Business Briefs – 10/28/2005

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Nonprofit center recognizes philanthropists

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence recognized individuals and organizations for their outstanding philanthropic contributions during the Partners in Philanthropy luncheon on Tuesday.

Winners were honored in five categories:

  • Outstanding Individual Donor, Howard and Jane Price, for their substantial and diverse philanthropic efforts in support of worthy causes.
  • Outstanding Foundation, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, for working on behalf of the health and welfare of the Pikes Peak region in a broad manner, helping arts and cultural organizations collaborate with health and human service organizations, government agencies and educational districts.
  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropic Program (under 250 employees), Huntley Thatcher & Ellsworth, for giving generously and making a significant impact as a result of the leadership the firm’s partners provide within the nonprofit sector.
  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropic Program (over 250 employees), Wells Fargo, for its support of many local organizations and contributing to the economic, cultural and civic vitality of the community.
  • Outstanding Fundraising Campaign Volunteer, Dennis Weber, for work with the Pikes Peak United Way, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Pikes Peak Library District, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Junior Achievement, Pikes Peak Mental Health, Citizens Goals, Leadership Pikes Peak and many other community organizations.

The luncheon was cosponsored by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Pikes Peak United Way and the Pikes Peak Funders Forum.

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.

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 from 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 assess 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.

Municipal League, CCCOnline collaboration

The Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Community College Online are offering municipal officials throughout the state online strategic training Dec.5-16.

Taught entirely on the Internet by Marcia Hughes, president of Collaborative Growth, the workshop will allow participants to take the course from their home or office.

CML will provide the training content, including PowerPoint presentations and discussion boards facilitated by CCCOnline. Participants will have the opportunity to interact “live” with the instructor and others during two-hour conference calls.

The training is geared toward mayors, council and board members, managers and key department heads and will cover such factors as distinguishing between short- and long-term issues, the difference between “tactical” and “strategic” responses, strategic thinking vs. planning, contingency and emergency planning, and linking the leadership process to programming and budgeting.

For more information or to register, call CML at (303) 831-6411.

Panera Bread opens fourth location in Springs

Panera Bread has opened its fourth location in Colorado Springs at 3120 New Center Point, next to the IMAX Theater.

The 4,500-square-foot bakery-café will employ 20 full-time and 45 part-time workers, and feature amenities such as free Wi-Fi access to the Internet.

The store is owned by Breads of the World LLC, a franchisee that owns all 16 Colorado locations.

Casino revenue falls in September

Colorado casinos experienced mixed revenue results in September. Gaming establishments reported $63.6 million in adjusted gross proceeds (AGP), down slightly from $63.8 million in August, but up 4.3 percent from $61 million in September 2004.

AGP is most simply defined as the amount wagered by bettors less payouts from casinos.

Black Hawk’s 21 casinos totaled $44.6 million in AGP in September, and increase from nearly $43.7 million in August and $43.3 million a year earlier. Cripple Creek’s 19 casinos generated $13.3 million, down from $13.9 million a month before, but up slightly from $13.2 million in 2004. Central City’s 21 casinos produced $5.6 million, down from $6.1 million in August, but up from $4.4 million a year ago.

Casinos paid $7.3 million in gaming tax proceeds to the state in September.