Business Briefs – 3/10/2006

Latino Chamber honors outstanding members

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.

The Outstanding Professional of the Year award went to Carlos Maldonado of the Pueblo Sister Cities Commission.

Ryan Griego of Jaffray received the Lorraine K. Salas Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award.

The Outstanding Corporate Member of the Year award went to Comcast of Colorado.

SCORE, Commercial Credit Counseling Service ally

The Service Corps of Retired Executives and Commercial Credit Counseling Services Inc. have formed an alliance to foster small-business awareness about SCORE counseling and training and to increase the organization’s visibility and impact on distressed businesses.

CCC’s database consists of hundreds of thousands of small businesses that are experiencing some type of financial hardship. Those businesses will be told about SCORE services through direct mail, telemarketing and links on the organization’s Web site.

SCORE has assisted more than 7 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses since 1964.

Manitou Springs Chamber names award winners

The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recognized the following business and individual during its annual awards dinner.

Adam’s Mountain Café was recognized as Business of the Year.

Rich Barker received the Jerome Wheeler Award, which is given to an individual who has had a significant impact on the community.

Office of Dispute Resolution announces grants program

The Office of Dispute Resolution is offering mini-grants for community conflict resolution and restorative justice services in Colorado.

Community conflict resolution allows parties and communities to resolve disputes without litigation. Restorative justice services allow the community, offender and victims of crime to shape social behavior and develop respect, understanding and accountability.

Grants of $15,000 to $20,000 will be available for new organizations. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be available for expansion of services. Matching funds are not required, but will increase the applicant’s chance of receiving an award.

Applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 20.

CCCS among best in administering CTE funds

The Colorado Community College System’s career and technical education administration and delivery have been recognized as the best in the nation for the fourth consecutive year.

CCCS excelled in achieving performance goals under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, which provides federal funding for career and technical education programs.

Last year, Perkins funding helped 107,580 students in their CTE training.

Ernst & Young seeking region’s entrepreneurs

Ernst & Young LLP is seeking nominations for its Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 awards.

Last year 10 entrepreneurs in seven categories from the Rocky Mountain region were selected from nearly 100 nominations.

Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas, such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be an owner/manager of a private or public company who is an active member of top management and primarily responsible for the company’s recent performance.

For more information or nomination forms, contact Courtney Story, program manager, at (720) 931-4411 or Information also is available at The deadline for nominations is March 31.

Girl Scouts honor Women of Distinction

The Girls Scouts – Wagon Wheel Council honored Patricia Cone (business), Elizabeth Youngquist (community) and Willie Straws (service) as the organization’s 2006 Women of Distinction during the group’s seventh annual Mardi Gras gala.

Kathy Loo was the recipient of the Mary Jean Larson Community Service Award.

The council hosts the annual event to honor women who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, their profession or chosen field and who serve as role models for girls. The money raised by the event is used to support Girl Scout programs in the Pikes Peak region.

2006 CSPA media guide available

The 2006 Colorado Springs Press Association Media Guide is available for purchase. The guide contains El Paso/Teller County area listings of newspapers, radio and television stations, as well as reporter and other outlet contacts.

The cost is $25 for press association and Public Relations Society of America members and $35 for non-members.

The guide can be ordered by contacting Kim Mutchler at 475-2797 or The guide will be e-mailed after payment is received.

Make checks payable to the Colorado Springs Press Association, and mail them to P.O. Box 1951, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.