Business Briefs – 3/17/2006

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SBA disaster loans surpass $6 billion

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved a record $6 billion in low-interest, taxpayer-backed disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by last year’s Gulf Coast hurricanes.

More than 86,200 victims have been approved for the loans. More than 70,100 loans totaling $4.6 billion have been approved for homeowners and more than 16,100 loans totaling $1.4 billion have been approved for businesses.

The SBA has conducted damage inspections of 95 percent of the damaged properties and has processed 87 percent of the total disaster loans for businesses. More than 276,400 applications have been processed since Hurricane Katrina struck.

The deadlines for small businesses that suffered economic injury to apply for loans are: May 29 for Katrina, June 26 for Rita and July 24 for Wilma. To begin the application process, register by calling (800) 621-FEMA.

For more information, visit www.sba.gov/disaster_recov/hurricanes.

Holland & Hart wins legal marketing awards

Holland & Hart LLP has received two “Your Honor Awards” from the Legal Marketing Association.

The firm was awarded first place in the community relations category for its work with the Holland & Hart Foundation, which provides assistance to individuals and organizations. The award also recognized the marketing team’s pro bono work on the Web, annual report and annual calendar project.

Holland & Hart received second place in the identity category for its in-house marketing team’s branding campaign, logo and tag line design, advertising efforts and internal communications.

Dress for Success celebrates SOS

Dress for Success is asking women nationwide to donate one new or nearly new interview suit during the week of March 19-25 to help disadvantaged women enter the work force.

This is the ninth year that the group has been involved in SOS – Send One Suit – Week. Dress Barn is serving as the national drop-off site for the suits. To find a Dress Barn location, visit www.dressbarn.com.

LPP offering opportunity to ‘Experience the Springs’

Leadership Pikes Peak accepting applications for its “Experience the Springs” class on April 26-27.

The program provides a community snapshot and is tailored to new residents, new managers, those newly retired or anyone looking to become engaged as a leader or active volunteer.

The class includes food, transportation, tours and other information. The cost is $250, and the deadline to register is April 12.

To receive a brochure or to register, call 632-2618 or e-mail lpp@leadershippikespeak.org.

SBA prime contractor: Delta Solutions and Strategies

Delta Solutions and Strategies LLC has been selected as the 2006 Region VIII Prime Contractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Region VIII includes Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana.

Delta Solutions and Strategies was selected based on its support of the U.S. Air Force. The company provides advisory and assistance services and systems engineering technical assistance to government and private sector businesses.

Care & Share receives four-star rating

Care & Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado has received the highest rating, four stars, from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.

Care & Share received 64.33 of 70 points for 2005, an increase from 59.98 points in 2004. The ranking indicates that that the organization manages its finances in an efficient and effective manner.

In 2005, Care & Share distributed 7.1 million pounds of food through its network of about 400 nonprofit partners throughout the 31 counties of southern Colorado.

Security Service names board of directors

Security Service Federal Credit Union has announced its 2006-07 board of directors.

Members are: Max Giovannini, chairman; Bob Egger, first vice chairman; Bill Ballard, second vice chairman; Allen Snyder, treasurer; Mary Holub, secretary; and Tim McCallum, Pete McNamee, Joe Coleman, James O’Farrell, Grover Jackson and James Tattini, directors.

Cliff Turner was elected the board’s first director emeritus. He served on the board from 1958 to 2005.

Ernst & Young seeking region’s 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 Courtney.story@ey.com. Information also is available at www.ey.com/us/eoy. The deadline for nominations is March 31.

BBB names foundation trustees

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has selected new members for its foundation board.

They are: David D. O’Donnell, former chairman, CEO and president of Colorado Technical University; Diane C. Johnson, general manager of strategic planning for Colorado Springs Utilities; and Mark A. Wild, vice president of Colorado lending at Security Service Federal Credit Union.

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 www.courts.state.co.us/chs/court/mediation/ccrrjminigrant.htm. The deadline to apply is March 20.

2006 CSPA media guide available

The 2006 Colorado Springs Press Association Media Guide is available for purchase. The guide contains El Paso/Teller County area listings of newspapers, radio and television stations, as well as reporter and other outlet contacts.

The cost is $25 for press association and Public Relations Society of America members and $35 for non-members.

The guide can be ordered by contacting Kim Mutchler at 475-2797 or KMutchlerPR@aol.com. The guide will be e-mailed after payment is received.

Make checks payable to the Colorado Springs Press Association, and mail them to P.O. Box 1951, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.