal Poverty Level.

The initial funding from The Denver Foundation will cover the costs of planning, outreach, recruitment, and training of a modest number of program participants. The idea for the program came about via community conversations with over 18 community groups and organizations in early 2015. These groups pointed out the need to provide more economic opportunities for the immigrants and refugees living in Northwest Aurora.

The collaborative partners all bring particular skill-sets and relationships to the project:

 

ACAD will bring their experience in building creative business and supporting local artists; 'Fax Aurora will bring their relationships with small business owners, and expertise in marketing and doing business in this area of Aurora; and Community Enterprise Development Services will help identify refugee and immigrant artists, as well as micro-loans for tools and supplies.

What makes this program ideal for Northwest Aurora is that ACAD is home to the Aurora Fox Arts Center (2 theaters), the Vintage (2 theaters), Kim Robard's Dance Co.; and the "People's Venue," a city-developed general venue to be available late Spring or early Summer. (The building was a Gart Bros. sporting goods store for decades, and a People's Rent-to-Own store for a few years. The City of Aurora refers to it as "The People's building," referencing its last incarnation. However, it will soon become a venue serving The People, as well.)

 

"With these assets, The Acadia Project will not just embrace visual artists, but also performing artists living in Northwest Aurora," Weil said.

 

Lastly, Weil noted that ACAD has identified more than 50 spaces where murals could be painted in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. Weil, who grew up in this part of Aurora, is a prominent artist in his own right: a resident in, and a founder of, the River North (RiNo) Arts District. And if there is a place in the Denver area than knows about murals, it's RiNo. 

 

(Bob Hagedorn is CEO of the 'Fax Aurora Business League.).)

 

 

State Board of Education gives green light to APS innovation experiment - Aurora Sentinal 

“The real work starts now,” Superintendent Munn said. “We’ve wanted to get this permission and get these waivers ... to really make some dramatic differences and provide some new opportunities. Now we have that opportunity and we want to take advantage of that."

Read the full article here: http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/state-board-education-gives-green-light-aps-innovation-experiment/ 

 

Construction to begin on the New Moorhead Park Rec Center; Pool to be enclosed, after all

 

At the official groundbreaking Wednesday, March 16, for construction of the new Moorhead Park recreation center, word "slipped" out that the pool will now be enclosed as originally had been hoped. The city manager's office was able to secure some additional money and Pinkard construction company

the contractors (already on-site and ready to begin), offered a more than just a good price to build it. The city council considers the proposal on Monday, March 21.

 

 

Among the dignitaries helping to turn dirt were Adams County Commissioner Steve O'Dorsio, Mayor Pro-Tem Renie Peterson, and Ward One City Councilwoman Sally Mournier. 

 

The 'Fax Aurora business league

 would like to thank everyone who 

attended our March 2 general meeting!
Our next general meeting will be on
Tuesday, May 24 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.,
The Aurora Fox Theatre
9900 East Colfax Avenue
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City to purchase land, building along Dayton for day-laborers

 With the ringing in of the new year, Ward 1 City Councilwoman Sally Mounier is getting closer to realizing one of the goals she set after first joining the Aurora City Council in 2012: A facility for the day laborers along Dayton Street seeking and waiting for employment opportunities.

 The Aurora City Council at its December 7, 2015, meeting approved spending of $400,000 to purchase more than 17,000 square feet of unused parking space along Dayton St. between Colfax and E. 16th Ave.

 When the deal's completed, a construction trailer and portable toilets will be added to provide temporary shelter and some amenities for the workers seeking temporary employment.

 Sentinel Staff Writer Rachel Sapin reported in the December 16, 2015, Aurora Sentinel newspaper:

 Aurora City Councilwoman Sally Mounier, whose ward encompasses the corner where the day laborers congregate, proposed the city purchase the empty parking lot last summer as one way to clean up the area and provide temporary amenities such as a construction trailer and portable toilets for the workers.

 Mounier has long sought the city’s action to improve the safety of drivers and day laborers in the area, with individuals darting from one side of the street to the other to catch a potential employer as they drive by.

 Mounier said the next step will be to work with El Centro Humanitario — a nonprofit that works with day laborers in Aurora and Denver — as well as area faith organizations to establish the temporary site.

 “The purchase of the building and parking lot is a win for everyone, as it will serve a dual purpose," Councilwoman Mounier said. "During the day, people seeking work will be off the street and out of harm’s way, and at night, there will be additional parking for theater-goers and other visitors to Downtown Aurora.

 "My long term goal is to be able to also provide language-skill training and job-training workshops there to enhance the workers' opportunity to seek more steady employment."

