Business Briefs – 5/12/2006

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Governor recognizes exporting excellence
Gov. Bill Owens has announced the winners of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting, which recognizes Colorado companies that have made outstanding contributions to exporting during the past year.
Harsh International Inc. was recognized in the small-sized manufacturer category. The Eaton company has been designing and manufacturing hydraulic tipping gear and mobile-mix cattle feeding systems since 1948.
Sirenza Microdevices Inc. was the winner in the large-sized manufacturing category. The Broomfield company designs and develops radio frequency components for the commercial communications, consumer, aerospace and defense equipment markets.
CQG Inc. was recognized in the services category. The Denver company provides market analysis software and data distribution services to financial traders worldwide.
Western Export Services was the winner in the agricultural category. The Denver company supplies food and beverage products.

Post offices again rate high in on-time delivery
Post offices in Colorado and Wyoming scored 96 percent in on-time delivery for First Class Mail during the first quarter of 2006.
It is the 11 straight quarter that the offices have scored 96 percent or above. The national average was 95 percent.
IBM’s Business Consulting Unit conducts the quarterly audits.
The Colorado and Wyoming Postal District has 603 post offices and 14,000 employees, who process and deliver and average 13.4 million pieces of mail daily.

BBB launches new Web site
The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has launched a new Web site,
The site contains more information and is easier to navigate.
Consumers can get instant access to reliability reports for about 30,000 companies in southern Colorado. The reports provide information about a company’s history, including location, telephone number, type of business, customer service contact and complaint history.
Consumers also can find out if there are any pending government actions against the company.
The site includes streaming video of the monthly television program “The BBB Eye” and Web links for the weekly radio program Insights.

County seeking volunteers for Development Fund board
The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Development Fund Advisory Board.
The board needs an at-large member to review, monitor and make recommendations concerning the reserve levels, and all fees and charges associated with the Land Development Review Fee Fund.
Send a letter of interest and brief resume, including address and daytime telephone number to: Board of County Commissioners, Attn: Fran St. Germain, Executive Assistant to County Administrator, 27 E. Vermijo Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2208; fax to: 520-6397; or e-mail:
Volunteer applications are available at by clicking the “Volunteer Opps” link. The deadline is May 26.
For more information, call 520-6436.

Weathercraft receives Firestone recognition
Weathercraft Co. has received the 2006 Firestone Master Contractor Award from Firestone Building Products Co.
The award recognizes Weathercraft for its dedication to installing quality roofing systems during the past year. This is the second time the company has achieved Master Contractor status.

Configuresoft receives MMS award
Configuresoft’s Enterprise Configuration Manager was named the overall winner at the Best of Microsoft Management Summit 2006 Awards.
By standardizing and monitoring server and client configurations by role, ECM ensures continuous operational compliance with regulatory, industry and corporate standards throughout a computing infrastructure.

D-49 bus drivers win skills event
Falcon School District 49 bus drivers won first place in the team category at the 2006 Bus Driving Road-e-o in Denver.
Twenty-two school districts participated in the event. Falcon bus drivers placed first, second and fourth in the Regular Education bus category and first and third in the Special Needs bus category.
The competition consists of on-road maneuvers, a written test, identifying defects on a bus and reacting to a first-aid crisis.

City recognizes
Child Nursery Centers
Child Nursery Centers has received the 2006 Excellence in Human Services Award from the City of Colorado Springs.
CNC has five centers and serves almost 400 children daily.

SBA hurricane loans top $9 billion
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $9 billon in financing to small businesses, homeowners and renters who were victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
Processing has been completed on more than 96 percent of applications, according to the SBA. The loan volume during the last eight months is more than double what was provided in the agency’s previous record disaster response, the Northridge earthquake in 1994, in which $4 billion in loans were made during a 12-month period.