Business Briefs – 7/4/2008

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

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.

Red Robin selected as one of 10 best

Parents magazine has named Red Robin Gourmet Burgers one of the 10 Best Family Restaurant Chains in the United States.
The chain was cited for its family friendly atmosphere, new kids’ menu, allergen guides and kid-focused programs.

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.

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.

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 operations@pikespeakfamilyconnections.org.