Business Briefs – 3/3/2006

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KKCS earns national recognition

Radio station 104.5 KKCS’s Mother of Pearl promotion has been named the best in the nation among medium-sized markets by the Country Radio Broadcasters.

The promotion aired in May in advance of Mother’s Day.

Judging criteria included creativity, the goals the station set for the promotion, how and why it was successful for the station, clients and listeners and the overall professional style of the presentation.

Allstate agencies earn recognition

Four Colorado Springs agencies have been named among the top Allstate agencies in the nation in auto, property, commercial insurance and financial service sales.

The Chris Song Agency received the National Conference honor. Colorado Insurance & Financial Specialists Inc., the Mario Romano Agency and The Rick Gardner Agency received the Allstate Honor Ring award.

Community action agency receives grant

The Pikes Peak Community Action Agency has received a $50,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to support its Save Up to Step Out (individual development account) program.

The program encourages self-sufficiency and poverty elimination through asset acquisition by providing matched savings and offering savings incentives to identify and attain savings goals to acquire a first home, post-secondary education or start or expand a small business.

ADDYS recognize best advertising work

PRACO Public Relations Advertising Co. received the Best of Show award at the 39th Annual Pikes Peak Advertising Federation American Advertising awards for its STOP Family Violence campaign.

The company received 47 awards at the event, which recognizes excellence in advertising.

Also recognized was the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, which received an ADDY for its master’s of business administration program brochure.

Cukjati Design and Advertising and photographer Brad Armstrong worked with the school to develop the brochure.

Colorado’s 2005 exports set record

Colorado companies shipped $6.78 billion in manufactured, agricultural and mineral products to international markets during 2005, breaking the record of $6.65 billion set in 2004, according to statistics prepared by the World Institute for Strategic and Economic Research.

State exports rose 2 percent in 2005. Growth was slower than the 9-percent increase of 2004, largely due to a 33-percent decline in semiconductor exports.

Sales of computer-related and electronic products dominated state exports in 2005, accounting for more than $3.5 billion (52 percent) of total sales.

Canada was the states’ largest international market, followed by Mexico, China, Japan, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Taiwan.

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 for more information and entry forms.

Ernst & Young seeking top entrepreneurs

Ernst & Young LLP is seeking nominations for its Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 awards.

Last year, 10 entrepreneurs in seven categories from the Rocky Mountain region were selected from nearly 100 nominations.

Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas, such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be an owner/manager of a private or public company who is an active member of top management and primarily responsible for the company’s recent performance.

For more information or nomination forms, contact Courtney Story, program manager, at (720) 931-4411 or Information also is available at The deadline for nominations is March 31.

Office of Dispute Resolution announces grants program

The Office of Dispute Resolution is offering mini-grants for community conflict resolution and restorative justice services in Colorado.

Community conflict resolution allows parties and communities to resolve disputes without litigation. Restorative justice services allow the community, offender and victims of crime to shape social behavior and develop respect, understanding and accountability.

Grants of $15,000 to $20,000 will be available for new organizations. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be available for expansion of services. Matching funds are not required, but will increase the applicant’s chance of receiving an award.

Applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 20.