Business Briefs – 5/9/2008

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Small firms hardest hit

The small manufacturing and commercial sectors top the list of burdened industries on an energy cost per value of industry shipments and energy cost per sales basis.
The Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration says that for 10 of 17 manufacturing sectors for which data were available, small firms spend considerably more for energy than large firms did. For food manufacturers, leather and allied products manufacturers, and computer and electronic products manufacturers, the cost per dollar of output were more than those of their larger counterparts.
Also, at 26 of 31 commercial industries studied, small firms have higher energy expenditures on a cost per dollar basis. The median commercial sector industry has a small entity energy cost per sales ratio that is 2.7 times the ratio for larger entities.
For more information, or a complete copy of “Characterization and Analysis of Small Business Energy Costs,” visit

Volunteers honored

The Volunteer Center of the Pikes Peak Region honored volunteers during its Volunteer Day luncheon on April 29.
Winners included Fernando Soule, Adult Service Award; Brendan Conroy, Youth Service Award; Karen Fallahi, Leadership Service Award; Volunteer Victim Advocates, Group Service Award; American Medical Response, Corporate Service Award; and Sherri Albertson, Volunteer Administrator of the Year.
About 150 volunteers also received White House recognition for their service through the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Work force resources

The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has approved the annual Master Grant Agreement between Pikes Peak Workforce Center and the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.
The contract defines roles and responsibilities related to the state pass-through of federal employment and training dollars, use of the statewide databases, etc., in the El Paso-Teller Consortium region.
The state receives money from federal agencies for the purpose of implementing the Workforce Investment Act through statewide workforce development activities.

Coldwell Banker nets award

Coldwell Banker Residential Broker has received the 2008 Cartus Real Estate Services Award from the Cartus Broker Network.
The designation recognizes brokers who achieve the highest results for Top Block Service and meet or exceed goals in average days on market, overall total direct expenses and variance of Brokers Market Analysis to final sale price.

Crystal Apple Awards

Five teachers from School District 11 were honored as part of National Teacher Appreciation Day with 2008 Crystal Apple Awards.
Recipients included Michael Butler, social studies, Sabin Middle School; Mary C. Gowing, special education, Rudy Elementary School; Jennifer Martinez, literary resource teacher, Taylor Elementary School; Lois Vavra, science, Russell Middle School; and Brad Wheaton, automotive technology, Doherty High School.

RMDMA elects officers

The Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association has elected officers for 2008-09.
Rick Brewer of G.A. Wright Marketing Inc. is president. Scott McKenzie of Direct Hit Marketing Inc. will serve as executive vice president.
Debbie Williams of SourceGas is vice president of Records and Kevin Weissman of EndPoint Direct is vice president of finance.
Michelle Hoffman will serve as vice president of membership and Jon Vanderwal of Henry Wurst Inc. is vice president of communications.

Transit grants available

The Colorado Department of Transportation is accepting applications for replacement or expansion of rolling stock for transit programs available through the Federal Transit Administration.
CDOT has $2 million set aside to pay for buses, minbuses, vans and other similar vehicles as part of the Strategic Transit Program.
The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. May 30. Applications are available by contacting Adam Rolstad at
Dealer earns Charger Club
Colorado Springs Dodge has received the 2007 Dodge Charger Club Award from Chrysler for selling 1,000 or more units during the calendar year.