Business Briefs – 10/21/2005

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Cukjati wins national award for J.A. campaign

Cukjati has received a 2005 American Graphic Design Award for internal communications for its “Love your job? Share it!” campaign that was created for Junior Achievement.

The awards are sponsored by Graphic Design USA, the monthly business-to-business magazine for graphic designers and related creative and production professionals.

A nationwide panel of seven judges selected the winning entries. The campaign included print and outdoor advertising placed in local and national markets.

Deferment relief sought for disaster’s borrowers

The U.S. Small Business Administration is urging 7(a) participating lenders, 504 program Certified Development Companies and microlenders to provide deferment relief for borrowers with SBA-backed business loans in the primary disaster areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and contiguous parishes/counties.

The SBA is providing an automatic 12-month deferment of principal and interest payments for SBA-serviced business and disaster loans that were in regular servicing status on Aug. 29 in those primary counties/parishes designated as federal disaster areas. Interest will accrue on the loans involved.

Borrowers are being notified of the automatic deferment on their monthly payment notices. After the automatic deferment period, the SBA will review borrower circumstances on a case-by-case basis to determine the nature and extent of further relief that may be appropriate.

Borrowers in counties contiguous to the primary counties/parishes in the disaster areas who have suffered an adverse impact because of the disaster may also be eligible for 12 months of principal and interest deferments on SBA-serviced business and disaster loans, but the deferments will not be automatic in those areas. Borrowers can ask the SBA for a deferment and the agency will evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis.

Eight groups receive grants from Myron Stratton Home

The grants program of the Myron Stratton Home is awarding a total of $86,000 to seven Colorado Springs organizations and one in Alamosa.

The grants are made to agencies that support the needs of families and low-income seniors.

Fall 2005 recipients include Life Support and Community Outreach, Catholic Charities ($20,000); Child Nursery Centers ($15,000); Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care ($10,000); Suicide Prevention Partnership ($10,000); Westside Cares ($10,000); Boy Scouts of America ($5,000); Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale ($6,000); La Puente Home in Alamosa ($10,000).

Since September 2001, the grants program has awarded almost $2 million, principally in El Paso County.

World’s largest embroidery franchise opens in Springs

EmbroidMe has opened its newest store at 4730 Centennial Blvd. No. 101.

The franchise is owned by Scott and Kathleen Abendschein and provides custom embroidery and screen-printing for apparel, as well as promotional products and gifts.

EmbroidMe is the world’s largest embroidery franchise with more than 250 stores worldwide.

Springs receives Take Pride in America award

The City of Colorado Springs is the only local government to receive the Take Pride in America award.

The U.S. Department of Interior established the award as a national partnership that aims to engage, support and recognize volunteers who work to improve public parks, forests, grasslands, wildlife refuges, cultural and historical sites, playgrounds and other recreational areas.

The city received the award for the 2005 Arbor Day revegitation project in Red Rock Canyon.

Volunteers planted 2,800 seedlings on nearly 10 acres of open space in the park.

New motor vehicle office opens on Powers

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office has opened a new motor vehicle branch office at the southeast corner of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road.

The office provides driver’s license renewal, re-issuance of lost driver’s licenses, transfer of license from another state, name change on existing license and renewal of Colorado I.D. cards.

Other services, such as issuing new driver’s licenses and Colorado I.D. cards, administration of the driving and written tests, processing reinstatements, issuance of commercial driver’s licenses and providing copies of motor vehicle driving records must still be handled at the state motor vehicle office at 4420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Suite 188.

For more information, call Joyce Willener at 520-6244.

Oct. 31 deadline for EWI scholarship applications

The deadline to apply for the Adult Student in Scholastic Transition Program scholarship presented by the local chapter of Executive Women International is Oct. 31.

This scholarship is available to women desiring career transitions who wish to continue their education and need financial assistance. Recipients chosen for the scholarships will receive $1,500 per semester for up to two years, bringing the scholarship value to a possible $12,000 per recipient. EWI donates three scholarships each year, totaling $9,000 in financial assistance per year.

Applications are available online at, by e-mail at or by phone at 205-4486.

State Division of Housing wins excellence award

The Colorado Division of Housing has won a national award honoring superior assisted housing and community development programs for its High Quality Standards Interactive Internet Training program.

The 2005 Award of Excellence is form the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. The Colorado program is one of 21 nationwide to receive the 2005 award. There were 296 applicants.

The DOH identified a need to train housing agency staff, landlords and families about the requirements of HUD Housing Quality Standards. Instead of relying on HUD’s handbook, trainees may visit the DOH Web site to find information about the HQS inspection process, requirements and violations.

After completing the online training, the trainee takes a Web-based test to asses what he or she has learned. If the trainee receives a score of 90 percent of higher, he or she receives a certificate of successful completion.

Spring Communications opens 25th store

Spring Communications has opened it 25th Colorado location in the Falcon Landing Plaza on North Academy Boulevard.

The company was founded in April 2001 with six locations and has more than 60 stores in Colorado and Utah.