Business Briefs – 10/10/2008

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Colorado Lottery wins advertising awards

The Colorado Lottery has received several advertising awards from the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
The Silver Celebration Spadea won a Hickey Award for Print Advertising: Print Ad — Color.
The television advertisement called “Game On” for the lottery’s Colorado Millionaire scratch game won a Batchy Award for Television Advertising: Use of Cinematography.
The Valentine’s Day viral video featuring the Cherry Twist scratch game won a Batchy Ward for Special Categories TV or Radio Spot Fitting No Other Category.
The lottery also was recognized by the Art Directors Club of Denver with a silver award for Consumer Television/Individual spot for the advertisement called Pee Wee and a merit award for Non-Broadcast/Single for the Valentine’s viral video.

SBA district office launched economic hotline

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Colorado District Office has launched its first Small Business Economic Hotline to give small business owners a single phone number they can call with business related questions.
Calls to (303) 844-2607, ext. 401, will be returned within an hour by SBA staff in Denver.

Colorado Springs Two Men and a Truck named top franchise

Eric St. Pierre and Jeff Walker have been named the 2008 Franchisees of the Year by the International Franchise Association.
The award recognizes outstanding performance and contributions that enhance the growth and development of the nation’s franchising industry.
Pierre and Walker have owned the local Two Men and a Truck franchise for 16 years.

Help for homeless veterans

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center and the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition are hosting the 10th Annual Stand Down for homeless veterans on Oct. 16 at City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.
The Stand Down enables veterans to return to society as contributing members by providing the resources needed to overcome homelessness and unemployment.
Homeless veterans will be offered a hot shower and meal, clothing, hair cuts, oral cancer screenings and flu shots. They also will be able to meet with representatives from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, El Paso County Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, El Paso County Department of Human Services, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, VA Clinic of Colorado Springs, VA Regional Office, Colorado Springs Veterans Center, Social Security Administration and other veteran service organizations.
For more information, contact Patricia Frank at 667-3703 or

White Construction wins Gold Hard Hat Award

White Construction Group has received the Gold Hard Hat Award for Masonry for its work on Fire Station No. 8 in Colorado Springs.
The awards feature the best commercial projects in Colorado during 2008 as selected by McGraw-Hill and Colorado Construction Magazine.
The exterior of the station utilizes contrasting colors of brick influenced by the historical context of older fire stations. The scope of the masonry work consisted of 85 working days, and 140,000 units, including eight-inch blocks, 12-inch blocks and bricks.

The Palisades at Broadmoor Park receives intergenerational award

The Palisades at Broadmoor Park has received the “Intergeneration Day Means Business” Grand Award from the Intergeneration Foundation.
The facility provides:
• A Lifelong Learning Center that promotes mental fitness through classes, discussion groups, outings, book and game clubs, and service opportunities.
• A health clinic staffed by certified nurse practitioners from Beth-El College of Nursing.
• Fitness for Life, which provides a comprehensive approach to maintaining physical fitness and independence by improving strength, conditioning, balance and flexibility.
Jeff Dunn of Dunn & Associates, The Palisades developer, began working with Dr. Sara Qualls, director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, during 2004. The collaboration allows residents to access cutting-edge knowledge in the fields of health, psychology and sports science.

Spectranetics named ‘Top Company’ in Colorado

Spectranetics Corp. has been named the “Top Company” in technology for 2008 by ColoradoBiz magazine.
Winners are selected based on marketing/product innovation, operational efficiency, financial performance and community involvement.
Spectranetics was started during 1984 and manufactures and sells the only excimer laser approved in the United States, Europe and Japan for use in minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures.

Public comment reopened about 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 concerns 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