Business Briefs – 9/26/2008

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Flight for Life Colorado honors heroes

Flight for Life Colorado has recognized crews from two incidents of gun violence with “Wings of Honor” awards.
The first award honors the crews on the scene at the New Life Church shooting during December.
The recipients include: Scott Ridings, Curt Leonhardt, Roger Vance and James Rackl of the Donald Wescott Fire Department; Jeff Seivers, Jim Schanel, Tony Cerrone, Joe Wilkins, Dave Trujilo, John Graber and Jeff Frater of the Colorado Springs Fire Department; Chris Hinckle, Jaime Hatzel and Rick Robirds of the Black Forest Fire Department; and Doug McIntyre, Jenny Catanach, Kristina Schaefer, Rob Van Pelt and Tracey Shifflet of American Medical Response.
The second award honors two members of the Denver Police Department, officers Richard Laber and Anthony Schluck, who responded to a call that an 8-year-old girl had been shot in a Denver neighborhood. They performed CPR and held pressure on her wounds until paramedics arrived.

Now is the time to nominate rules for review and reform

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations of federal rules in need of review and reform. The 2009 “Top 10” rules nominated by small business owners, trade associations and others will be transmitted to appropriate federal agencies for action.
You can nominate regulations needing review and reform by visiting the Office of Advocacy Regulatory Review and Reform (r3) initiative Web site, www.sba.gov/advo/r3, sending an e-mail to advocacy@sba.gov or by calling Keith Holman at (202) 205-6533.
During February, Advocacy announced the 2008 Top 10 Rules for Review and Reform, which were drawn from more than 80 rules nominated by small business owners and their representatives. In order to track agencies’ action on these rules, the office will post their status on the Web site every six months.

Colorado among top 10 states with most economic freedom

Colorado is third on the Pacific Research Institute’s U.S. Economic Freedom Index: 2008 Report, a ranking of economic freedom in the 50 states.
Published in association with Forbes, the index scored states based on 143 variables, including regulatory and fiscal obstacles imposed on businesses and residents.
South Dakota, which ranked 15 during 2004 (the last time the index was published), has assumed the notable spot as the nation’s most economically free state, while New York consistently remained the most economically oppressed state, ranking 50 in all three editions of the index.
South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and Oklahoma rank among the top 10 most economically free states in the nation, ranking in at one through seven respectively.
During 2004, Idaho ranked fourth, Colorado ranked second, Utah ranked fifth, Wyoming ranked ninth, Nevada ranked 12th and Oklahoma ranked sixth.
The net migration rate for the 20 freest states was 27.36 people per 1,000, while it was a low 1.17 people per 1,000 for the 20 most economically oppressed states.
A list of all 50 states and their rankings, and the data underlying the rankings, is available at www.pacificresearch.org

Pinnacol Assurance ranked among leaders for workers over 50

Pinnacol Assurance has been named on the “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” for the fourth consecutive year by AARP.
The workers’ compensation insurer placed 25th on the list of top 50 companies and was the only Colorado Company to be included.
President and CEO Ken Ross said that about 25 percent of the company’s employees are 50 or older..

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 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 www.volunteerpikespeak.org or by calling Carrie McKee at 955-0751.