Business Briefs – 11/14/2008

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American Legion launches G.I. Bill Web site

The American Legion has launched to help veterans and their families understand the post-Sept. 11 G.I. Bill, which takes effect Aug. 1, and how it compares with other federal education benefits for veterans.
The site includes explanations of the bill’s benefits, news alerts and updates, frequently asked questions, state-by-state benefits and online application opportunities.

Small business post-disaster contracting opportunities

Information about federal contracting opportunities for small businesses able to support post-disaster cleanup and rebuilding in areas devastated by recent storms and flooding is now accessible through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Contracting Assistance Center.
Business owners can visit for a detailed look at how to seek government contracts. Also on the main page is a link to FedBizOpps, which allows businesses to sign up for e-mail notification of open contracts related to specified fields.
The site provides information about prevailing wages in construction contracts, sub-contractor information and federal acquisitions regulations.
For more information, visit

Allstate honors Hedges Agency

The Elizabeth Hedges agency has earned the designation of Regional Champion for Allstate Insurance Co.’s west central region.
The agency is owned by Elizabeth Hedges.

Counseling available for tornado victims

The Federal Emergency management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved a $419,394 grant for the State of Colorado to provide crisis counseling services to victims of the May 22 tornadoes and severe storms in Weld and Larimer counties.
The grant will pay for the Crisis Counseling Regular Services Program, which will provide coping and stress reduction education materials, community outreach, crisis counseling, and information and referral for those affected by the disaster. The program will be available through Aug. 1.
For more information, call (970) 347-2358 or (970) 347-2120.

Name change reflects broader advocacy role

The Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training has shortened its name to the Colorado Office of Veterans Education and Training.
The office, which was established by the legislature during 1952, is the sole state agency for approving which education/training providers are eligible to receive VA benefits and serve the state’s veterans.
For more information call (303) 595-1622.

Air Force Academy offers event speakers

The Air Force Academy Speakers Bureau has volunteers available to discuss a wide range of topics.
The bureau is a public affairs program designed to increase public awareness of the academy and the Air Force, and provide information about other topics that might not be readily available elsewhere. The service is available to schools, youth groups, veteran and civic organizations, conferences and other events.
To request a speaker or for more information, e-mail or call 333-7470. Requests should be made at least three weeks prior to the event.

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

County needs volunteer for Park Fee Advisory Committee

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking a land developer representative to serve a three-year term on the Park Fee Advisory Committee.
The board meets from September through December of each year to establish a fair equitable park fee schedule.
Applications are available at The deadline to apply is Nov. 21.

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
The deadline for applications to be received is Nov. 17. The winner will be notified Jan. 2.