Business Briefs – 7/25/2008

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Volunteers needed for Juvenile Community Review Board

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking two volunteers to serve as community-at-large members on the Juvenile Community Review Board.
The board reviews case files of juveniles and makes decisions regarding residential community placement, taking into consideration the results of objective risk assessment by the Department of Human Services, the needs of the juvenile and the interests of the community.
Applications area available at under the “Volunteer Boards” link. The deadline to apply is Aug. 8.
For more information, call 520-6436.

Arc Thrift Stores receive honor

Arc Thrift Stores has received the 2008 “Celebrate Culture Civil Rights Award” from the NEWSED Community Development Corp. and Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corp.
The award recognizes Arc works under the direction of CEO Lloyd Lewis in providing assistance to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Six companies earn outstanding oil and gas operations awards

The Department of Natural Resources has recognized six Colorado operators with 2007 Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Outstanding Operations Awards.
EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. received an Environmental Protection Award and the Production Partners of the Year award from the U.S. EPA Natural GasStar Program.
Chevron North American was recognized with a Water Quality Protection Award.
Williams Production RMT, Laramie II, Noble Energy and PetroHunter Energy Corp. each received the Community Relations Award.

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

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.

JDRI selects board leaders

The Colorado Springs branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has selected its board officers for 2008-09.
Andi Chernushin will serve as president. The president-elect, vice president of major gifts is Melissa Svenby. Michelle Talarico will be vice president of fundraising and Kelly Anthony is secretary.
Serving as vice presidents of nominating, communication and outreach are Barbi Willis, Amy Hunter and Leigh MacHaffie, respectively.
Teresa Littlefield will serve as recruitment chairwoman.
For more information about JDRF, visit

Grants available for on-farm energy projects

The Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy program has $500,000 available to help pay for agricultural energy related projects.
Grants will be allocated in three categories: feasibility studies, project participation and research. Applicants must provide matching contributions of at least 10 percent of the total project budget and grant money may not be used for paying current debt, general administrative expenses or indirect institutional overhead costs.
Applications and a $50 nonrefundable application fee must be received by Sept. 17.
For more information, visit or call (303) 239-4116.

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.
The next series of classes begins Aug. 18.
To apply for the program, register at by clicking on the Military Spouse Grant link.