As both a concerned and involved member of our neighborhoods as well as a leader in the moving and storage industry at large, we are proud to forge alliances in the community. One such cooperation comes from the obvious mutual interest between those who sell homes and offices and those who move into them. We wanted to get involved with the parts of the communities we serve that are helping our clients to become stronger and more stable in their relocation efforts. And the organizations that work to support integrity and the fluidity of this growth are our spotlight for today. Exodus is grateful to be affiliated with several Board of Realtor groups in our fine home state of Colorado.
Fort Collins Board of Realtors
The Board of Realtors in Fort Collins is a membership organization that focuses on the growth of Fort Collins as it centers around the real estate market. Addressing housing issues of all kinds such as zoning and compliance issues, the FCBR is a interactive resource for its members and surrounding community. Including a host of committees offering various events, government resources and educational programs, the Fort Collins Board of Realtors is overseen by a unique entity called a Sustainability Committee and remains a pioneer in its work to create ecologically friendly business practices.
Loveland Berthoud Association of Realtors
The main mission of the Loveland Berthoud Association of Realtors is to help develop and promote programs that facilitate the buying and selling of property in Loveland Colorado. They believe that through education and support, it is possible to increase the integrity and skill level of these transactions which will ultimately create a positive effect in the community. Working to provide training programs and networking opportunities for all those involved in the housing market, the LBAR is a professional association dedicated to upholding the highest standards of excellence in the real estate sector.
North Metro Denver Realtor Association
The North Denver Realtor Association is a membership organization serving real estate professionals working in the North Denver Metro area. Also known as the NMDRA, this collective focuses on promoting the personal growth of those involved, seeking to improve not only business standards but the economic climate, community and overall quality of life in the areas served. In an effort to improve opportunities and services, this group has many affiliates within its local community.
Anyone who is involved in their local community can tell you that the well being of children should be irreplaceable focus in any urban development. When it is said that the children are our future, at Exodus, we believe it whole heartedly. And when it comes to improving the conditions that surround these infinite bundles of potential, we are very happy to put our money and our work where our mouth is.
Recently, we were pleased to participate in a Realities for Children fundraising event. We donated our moving services to support their Four Deuces Event. Exodus moving crews moved the poker tables and other items to both set up and tear down the festivities. We are proud to be supporting contributors to this event for Realities for Children and also to continue our annual donation to their Bikes for Tykes drive because we very much believe in what they do.
What is Realities for Children?
A charitable organization and certified non profit 501(c)3, Realities for Children was originally established in 1995. Created for the purpose of raising funds and offering much needed services to abused and neglected children in Larimer County, this Colorado based charity helps over 15 local children’s agencies accomplishing its main goal of supporting the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of the community, it children. Because of its unique partner sponsored approach to fund raising, Realities for Children boasts an active membership of over 140 local businesses such as Exodus Moving and Storage, and is as a result able to use 100% of all its fundraising for the direct benefit of at risk youth.
Four Deuces Event
One of the most impacting awards created by Realities for Children is the Triumph Awards. This endowment fund partners with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to offer mentorship programs and award scholarships to abused youth giving them the opportunity and means to rise above their current circumstances. The Fort Collins Series of Poker is the longest running charity poker event in all of Colorado and has been nationally recognized by the World Series of Poker. Along with the Four Deuces Charity Event, it gives amateur players the opportunity to go up against world class professionals for the fun, the thrill and most importantly, for the children. These efforts have been raising awareness and funds and positively impacting the lives of the youth in the community who need it the most.
This years Triumph Awards are taking place this Friday, April 15th. For more information http://www.triumphawards.com/
And for more information about Realities for children please visit their website:
At Exodus, our employees are hardworking, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. We stand for quality and excellence in everything we do. From packing services to relocating to totally secured storage, we are committed to our customers and to the integrity of our operation. When our COO, Joel Coen met up with the city in his most recent interview, he was able to share a bit of insight about where we come from and how/why we do what we do. The following are extended excerpts from this session.
Exodus History in Colorado
Ilan Levy began moving furniture in New York City with a plan that it would set the course for his future in Northern Colorado. In 1996, Levy relocated to Northern Colorado, where he started Exodus Moving and Storage. His one truck operation at the time has grown to a fleet of 20 trucks in Northern Colorado. Today Colorado is our home and for that reason we continue to focus on it as our main hub from which to move and store. Our staff is very happy to live and work in this great state. With the varied terrain and mostly sun filled skies, Colorado is a year round pleasure even in the winter. As we grow we will think about expanding into other states but for now we are thrilled to be a premier Colorado Moving and Storage Company.
Exodus & Social Media
We believe that social media and the Internet are powerful tools for the consumer. They provide customers with both vital and timely information on all sorts of topics. Finding message boards that are very active create good chances that someone will respond quickly with good information. Before social media most people found out who the good businesses were through traditional word of mouth. If you were looking for a good business you would just ask around and spread the word. Now people can go online and read all about it through online evaluations from their peers. We are happy that there is a ton of info online about Exodus Moving and Storage, and that it is all pointing to us in a positive light of glowing recommendations from happy customers.
