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Empowering the Next Generation of Local Entrepreneurs

Anyone who knows me knows that I love working with CrossPurpose. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the local community both as a business woman and as, well, a woman! But not many people know that I am also involved in CrossPurpose’s Change Agency program, acting as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs. I’m thrilled to be a part of the program, and I’m excited to share my journey as a volunteer and mentor.

Why I Love CrossPurpose

For those of you who are new here, CrossPurpose is a non-profit organization that is committed to abolishing poverty through various career and community development efforts. This neighbor-loving movement has seen over 929 alumni graduate from their Leader programs, and it has collectively generated over $20.7M in annual wealth. Since its inception in 2012, CrossPurpose has facilitated an average wage growth of 151%.

When I first discovered CrossPurpose, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Since joining forces with this incredible organization, much of my time has been spent as a mentor, walking alongside the next generation of entrepreneurs. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with some of the most remarkable people that Denver has to offer, cheering them on as they defy the odds and pursue their career aspirations. Witnessing their unwavering resilience has been nothing short of inspiring, and to be honest, I can’t get enough of it! So, when I saw an opportunity to extend my reach through the Change Agency program, I took it.

Why I’m So Excited About the Change Agency   

In 2018, CrossPurpose launched a career development program called the Change Agency. It functions as an entrepreneurial training program for CrossPurpose graduates. This nine-month journey equips participants (known as “Change Agents”) with the tools, training, and coaching needed to develop their businesses. From ideation to financial planning, Change Agents receive comprehensive support at every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.

To date, the Change Agency has risen up 15 new companies and non-profits, seven of which have added 34 new jobs to Colorado’s economy. These companies continue to add value to our local economy, and they are currently serving over 5,800 Coloradans.  

The culmination of the Change Agency program is Pitch Night, a thrilling event where Change Agents present their ventures to a panel of expert “Dolphin” leaders and potential investors. (Think Shark Tank, but with less cameras and dramatic cutaways). This year marks our fifth-ever Pitch Night, scheduled for August 28, 2024. All of the funds raised on Pitch Night will go straight to the entrepreneurs after they have completed their pitches.  

As a mentor in the program, I’m rooting especially hard for my mentee this year: Mercedes Corvarrubias. With her troubled past behind her and a steadfast mission in front of her, Mercedes plans to start her own bookkeeping business for local businesses in the start-up phase. 

To me, Mercedes is not just a mentee; she’s an inspiration.

More on her story next time, though.

For more information on CrossPurpose and the Change Agency program, please visit their website here.

Home or Away Home Insurance is Always There

Home Insurance: Peace of Mind and Protection with Avalue Insurance

At its core, home insurance offers two distinct benefits: assistance during circumstances that require it and peace of mind knowing support is available when needed. Avalue Insurance is committed to providing homeowners across the Centennial, CO area with reliable home insurance solutions they can trust.

Going Beyond Home Protection

Home insurance extends its utility beyond expensive repairs for property and storm damage or addressing liability issues. While these aspects are significant, home insurance covers more. Along with providing a trusted partner during critical times, it also protects your investment.

A central question is, how much did you pay for your home? What was the cost of constructing that pool, deck, or renovation project? For most of us, our homes represent our largest investment. Therefore, it’s of paramount importance to safeguard this investment with well-thought-out home insurance solutions.

Home Insurance and Community Concerns

Increasing crime rates in your community or even just hearing about break-ins can contribute to anxiety. Concerns like these often hinder your peace of mind, particularly when planning extended vacations. Fortunately, home insurance plays an integral role in alleviating these worries, offering another layer of protection atop your home insurance needs and concerns.

Trust in Avalue Insurance’s Home Protection Services

No matter how safe we are or how many precautions we take, there are some unexpected situations we cannot foresee. Thankfully, whether you’re home or away, Avalue Insurance offers insurance solutions at your service. Homeowners in the Centennial, CO area can contact us to find out more about Avalue Insurance’s home insurance plans. Secure your home today with Avalue Insurance.

Individual Life Insurance vs. Permanent Life Insurance

Which Coverage is Right for Me?

