Business Briefs – 4/20/2007


Boppy Co. founder receives SBA award

Susan Matthews Brown, president and founder of The Boppy Co., has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2007 Colorado Small Business Person of the Year.

The Golden-based company makes nursing and infant support pillows.

Seven other state awards also were presented.

Karen D. Gonzales, a civil rights specialist with the Colorado Department of Transportation, received the Minority Small Business Champion Award.

The Financial Services Champion Award went to Rudolph D. Bianchi, vice president for SBA lending at Matrix Capital Bank.

Jack Maher, executive producer for the morning news show on KUSA Channel 9 in Denver, was honored as Small Business Journalist of the Year.

The Women in Business Champion Award went to Maury Dobbie, president and CEO of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp.

Armando R. Atencio, program coordinator for the National Veterans’ Training Institute/University of Colorado at Denver, received the Veteran Small Business Champion Award.

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Makisha T. Boothe, owner of Ya Ya Spa LLC in Denver.

David Cisneros, CEO of Western Export Services in Denver, received the Small Business Exporter of the Year Award.

Rusinak Real Estate recognized for achievement

Rusinak Real Estate has received the 2006 Award of Excellence for Outgoing Referral Production and a first place award for promotional items from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

The company also received several awards for its marketing materials and Web site.

JBI celebrates by helping troops

John Bowman Inc. (JBI Construction) is celebrating its 45th anniversary by donating $45,000 to The Home Front Care Foundation.

The foundation provides support and services to families of local servicemen deployed to Iraq, injured services members and families of service members who have been injured or killed.

City seeking TOPS volunteers

The City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking volunteers to serve on the TOPS Working Committee.

The committee, which meets bi-monthly, determines spending priorities for the Trails, Open Space and Parks sales tax.

Members must have an involvement with an organization dedicated to promoting trails, parks or open space, live within the city limits and demonstrate an interest associated with parks, trails or open space.

To apply, send a one-page resume outlining the above qualifications and a one-page letter describing why you would like to serve on the committee by May 18 to Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, TOPS Committee, 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Include your council district number on the letter

For more information, call Chris Lieber at 385-6530.

Public input needed for Palmer Lake master plan

The El Paso County Parks and Leisure Services and the Town of Palmer Lake are asking for the public’s help in updating the master plan for the Palmer Lake Recreation area.

To launch the update process, a communitywide survey can be completed at or Paper copies of the survey are available at Palmer Lake’s Town Hall, 42 Valley Crescent. The deadline to complete the surveys is May 4.

For more information, call Parks and Leisure Services at 520-6375 or Town Hall at 481-2953.

Jan-Pro inducted into Gold Circle Club

Jan-Pro of Colorado Springs has been inducted into the Gold Circle Club, which recognizes top revenue and performance leaders in North America.

The local franchise is owned by Becky and John Kolb.

Quality Inn & Suites opens

Quality Inn & Suites has opened at 555 W. Garden of the Gods Road.

The former Roadway Inn underwent nearly $1million in improvements and renovations, including updated carpet, drapes, beds, furnishings, design and paint.

The hotel, which has 125 guest rooms, is operated by Pikes Peak Hospitality LLC.