La Ciudad Comprará Terreno, y hará

Construcción a lo largo de Dayton para Jornaleros


Después de celebrar el año nuevo, la concejal del distrito electoral 1, Sally Mounier, está cada vez más cerca de hacer realidad uno de los primeros objetivos que estableció después de unirse al concejo de la ciudad de Aurora en el 2012: Una instalación para los jornaleros a lo largo de Dayton, que los dejara buscar y esperar oportunidades de empleo.

 El Concejo de Aurora se reunió el 7 de Diciembre del 2015 y aprobó un gasto de $ 400,000 para la compra de más de 17,000 pies cuadrados de espacio de estacionamiento no utilizado a lo largo de Dayton St. entre Colfax y E. 16a Ave.
 

 Cuando haya terminado el acuerdo, se añadirán un tráiler de construcción y sanitarios portátiles para proporcionar refugio temporal y algunas comodidades para los trabajadores en busca de empleo temporal.

La Empleada del Sentinel, Rachel Sapin, informó en el, diario Aurora Sentinel, del 16 de Diciembre del 2015:

La concejal de Aurora, Sally Mounier, cuya distrito abarca la esquina donde los jornaleros se congregan, propuso que la ciudad compre el estacionamiento vacío el verano pasado como una manera de limpiar la zona y proporcionar instalaciones temporales, como un tráiler de construcción y baños portátiles para los trabajadores .

Mounier ha buscado por mucho tiempo la acción de la ciudad para mejorar la seguridad de los conductores y los jornaleros de la zona, por los individuos que cruzan de un lado de la calle a la otra para alcanzar un empleador potencial, mientras pasan manejando.  

Mounier dijo que el siguiente paso será trabajar con El Centro Humanitario - una organización sin fines de lucro, que trabaja con los jornaleros en Aurora y Denver - así como organizaciones religiosas de la área para establecer el sitio temporal.

"La compra de el edificio y el estacionamiento es una victoria para todos, porque servirá un doble propósito ", dijo la concejal Mounier." Durante el día, las personas que buscan trabajo estarán fuera de la calle y fuera de peligro, y por la noche, habrá estacionamiento adicional para los amantes del teatro y otros visitantes al centro de la ciudad de Aurora .

"Mi meta a largo plazo es ser capaz de proporcionar también talleres de formación lingüística, de habilidades y de capacitación laboral que hay para mejorar la oportunidad de los trabajadores a buscar empleo más estable."


 

 

 

 

 

A-Town simply has no limits when it comes to artistic expression
Aurora Sentinel http://www.aurorasentinel.com/guide/artists-at-auroras-house-of-poetry-prove-theyre-well-versed-in-verses/

At the Fletcher Plaza Tree-Lighting...

 Braving cold and blustery winter weather, former Ward 1 Councilwoman Nadine Caldwell joined current Ward 1 Councilwoman Sally Mounier at the annual Christmas Tree-lighting in Fletcher Plaza on December 12.

 

 

 The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in front of the MLK library along East Colfax in A-Town, was dedicated late last month.

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way"

The Aurora Symphony has Moved! 

North Middle School has become the new concert venue for the Aurora Symphony! The symphony will play in the middle school's 800 seat auditorium, located in 'Fax Aurora.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Renovation to be Finished This Fall

 Click the image below to read the article at DenverPost.com 


Image taken from The Denver Post

 

 

 


Meet Colorado artists and muralists
Michael Ortiz and Jonathan Lamb

 A half-block south of East Colfax Avenue at Emporia Street there's a new eight-story mural that dominates the skyline of Downtown Aurora. The Aurora Borealis inspired "Starchild," as the artists Jonathan Lamb and Michael Ortiz of Like-Minded Productions have named it, is Aurora's newest public art project, involving the city's Art in Public Places Commission, the Aurora Housing Authority and the Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD).

 

When "Starchild" was officially dedicated on July 10, Pueblo native Michael Ortiz (born July 4, 1982), now a Denver resident, and Jonathan Lamb, also of Denver, took some time to answer several questions about how they came to living their dream.

 

 

How and why did each of you decide on pursuing art as your careers?

 

Ortiz: I chose art because when I started doing it at a young age, I found that I really

enjoyed it, and people around me would say that I was really good at it. Drawing and making stuff comes really natural to me, and it's also therapeutic as it can put me in a state of calm while I'm creating.

 

Lamb: I just seemed to gravitate towards it. Animated cartoons and comic books grabbed me at an early age. Drawing my own imitations of them gave me a sense on individuality amongst a large family structure. Once my family recognized it, they supported and encouraged my artistic development as much as possible.

 

How did the two of you first meet, and what prompted you to form Like-Minded Productions?

 

Ortiz: Jon and I met in an elevator in Denver and spontaneously hit if off. No one introduced us, it just happened. We asked the right questions and gave the right answers to each other, and have been friends and business partners ever since.

