Business Briefs – 10/24/2008

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Fatherhood program receives award

The Center on Fathering, a program of the El Paso County Department of Human Services, has received a $3,000 Fatherhood Resource Center award from the National Fatherhood Initiative.
FRC is a suite of skill-building resources — curricula, interactive CDs and brochures — designed for dads. Information ranges from child health and safety to resources for teen dads, helping your child succeed in school, practical advice for new dads and resources for Spanish-speaking fathers.
For more information, visit

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

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.

CSU researchers share award for nano-scale imaging microscope

R&D Magazine has recognized a tabletop microscope developed by a team of Colorado State University and Berkeley researchers at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Science and Technology as one of the Top 100 most significant technological advances for 2008.
Colorado State University Professor Carmen Menoni led the team that developed the microscope using light from a unique extreme ultraviolet laser invented at Colorado State by Professor Jorge Rocca and collaborators, and specialized lenses created at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Also contributing to the project are scientists from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow who created mirrors used in the microscope.
The microscope uses pencil-like beams of light of wavelength 10 times shorter than visible light known as extreme ultraviolet light to “see” objects 1,000 times smaller than a human hair. It can also take single-shot flash images of the nanostructures, opening the possibility to make movies that track the dynamics of nanoscale objects.
The EUV microscope has a number of unique features for exploration and characterization of nanoscale objects. Using the high brightness of the EUV laser allows “stop-action” image capture on the time scale of a billionth of a second (one nanosecond). Unlike electron microscopes, it allows imaging of objects in the midst of applied electromagnetic fields. No other compact imaging instrument allows these capabilities at comparable resolutions.

NurseCore receives Business Partnership Award

Nurse Core has received the 2008 Business Partnership Award from the Colorado Workforce Development Council.
The company provides home health care and medical staffing.

Allstate agency honored

David Buetel has earned the designation of Regional Champion for Allstate Insurance Co.’s west central region.
His agency is among the top agencies in customer satisfaction, retention and profitability.

DOW seeking ‘Landowner of the Year’

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting nominations for the 2008 “Landowner of the Year.”
Each year, a private landowner who has made outstanding contributions in providing beneficial habitat to Colorado’s wildlife and/or providing public hunting and fishing access on private lands is recognized.
Nominees must be a resident of Colorado, own at least 160 acres in the state and be actively engaged in farming or a ranching business as an owner, lessor/lessee or manager.
Nomination forms and instruction s are available at
The deadline for applications to be received is Nov. 17. The winner will be notified Jan. 2.