Business Briefs – 8/17/2007

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Cheyenne Mountain Resort ‘best’ in Colorado

Cheyenne Mountain Resort has been honored by the National Restaurant Association with the 2007 Restaurant Neighbor Award for the state of Colorado.
The award recognizes companies that have gone above and beyond in giving back to their local area through community service programs.
The resort participates in Hometown Hospitality — Caring for our Communities, a program of its parent company, Benchmark Hospitality International, which encourages employee volunteer programs, in-kind donations and community outreach activities.
Cheyenne Mountain has two restaurants, Mountain View and Pineview, and the Will Rogers Lounge.

RTW moves Springs office

Rothberg, Tamburini & Windsor Inc. has moved its offices to 599 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 200.
The engineering and consulting firm has had a local office in Colorado Springs since 1990.

SBA increases access to bonds for small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration has made it easier for small business to obtain bonds as part of its Surety Bond Guarantee Program.
New rules establish a more flexible pricing structure, allowing Preferred Surety Bond Sureties to charge current state rates rather than being locked into rates that have become outdated and unwieldy.
Corporate surety bonds protect project owners against financial loss, and in the case of public construction projects, protect taxpayer dollars if the contractor defaults.
The new rules reduce the frequency of audits previously required of PSB sureties, obligate SBA to guarantee 90 percent of the loss incurred by a prior approval surety on bonds issued on behalf of small businesses owned and controlled by veterans and service-disabled veterans, impose a 60-day deadline for the submission of surety fees to the SBA, allow PSB sureties to charge premiums in accordance with applicable state ceilings, delete existing reference to the expiration of the PSB Program and allow affiliates of a PSB surety to participate in the prior approval program.
Through the Surety Bond Guarantee Program, SBA guarantees bid, payment and performance bonds on contracts up to $2 million in value.
For more information, visit www.sba.gov/osg or call (800) U-ASK-SBA.

MDA honors ERA franchises

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has honored members of ERA Franchise Systems for their 2006 fundraising efforts.
ERA Shields in Colorado Springs was a finalist for the Ed Bilinkas Award, which is presented to the franchise that raises the most money for MDA.
ERA Real Estate has raised more than $30 million for MDA since 1977, including $1.15 million during 2006.