Business Briefs – 11/25/2005

46th consecutive Five-Star rating for The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor has received Mobil Travel Guide’s Five-Star designation for the 46th consecutive year.

The guide serves as an advocate for travelers seeking information about hotels, restaurants and places to visit. Recommendations are made to consumers that enhance the quality and value of their domestic travel experiences.

For a complete list of 2006 winners, visit

UCCS offering program to improve business skills

A new program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will allow individuals easier access to courses designed to improve specific business skills.

Offered through the College of Business and Administration, the campus business certificate program will allow individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree to enroll in master’s-level courses in areas ranging from general business administration to specific topics such as accounting, international business, operations, marketing, technology management and finance.

Students will have the opportunity to take one class or to complete five courses to earn a certificate. If a student decides to continue after earning a certificate, courses will count toward requirements for a master’s degree in business administration.

The spring semester begins Jan. 17.

Previously, students interested in graduate business courses were required to be admitted to the graduate MBA program. Several steps, including submission of scores from a national standardized test, were required before enrollment. Now, by applying for the certificate program, a student can begin coursework almost immediately.

For more information, contact Amy De Lourenco at 262-3401.

BBB identifies scam aimed at veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado are warning veterans about a company called Patient Care Group.

According to the VA, representatives of Patient Care are calling veterans to inform them that the group is now administering prescriptions for veterans. The callers then request the veteran’s credit card information, purportedly so the veterans will continue to receive their medications.

The VA says it has made no changes to the prescription system and that veterans should not provide any information to callers from Patient Care. The BBB offers the following recommendations:

  • Do not give any personal information such as your Social Security number, Medicare number, credit card or bank account numbers to anyone who calls. (However, if you initiate a call to the Social Security Administration or Medicare, you may be requested to give your Social Security number.)
  • If you feel you have been victimized, call the Federal Trade Commission at (877) 438-4338.
  • Check with the BBB before giving any information. Contact the bureau at 636-1155 or (866) 206-1094 or

CPCD announces 2005-06 board officers

Community Partnership for Child Development/Head Start has announced its board of directors officers for the 2005-06 program year.

Patricia Bryan, a certified public accountant at ComCor Inc. is the chairwoman. She replaces Jeffrey H. Wenzel of R.S. Information Systems Inc. who will continue to serve as a board member.

Other board officers include: Andrew McCord of Kiowa Engineering Group, chairman-elect; Christine Dawson Glaser of Williams and Kopenhafer P.C., treasurer; and Beth Brooks of The Colorado College, secretary.

Casino revenue holds steady in October

Revenue at Colorado casinos held steady in October, with slight increases compared to the previous month and the previous year.

Gaming establishments statewide reported $63.9 million in adjusted gross proceeds (AGP) in October, up slightly from $63.6 million in September and $62.9 million in October 2004.

AGP is most simply defined as the amount wagered by bettors less payouts from casinos.

Black Hawk’s 21 casinos generated $45.5 million in AGP in October, an increase from $44.6 million in September and $44.9 million in October 2004. Cripple Creek’s 19 casinos produced $12.7 million, down from $13.3 million in September and $13.4 million a year earlier. Central City’s six casinos totaled $5.6 million, the same as the previous month, but up from nearly $4.6 million the previous year.

Casinos paid $8.6 million in gaming taxes in October, up from $7.3 million in September.

In related news, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission approved fines totaling $270,000 to be paid by three Black Hawk casinos.

Mardi Gras Casino, Golden Gates Casino and Golden Gulch Casino, all owned and operated by Golden Mardi Gras Inc., failed to prepare statistical reports, failed to properly complete variance investigations and maintain surveillance tapes to conduct those investigations, and committed other accounting irregularities from the time the casinos changed ownership in January through June.

Mardi Gras Casino was fined $200,000. Golden Gates Casino was fined $50,000. Golden Gulch Casino was fined $20,000.

The casinos also agreed to follow-up measures to ensure future compliance.

SCORE announces 2006 officers

Colorado Springs SCORE Chapter 206 has announced its officers for 2006.

Harold Larson will serve as chairman. Ric Denton is first vice chairman. Louise Walsh will serve as secretary and John Haaren is treasurer.

SCORE offers confidential and free business counseling and other services to potential and existing small businesses. For more information, or to set up an initial counseling session, call 636-3074.