Business Briefs – 3/24/2006

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SBA seeking input about disaster response

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a request for information soliciting input about how the private sector can best support the delivery of the SBA’s Disaster Assistance program, within its current operational framework and/or within a guaranteed lending framework.

In the aftermath of a federally declared disaster, the SBA provides assistance to qualified homeowners, renters and business owners in the form of long-term low-interest loans. The magnitude of the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region caused more home and business owners to apply for SBA assistance than any previous disaster in the agency’s history.

In order to prepare for future disasters, and to ensure that the disaster program is operating at its highest potential, the SBA is seeking ideas and options for complementing the agency’s existing resources. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on May 2.

Information is available on the Fed Biz Ops Web site.

KKCS named station of the year

KKCS 104.5 has been named Major Market Broadcast Station of the year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association. This is the first time since 1997 that the station has received the recognition.

KKCS also earned five first-place awards and one second-place selection in the Major Market Category – the most honors earned by a radio station in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

The first place awards were for Best Station Entertainment Personality: Mark, Sam and Craig; Best On-Air Contest for a Station: The Black Vault; Best Sales Event or Remote Broadcast: Hurricane Katrina Food Drive; Best Morning Show: Mark, Sam and Craig; and Best Radio Sales Promotion: 12 Days of Christmas.

The station’s second place award was for its St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital community service campaign.

Volunteers needed for WalkAmerica event

The March of Dimes is seeking volunteers to help at its WalkAmerica event on April 29 at America the Beautiful Park.

Two hundred volunteers are needed to perform a variety of tasks, including setup, participant registration, food coordination, crowd management and cleanup. Work locations will be at the park or along the walk route.

The times volunteers are needed vary, but the hours are generally between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, call 473-9981.

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 snap shot and is tailored to new residents, new managers, those newly retired or anyone looking to become engaged as a leader of 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

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 Information also is available at The deadline for nominations is March 31.

KRCC wins two Colorado Brodcasters awards

KRCC’s year-old news program “Western Skies” was recognized for Best Single Event News Coverage of 2005 by the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

The winning story, “Dragon Man’s Machine Gun Shoot,” was produced by Stephen Raher and aired on Sept. 13.

“Western Skies” also received a certificate of merit for Best News Feature Report of 2005 for “Army Moms,” which was produced by Eric Whitney and aired on Mother’s Day.

KRCC is owned and operated by Colorado College.

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 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.