Business Briefs – 12/23/2005

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Emergency Management Solutions opens office

Emergency Management Solutions LLC has opened an office in Colorado Springs.

The company provides emergency management and homeland security solutions for government and industry by developing planning and training exercises, which improve readiness, safety and survivability.

The company’s CEO is Jeff Goldberg, a former emergency management program officer for the U.S. Library of Congress.

Airport Advisory Commission adds members

The Colorado Springs City Council has appointed two members to the Airport Advisory Board. Joel Miller and Robert Kudwa will serve until Aug. 24, 2008.

The council also reappointed Steve Ducoff as chairman and Bernie Herpin as vice chairman.

The commission acts in an advisory capacity to the city manager, the council and the city planning commission. It also interacts with the El Paso County planning commission and the Board of County Commissioners of El Paso County, advising on matters pertaining to land use and other issues affecting the construction, long-range planning and operation of the Colorado Springs Airport.

Casino revenue drops in November

Colorado casinos generated $59.6 million in adjusted gross proceeds (AGP) in November, down 6.9 percent from nearly $64 million in October, but up 11.8 percent from nearly $53.3 million in November 2004.

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

Black Hawk’s 21 casinos reported $42.8 million in AGP last month, down from $45.5 million in October, but up from $38.6 million a year ago. Cripple Creek’s 19 casinos generated $11.2 million in November, down from $12.7 million a month earlier, but up from $10 million in November 2004. Central City’s six casinos produced $5.5 million, down from $5.6 million the previous month, but up from $4.5 million the previous year.

Despite the monthly decrease in AGP, casinos paid $8.9 million in gaming taxes in November, up from nearly $8.7 million in October. The increase was due to the graduated gaming tax structure under which casinos operate.

BBB launches online reliability seal

More than 25,000 Web sites in the United States and Canada are qualified to display the BBBOnLine Reliability seal, which was designed to give consumers confidence while shopping on the Internet.

Every company that displays the seal has been in business for at least a year and is a member of its respective BBB. The businesses have pledged to meet BBB Code of Online Business Practice standards and are committed to work with the BBB and their customers to resolve any disputes that might arise.

Participating merchants can be found by visiting and searching by company name or keyword. To check online members in Southern Colorado, visit and click on “membership,” then scroll down to “BBBOnline Members.”

Businesses interested in qualifying to display the online reliability seal should contact Susanne Whited at 389-1097 or check for enrollment information.

Dine Out to Help Out raises $365,400 for Katrina relief

Dine Out to Help Out, the Colorado Restaurant Association’s statewide fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, raised an estimated $365,400 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The total includes money raised as part of Dine for America, Get Out to Help Out and Sleep Out to Help Out.

Restaurants were encouraged to donate at least 10 percent of their sales on Oct. 5 to the Red Cross.

ICG to provide E-911 service to Fort Carson

ICG Communications Inc. has been chosen to provide E-911 service to Fort Carson beginning in January.

The Private Switch/Automatic Location Identification service is a Web-based interface that helps administer 911 calls and speeds up emergency response times. The service is primarily used by organizations that operate on large campuses.

ICG also provides the local exchange access service for the Army post.

LPP seeking community leadership nominations

Leadership Pikes Peak will host the annual “A Celebration of Community Leadership” and leadership awards presentation on Feb. 25.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:

Community Inspiration Leadership Award: recognizes a Leadership Pikes Peak graduate for exemplary volunteer efforts, leading a community effort of nonprofit organization in the Pikes Peak region

Modeling the Way Community Leadership Award: recognizes a Leadership Pikes Peak graduate whose community leadership in his or her personal and professional life has inspired family, friends, colleagues or community members to get involved – this person is a team builder or a coalition/collaboration builder

Makepeace Community Trustee Award: recognizes an individual whose sustained community leadership has had a lasting impact on a broad segment of the Pikes Peak region. The award is named after former mayor and LPP executive director Marylou Makepeace. The recipient should have demonstrated the most exemplary and sustained commitment to community trusteeship.

Nominations must be received by Jan. 11 and should be limited to two pages (the nomination form, which is available at, and a one-page narrative). Additional letters of support from others are welcome.

Submissions should be mailed to Leadership Pikes Peak, P.O. Box 128, Colorado Springs, CO 80901, faxed to 632-5391 or e-mailed to

For more information, call 632-2618 or e-mail