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What is the CRJ Voucher Program?

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The CRJ Voucher program is a great way to fill seats, sell tickets and more during businesses slow time. This is accomplished through aggressive discounts and incentives designed to entice visitors to patronize your business who might not otherwise do so.

CRJ recently launched our voucher program which is now available to area businesses who need an extra push during the slower season.

CRJ to Launch Performance-Based Advertising for Local Businesses

Castle Rock Affiliate Marketing
Castle Rock Affiliate Marketing by CRJ.

Wouldn’t it be nice if small-businesses only had to pay for advertising that generated a sale? With CRJ, that’s now possible for many.

“CRJ is launching a new trial marketing & advertising product that charges the business, only when a confirmed sale has been made from our efforts,” said Sean Hakes, CEO of CRJ.

The concept of affiliate marketing isn’t something new. Essentially, affiliate marketing is a marketing arrangement between a store and a publisher like CRJ who is paid a commission for a direct sale generated through their efforts.

“Affiliate marketing is a win-win. The advertiser only pays when a sale is generated, and the publisher has the opportunity to make significantly more than a marketing fee if they drive enough sales, and residents of Castle Rock get informed about products and services they didn’t know previously existed,” Hakes added.

Additionally, CRJ is opening up its partner program to local influencers who can get paid for promoting local businesses in, and around Castle Rock.

If you’re a local small-business in Castle Rock and are interested in applying to CRJ’s performance-based marketing program, please email sean@castlerockco.com. Please include your company name, email, phone number and a link to your website.

If you’re a local influencer who is interested in being paid for promoting local businesses throughout your network in Castle Rock, you can apply online here.

Ordering From Popcorn Bliss Online is Easier Than Ever

Popcorn Bliss Castle Rock, CO

Who doesn’t love our favorite local go-to for gourmet treats, Popcorn Bliss?

Now, it’s easier than ever to order online for local pickup or to ship to loved ones. Colorado Gourmet Treats, a Castle Rock-based online store has teamed up with Popcorn Bliss to provide a simple ordering experience to enable a national reach for a hometown favorite. Customers can configure made to order gift baskets for family, friends or client appreciation, and Front Range locals can arrange for local pick up. 

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Spicy Voodoo PeanutPopcorn BlissOrder Online

Cotreats.com was launched in June with ambitions to become a one-stop-shop for Colorado-based, artisanal treats to provide national exposure for local companies. “The vision for Colorado Gourmet Treats is to make online selling as easy as possible for local companies,” said owner Caleb McNary. “With changes to the tax laws, rising costs to build an online store, and intense national competition, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to join forces with small businesses and provide exposure to a larger market.”

Whether you are looking for a perfect weekend snack, or want to send a gift, visit cotreats.com to order your favorite treats today!

Colorado-based CBD Oil Manufacturer Ranks #11 on Inc 5000

Inc. magazine announced its annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America and local CBD Oil manufacturer, NuLeaf Naturals ranked 11th on the list, with a staggering 11,949 percent growth.

“Here at NuLeaf Naturals, we have remained deeply committed to creating a superior product and providing exceptional customer service,” says Ian Kelly, Operations Leader. “We are honored to receive such a prestigious ranking from Inc., and we congratulate our exceptional team members, whose tireless commitment to quality have made this growth possible.”

Recently, NuLeaf Naturals announced its full-spectrum CBD oil product is available in all 31 Sprouts Farmer Market stores in Colorado.

In addition to Sprouts Farmers Market, NuLeaf Naturals CBD Oil can be picked up in-store at Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co or Castle Rock Bike & Ski located at the corner of 4th and Perry Street in downtown Castle Rock.

To celebrate their success, NuLeaf Naturals has offered CRJ readers 20% off any online order by using coupon code CRJ20 at checkout. Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co will also honor the 20% discount for in-person orders at 404 Perry Street through August.

CBD Oil Affiliate Programs: The BEST programs for 2020

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CBD Oil is one of the fastest-growing industries of 2019. Global CBD oil market size will grow by USD 1.97 billion during 2018-2022 at a CAGR of 31% according to technavio.com.

Because of the growth, more CBD providers than ever are joining by creating new innovative CBD infused products.

Industry leaders like NuLeaf Naturals have found their niche in high-quality CBD Tinctures.

How can you make money in the CBD Oil world with little to no investment?

