Business Briefs – 2/22/2008

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Business.gov expands services

Small business access to government information has taken a leap forward with the addition of new state and local search capabilities on Business.gov, the official business link to the U.S. government.
Round one focused on expanded content and new federal government search capabilities from Google that allowed business owners to search for federal information about programs, services and regulations affecting small businesses.
Round two allows small business owners to search for information from state and local government Web sites, as well as federal Web sites, from a single search box.
Business.gov is managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with 21 other federal agencies.

Nolte receives revitalization project honor

Nolte Associates Inc. has received the Partnership for Community Design Award for its work on the Manitou Avenue Revitalization Project in Manitou Springs.
Manitou Springs catered to the spa crowds of the 1850s during its heyday. Nolte helped bring back its original prominence by obtaining funding and developing a plan for the revitalization of the downtown business corridor.

Oil, gas leases net $3.9 million

The Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office sold all 35 parcels offered during its quarterly oil and gas lease sale for a total of $3.9 million.
The high bid, for a 45-acre parcel in Garfield County, was $3,100 per acre. The high total bonus bid was $864,000 for a 360-acre parcel in Garfield County.
Forty-eight percent of the proceeds will go to the State of Colorado, which received $123 million during fiscal year 2007 from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including coal.
BLM manages more than 8 million acres of public land for multiple uses in Colorado, as well as more than 27 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate.

SBA, MBRT partnership

The U.S. Small Business Administration has broadened its outreach to minority entrepreneurs by signing a partnership with the Minority Business Round Table.
The alliance is part of an effort to support small business development initiatives in underserved communities. It will allow the organizations to share resources and educate minority entrepreneurs about how to use SBA products and services to establish and grow their businesses.
According to MBRT, there are more than 5 million minority businesses in the United States.

CNC selects board

The Child Nursery Centers has elected its board officers for 2008.
Sandi Yukman will serve as chairwoman. John Whitten is vice chairman. Christine Carroll will serve as secretary and Brian Gilmartin is secretary.
CNC has been providing services to children from limited income and working families in the Pikes Peak region for 111 years.

Grant money available for recycling projects

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting grant applications for waste diversion and recycling projects. The department has $1.2 million available for 2008.
Entities eligible to apply are: public government agencies (including universities and schools), private sector organizations whose projects benefit their local communities, out-of-state companies or organizations that are expanding or relocation to Colorado or have an in-state presence.
Applications are available at www.cdphe.state.co.us/el/p2_program/rreogrants.html. The deadline is March 28.

$1 million available in conservation grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service has $1 million available for 2008 Conservation Innovation Grants Program projects in Colorado.
Applicants can receive up to $75,000 for improving conservation practices. Those eligible include federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
Selected applicants may receive grants up to 50 percent of the total project cost, and must provide non-federal matching money for at least 50 percent, of which 50 percent may be in-kind contributions.
Applications are available at www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/cig.htm. The deadline is March 31.
For more information, contact Dollie Gonzales at (720) 544-2821 or dollie.gonzales@co.usda.gov.

Trade office seeking award applicants

Applications are being accepted from Colorado companies for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. The wards recognize companies that demonstrate a commitment to international trade.
Export businesses of any size or industry may apply. Winners will be recognized at World Trade Day on May 1.
Completed applications are due by March 28. For more information, or to request and application, contact Thomas Binet at Thomas.binet@state.co.us or (303) 892-3813.

Nominees sought for Governor’s Arts Awards

Nomination forms are available for the 2008 Governor’s Arts Award, which is given annually to a city or town that has effectively utilized the arts to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of its community.
Grand Junction won during 2007.
Nomination forms are available at the Colorado Council on the Art’s Web site, www.coloarts.org, or by calling (303) 892-3802. The deadline to apply is April 4.

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 op 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.

Volunteers needed for Family Connections programs

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc. needs volunteers for all its programs.
The organization’s goal is to help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Volunteers are needed to work with children and families and to help plan events.
For more information, contact Jennifer Clarke at 442-6336 or operations_ppfc@yahoo.com.

CSPA Media Guide available

The Colorado Springs Press Association Media Guide is now available.
The guide provides listings of newspapers, radio and television stations, reporters and other outlet contacts for El Paso and Teller counties.
The cost is $35, and an electronic version of the guide will be sent after payment is received. Check should be made payable to the Colorado Springs Press Association and mailed to P.O. Box 1951, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.