Business Briefs – 12/9/2005

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Real Time Shredding moves to Colorado Springs

Real Time Shredding has moved its offices to 890 Dublin Blvd., Suite F in Colorado Springs.

The company, which produces self-service shredding kiosks, previously leased space in Monument.

Massage therapist needed for city board

The city of Colorado Springs needs a licensed massage therapist for the Colorado Springs Board of Massage Examiners. Members of the board meet twice quarterly and serve three-year terms.

The board determines qualifications for applicants requesting a massage therapy license. Members administer practical and written examinations as well as establish rules and regulations relating to the test.

Sometimes, the group will be asked to meet with City Council and attend public hearings to review proposed modifications or additions to the requirements.

Send letters of interest and resumes by Dec. 16 to City Council, Attn: Marti Devine, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

For more information, visit www.springsgov.com and click on City Council and city management then city boards and commissions or call 385-5453.

Colorado/Wyoming post offices ranked No. 1

For the second straight year, Colorado and Wyoming post offices ranked No. 1 for providing the best overall mail service in the United States, according to IBM scores of on-time mail delivery and based on the national performance assessment system of the Postal Service.

On-time mail service scores are audited quarterly by IBM’s national Business Consulting Unit for post offices in all 50 states and in 80 geographic postal districts. The Colorado/Wyoming district ranked first with the highest aggregate on-time mail service scores in first-class mail, priority mail and express mail delivery for 2005.

The Colorado/Wyoming District has 603 post offices and 14,000 postal employees. They process and deliver an average 13.4 million pieces of mail daily to residents in both states.

Workforce Center seeking computer, teaching skills

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking volunteers who posses the following skills:

  • Computer and keyboarding skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Access, Excel
  • Database use
  • Windows experience
  • Internet use
  • Teaching skills

Individuals should have the ability to handle many tasks at one time and maintain professionalism. A positive attitude, flexibility, reliability, willingness to learn and teach, ability and willingness to provide one-on-one support to job seekers and excellent customer service skills are desired.

Volunteers will develop work skills, help people in the Pikes Peak community who are seeking employment and career advancement, and want to receive training opportunities. Retired teachers are encouraged to volunteer.

Call Chuks Nseke at 667-3784 for more information.

Internet professionals elect board of directors

The Colorado Association of Internet has elected a new board of directors.

They are David Ashley, president; Ron Story, vice president; Paul Ryal, treasurer; Charles Sakai, secretary; Bill De Matte and Brandon Tautimer, programs committee; Dan VanWijk, communications; Kent Vanderploeg, membership; Scott Rogers, corporate sponsorship; and Fred Layberger, at-large representative.

The association’s mission is to provide periodic meetings of interest to members and technical professionals, presentations about topics related to the Internet, an opportunity to receive advice and answer questions, and a forum for networking.

Insight Analytical Labs earns ISO certification

Insight Analytical Labs has received ISO 9001:2000 certification, which allows IAL to work with customers in the automotive and aerospace industries.

The company specializes in failure analysis of electronic devices.

Community Foundation launches Donor Central

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is offering a new Web-based tool for charitable giving.

Donor Central allows users to receive one statement for year-end tax purposes and to view their history of gifts to their favorite charities at any time.

To access a demonstration of the service, visit www.ppcf.org and look for the Donor Central button at the top right, then click “Demo.”

SBA hurricane loans reach $1 billion

A billion dollars in U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans have been approved for more than 14,200 residents and business owners in the Gulf Coast region to repair or rebuild properties damaged by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Loans are being approved at an average rate of $32.5 million a day, according to the SBA. Only three other disasters have led to more than $1 billion in SBA loans: the Northridge earthquake in 1994; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and the multiple hurricanes that struck Florida last year.

This year’s hurricanes left a disaster area the size of Great Britain. Nearly 250,000 people were displaced to locations in all 50 states; more than 200,000 homes were destroyed and another 45,000 are unlivable. Of the 190,000 small businesses in Louisiana, about 81,000 have be impacted.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Assistance loan programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster_recov/hurricanes/.