Business Briefs – 11/28/2008

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County seeking to fill vacancies on highway commission

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on the Highway Advisory Commission.
One representative is needed from District 2 (the eastern portion of the county) and one from District 4 (the southern part of Colorado Springs, the Security-Widefield area, Fountain, Fort Carson and the area south to the county line). An at-large representative and two associate members also are needed.
The commission considers highway and road needs throughout the county and assists with establishing the construction priorities and corresponding budget for the county Department of Transportation annual project plan.
Applications are available at The deadline is Dec. 19.

Peak Vista needs Spanish speaking volunteers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is seeking Spanish speaking volunteers for its First Visitor program.
Through home visits, volunteers provide new mothers with information about child and brain development, early learning, the importance of immunizations and child-parent bonding.
Peak Vista trains volunteers to present tried-and-true child development and community resource information.
To participate, visit

Junior Achievement has record year

Junior Achievement reached more than 9.3 million students globally during the 2007-08 school year — the most in its 89-year history.
The organization, which was founded during 1919, teaches young people work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.

Small firms outshine larger companies in patents

Small businesses obtain many more patents per employee than larger firms, according to a study released by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Their patents also outperform larger firms on a number of measurements, suggesting that small firm patents in general are more likely to be technologically important that those of larger companies.
“An Analysis of Small Business Patents by Industry and Firm Size,” which was written by 1790 Analytics LLC, analyzed a database of 1,293 small and large technology firms and more than 1 million patent records between 2002 and 2006. It shows that not only do small companies with less than 500 employees obtain more patents per employee than large firms, but the relationship seems to hold for all size classes. Firms with fewer than 25 employees have a higher patent per employee ratio than those with fewer than 50 employees and so on.
The authors found that small firms made up 40 percent of all companies with 15 or more patents. The also found that the smaller patenting firms are younger, with 56.5 percent less than 15 years old, while 90 percent of the larger firms were 15 or more years old.
For a complete copy of the report, visit

Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office wins safety award

The Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office in Canon City has received the inaugural BLM Colorado Unit Safety Award.
The office was commended for its completion of a safe relocation earlier this year.

PIIAC honors best in insurance industry

The Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado has recognized the following individuals for industry excellence during 2008.
Gary S. Frisch of Stailey Insurance Corp. in Denver was selected as Insurance Person of the Year.
Company Manager of the year honors went to Ed Stuckrath of Auto-Owners Insurance Co. in Westminster.
The Company Underwriter of the Year award was given to Vincent Smith of The Hartford Insurance Group in San Antonio.
Nhung Nielsen of Travelers Insurance in Greenwood Village was chosen as Company Marketing Person of the Year.
Kacy Mitchell of B&B Agency Inc./LSI Insurance Agency and Windsor and Matt Travis of CLCS — Cherry Creek Insurance Agency Inc. in Greenwood Village were each named Young Agent of the Year.

CML magazine wins marketing award

The Colorado Municipal Leagues bimonthly magazine, Colorado Municipalities, has received a MarCom Gold Award.
CML, was established during 1923 and represents the interests of 263 cities and towns.