<h3>Small firms hardest hit
</h3>The small manufacturing and commercial sectors top the list of burdened industries on an energy cost per value of industry shipments and energy cost per sales basis.
The Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration says that for 10 of 17 manufacturing sectors for which data were available, small firms spend considerably more for energy than large firms did. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 5/9/2008
<h3>EDCC honors achievement
</h3>The Economic Development Council of Colorado has recognized several individuals, businesses and communities for achievement in economic development. EDIE Awards were presented in the following categories:
<strong>Company of the Year</strong> — T. Rowe Price in Colorado Springs Continue Reading Business Briefs – 5/2/2008
<h3>Agriculture grants available
</h3>The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications from companies that research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
Projects eligible for funding include feasibility studies and technical projects such as assessing the potential of establishing an agricultural value-added business project, and marketing and promotion projects such as first-time participation in trade shows, new product launches and promotions supporting the development of new sales channels. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 4/25/2008
<h3>County nets national honors
</h3>El Paso County has received an Act of Caring Award for volunteer programs helping children and fathers, and the Legacy Award for Excellence and Innovation for its Center on Fathering program from the National Association of Counties.
The Legacy Award included $1,500, which will be used to enhance services at the center, which is administered through the Department of Human Services. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 4/18/2008
<h3>SBA Gateway earns award<br>
</h3>The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Business Gateway Initiative has been awarded the ACT/IAC Excellence.Gov Award for its Business.gov Web site.<br>
Business.gov is the official business link to the U.S. government and delivers services and information to the nation’s small business community. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 4/11/2008
<h3>County needs volunteers
</h3>The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on several of its boards. The deadline for applications is April 18.
Vacancies exist on the Board of Adjustment, the Colorado State University Extension Advisory Committee, the El Paso County Fair & Events Complex Advisory Board, the Juvenile Community Review Board, the Employee Benefits Advisory Board, Continue Reading Business Briefs – 4/4/2008
<h3>SBA’s top entrepreneurs<br>
</h3>Shawnee Huckstep, CEO and co-founder of TechWise, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Colorado Small Business Person of the Year for 2008.<br>
TechWise is a Colorado Springs-based company that provides information technology support and consulting, educational program development and professional engineering services.<br> Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/28/2008
<h3>Heller Center receives grant
</h3>The State Historical Fund, a program of the Colorado Historical Society, will provide a more than $90,000 grant to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to develop a master plan and historic structure assessment for the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/21/2008
</h3>The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service has $1 million available for 2008 Conservation Innovation Grants Program projects in Colorado.
Applicants can receive up to $75,000 for improving conservation practices. Those eligible include federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals. Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/14/2008
<h3>BLM seeks council members
</h3>The Bureau of Land Management in Colorado is seeking nominations for five open positions on each of its three Resource Advisory Councils, which advise the BLM about public land issues.
The 15 RAC positions open in Colorado are in the following categories:
Category One — BLM grazing permitees and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral Continue Reading Business Briefs – 3/7/2008