Business Briefs – 6/6/2008

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Commission changes gaming tax structure

The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission has amended the gaming tax structure for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Casinos making between $4 million and $15 million will pay reduced taxes. Casinos making less than $4 million or more than $15 million will pay the same amount of taxes.
The Division of Gaming estimates that the combined tax savings for casinos making between $4 million and $15 million will be about $824,000.

VICORP selected as top commercial baker

VICORP Restaurants Inc., which operates Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurants, has received 45 blue ribbons from the American Pie Council.
More than 800 pies were entered in about 165 categories.
The company makes 22 million pies a year.

Citizens’ Academy applications

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 www.SpringsGov.com 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.

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. Checks should be made payable to the Colorado Springs Press Association and mailed to P.O. Box 1951, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

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 to receive money 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 www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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 departments.
For more information, contact Sandra Duve at 776-5677 or sandraduve@centura.org.

State Games registration

Online registration for amateur athletes is now open at www.stategamesofthewest.org 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 the Colorado Springs 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 some $11 million, and the event returns to the city in 2009. It now ranks as the largest multi-sport event in Colorado history.

Downtown excellence nominations

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 info@ccraonline.org.