Business Briefs – 10/17/2008

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Citizens Project’s Fifth Annual Divine Award

Citizens Project invites residents to submit nominations for this prestigious award that recognizes a person in the Pikes Peak region who has worked tirelessly to create a vibrant democracy in which equal rights are protected, individual freedoms are secure, differences are respected and people fully participate in civic life.
Tell us in 300 words or fewer why your nominee should be recognized. Please provide specific information about your nominee’s roles in the community — both officially and informally — and how you believe your nominee has made a lasting impact on the community. Please include your name and daytime phone number with your nomination. E-mail nominations to by October 31.

Hospital Association selects board officers

The Colorado Hospital Association has selected officers for it’s board of trustees for 2009.
Gary Brewer, CEO of Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs will serve as chairman. Bob Ladenburger, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction is chairman-elect, and Maureen Tarrant, president and CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree will serve as secretary/treasurer.

SBA seeking top small business nominees

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for its 2009 Colorado Small Business Week Awards.
Categories include Small Business Person of the Year, Minority Small Business Champion, Women in Business Champion, Veteran Small Business Champion, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Financial Services Champion, Small Business Journalist Champion, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Entrepreneurial Success.
To receive a nomination package, contact Christopher Chavez at (303) 844-0501 or
The deadline for nominations is Nov. 21.

Online resources available for boomer entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a Web site for 50-plus entrepreneurs.
Features available at include a self-assessment tool to help aspiring entrepreneurs determine their business readiness, information about borrowing and credit, and success stories from baby boomer entrepreneurs.

Team Women launches local chapter

Team Women has opened its first chapter in Colorado in Colorado Springs.
The organization provides women business professionals with a forum to build business and increase sales via the cultivation of direct business referrals through face-to-face networking.
For more information, contact Judi Finneran at (760) 599-0492 or

St. Francis Medical Center nails ‘Hard Hat’ award

St. Francis Medical Center has received McGraw Hill Construction’s annual “Gold Hard Hat Award” for the Outstanding Health Care Project in Colorado.
Selection is based on design quality and innovation, craftsmanship, the project’s contribution to the community and the industry, solution of unique design and construction challenges and overall excellence.
The $207 million facility opened during August at the corner of Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road and is the only full-service hospital in northern El Paso County.

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.

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 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

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