Business Briefs – 3/14/2008

Conservation grants

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.
Selected applicants may receive grants up to 50 percent of the total project cost, and must provide non-federal matching money for at least 50 percent, of which 50 percent may be in-kind contributions.
Applications are available at The deadline is March 31.
For more information, contact Dollie Gonzales at (720) 544-2821 or

Exporting awards

Applications are being accepted from Colorado companies for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. The awards recognize companies that demonstrate a commitment to international trade.
Export businesses of any size or industry may apply. Winners will be recognized at World Trade Day on May 1.
Completed applications are due by March 28. For more information, or to request an application, contact Thomas Binet at or (303) 892-3813.

Patriot loans top $100 M

During the eight months since its launch, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Patriot Express Loan Initiative has produced 1,007 SBA guaranteed loans amounting to more than $100 million.
The average loan amount was about $101,000.
Patriot Express is available to veterans, service-disabled veterans, service members leaving active duty, reservists, National Guard members, spouses of active duty members and widowed spouses of service members who died during service or of a service-connected disability.
For more information, visit

Businesses save $2.6 billion

Small businesses realized $2.6 billion of first-year cost savings and $285 million in annually recurring savings as a result of fiscal year 2007 efforts to help federal agencies comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, according to the Office of Advocacy.
The law requires agencies to review the economic impacts of proposed regulations on small entities and consider less burdensome alternatives.

Schommer relocates

Schommer Construction LLC has moved from Woodland Park to 1301 W. Colorado Ave.
The family owned business focuses on commercial interior construction of new and remodeled projects.

SSFCU elects board

Security Service Federal Credit Union has elected board of director officers for 2008-09.
Bob Egger will serve as chairman. James O’Farrell is first vice chairman and Tim McCallum is second vice chairman. Joe Coleman will serve as treasurer and Pete McNamee is secretary.

G.E. Johnson honored

G.E. Johnson has received the 2008 Philanthropy Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
The award recognizes the company’s exemplary corporate citizenship and generosity to the arts and cultural projects and organizations.

Recycling grants

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting grant applications for waste diversion and recycling projects. The department has $1.2 million available for 2008.
Entities eligible to apply are: public government agencies (including universities and schools), private sector organizations whose projects benefit their local communities, out-of-state companies or organizations that are expanding or relocation to Colorado or have an in-state presence.
Applications are available at The deadline is March 28.

Governor’s Arts Awards

Nomination forms are available for the 2008 Governor’s Arts Award, which is given annually to a city or town that has effectively utilized the arts to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of its community.
Grand Junction won during 2007.
Nomination forms are available at, or by calling (303) 892-3802. The deadline is April 4.

PPFC needs volunteers

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc. needs volunteers to work with at-risk children.
The organization’s Nurturing Parenting Program Classes, offered on weeknights, need children’s co-facilitators and childcare volunteers to help teach children whose parents are taking the classes.
KPC Kids’ Place, a free crisis and respite nursery, needs volunteers to work with children whose families need emergency childcare.
For more information, call Jennifer Clarke at 442-6336 or 520-1019.

Family volunteers needed

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc. needs volunteers for all its programs.
The organization’s goal is to help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Volunteers are needed to work with children and families and to help plan events.
For more information, contact Jennifer Clarke at 442-6336 or