So, you’re thinking about getting life insurance. Smart move! But before you sign up for a policy, it’s important to understand the main differences between two very popular types of life insurance: individual term and permanent life insurance. While they’re both life insurance, they’re not one and the same. Knowing the difference can save you a headache (and maybe even some cash) down the line.

Individual Term Life Insurance

First up, we’ve got individual term life insurance. This type of policy is pretty straightforward – your policy covers you for a set period (usually anywhere between five and 30 years). If you pass away within that set period of time, then your beneficiaries get a payout. Individual life insurance policies are typically offer lower premiums, making them a particularly popular choice.

Permanent Life Insurance

With permanent life insurance, you’re in it for the long haul – your coverage lasts your whole life or up to a certain age like 101 (hence the name). It also comes with a cash value component, meaning a portion of your premiums goes into a savings account that grows over time.

Weighing the Differences

So, what sets individual and permanent life insurance apart? Well, besides the whole “temporary vs. lifelong” thing, there’s also the matter of cost. Individual life insurance tends to be cheaper upfront since you’re only paying for coverage for a set period of time. On the flip side, permanent life insurance can be pricier since it covers you for your entire life and includes that cash value component.

Now, here’s the million-dollar question: which one is right for you? Well, it depends on your needs and financial goals. If you’re young and healthy and just looking to cover your bases for a few decades, individual life insurance might be the way to go. But if you’re thinking long term and want the added security of lifelong coverage and a cash value component, permanent life insurance could be perfect for you

Don’t Go It Alone – Get Expert Advice!

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices? Hey, no shame in that – life insurance can be confusing stuff! That’s where we come in. At Avalue Insurance, we’re a team of local insurance professionals in northern Colorado. We’re here to help you navigate the ins and outs of life insurance and find the perfect policy for you. Get in touch with us a call today and let’s get you the right coverage for you and your family!

Frequently Asked Questions About Homeowners’ Insurance

Your Ultimate Guide to Homeowners’ Insurance: Your Top Questions Answered

Homeowners’ insurance may not be the most thrilling topic, but it’s definitely an important one. Be it a single home or a family home, your home deserves the best possible coverage. That’s why we’re here to answer some of the most common homeowners’ insurance questions. So, let’s talk homeowners’ insurance and how you can be sure you’re getting the best policy for your home.

What Does Homeowners’ Insurance Typically Cover?

Homeowners’ insurance covers damage or loss to your house and personal belongings caused by events like fire, theft, vandalism, and even certain natural disasters. But here’s the kicker – not all policies are created equal. Make sure you know the specifics of what your policy covers (and what it doesn’t) before signing on the dotted line.

How Much Coverage Do I Really Need?

Ah, the million-dollar question. The answer? It depends. Factors like the value of your home, your personal belongings, and even where you live can all influence how much coverage you need. Don’t just wing it – take the time to assess your needs and consult with an insurance agent to determine the right amount of coverage for you.

What’s the Deal with Deductibles?

Deductibles can be a bit confusing, but they’re essentially the amount you’ll have to pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in to cover the rest. Generally, the higher your deductible, the lower your premiums – but keep in mind that you’ll need to have that cash on hand in case disaster strikes.

Are There Any Discounts Available?

Who doesn’t love a good discount, am I right? Many insurance companies offer discounts for things like having a security system, bundling your home and auto insurance, or even just having a good credit score. Don’t be shy – ask your insurer about any potential discounts you might qualify for and watch your premium drop.

What About Liability Coverage?

Let’s talk liability (a.k.a, the stuff nightmares are made of). Liability coverage can protect you financially if someone is injured on your property or if you accidentally damage someone else’s property. Trust us, you don’t want to skip out on this one; it could save you a world of financial hurt down the line.

Still Have Questions About Homeowners’ Insurance? Let Us Help!

The key to getting the best deal on your policy is to ask questions, compare quotes, and never settle for less than you deserve. That’s why we’re here to help you navigate your homeowners’ insurance options. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by options or still have several unanswered questions, then talk to our insurance experts here at Avalue Insurance! Give us a call today, or request a call-back! 

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