Kudos! – April 27, 2012

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Colorado PTAC goes “beyond the goals” — earns national recognition

Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center, based in Colorado Springs, and the small business specialists from Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases, the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson Army Installation and the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, were awarded The Secretary of the Air Force Small Business Director’s “Beyond Goals Award for 2011.”

Beginning in 2010, lead individuals from these organizations created a monthly meeting for area businesses and installation contacts. The events educate businesses to better understand the government contracting process and learn about current and future local government opportunities.

“Begun as a common sense idea among dedicated individuals, the monthly outreach continues to help Colorado Springs businesses get their foot in the door with government contracting while commercial contracting might be lagging,” said Gary Henry, vice president for Operations of McNew & Associates, and current PTAC board chairman. “Many vendors discover new markets and networks that provide new revenue streams.”

Colorado PTAC is a nonprofit corporation funded with federal, state and private contributions. PTAC has 2,700 clients, which have received more than $1 billion in government contract awards which created or saved more than 21,000 jobs throughout Colorado.

Security Service Federal Credit Union awards 20 $1,000 scholarships

Twenty Colorado high school seniors, including two Colorado Springs scholars — Doherty High School senior Brianne Leatherman and Liberty High School senior Stephanie Rieg — each received $1,000 scholarships from Security Service Federal Credit Union.

“What better way to give back to our community than to support these bright, future leaders as they pursue their college educations,” said David Reynolds, SSFCU president and CEO.

The awards are part of the SSFCU scholarship program, which has presented $190,000 to more than 245 college-bound students over the last 22 years. The scholarships can be used to pay for tuition, books, lab fees and other related educational expenses.

Leatherman is a state competitor in the Junior Classical League and editor of the creative writing club at her school. She has read 625 books since seventh grade and she volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center and the public library. She wants to be a chiropractor.

Rieg is an accomplished Irish dancer, a member of the National Honor Society and Serteen, a community service club. She volunteers in a variety of organizations, including serving as a literacy tutor in a nearby elementary school and as a helper at Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center. She wants to be an engineer.

CC’s Business and Community Alliance celebrates its ties with the community

Michael Hannigan and Chris Jenkins will be recognized by the Business and Community Alliance of Colorado College during the 8th annual Partners in Service Awards event.

Hannigan, a CC alumnus, founded the Pikes Peak Community Foundation in 1998 and is the executive director of the charitable foundation. Jenkins, a graduate of the University of Denver, is president of Nor’wood Development, a locally owned developer in Colorado Springs.

The Partners in Service Awards will be at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at Gates of Common Room in Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave.

Citi sponsors digital 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic program

Citi announced a $500,000 donation to the U.S. Olympic Committee to launch “Every Step of the Way”, a digital program benefitting U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across America.

Citi, the official bank sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams, has developed a program where Citi’s $500,000 donation is being represented by 50 million “ThankYou Points“ — the currency of the Citi ThankYou Rewards program. The program allows people to allocate these “ThankYou Points” to sport programs through activity on Facebook and Twitter.

Each member of Team Citi has identified a local sport program that inspired his or her journey to the Olympic and Paralympic games. Fans can join the movement on Citi’s Every Step of the Way Facebook page and at citi.com/everystep.