Business Briefs – 10/3/2008

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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 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.

Ent listed among top 25 tech-savvy lenders

Ent Federal Credit Union has been recognized by Mortgage Technology Magazine as one of the top 25 tech-savvy mortgage lenders.
The magazine honored lenders that are at the forefront in using technology in their daily operations. Ent implemented the Dexma Loan Origination Center and is adding the Dexma Loan Fulfillment Center to handle everything from the loan application through closing documents.
By using the technology solutions, Ent has been able to handle a 400 percent increase in FHA loan volume during the past 15 months.

Urban Renewal Authority needs volunteer

The Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority needs a volunteer to fill a vacancy beginning in November.
Candidates should have a background in finance, urban planning and/or community involvement. Experience in redevelopment, master planning and familiarity with the city’s development review process are desirable.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 21.
For more information, contact Mary K. Burnett at

2008 Credit Union Association state winners

Five Colorado credit unions and one credit union chapter have received first-place honors from the Credit Union Association.
Two additional credit unions received second-place honors and one received an honorable mention.
First place Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award recipients included: Pikes Peak Credit Union, Space Age Federal Credit Union, Coors Credit Union, Denver Community Credit Union and Flatirons Chapter of Credit Unions.
Second place and honorable mention recipients included SunWest Educational Credit Union and BME Federal Credit Union, respectively.
Denver Community Credit Union also was a first-place winner of the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action award. Coors Credit Union received second-place recognition.
First-place Desjardins Youth Financial Education awards went to Arapahoe Credit Union and Denver Community Credit Union. Coors Credit Union received second-place recognition.
Maxwell awards recognize outstanding external activities that strengthen community structure. Herring awards honor credit unions for internal programs and activities that benefit or educate members, and Desjardins awards recognize leadership on behalf of youth financial literacy.

Pueblo wins Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Award

The City of Pueblo has received the 2008 Starburst Community Award from the Colorado Lottery for the development of the City Bark at City Park dog park project.
The project’s $25,000 budget was paid for with money from the Conservation Trust Fund, which allocates lottery money to cities, counties and special recreation districts.
During fiscal year 2008, the lottery distributed $122.3 million in proceeds. Since its creation 25 years ago, the lottery has returned more than $1.9 billion to the state.

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

Allstate agency honored

The Cally O’Donnell Agency has earned the designation of Regional Champion for Allstate’s West Central Region.
The award recognizes high standards in customer satisfaction and retention, and profitability.

Oct. 15 is the extension deadline to file state income tax

Taxpayers who did not submit their income tax filing by April 15 have until Oct. 15 to meet the extension due date.
NetFile, can be used to file the tax information and pay by credit card or e-check.
Online Tax Payment,, can be used to pay by credit card or e-check. The system will calculate the total tax owed, plus any interest and penalties.