 

Lamb: We were two ships sailing in the sea. When we recognized and crossed each other, we began sailing together. Always working towards building our armada of color and form. Like Minded was a natural progression of our continued push and pull dynamic of seeing how far we can push each others ideas.

 

Was there a particular project that you can look back at now and identify as that which launched Like-Minded Productions?

 

Lamb: Its hard to put a finger on that. It was a very organic growth of us painting and exchanging ideas. As our conversation about art began to grow longer and deeper it took on more meaning to both of us. It eventually boiled down to us sharing an extremely similar view on the cannon of art and truly agreeing with each other. Those conversations and experiences were the birth of Like Minded and continue to this do.

 

Ortiz: And our work is always evolving as we enjoy staying as current as possible. We’re always moving and changing.

 

What kind of collaboration was there between the two of you on your projects? Like with the mural "Starchild," how can one see the blending of your respective styles?

 

Ortiz: I think "Starchild" is both of our styles molded into a single piece. You can see techniques that I use with a color scheme Jonathan chose. There are times when we work where I'm painting and Jonathan is directing where certain techniques should be used, and then visa versa. There is a lot of teamwork and communication between us, and not just verbally.

 

Lamb: Our collaboration is a constantly evolving combination of ideas and techniques. Our collaborative efforts are rooted in trust. We really rely on one another for honest feedback and original contribution. Always playing to each other strengths to collectively produce the strongest work we can. We go back and forth between projects of which one of is taking the creative lead. We both also produce solo work and bring the ideas with develop independently to the collective table.

 

Any particular favorite past-times when you're not engaged in creating art?

 

Lamb: Skiing, Cooking, spending time in the mountains, playing in water as much as possible.

 

Ortiz: Snowboarding, skateboarding, Traveling, and music, especially hearing music live.

 

Are you living your dream?

 

Lamb: Absolutely, its pretty surreal turning your dreams into day light activities.

 

Ortiz: Simply put, "Yes!" I'm doing exactly what I want to do, and I'm also able to do the other things I enjoy.

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A Hot August Option: The Del Mar Waterpark

 

With hot and dry temperatures expected until the start of school, the Del Mal Waterpark and Pool, 6th Avenue and Peoria St., is a great place to be cool.

 

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'Fax Aurora Restaurant Featured in

The New York Times

'Fax restaurateur Elizabeth Oxley of Lupita's Restaurant, 11809 East Colfax, (open 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tue-Sun) is featured in this New York Times Article.

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Strip Mall Renovations in 'Fax Aurora

A strip mall in urban Aurora is set to receive improvements through the city's commercial renovation program. Full article from the Aurora Sentinel.

Click the image below to read the full article. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a business league?

A business league is an association of persons having some common business interest, the purpose of which is to promote such common interest using a non-profit organization to do so. It assists members with issues and problems, with the potential expansion of their businesses, the startup of new businesses, and promotes the area locally to bring more potential customers for all of the businesses in the district. 

What's 'Fax Aurora? 

'Fax Aurora is a non-profit business league based on five core principles regarding serving the 1000+ businesses within our boundaries: (1) to provide useful information for economic vitality; (2) to be a unified and louder voice for businesses regarding the issues affecting them; (3) to create opportunities to better market products and services; (4) to promote 'Fax Aurora businesses in the Aurora-metropolitan area; and (5) to preserve, maintain, and build upon the heritage and cultural diversity that makes the small businesses in 'Fax Aurora unique and a special place for commerce. 

'Fax Aurora intends to be an entirely member driven-business league, representing the members/businesses in a defined geographic area, including the food-beverage-restaurant, retail, banking and finance, medical-related, cultural arts-related, and hospitality industries, as well as commercial property-owners. 

What are the boundaries of 'Fax Aurora?

The 'Fax Aurora district boundaries are Yosemite on the west; E. 25th Street on the north; Chambers Road on the east; and 6th Avenue on the south. A major portion of the area lies in an area dubbed a "golden triangle," with the three "points" being the redevelopments on the former Lowry Air Force Base, Stapleton Airport, and Fitzsimons Army Medical Hospital. 

How will 'Fax Aurora help me as a businessperson? 

By creating an organization to bring the businesses together to support and address their common financial and commercial interests, to provide a louder voice regarding regulatory issues, and to provide ways to promote the area, will expand economic opportunities for all businesses located in 'Fax Aurora

What will 'Fax Aurora cost me?

'Fax Aurora has secured operating revenue until early 2017 so there will be no cost to participate in 'Fax Aurora, to use our services, or to otherwise engage with us. 

if you have a question, please send it to us at info@faxaurora.biz

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 Welcome to 'Fax Aurora!

