Business Briefs – 4/28/2006

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Goodwill honors shining stars

Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs honored supportive businesses and individuals at its annual dinner.

The following companies received business awards: Ecumenical Social Ministries, El Paso County Department of Human Services, Goodwill Industries of Denver and Pueblo Goodwill Industries, The Resource Exchange, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Wal-Mart.

The following individuals received awards: John Armstrong, Guiding Light Award; Helen Bailey-Torres, Independence Award; Danny Martin, Achiever of the Year; Kendall Cromar, Community Employee of the Year; and Harold Edwards, Helms Legacy Award.

Advocacy saves small business $6.6 billion

The Office of Advocacy saved small business more than $6.6 billion during Fiscal Year 2005 by helping federal agencies implement the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The effort resulted in rules which met their regulatory goals and lessened the burden on small business compared with the original proposals..

The savings were outlined in the “Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2005.” Some of the highlights include:

An additional $966 million in annual recurring savings for small entities.

Twenty-one agency training seminars focusing on how to comply with the RFA and Executive Order 13272.

Two dozen comment letters submitted to agencies by Advocacy, outlining how compliance with the RFA would result in better rules and reduce burdens on small business.

Advocacy research shows that the smallest businesses annually spend $7,647 per employee to comply with all federal regulations. That is 45 percent more than the $5,282 per employee spent by firms with 500 employees or more.

For more information, or a copy of the report, visit

City seeking TOPS volunteers

The Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking volunteers to serve on its TOPS Working Committee.

The committee meets bimonthly and determines spending priorities for the Trails, Open Space and Parks sales tax, which is the one-tenth percent sales tax approved by voters in 1997.

Applicants should have involvement with an organization dedicated to promoting trails, parks or open space, live within the city limits and demonstrate an interest associated with parks, trails or open space.

Send a one-page resume outlining the above qualifications and a one-page letter about why you want to serve on the committee to Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, TOPS Committee, 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, before May 19. Include your Council District number on the letter.

For more information, call Chris Lieber at 385-6530.