Words to Work By
When asked what the best business advice that I had ever received in my life was, the question really got to me. But when I thought about it, the answer was a simple statement “the truth will set you free.” Telling the truth has allowed me to behave with integrity; to show up in an honest and forthright way and it’s the guiding principal that impacts the way we do business at Exodus. ~Joel Coen
Being active in the community is not just a common practice with Exodus Moving and Storage, it’s a passion. We put in time, effort and resources when and wherever we can and it is truly our delight to see the positive impact that we can make in the lives of those around us. Giving is a shared experience that benefits those giving and receiving. And as a leader in our industry, we strive to lead by example, putting our energy towards showing other businesses that we can make a difference by working together.
Last week we had the pleasure to participate once again in an annual event called the Fairy Godmother Project. With the careful organization this year on the part of Dee Valdez, this national phenomenon has once again found a home here in Colorado and we have been very proud to support its worthwhile efforts.
What is the Fairy Godmother Project?
The Fairy Godmother Project is a donation based annual boutique that gives economically disadvantaged teenagers who cannot afford expensive Prom and other formal event attire the opportunity to receive help. Various states participate in this drive and several collection points are set up throughout a city and then consolidated and showcased for selection. VIP teens can be nominated for special consideration and then the boutique opens to the public and survives completely on a “pay what you can” basis. The boutique in Loveland usually runs several hours per day throughout Prom season and is able to help hundreds of high school students from Northern Colorado and beyond. Including information on acne treatment, makeup and hair tips as well as other helpful additions for teens, this spring time event is a great way to support students during what could otherwise be a very insecure season in their lives.
Happy to have been storing dresses of all colors and sizes in one of our state of the art storage facilities, Exodus has donated both space and time to this worthwhile event and we are honored to contribute to its ultimate success.
For more information about how you can get involved check out The Fairy Godmothers Facebook page:
As a premier Colorado moving and storage company we have the pleasure of active travel. Not only is there never a dull moment in our buzzing offices in both Denver and Ft Collins, we are in constant motion, with movers in the field who are helping our clients to relocate their belongings and their lives. Part of our commitment to the community extends to those that surround us. As a result, we become involved in rotary clubs, chambers and other organizations that seek to improve conditions within a township or metropolitan area. This Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to the lovely city of Loveland.
Named after William A.H. Loveland, a renowned American railroad entrepreneur, the city of Loveland was founded in 1877. A result of the construction of the Colorado Central Railroad, the city was known since its inception for its agricultural offerings including sour cherries and sugar beets. Encompassing over 25 square miles just South of what is now Ft Collins, this part of the Front Range Urban Corridor is now home to more than 67,000 Coloradans. Known today for its unique public art collections and exhibitions, Loveland attracts sculptors from around the world to visit its bronze casting foundries. This in addition to a host of outdoor recreational opportunities, it’s no wonder why Loveland is a great place to visit or move to.
As a result of its unique name, since Valentine’s Day of 1947, this city participates annually in a massive re-mailing program. People from all over the US send their mail to the Loveland post office where it is then opened and re-sent having been stamped from the “land of love”. Each year, the city also selects a high school senior girl to represent this tradition and to act as the official “Miss Loveland Valentine.”
Exodus is proud to partner with the Loveland Rotary, an organization that exists to provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standards in business and ultimately in the world. With the organizational creed of “Service Above Self”, the Rotary is lead by President Cynthia Guldy.
Proud to be the “Arts and Hearts” capital of Colorado, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce is another thriving force in the business community. With a strong focus on Advocacy, Connections, Education and Visibility, this organization works with it’s over 16,000 members to strengthen business and forge strategic alliances in the community. At Exodus we are happy to be aligned with such a focused group of people.
At Exodus we take partnerships with people seriously. One of our proudest positions is our place in our community. Because our customers are our number one priority, it’s no wonder that we are a preferred mover in Colorado and beyond. Our company functions like a family. And with offices in both Fort Collins and Denver, we take care to get involved in the neighborhoods in which we serve. This includes creating alliances and associations with other organizations who are doing good to make our home a better place. This week we would like to highlight two such organizations that are doing their part to improve conditions in Northern Colorado.
Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society
The NCRES is a non-profit membership organization that is committed to educating both businesses and consumers about energy efficiency technology. As a chapter of the larger Colorado Renewable Energy Society, NCRES holds various presentations and tours with the mission of increasing community knowledge about the importance of creating cost effective and sustainable solutions for business and life. For information about up and coming events or for a calendar of regular meetings check out their site:
The International Facility Management Association of Northern Colorado
Facility Management is the art and science of creating an efficient office. It uses architectural design, behavioral and engineering sciences and administrative aspects to blend an actual workspace with the people that work in it and the work that they do. In 1980 the International Facility Management Association was founded to support this endeavor. It now has almost 20,000 members spanning over 50 countries.
