Business Briefs – 3/28/2008

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SBA’s top entrepreneurs

Shawnee Huckstep, CEO and co-founder of TechWise, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Colorado Small Business Person of the Year for 2008.
TechWise is a Colorado Springs-based company that provides information technology support and consulting, educational program development and professional engineering services.
Other Colorado small business award winners included: Richard Lewis, president and CEO of RTL Networks Inc., Minority Small Business Champion; William C. Bacon, executive director of the Community Economic Development Company of Colorado, Financial Services Champion; The Colorado Springs Business Journal, Small Business Journalist of the Year; Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Champion; Reggie Selby, 21st U.S. Air Force Space Wing Small Business Specialist, Veteran Small Business Champion; and James Graff, co-owner of Graff Turf Farms, Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Eureka! Ltd. closing

The Eureka! Ltd. casino in Black Hawk has agreed to close by the end of the month to settle a notice of denial of its renewal application by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Division.
The original notice of denial was issued during December. The casino remained open until a final decision could be reached.
Instead of proceeding to a hearing about the charges, which stemmed from allegations about unsuitable financial conditions and practices, Eureka reached an agreement with the commission to close.
The casino and its owner, Daniel Cooper, also agreed not to apply for any business gaming license for five years.

GateKeepers accredited

GateKeepers International of Colorado Springs has received accreditation from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
The accreditation is based on seven standards of responsible stewardship, including financial accountability, transparency and ethical fundraising.

Latino Chamber officers

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo has selected officers for its board of directors for 2008.
Dave Abeyta of Wells Fargo Bank will serve as chairman, and Sean Tapia of Abel Engineering Professionals is chairman elect.
Evelyn Flores will serve as vice chairwoman. Darryl Stephens of K.R. Swerdfeger Construction is treasurer, and Tracy Martinez of U.S. Bank will serve as secretary.
Lenny Valdez of Allstate Insurance is immediate past chairman.

Volunteer Day

The Volunteer Center will host the ninth annual Volunteer Day Recognition Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Nominations are being accepted in three categories: outstanding volunteers, outstanding volunteer managers and volunteers who have served more than 50 hours. The deadline for nominations is April 7.
For more information, visit or call 955-0764.

Exporting awards

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 or (303) 892-3813.

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,, or by calling (303) 892-3802. The deadline to apply is April 4.

State Games registration

Online registration for amateur athletes is now open at for the inaugural State Games of the West, July 24-27, in Colorado Springs.
About 8,000 competitors of all ages and skill levels from 13 Western states are expected to participate in the event, which offers 31 sports.
The State Games of the West, which is being hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., is open to all State Games athletes from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. All participants are eligible by competing in their local State Games during 2008 regardless of their placement.
Wyoming athletes will be welcome even though the Cowboy State Games ceased operations after last summer.
Athletes will compete at 24 venues including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado College, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson. The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 24 at World Arena.
The state’s annual Rocky Mountain State Games for Colorado athletes will be folded into the State Games of the West, as they were during 2005 and 2007 when the city hosted the national State Games of America.
A record 10,803 athletes from 47 states participated in the 2007 State Games of America in Colorado Springs, with an economic impact of about $11 million, and the event returns to the city during 2009.