Colorado’s state courts are the eighth-fairest in the country according to a study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The ranking is based on more than 1,400 corporate attorneys’ impressions of states’ litigation environments and shows an improvement from Colorado’s ranking of 13th the previous two years. This marks the first time since 2002 that Colorado has ranked in the top 10 fairest states in the chamber’s study. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 4/7/2006
The Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. presented its 2005 Economic Development Leadership awards last week.
Community Economic Impact Awards were given Barclays, for its decision to move to Colorado Springs, which will bring 450 employees and a $6.5 million investment; SkyWest, for its addition of 200 employees and a $20 million investment; and Intel for its commitment to invest $190 million in its local facility. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/31/2006
The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a request for information soliciting input about how the private sector can best support the delivery of the SBA’s Disaster Assistance program, within its current operational framework and/or within a guaranteed lending framework.
In the aftermath of a federally declared disaster, the SBA provides assistance to qualified homeowners, renters and business owners in the form of long-term low-interest loans. The magnitude of the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region caused more home and business owners to apply for SBA assistance than any previous disaster in the agency’s history.
In order to prepare for future disasters, and to ensure that the disaster program is operating at its highest potential, the SBA is seeking ideas and options for complementing the agency’s existing resources. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on May 2. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/24/2006
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved a record $6 billion in low-interest, taxpayer-backed disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses affected by last year’s Gulf Coast hurricanes.
More than 86,200 victims have been approved for the loans. More than 70,100 loans totaling $4.6 billion have been approved for homeowners and more than 16,100 loans totaling $1.4 billion have been approved for businesses. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/17/2006
The Latino Chamber of Commerce in Pueblo has announced the winners of its annual awards.
Lenny Valdez of Allstate Insurance was recognized at Outstanding Board Member of the Year.
Garbiso Dental Center received the Joseph P. Roybal Outstanding Small Business of the Year award. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/10/2006
Radio station 104.5 KKCS’s Mother of Pearl promotion has been named the best in the nation among medium-sized markets by the Country Radio Broadcasters.
The promotion aired in May in advance of Mother’s Day.
Judging criteria included creativity, the goals the station set for the promotion, how and why it was successful for the station, clients and listeners and the overall professional style of the presentation. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/3/2006
Westmoreland Coal Co.’s mines completed 2005 without a lost-time accident and set a company coal production and sales record of nearly 30 million tons. The previous record was 29 million tons in 2004.
The Savage Mine has operated 1,465 days without a lost-time accident. The Beulah Mine has operated 480 days; the Jewett Mine has operated 463 days; and the Rosebud Mine has operated 459 days. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 2/24/2006
The Colorado chapter of the Business Marketing Association is seeking nominations for the 2006 Gold Key awards, an annual event that recognizes business-to-business marketing communications.
There are 47 categories, and entrants do not need to be members of BMA to participate. Entries will be judged on creativity, production/execution, selling proposition and results. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 2/17/2006
Three Pikes Peak area auctioneers took top awards during the Colorado Auctioneers Association annual conference.
Kevin L. Holt of Holt & Associates Auctioneers in Colorado Springs was named the 2006 state champion auctioneer. He was rated highest in bid-calling chant (voice control, clarity, speed, rhythm), effective auctioneering (accuracy, article description, sales ability, eye contact, connection with the audience) and response to live interview questions. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 2/10/2006
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign raised $480,310, breaking 2004’s record of $379,000 and surpassing the 2005 goal of $400,000.
El Paso County raised more money than any other Red Kettle campaign in the 13 western United States. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 2/3/2006