Business Briefs – 4/11/2008

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SBA Gateway earns award

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Business Gateway Initiative has been awarded the ACT/IAC Excellence.Gov Award for its Web site. is the official business link to the U.S. government and delivers services and information to the nation’s small business community.

Loans for small businesses

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement between the county and Pikes Peak Regional Development Corp. for the administration and maintenance of the County Revolving Loan Fund for small businesses.
The fund provides a source of capital to assist expanding businesses. Money may be used for the purchase of business interests, real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and working capital.
For more information, call 471-2044 or visit

Forestry, weed commission

Volunteers are needed to serve on the El Paso County Forestry & Weed Advisory Commission.
The commission develops and reviews action plans for the integrated management of state mandated weeds. Members serve for three-year terms. Qualified applicants must own 40 or more acres within unincorporated El Paso County.
Applications are available at and are due by May 2.
For more information, call 520-6436.

New UCCS alumni office

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs College of Business has established an alumni office.
Jana Hyde will run the operation. She has more than 20 years of marketing and communication experience and holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Alabama. She previously managed communications and marketing for The Colorado Springs School.
The College of Business is the fastest-growing college at UCCS, with more than 1,100 undergraduates and 450 MBA and Distance MBA students.

Downtown excellence nods

The Colorado Community Revitalization Association is accepting nominations for the 2008 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence.
Categories include best building improvement project, best new construction, best public space project, best marketing program, best promotional event, best downtown management program and downtowner of the year.
Projects must have been completed between Sept. 1, 2006, and June 20, 2008.
The deadline for nominations is July 11.
For more information, call (303) 282-0625 or e-mail

Citizens’ Academy on tap

The City of Colorado Springs is accepting applications for the 2008 Citizens’ Academy.
The eight-week program about municipal services begins Sept. 10 and will be held on Wednesday nights.
Applications are available at and are due by Aug. 1. There is a $40 program fee, which will be collected after applicants are selected.
For more information, call 385-5906.

County needs volunteers

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on several of its boards. The deadline for applications is April 18.
Vacancies exist on the Board of Adjustment, the Colorado State University Extension Advisory Committee, the El Paso County Fair & Events Complex Advisory Board, the Juvenile Community Review Board, the Employee Benefits Advisory Board, the Highway Advisory Commission, the Parks Advisory Board, the Park Fee Advisory Committee, the Placement Alternatives Commission of the Department of Human Services and the Planning Commission.
Applications are available at
For more information, call 520-6436.

PPFC needs volunteers

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc., an organization whose goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect, needs volunteers to work with at-risk children.
Volunteers are needed to work with children at KPC Kids’ Place, a free crisis and respite nursery. Volunteers also are needed to assist with general office tasks and planning special events.
For more information, contact Christy Janssen at 520-1019, ext. 1016, or

Water crisis grants

Four Alamosa-area nonprofit organizations have received grants totaling $40,000 from the El Pomar Foundation for their service during Alamosa’s ongoing water contamination crisis.
The recipients include: San Luis Valley chapter of the American Red Cross ($10,000), La Puente Homes ($15,000), Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley ($10,000) and Valley-Wide Health Services ($5,000).