  1. Sell CBD Through a Brick & Mortar Store — Do you already own a brick and mortar retailer? Adding CBD Oil can be an essential addition. CBD providers like Nuleaf Naturals offer an incredibly aggressive wholesale CBD offering to retailers looking to put CBD on the shelves.
  2. Become a CBD Oil Affiliate — Joining a CBD Affiliate Program lets you sell CBD Oil to your network without the need for a sales tax license, inventory or an investment in an online store, etc. As a CBD Affiliate, you’ll receive a trackable that will be used to track your sales. When a purchase happens due to your efforts, you’ll receive a generous commission back.
  3. Start a CBD Oil Company from Scratch — Starting a CBD Oil business can be incredibly lucrative if done right but generally requires a significant investment both time, and cash. If time and money are a problem, you can explore white-label CBD options, which essentially allows you to put your brand on an established companies product. Most white-label CBD companies require a minimum investment, which requires you to have inventory. Another alternative is CBD Oil Drop Shipping, which allows you to leverage the distribution power of another company with on-demand shipping options.

Are you thinking about jumping into CBD? If you’re looking to dip your toe in before jumping head first, you might want to consider a CBD Affiliate Program. Otherwise, be prepared to spend a lot of time reaching products, investing in 3rd party testing, brand development, websites, and fighting with merchant processors who are in most cases, not friendly to Organic CBD providers until federal laws catch up with this explosive industry.

CBD Provider NuLeaf Naturals Appears before FDA in Support of Industry Regulation and Standards

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(Denver, CO) On May 31, NuLeaf Naturals representative Crystal Guess was one of 140 individuals to testify in a groundbreaking public meeting called by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In light of the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized the hemp crop and its derivatives, the FDA held an open forum in an effort to gain more information about the safety, efficacy, and research surrounding cannabidiol (CBD). In the interest of public safety, the FDA intends to create industry standards around the manufacturing, packaging, dosing, and marketing of products containing CBD, and as a leading manufacturer of CBD products, NuLeaf Naturals fully supports these efforts.

In this first-of-its-kind all-day public meeting, the FDA heard testimony on CBD-related topics from a broad range of representatives including academia, growers, consumers, health professionals, manufacturers, patients, public safety, retailers, distributors, and more. According to the Brightfield Group, the CBD industry has the potential to build to $22 billion by the year 2020. But without consistent regulatory standards throughout the U.S., this puts consumers at risk from fly-by-night producers of new CBD products.

During the FDA public meeting, Guess used one such example to illustrate the need for FDA regulation. She suggested some manufacturers may be advertising their product as “full spectrum,” whereas this could be an entirely false claim. According to the company’s website, the full-spectrum CBD oil manufactured by NuLeaf Naturals contains high concentrations of CBD as well as other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBC, CBG, CBDA, and CBDV. Additionally, NuLeaf Naturals’ products are lab verified upon extraction, then tested again by a third-party lab to confirm CBD levels, and to ensure the absence of pesticides, herbicides, mold, fungi, heavy metals, and mycotoxins. This additional testing expense is incurred by NuLeaf Naturals because of the company’s commitment to delivering the highest quality product. In other words, testing for contaminants in CBD is not currently required by the FDA, which can create substantial risk for consumers.

Joseph Reardon of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also spoke at the FDA meeting and said, “Without the FDA’s guidance and leadership, individual states may carve out their own regulatory exceptions for CBD. We urge the FDA to resolve the statutory issues and properly establish a legal pathway for CBD products to enter the market place.”

FDA principal deputy commissioner Dr. Amy Abernethy summarized the key points from Friday’s public meeting, including a need to “further clarify the regulatory framework to reduce confusion in the market,” to conduct and gather additional scientific research and data on CBD usage on humans and animals, to create labeling standards, safety thresholds for dosing, and quality standards that include lab testing and data analyses.

The FDA regulators have opened a public docket in conjunction with last week’s public meeting.  Until July 2, any member of the general public can comment. The FDA is specifically looking for detailed information related to health and safety risks, product quality and manufacturing, and the marketing and distribution of CBD products and additives. Comments can be posted on the official docket here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2019-N-1482-0001

About NuLeaf Naturals

Founded in 2014 by a group of health-conscious plant medicine aficionados, NuLeaf Naturals is one of America’s top pioneering hemp companies. The company vision is to continue to create cannabinoid wellness products that promote a healthy body and mind and to help people and their loved ones live a happier, healthier life. NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil is 100% organic and contains all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, and other beneficial phytonutrients of the original plant. The brand is committed to providing the highest quality products in their most pure and simple form. Visit www.NuLeafNaturals.com, email contact@NuLeafNaturals.com.

SOURCE NuLeaf Naturals

Ally Financial, First Non-Friendly Small Business Lender of LBA List

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Ally Financial and their CEO, Jeffrey J. Brown is the first lender to make it on ‘non-friendly’ Small Business Lender list for the Local Business Alliance.

“Ally sells a product they simply can’t deliver on.” said Local Business Alliance CEO, Sean Hakes. “Unfortunately, we had to be their first victim to figure it out,” Hakes concluded.

