Business Briefs – 4/25/2008

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Agriculture grants available

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications from companies that research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
Projects eligible for funding include feasibility studies and technical projects such as assessing the potential of establishing an agricultural value-added business project, and marketing and promotion projects such as first-time participation in trade shows, new product launches and promotions supporting the development of new sales channels.
About $100,000 is available, and the maximum award per project is $20,000.
A matching contribution of cash and in-kind resources equal to at least 50 percent of the total project budget is required. Applications may be submitted any time and there is no deadline to apply.
For more information, call (303) 239-4116 or visit

St. Francis needs volunteers

Applications are being accepted for volunteers at the St. Francis Medical Center.
Volunteers are needed for the Gift Shop, Emergency Department, Concierge/Information Desk, Surgery Hospitality and the Patient Transport department.
For more information, contact Sandra Duve at 776-5677 or

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

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.

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.

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

C.B. Richard Ellis No. 1

For the fifth year in a row, National Real Estate Investor magazine has ranked C.B. Richard Ellis No. 1 among the 25 largest U.S.-based commercial real estate brokerage firms.
The ranking is based on the aggregate value of sales and leasing transactions completed during 2007.
C.B. Richard Ellis was responsible for more than $264.2 billion of global sales and leasing transactions, 55 percent more than its nearest competitor.