Business Briefs – 11/7/2008

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Cartridge World receives sustainability award

Cartridge World Briargate has received the 2008 Sustainability Champion Award from the coordinators of the Fort Carson Sustainability Project.
The company is owned by Amy Scheller.

Office of Advocacy launches small biz blog

The Office of Advocacy has launched a small business blog focusing on regulatory issues, small business research and state regulatory activity.
The Small Business Watchdog is available at http://weblog.sba.gov/blog-advo.

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 Christopher.chavez@sba.gov.
The deadline for nominations is Nov. 21.

Small business lending declines

The Small Business Administration’s Colorado District Office saw a slight decrease in its loan approvals during fiscal year 2008, which ended Sept. 30.
The office approved 2,256 7(a) and 504 loans worth $556 million, compared to 2,808 loans worth $545 million the previous year.
U.S. Bank was the top SBA lender in Colorado, making 449 loans worth $44 million.
In El Paso County, 180 loans worth $35.53 million were approved. Twenty-seven loans worth $6.47 million were approved in Pueblo County and two loans worth $825,000 were approved in Teller County.
For more information about SBA services and programs, visit www.sba.gov/co or call (303) 844-2607.

BLM changes right-of-way rental fees

The Bureau of Land Management has revised the rental fees it charges companies or individuals for rights-of-way to better reflect changes in land values during the past two decades.
The revised rent schedule covers most linear rights-of-way granted under the Mineral Leasing act of 1920 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Both laws require the holder of a right-of-way to pay fair-market value to occupy, use or traverse public lands for such facilities as power lines, fiber-optic lines, pipelines, roads and ditches.
The fee schedule, which will be phased in by reducing the 2009 per acre rent by 25 percent, also will be adopted by the U.S. Forest Service for uses on National Forest lands.

Military reservist working capital loan program expanded

The Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has been made more accessible to small business facing financial loss when the owner or essential employees are called to active military duty by extending the application period, increasing the unsecured loan threshold and raising the maximum loan limit.
Under the new rules, a small business can apply for an MREIDL on the date the essential employee receives notice of the expected call-up. The application period is extended to one year after the essential employee is discharged from active duty, an increase from the previous 90-day application window.
In addition, the small business is no longer required to pledge collateral to secure an MREIDL of $50,000 or less. Previously, the business was required to put up collateral if the loan amount exceeded $5,000.
The cap also has increased from $1.5 million to $2 million.
For more information, visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

Rusinak Real Estate receives industry awards

Rusinak Real Estate has received the 2007 Crown of Excellence, the 2007 Award of Excellence for Outgoing Referral Production, the Top Five Outgoing Closed Referrals award, the 2007 Peak Producers Award-Platinum Level and a first place award for specialty marketing from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
The company is owned by Nancy and Vince Rusinak.

County needs volunteers

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on two of its boards.
Associate members who serve for one-year terms are needed for the Board of Adjustment. Members hear and decide issues of physical variances related to the county zoning code. Variance requests may include changes to dimensions, structural location, bulk limitations and other development requirements.
The Emergency Services Agency needs an individual who lives in El Paso County but outside the City of Colorado Springs and is a certified EMT or paramedic to serve for a three-year term.
The ESA regulates and monitors private ambulance service contract compliance. It also serves as an advisory board to the commissioners and City Council.
The deadline to apply for both positions is Nov. 14.
For more information, visit www.elpasoco.com or call 520-6436.

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 instructions are available at http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater.
The deadline for applications to be received is Nov. 17. The winner will be notified Jan. 2.