Business Briefs – 9/19/2008

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‘Fill the Boot’ campaign sets state record

After receiving a final tally from the bank, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association raised $153,839.81 during 2008, setting a state record for Fill the Boot.
The Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters and the Colorado Springs Fire Department have been the top raising department in Colorado for the last four years and are ranked 11th in the nation for MDA fundraising.
As MDA’s largest national sponsor, the IAFF has raised nearly $300 million since the partnership began in 1954. The money has fueled MDA’s worldwide research program seeking treatments and cures for more than 40 forms of neuromuscular disease.
In addition, IAFF fundraisers help make possible a nationwide network of specialized medical clinics, financial assistance with certain types of expensive assistive equipment, support groups, informative publications and accessible summer camp for kids.

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 For more information, or to request a copy of the Draft EIS Summary, contact Kara Lamb at (970) 962-4326

USAA again named a top employer for Hispanic women

For the eighth year in a row, LATINA Style magazine has named USAA among the 50 leading employers for Hispanic women.
The magazine evaluates companies on issues that its readers identify as being most important to them. Among the principal areas of evaluation this year were the number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations.

City offering free emergency training class

The City of Colorado Springs, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is offering a free two-day Citizen Emergency Response Training class from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Sept 27 and Oct. 4 at the Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Parkway.
The 16-hour course will teach participants how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster. Topics covered include disaster preparedness, medical assistance, light search and rescue, fire safety, terrorism and disaster psychology.
The course does not offer certification in CPR or first aid.
To register, visit Citizen Emergency Response Training is located under Quick Links.

BETR project expands

The Business and Education Talent Readiness project has expanded its Tuesday Tours statewide.
BETR mobilizes communities to address deficiencies between the supply of employable talent leaving the education system with science, technology, engineering and math skills. The project promotes dialogue between businesses and teachers so that teachers have a better understanding about the skills businesses need in their employees.
A key element of BETR, which began in El Paso and Teller counties, is Tuesday Tours, which allow teachers, parents and other interested parties to visit businesses throughout the state to learn what employee skills are needed. Areas offering Tuesday Tours include the Pikes Peak region, southeast region, Upper Arkansas region and the eastern Colorado region.
For a list of companies offering Tuesday Tours, visit

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.

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.
Pikes Peak United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, the event’s 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 or by calling Carrie McKee at 955-0751.