In an effort to support this organization the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the IFMA was established in 1989. It currently maintains a diverse membership and aids in the support, education and professional development of its community. This chapter serves Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. For more information please check out their website here:
Fort Collins used to be the leader in retail and dining in Northern Colorado. Now all of the neighboring communities that once depended on the opening of new stores and restaurants are developing their own shopping and dining areas, leaving Fort Collins a bit emptier.
Residents are now asking questions. What is going to happen to the Foothills Fashion Mall? How about the empty lot where Wal-Mart once was? These questions and more go unanswered to many anxious to see South College get it breath of life back into the Fort Collins community.
Currently there is approximately 655,000 square feet of empty retail on College Avenue alone. It is in line and ready for revitalization and attention of developers and investors. The Midtown Commercial Corridor Study, by ELS, Economic & Planning Systems, and Warren W. Wilson will be hosting and evaluating the challenges and issues regarding South College not to mention provide strategic direction for the City and community.
If you are one of those who would be interested in putting in their two cents concerning this topic, or if you just are interested in overseeing the process as to what will happen to South College, you are in luck. There is a public meeting being held regarding this matter today, Wednesday, March 10th from 5-7 pm at the Fort Collins Marriott (350 E Horsetooth Road). If this topic is something of interest to you, make sure to attend! These meetings make communities truly what they are—a collaboration. There will be much to discuss and to learn so bring your notebook and save your voice.
Moving to Colorado: To Do Checklist
- Contact the Chamber of Commerce of your new town to ask about resources for newcomers.
- Register to vote in your new district.
- Take an afternoon to explore the public library: ask reference librarians about where to find maps of town, nearby nature trails, bike trails and more.
- Unaccustomed to the Colorado seasons? Consult with the local mechanic about when to use snow tires, winter wipers, etc.
- Purchase lots of hand lotion, lip moisturizer and sun screen.
- We know the climate and though it’s gloriously sunny here much of the time, it is very dry and those high altitude ultra violet rays can take a toll on your skin.
- Some cities in Northern Colorado require your pet to have a license – ask the city you’ll be a resident of.
- You might want to investigate ‘swamp coolers’ or ‘evaporative coolers’ – they’re inexpensive, eco-friendly alternatives to central air conditioning and perfect for our dry climate.
- Last but certainly not least, take a look around and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
How do you know if the mover you hire is using professional move teams?
1. ASK! Are all of your move crew employees of your company? Are they on your payroll?
Unlike other movers who will bring on temporary contract labor, we put workers on our payroll. We know exactly who we have on our team and what their character is.
2. Have the movers been through training programs?
Once hired, our staff receives extensive technical and customer care training as well as a personal orientation by our CEO, Kris Boesch.
3. What screening process is used for hiring?
Here at Exodus, each employee undergoes a background check, drug testing, an in-depth interview and a reference check.
4. Is the company properly licensed?
We’re nationally certified. We’ve been recognized as a great mover by national organizations, like AMSA, the American Moving & Storage Association, which sets the standard for qualified movers. We’re one of two Colorado moving companies, and just 100 nationally, to be an AMSA “Certified Mover.”
5. Is the company an accredited Better Business Bureau member?
We’re also approved by the Mountain States Better Business Bureau and are registered with the Department of Transportation. The DOT sees that we’re adequately insured and that we regularly meet transportation safety requirements. Plus we meet the exacting standards of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In other words, you needn’t take our word for it: we’re certifiably trustworthy.
We think, actually, we know that we have one of the best moving teams in Colorado. Fort Collins, Longmont, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor …our employees come from all around the Northern Colorado area and care about the neighbors they are moving in and out. Meet the Exodus Moving staff, whose aim is to make your move worry-free!
At Exodus what matters most to us YOU! When we say YOU we really do mean you. You don’t have to be someone needing assistance in moving or help acquiring a storage unity, you are important to us because we are all a part of the same community.
We value our community in Northern Colorado more than a lot of moving companies you will find. Here at Exodus, we make the public our top priority in doing business. We also work hard to build and maintain a reputation that is admirable for the Northern Colorado community and we hope to live up to all the expectations that we have set for ourselves.
We also support locally owned businesses and events that are taking place in Northern Colorado and will do our best to help you out. Let us know how we can help spread the word about your business, organization, and charity by following us on Twitter @ExodusMoving.
Exodus often contributes to non-profit organizations by donating our white glove moving services. Now more than ever, we encourage you this Holiday Season to give back to your community. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you can help someone or something in such a small way that makes such a big difference!
Let’s put it this way, you scratch our back and we’ll scratch yours. Let’s work hand in hand this Holiday Season and even ring in the year 2010 by supporting local businesses, organization, charities.
“We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously”
– Grace Lee Boggs