Business Briefs – 7/18/2008

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SBA finance courses

The U.S. Small Business Administration has introduced two free online courses to help small business owners with the basic principles of finance and borrowing.
Finance Primer: Guide to SBA’s Loan Guaranty Program and How to Prepare a Loan Package provide information about debt financing, loan programs, borrowing money, preparing a loan package and how loan requests are reviewed by lenders.
The SBA has more than 26 tutorials available through its virtual training campus at the Small Business Training Network,

Strasbaugh Financial Advisory named ‘Top Dog’

Strasbaugh Financial Advisory Inc. has been named one of the top wealth managers in the United States by Wealth Manager magazine.
The “Top Dogs” list is published annually.
The company was started 10 years ago by Susan Strasbaugh CFP, E.A. and serves clients throughout Colorado and the United States.

Hydro power loan program

The Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority has $10 million available to help governmental agencies with the installation of small hydropower units at their water facilities.
The loans have a term of up to 20 years and an interest rate of 2 percent. The maximum amount is $2 million.
The authority’s board also approved a $150,000 matching grant program to help local governments with the evaluation and development of small hydropower projects. Grants will be available up to $15,000.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. Visit for more information.

Strategic transit project funding

The Colorado Department of Transportation is accepting applications for strategic transit projects, which will be paid for by the Senate Bill 97-001 program.
Only projects that involve capital and planning will be eligible, including rolling stock, modal facilities, rail and bus rapid transit elements and planning studies.
CDOT is projected to have $71 million available during 2009-2012.
The deadline to apply is July 29.
For more information, visit or contact Tom Mauser at (303) 757-9768 or

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

CVB wins Gold Service Award

Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak has received the Gold Service Award for 2008 from Meetings and Conventions magazine.
Readers make selections based on professionalism of staff, support on hotels and site inspections; assistance with ground transportation planning; guidance on local attractions and liaisons with local venders and services.

Holland & Hart ranks among top pro bono firms

Holland & Hart LLP has again been ranked among the top pro bono law firms in the United States by The American Lawyers Pro Bono Scorecard.
The firm placed fourth, and has been ranked among the top eight since the inception of the list.
Last year, each attorney at Holland & Hart worked an average of 112.4 pro bono hours, and more than 95 percent of the firm’s attorneys handled more than 20 hours of pro bono work.
Nationally, only 10 firms posted averages greater than 110 hours and only five firms had more than 90 percent of their attorneys work more than 20 pro bono hours.

Training opportunities for active-duty military spouses

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center has launched a program for active-duty military spouses stationed at Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base who are interested in information technology.
The Women in Information Technology program is a series of classes at Pikes Peak Community College, and is open to all spouses who meet eligibility requirements.
To apply for the program, register at by clicking on the Military Spouse Grant link.