Biz Buzz:
OCCA retains Seiko Marketing

       The board of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group has decided to retain Seiko Marketing through December. The six-month contract is retroactive to July 1.
       Seiko Marketing is run by Seiko Tran, who had become involved with Old Colorado City a year ago when he was with the Zeal Marketing Group. But when Zeal dropped away last winter, Tran started his own business and has since been handling the OCCA account on his own, including organizing an ice carving festival that drew several thousand people to Old Town last January. His OCCA work mainly consists of generating press releases and using media and business contacts toward the overall goal of attracting people to Old Colorado City in general and to OCCA member businesses in particular.
       Some OCCA members had questioned whether the association could afford Seiko Marketing's bill of $3,000 a month, because the group has less money due to low earnings from this year's rain-soaked Territory Days (the OCCA's chief source of income). However, at an all-members meeting this week the majority urged its elected board to retain Tran, saying the OCCA needs professional marketing.
       The contract also states that Tran will “fundraise” in an effort to reduce his cost to the district by half.
       OCCA President Charles Irwin, who urged the board's vote for Tran's retention, said that with the merchant group's tight-money situation, there could be a cutback in its advertising during Christmas.
       Puppeteer David Simpich's original adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1861 novel, “Great Expectations,” will begin its run Sept. 23 at the Simpich Showcase Theatre, 2413 W. Colorado Ave.
       Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for ages 12 and under (except Wednesdays, when all seats are $8)
       The “actors” are marionettes made by Simpich, who himself will portray Dickens.
       For tickets or additional information, call 465-2492 or go to
       The annual Taste of Old Colorado City will be Saturday, Sept. 26 from Noon to 5 p.m.
       At press time, the sponsoring Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group was reporting on its website that the event will have 16 restaurants and businesses providing food samples.
       The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under.
       For more information, call OCCA President Charles Irwin at 302-2962.

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