Business Briefs – 2/17/2006

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BMA seeking nominations for Gold Key awards

The Colorado chapter of the Business Marketing Association is seeking nominations for the 2006 Gold Key awards, an annual event that recognizes business-to-business marketing communications.

There are 47 categories, and entrants do not need to be members of BMA to participate. Entries will be judged on creativity, production/execution, selling proposition and results.

The deadline is March 10. Visit www.bmacolorado.org for more information and entry forms.

Small businesses disaster assistance

Small, non-farm businesses in 30 Colorado counties are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The loans are available to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues to farmers and ranchers that was caused by a drought that began Jan. 1, 2005, and wind, heavy rain and hail that occurred from June 8 through Sept. 8 in Crowley, El Paso, Lincoln, Otero, Park, Phillips, Pueblo, Teller, Washington and Yuma counties.

Small businesses in the adjacent counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Bent, Chafee, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Custer, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, Las Animas, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick and Summit also are eligible to apply for the loans.

Small businesses may qualify for economic injury disaster loans of up to $1.5 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster and not actual property damage, according to the SBA. The loans have an interest rate of 4 percent and a maximum term of 30 years. Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible.

For more information and application forms, call (800) 659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be sent to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 21.

New board members for Nonprofit Excellence

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence has elected seven new members to its 2006 board of directors.

They are Maggie Brubaker, director of community initiatives for United Way; Andrea Coleman, COO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services; John Courtney, associate director for administrative services at the Pikes Peak Library District; Robin Hardie; Dave Knuckles, assistant to the president for community relations at Focus on the Family; Denise Sulski, community relations for Colorado Springs Utilities; and Sharon Thomas, superintendent of School District 11.

The center provides training and education services, technical assistance, and networking and partnering opportunities that connect nonprofit organizations with the region’s funding and business communities.

Leadership Pikes Peak names outstanding leaders

Leadership Pikes Peak has named the recipients of its awards for community trusteeship. They will be honored at the organization’s annual Celebration of Community Leadership at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Rosemary Harris will receive the Community Inspiration award. Richard “Dick” Conn will receive the Modeling the Way Community Leadership award. Phillip Kendal will receive the Mary Lou Makepeace Community Trustee Award.

For more information about the event, call 632-2618 or e-mail wendy@leadershippikespeak.org.

State wins 15 labor fraud cases

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment obtained 15 criminal convictions for unemployment insurance fraud during November and December.

The convictions represent total restitution of $194,270.

Each year, the Office of the Inspector General handles more than 100 like cases. To report suspected unemployment insurance fraud, call (303) 318-8227.