Business Briefs – 12/19/2008

Wells Fargo top small biz lender in Colorado

According to the latest Community Reinvestment Act data, Wells Fargo loaned more than $1.1 billion during 2007 to Colorado small business owners.
It also loaned $66 million in Small Business Administration financing, making it the top SBA lender by dollar volume in the state for the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
In Colorado, Wells Fargo has more than 150 community banking stores, 28 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage locations and 22 Wells Fargo Financial stores.

At-large members needed for PPRTA committee

The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Board of Directors is seeking volunteers to serve as at-large representatives on its Citizen Advisory Committee.
Members provide recommendations to the board about budgets, contracts and project implementation and must be able to attend meetings at 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.
For more information, contact Rick Sonnenburg at 471-7080, ext. 138, or

CAHSA selects board officers

The Colorado Association of Homes and Services for the Aging has selected officers for its board of directors for 2009.
Maureen Hewitt of Total Community Options/Total Longeterm Care will be president.
Lynn O’Connor of Frasier Meadows Retirement Community will serve as president-elect.
Shareen Anderson of Good Samaritan Society Bonell Community is treasurer and Vennita Jenkins of The Granville Assisted Living Center is secretary.

Osteopathic Foundation selects board officers

The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation has selected officers for its board of directors.
Michael D. Welch D.O. will be president.
Thomas T. McCarthy D.O. will serve as president-elect.
Lynn Gilfillan-Morton is secretary and Steve Peterschmidt is treasurer.

CHFA gets foreclosure prevention grant

Colorado has been awarded $1.7 million from NeighborWorks America to continue foreclosure prevention efforts through 2009.
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority received $1.5 million during March and has helped more than 1,900 Colorado households receive free housing counseling services.
The increased volume of foreclosures has created demand for counseling services, which assist homeowners needing to communicate with their lender about a mortgage loan default or at-risk of foreclosure.

Palisades receives Intergeneration award

The Palisades at Broadmoor Park has received the 2008 Intergeneration Day Means Business award.
Jeff Dunn, owner of Dunn & Associates, and Dr. Sara Qualls of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs created an environment for seniors integrating the latest research in senior living as well as the presence of on-site doctoral candidates who work directly with residents.

Keystone offering premier parking for carpoolers

Keystone resort is allowing skiers and riders who arrive with four or more people in a car to park in a premier parking section in Montezuma Parking Lot, which is a short walk from the new River Run Gondola.
The premier parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be open for guests every day through the end of the season.
For more information, visit

Eastern Plains chamber selects board officers

The Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce has selected board officers.
Terri Hobbs will serve as president and Jackie McFarlane is vice president.
Cindy Stimits will serve as secretary.

Academy offers event speakers

The Air Force Academy Speakers Bureau has volunteers available to discuss a wide range of topics.
The bureau is a public affairs program designed to increase public awareness of the academy and the Air Force, and provide information about other topics that might not be readily available elsewhere. The service is available to schools, youth groups, veteran and civic organizations, conferences and other events.
To request a speaker or for more information, e-mail or call 333-7470. Requests should be made at least three weeks prior to the event.

Peak Vista needs Spanish speaking volunteers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is seeking Spanish speaking volunteers for its First Visitor program.
Through home visits, volunteers provide new mothers with information about child and brain development, early learning, the importance of immunizations and child-parent bonding.
Peak Vista trains volunteers to present tried-and-true child development and community resource information.
To participate, visit