Business Briefs – 9/5/2008

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Volunteers needed for Make a Difference Month

Make a Difference Day has turned into Make a Difference Month locally, making October the largest communitywide volunteer effort in the history of Colorado Springs.
Last year more than 3,000 volunteers participated in the event.
This year the theme is “The Power of One,” denoting the importance of one person, one family, one club, one business, one military unit or one congregation in making a difference in the lives of others.
Pikes Peak United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the events sponsors, are hoping to rally the efforts of 1 percent of the city’s population, a record-breaking 5,000 volunteers, to reach out and help those less fortunate.
This year’s volunteers are expected to contribute more than 12,000 hours of service, helping 75 agencies with about 100 projects with a value of more than $200,000.
Individuals or groups interested in participating in Make a Difference Month can volunteer online at www.volunteerpikespeak.org or by calling Carrie McKee at 955-0751.

‘World Class’ CVB

The Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak sales staff has received the 2008 World Class Award from the readers of Insurance & Financial Meetings Management.
The award is presented annually to hotels, resorts, conference centers, and convention and visitors bureaus.
This is the second year in a row that the CVB has received the award.

Grants available for 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 www.colorado.gov/ag/energy or call (303) 239-4116.

Public comment reopened about water quality for SDS Draft EIS

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is accepting comments about the water quality analysis portion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Southern Delivery System.
The original 60-day comment period was scheduled to end April 26 but was extended to June 13. Comments received expressed a concern about the section addressing water quality analysis. In order to address these comments, an additional water quality analysis is being prepared for the Draft EIS. The analysis will augment and reinforce the existing data.
Reclamation will continue to accept comments about the existing water quality portion of the Draft EIS while the additional analysis is performed. When completed, the additional analysis will be made available for public review and comment for 45 days.
The complete Southern Delivery System Draft EIS, Draft EIS Summary and related documents are available at www.sdseis.com. For more information, or to request a copy of the Draft EIS Summary, contact Kara Lamb at (970) 962-4326 klamb@gp.usbr.gov.

LX Printing honored for sales growth

LX Printing has received a Sales Award from CPrint, Certified Printers International, an organization of independently owned family based businesses.
The company is owned by Randy and Belinda Monroe.

Heart Center of the Rockies Nuclear Lab receives ICANL accreditation

Heart Center of the Rockies’ nuclear cardiology laboratories have received accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine.
The center’s labs, at Harmony Campus in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, are among the first in the United States and Canada to be recognized for commitment to patient care and diagnostic testing.
Nuclear cardiology testing helps measure coronary artery disease and heart muscle function.

CSU receives grant to study spread of salt cedar and mud snails

Colorado State University has received $599,748 from the Environmental Protection Agency to predict the potential spread and relative risk of invasion of salt cedar and mud snails in the western United States.
The award is part of a total of $3.6 million given to six universities to determine possible ecosystem impacts resulting from changes in climate and land use, and subsequent effects on invasive species.
Invasive species are alien plants or animals whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm to the economy, environment or human health.
By one estimate, invasive species in the United States cause major environmental damage and losses totaling almost $120 billion annually.

ESM offering free GED classes

Ecumenical Social Ministries is offering free GED training classes for low-income participants, with the exception of a $30 placement test fee.
Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students are expected to attend the class until they are referred by the instructor to take the GED test.
For more information, or to register, call 228-6786 or 228-6794.