Business Briefs – 2/1/2008

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Miracle Method places among top 500

Miracle Method Surface Restoration was ranked No. 188 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list.
The company was ranked first in the surface restoration category and No. 41 among the Top 100 Home Based Franchises.
Miracle Method is the nation’s largest bathtub, tile and countertop surface restoration franchisor.

Studies confirm SBA loans fill market gap

A package of studies conducted by the Urban Institute has found that Small Business Administration programs are more effective than conventional loans in reaching minorities, women and startups.
SBA loans also were found to be a key financing tool for creditworthy small businesses that do not meet conventional underwriting standards.
During the most recent fiscal year, nearly a third (32.1 percent) of all SBA-backed loans went to start-up businesses, 33.6 percent went to minority borrowers and 22.3 percent went to women. Loans to businesses in underserved areas, including Enterprise Zones, HUBZones and low and moderate income areas, represented more than 36 percent of total loan approvals.
The report is available at www.urban.org/projects/sba.

Public comment sought for roadless rules

The U.S. Forest Service is preparing an environmental impact statement analyzing the protection and management of roadless areas on about 4 million acres of National Forest lands within Colorado.
Public comment is being sought about the nature and scope of the environmental, social and economic issues related to a rule for roadless areas. Comments are due by Feb. 25 and may be sent to COcomments@fsroadless.org, Roadless Area Conservation-Colorado, P.O. Box 162909, Sacramento, CA 95816-2909 or faxed to (916) 456-6724.
For more information about Colorado’s roadless area efforts, visit www.roadless.fs.fed.us/colorado.

PPFC needs volunteers

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc. needs volunteers to work with at-risk children.
The organization’s Nurturing Parenting Program Classes, offered on weeknights, need children’s co-facilitators and childcare volunteers to help teach children whose parents are taking the classes.
KPC Kids’ Place, a free crisis and respite nursery, needs volunteers to work with children whose families need emergency childcare.
For more information, call Jennifer Clarke at 442-6336 or 520-1019.