Business Briefs – 6/27/2008

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Challenger Learning receives grant for e-Planetarium

The Challenger Learning Center of Colorado has received $58,500 from the Daniels Fund to support its e-Planetarium program.
The money will allow CLCC to offer a live, facilitated show that is fully interactive and customized to students’ learning needs and grade levels.
For more information about e-Planetarium, or other programs offered at CLCC, call Robbie Smarr at 598-9755 or visit

Community Servant Leader Awards seeking nominations

The Resource Exchange is seeking nominations for its third annual Community Servant Leader Awards.
One large employer (more than 100 people) and one small employer (less than 100 people) will be honored during Building the Dream: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18 in Acacia Park.
Nominations are due by July 1.
For more information, contact Debbie Swanson at 785-6428 or

City seeking input about Special Events Ordinance

The City of Colorado Springs is hosting two public forums about the Special Events Ordinance being considered by City Council.
The ordinance would formalize how event organizers apply for and obtain special events permits.
The first meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. July 7 at Fire Department Station 19, 2490 Research Parkway. The second meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. July 14 at the Police Department Gold Hill Division, 955 W. Moreno St.

Daniels Fund grants

The Daniels Fund board has approved $8.7 million in grants.
Emergency service providers were among the major recipients, including Catholic Charities and Community Services Homeless Services, Community Food Share Inc., Community Services of Broomfield, Beacon Center, Emergency Family Assistance Association, Jewish Family Service of Colorado, Meals on Wheels of Boulder and Littleton, Metro CareRing, Stout Street Foundation and Street’s Hope.

SCORE adds online resources for veterans

SCORE has added a section to its Web site that is specifically designed for veterans and military community entrepreneurs.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call (800) 634-0245 or visit

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 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.

Rocky Mountain Connections earns Spirit of Excellence award

Rocky Mountain Connections has received a 2008 Spirit of Excellence Award — Premiere Partner from Carlson Marketing.
The award recognizes superior service levels, program creativity and event execution.

CSU honored by USDA

Colorado State University has received the Grand Challenge award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its Clean Energy Supercluster, which helps bring cutting–edge technology to the marketplace.
The institutionwide initiative is designed to develop and disseminate market-driven clean energy solutions on a sufficient scale to reduce the accumulation of greenhouse gases.