'Fax Aurora is envisioned to be a business league, a chamber of commerce-like organization, for all the businesses located in a targeted area bordered by Yosemite on the west,  the 25th Avenue corridor on the north, Chambers Road on the east and E. 6th Avenue on the south.

The mission statement for 'Fax Aurora is based on five core principles:

(1) to provide useful information to all businesses in 'Fax Aurora for economic benefit and vitality;

(2) to be a unified voice for improvement of the Colfax corrider through Aurora, as well as the other business corridors and small commercial areas within 'Fax Aurora's boundaries, regarding issues and challenges of shared concern;

(3) to create opportunities to better market products and services of the businesses in 'Fax Aurora; 

(4) to promote East Colfax Avenue, and the other business corridors and areas within the district and to the Aurora-metropolitan area; and 

(5) to help preserve, maintain and embrace the heritage and cultural diversity that makes the small businesses in 'Fax Aurora unique and a special place for commerce. 

 

At the present time there are no opportunities for the communication, cooperation and cohesion for the many small businesses along Colfax Avenue from Yosemite Street to Chambers Road to collectively address the needs and challenges facing them. The same is true for the other business areas within 'Fax Aurora.  

The challenges are significant and the businesses are very diverse, as are their customers. The buildings in the district go back from the 1930s to new construction. A major portion of 'Fax Aurora is in an area called a "golden triangle," with the three "points" being the redevelopments on the former Lowy Air Force Base, Stapleton Airport and Fitzsimons Army Medical Hospital. With these redevelopments there are tremendous opportunities and significant challenges for the small businesses in the area.

By creating an organization to bring these businesses together to support and address their financial and commercial commonalitites, and providing them a louder voice with city government, the businesses will have an increased opportunity to share in the economic growth to expand their businesses and profits.

'Fax Aurora is registered Colorado non-profit organization and has received its status as a non-profit business league under Section 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Its operational structure will be initiated by its board of directors and will use technology significantly to bring the businesses together into an economic community and to promote the area to the metro-Aurora area.

Bienvenidos a 'Fax Aurora!

'Fax Aurora es prevista a ser una liga de empresas, una organización parecida a una camara de comercio, para todos los negocios localizados en la área dentro de Yosemite en el Oeste,  la calle 25 en el Norte, Chambers Road en el the Éste y E. 6th Avenue en el Sur. 

La declaración de la misión de 'Fax Aurora esta basada en cinco principio's clave:

(1) proveer información útil a todos los negocios en ‘Fax Aurora para beneficio económico y vitalidad; 

(2) ser una voz unida para mejoría de la calle Colfax a través de Aurora, igual como las otras calles de comercio y pequeñas áreas comerciales dentro de los límites de ‘Fax Aurora, con respecto a problemas y desafíos de interés compartido; 

(3) crear oportunidades para mejor comercializar productos y servicios de los negocios en ‘Fax Aurora; 

(4) promover el Este del la avenida Colfax igual como las otras calles de comercio y areas, dentro el distrito y a la area metropolitana de Aurora; y

(5) ayudar a preservar, mantener y aprovechar la herencia y diversidad cultural que hace a los negocios pequeños en ‘Fax Aurora únicos y un lugar especial para comercio. 

 

 En el tiempo presente no hay oportunidades para comunicación, cooperación o cohesión para muchos de los negocios pequeños en la avenida Colfax, de la Yosemite Street hasta Chambers Road para colectivamente hablar de las necesidades y desafíos que enfrentan. Lo mismo es verdad para la otra área de negocios dentro de ‘Fax Aurora.  

 Los desafíos son importantes y los negocios muy diverso como sus clientes. Hay edificios en el distrito que an estado ahí desde los 1930’s y edificios bajo construcción. Una porción mayor de 'Fax Aurora esta en una área llamada "el triángulo dorado," con los tres "puntos" siendo reconstrucciones de lo que anteriormente era Base de la Fuerza Aérea Lowry, El Aeropuerto de Stapleton, y El Hospital Medico del Ejército, Fitzsimons. Con estas reconstrucciones existen tremendas oportunidades y significativos desafíos para los pequeños negocios en la área. 

Al crear una organización para juntar estos negocios para apoyar y tomar acción de los asuntos financieros y comerciales que tienen en común, y proveer los con una voz más fuerte con el gobierno de la ciudad, los negocios tendrán un oportunidad aumentada para compartir crecimiento económico para expandir sus negocios y ganancias. 

'Fax Aurora es una organización de Colorado registrada sin fines de lucro, que a recibido el estado de una liga de empresa sin fines de lucro bajo la Sección 501(C)6 del Código de Ingresos Internos. Su estructura operacional será iniciada por el consejo de administracion y usará tecnología significamente para unir a los negocios a una comunidad económica y para promover la area a la metro-Area.