Business Briefs – 4/14/2006

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PPWFC unveils Tour of Services video

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center has launched its Tour of Services online videos.

The videos give viewers a peek inside the workforce center to help job seekers understand the benefits of joining. Topics covered include:

  • Why register?
  • How to conduct an online job search.
  • Financial aid to upgrade your job skills.
  • Workshops and networking groups.
  • Helping youth succeed.
  • Opportunities for military spouses.
  • Information for veterans and people with disabilities.

To access the videos, visit and scroll to the bottom of the page. The videos also are available at the PPWFC main office, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

SBA announces Small Business Week winners

Mai Tran and Bruce Hottman have been named Colorado’s 2006 Small Business Persons of the Year.

Tran is president and Hottman is vice president of Information Technology Experts in Fort Collins.

Other state winners were:

  • Toti Cadavid and Elizabeth Suarez of Xcelente! Marketing & Advertising, Minority Small Business Champion Award
  • Mike O’Donnel of Colorado Lending Source, Financial Services Champion Award
  • Phil Castle of the Business Times of Western Colorado, Small Business Journalist of the Year
  • Peggy Sundstrom of Sundstrom and Associates, Women in Business Champion Award
  • Lonnie Tobias of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Veteran Small Business Champion Award

More than 97 percent of all firms in Colorado are considered small – representing more than 140,000 businesses.

Pueblo chamber publication receives honor

“Images of Pueblo” has received an award for editorial excellence in the Journal Communications annual Quality Awards competition.

The publication, which is sponsored by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, was cited for its editorial content and excellent photography. The magazine represented the best of the nearly 100 community magazines produced by Journal Communications during 2005 in cooperation with chambers of commerce across the country.

HB&A recognized for design by Air Force

HB&A will receive three 2006 U.S. Air Force Design Awards later this year.

The architecture and planning firm was recognized with an Honor Award for Concept Designs for the Chapel Center at Buckley Air Force Base, a Merit Award for Planning Studies for the general plan for McChord Air Force Base and a Merit Award for Facility Design for the visitor’s center and entry control gates at Schriever Air Force Base.

Online document filing rates at all-time high

Online filing of business organization documents has reached an all-time high, according the secretary of state’s office.

Business organization documents are filed electronically 98 percent of the time, according to the state. Because of online filing, the processing time for business documents has gone from days to minutes and business organizations can be formed online in real time.

For more information about the secretary of state’s business services, visit the “Business Center” at

SBA seeking input on 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.

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 need vary, but the hours are generally between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call 473-9981.

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.