AAERO LLC applied for an automotive loan with Ally Financial simply because of the fact that their website stipulates this:

Third-Party Guaranty

When you want to buy or lease vehicles in the name of your business but need to secure additional financing, you may act as a third-party guarantor. This allows you to keep your name off the title and may keep the debt off your personal credit record. Keep in mind, if your business defaults, you may become liable and the debt may be reported on your personal credit record.

The key phrase is “keep your name off the title and may keep the debt off your personal credit record.” When the auto broker, HM Brown of Castle Rock reached out to the buyer upon the application submission, she also confirmed that the auto loan would not show up on the personal credit report.

The paperwork was filed and several weeks later the auto loan showed up on the personal credit report. Ally then had the auto dealership resubmit the paperwork which was done. After completion, the complaint was escalated to Ally’s ‘Executive Customer Relations,’ team who assured that the paperwork was in and the error fixed and the loan would be deleted from the credit report.

Fast forward 30 days or so and the issue has still been unresolved and now, the manager of the ‘Executive Customer Service’ team has yet again, failed to resolve the issue in a timely manner. In addition, she has been extremely rude and exaggerated important information such as deliverables and expectations.

This ‘bait and switch’ tactic by Ally Financial is reckless and their inability to rectify the issue in a timely manner is even more so concerning. Now, the consumer (in this case us) are stuck with a vehicle we would have not otherwise purchased.

Because of this, we highly encourage small businesses to avoid Ally Financial. They have proven to be led by less than ethical ethics and can put small businesses in financial harm.

Ally troubles? Email their CEO directly, Jeffery Brown jb@allyfinancial.com

Jeffery Brown (CEO) Ally Financial is likely to hide from your complaint, like he did ours but at least he knows your out there…

CRJ to Open Online Store to Support Local Artisans

If you’re a local artesian who’s looking to get visibility and sell your work to the masses, you’re in luck! CRJ is pleased to announce the all-new CRJ “Locals Only” Store on CastleRockCO.com. Local creators can soon sell their products through CRJ starting May 15, 2019.

If you’re a local artesian who’s looking to get visibility and sell your work to the masses, you’re in luck! CRJ is pleased to announce the all new CRJ “Locals Only” Store on CastleRockCO.com. Local creators can soon sell their products through CRJ starting May 15, 2019.

“Castle Rock has some very talented and creative artesian. We’ve created a platform that allows these creative types to do what they do best while leveraging the reach and back office support of CRJ including proper insurance, licensing, shipping and more,” said Sean Hakes, Founder of CRJ.  

The CRJ Distribution center will be centrally located in Castle Rock, Colorado. The location has not yet been disclosed.

Artisans who are interested in applying and submitting their products to the CRJ Shop program can email seanh@castlerockcolorado.org.

Denver SEO Expert Forms South Denver SEO Alliance / MeetUp

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South Denver SEO

Are you passionate about SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? The South Denver SEO MeetUp was designed to connect like-minded SEO enthusiast in a fun & inviting way by offering network opportunities, advocacy, education and more.

“Denver has an incredible SEO scene. There’s already a fantastic Denver SEO Meetup that occurs in the heart of Denver. I got together with some other SEOs who are located south of Denver and found it hard to make the original Denver SEO MeetUp so we decided to form the South Denver SEO Meetup,” said Sean Hakes of Altitude Agency.

The first South Denver SEO Meetup will be Thursday April 18th at Burly Brewing Company in Castle Rock, Colorado from 5-7 p.m.

Whether you’re a seasoned Denver SEO or you’re interested in becoming a SEO professional, join the South Denver SEO MeetUp today at Meetup.com.

AAERO List 5280 Junk Removal for Sale

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Junk Removal Denver

CASTLE ROCK, April 17, 2019 // AAERO Holdings today announced that 5280 Junk Removal has been listed for sale. The asset sale will include the domain name, 5280junkremoval.com, the website, the 5280 Junk Removal trademark and trade name.

“5280 Junk Removal is a great Colorado brand name. The website ranks extremely well in Google for terms like ‘junk removal Denver,’ and others resulting in the perfect ‘business in a box’ opportunity,” said AAERO’s CEO, Sean Hakes.

AAERO is a Castle Rock based private equity group that currently owns and manages CRJ, Castle Rock Advertising, Castle Rock Roofers and roughly 12 other startups.

“There’s tremendous value in this offering. It’s difficult to find a website for less than $5,000 and an annual SEO campaign alone to get ranked for keywords like we’ve ranked 5280 Junk Removal for would run around $25,000 per year,” Hakes added.

Currently, 5280 Junk Removal is listed at $20,000. Interested parties can email seanh@castlerockcolorado.org.