Business Briefs – 10/31/2008

B&G Club receives $50,000 for Teen Leadership Academy

The Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region has received a $50,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to help teenagers develop and strengthen their leadership skills.
The 22-week Teen Leadership Academy focuses on economic empowerment, college preparation and job readiness, tolerance, inclusion and diversity skills.
The program had 52 graduates during 2007.
“At the start we know we had a great concept (on paper) that would positively impact teens, but what we did not know was just how hungry teens were for such knowledge,” said James Sullivan, executive director of the club. “When given the tools and resources to use them, teens become very active in their path to success, whether that is entering into college or the work force.”

CEA Technologies receives corporate sustainability award

CEA Technologies has received the Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Sustainability Award for Excellence for External Manufacturers and Suppliers.
The company was recognized for its commitment to employee health and safety, and its efforts to maintain an injury-free workplace.
CEA Technologies has been providing contract product development and manufacturing of critical care medical devices for 20 years.

Cougar Canyon receives more national recognition

LINKS Magazine has named Cougar Canyon as one of the premier resort communities in the United States in the category of “Best for Resort Lifestyle.”
The magazine ranked the top 100-plus golf courses and their respective communities based on city living, winter sports and boating.
In addition to a Nicklaus Design championship course, Cougar Canyon will have a town center that encompasses a boutique, 117-suite hotel, resort dining and a full-service spa, an equestrian center, a vineyard and eight miles of walking trails.

Governor’s Energy Office selects solar innovators

The Governors Energy Office has awarded grants to four solar innovators to promote new solar technologies and programs.
Red Rock Community College received $50,000 to develop a training program to prepare students and professionals to sit for existing state and national solar photovoltaic and solar thermal certifications.
Habitat for Humanity — Metro Denver received $42,000 to develop and implement a solar installation pilot hat would result in 11 new home with photovoltaic systems, with the goal of including solar on all new homes by 2010.
Millennium Energy LLC received $49,995 to develop a model based upon real system installation data for solar hot water heating installations for utility natural gas Demand Side Management programs.
NEO-West received $40,000 to develop a report focusing on finance and development models for large (greater than 400kW) photovoltaic solar projects. The program will focus on rural Colorado, working with the state’s rural electric associations, and with consideration of local ownership or community opportunities.
The GEO will offer a second Solar Innovation Grant cycle during early 2009. For more information, visit

County needs volunteers

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on two of its boards.
Associate members who serve for one-year terms are needed for the Board of Adjustment. Members hear and decide issues of physical variances related to the county zoning code. Variance requests may include changes to dimensions, structural location, bulk limitations and other development requirements.
The Emergency Services Agency needs an individual who lives in El Paso County but outside the City of Colorado Springs and is a certified EMT or paramedic to serve for a three-year term.
The ESA regulates and monitors private ambulance service contract compliance. It also serves as an advisory board to the commissioners and City Council.
The deadline to apply for both positions is Nov. 14.
For more information, visit or call 520-6436.

CACI selects board officers

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the statewide chamber of commerce, has elected officers for its board of directors for 2008-09.
Peter O’Connor, chief administrative officer and general counsel of AngloGold Ashanti N.A. will serve as chairman and Chuck Berry, president of CACI will serve as president.
Thomas Flanagan Jr., president and CEO of Citywide Banks is chairman-elect and Alan Poe, partner at Holland & Hart LLP is past chairman.
Marvin Strait, a certified public accountant at Vanion Building, is finance committee chairman and Dan Pilcher, CACI senior vice president and COO, is secretary.

SBA offering online training for exporters

The Small Business Administration has launched an online course to help small businesses explore exporting opportunities in international markets.
Global Enterprise: A Primer on Exporting is available at and illustrates how to identify international markets, develop and export strategy, make and receive international payments and finance trade operations. It also provides guidance about determining a company’s readiness for exporting.