Friday, December 26, 2008

Fountain Valley Gets New FedEx Service Center

Easy Street Designs at 109 Kiva Road (corner of Fontaine and Security Blvd) in Security is now an authorized FedEx shipping center.

You may drop off or ship FedEx Express or Ground, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6pm. Daily pick-ups for both take place at or after 3 pm daily.

Easy Street does carry some boxes and has plenty of shredded paper on hand for you to use, if needed. They don’t offer packaging services but customers are welcome to prepare their packages on-site.

Easy Street Designs is the publisher of the South Side Business News and also offers graphic design, copy, fax, digital printing and promotional products.
For more information call

Monday, December 22, 2008

GET A 2008 TAX DEDUCTION and help support the troops!

Operation Interdependence® a Civilian-to-Military Delivery System® (nonprofit 501C3) national organization needs your UNWANTED vehicle. Check out our website at

Running or not we take it all, cars, trucks, ATV’s, RV’s, trailers, ski and snow mobiles, motorcycles, boats, jeeps, and planes, just call Vehicles for Charity to set up a free tow/pick up. The items will be auctioned off and the monies donated to O.I. for postage and misc. expenses. All you need is the vehicle and a clear title. Call now before it is too late to get a tax deduction for 2008. Call 970-523-4217, or 760-468-8001 for more information or to arrange a pick up call toll free 1-866-628-2277 ex. 2424 or 1-877-228-5238 ex. 2424.


People looking for work can start the new year off right by attending free job search workshops offered by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Spending a short amount of time in a workshop arms job seekers the latest job search tips and trends and should help them find employment more quickly.

Job Shop: Guided Job Search

Tuesday, January 13 or 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register online at or call 719.667.3790.

A comprehensive, full-day program of intensive, job search guidance and organization including: resume and portfolio development; how to fill out a job application, benefits of networking, tips for interviewing, and negotiation. For all job seekers: unemployed, underemployed, account executive or welder.

Résumé ‘Righting!’ – Résumé and Portfolio Design

Mondays, January 5, 12, or 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. No registration necessary. PPWFC will be closed Monday, January 19, 2009 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Resumes often are a report of past accomplishments when they should be an advertisement of future potential. Job seekers who are over or under-qualified struggle with how best to present themselves. Attendees will learn the latest trends in resume design and content.

Self Employment: The Driver’s Seat

Tuesday: January 6, or 20, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register online at or call 719.667.3790.

This workshop is for those who want to be their own boss and examines questions such as “Are you willing to work long hours?” “Do you have an entrepreneurial personality?” Topics covered include available resources for starting a business, finance plans, licensing, enterprise zones, marketing, and intellectual property.

Health Insurance: Alternatives to COBRA

Friday, January 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Register by calling 667-3790.

A period of unemployment is made worse by health care costs. This session explores options that could save you precious resources!

There is no charge to attend these workshops; however, registration is required for most. Register at, click on the job seeker icon and then on workshops or call 667-3790. All workshops are held at the main office, 2306 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80909.


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by providing market-driven solutions for our community to succeed in the global economy. PPWFC helps businesses solve their workforce-related business problems and helps residents with career transition. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at

Peak Vista adds Providers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers Adds Numerous Providers To Address Growing Need for Uninsured Healthcare

Colorado Springs , CO , December 19, 2008-- Peak Vista Community Health Centers is pleased to announce the addition of six providers to its paid staff. Peak Vista continues to serve more and more people in the Pikes Peak Region…in the past five years it has increased the number of patients served by approximately 18,000. Care is provided through twelve centers at nine sites. Peak Vista welcomes the following individuals who will support the center noted above their names:

District 2 Entrada Health Center
Kim Redinger, PA-C

Family Health Center at Union
Lisa Davenport, PA-C
Sarah Gibson, NP
Kyle Stewart, PA-C

Senior Health Centers
Mary Jo Shaffer, NP

Women’s Health Center
Heather Pedrick, Midwife-C

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit, accredited organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to over 53,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region…mostly from working families. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two Men and A Truck earns prestigious recognition

“Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Full Service Moving Companies”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® received the highest numerical score among full-service moving companies in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Full-Service Moving Company Satisfaction StudySM. The study is based on responses from 2,981 consumers measuring nine moving companies and it measures opinions of consumers who used a full-service moving company April 2007 to July 2008. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed April 2007 to July 2008. Experiences may vary. Visit

Two Men and A Truck was founded over 20 years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Mary Ellen Sheets. Initially, it was just a part-time job for her two sons. When they left for college, she invested $350 in an old truck and hired a couple of workers as she continued to field calls for moving service. That $350 investment has grown to over 200 locations worldwide with over 1,300 trucks on the road. They are now the largest franchised, local moving company in the nation.

The Colorado Springs franchise is headed by President, Eric St. Pierre and is located at 3220 Fillmore Ridge Heights. They can be reached at 719-387-5884.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Business and Education Talent Readiness Project Helps Teachers Gain a Greater Understanding of Business Needs

December 11, 2008, Colorado Springs, CO ¾ The Business and Education Talent Readiness Project (BETR) today announce its Tuesday Tours lineup for 2009.

Tuesday Tours helps teachers, counselors, and administrative staff, in pre-kindergarten through college classrooms, forge connections with businesses and learn about the real-world needs of business for certain skill sets.

Teachers who participate in Tuesday Tours may earn graduate credit from Colorado State University and will:

· Understand the tasks workers are expected to perform in various types of business,

· Identify skills which employers need now and in the future,

· Understand how math, science, communications, social skills, and technical applications are used in business and needed by students to succeed, and

· Establish ongoing communication between other teachers, students and business.

The Tuesday Tours are 90-minutes long, starting at 3:30 pm., on January 20, 2009, February 17, 2009, March 17, 2009, April 21, 2009, and May 19, 2009.

To register or for more information, go to and click on the Tuesday Tour icon.
Companies participating in Tuesday Tours include: City of Colorado Springs Fire Department - Colorado Springs, Mikron Manufacturing - Colorado Springs, Magnum Tool - Colorado Springs, Multi-Duty MFG, Inc. - Colorado Springs, AngloGoldAshanti Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine – Victor, Minco MFG. Inc. Colorado Springs, Snythes USA – Monument, Colorado Springs JATC - Colorado Springs, Aspire Biotech - Colorado Springs, Springs Fabrication - Colorado Springs, Atmel - Colorado Springs, CEA Technologies - Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, The Progressive Group Insurance - Colorado Springs, Computer Science Corp. - Colorado Springs, Sturman Industries - Woodland Park, Cargill Meat - Fort Morgan, Erker Grain - Fort Morgan, Murphy Brown of Yuma – Yuma, Industrial Welding and Supply – Sterling, Wisdom Industries – Merino, Circle L – Sterling, MV Equipment - Sterling, Yuma, Wray, Burlington, Holyoke, LAN Wrangler - Fort Morgan, Haxtun Hospital – Haxtun, Yuma Ethanol LLC – Yuma, Highline Electric – Holyoke, Computers Etc. – Holyoke, Grainland – Holyoke, Heer Mortuary Science – Brush, New Belgium Brewing - Fort Collins, Larimer County Human Resources - Fort Collins, The Neenan Company - Fort Collins, Larimer County Workforce Center - Fort Collins, Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Colorado Springs, Black Forest Fire Department - Black Forest, US Bank - Colorado Springs, Value Plastics - Fort Collins, Lee E Christian PC (Attorney) - Fort Collins, Google Inc. – Boulder, Longmont United Hospital – Longmont, Left Hand Brewing – Longmont, University of Colorado – Boulder, High Country Bank - Canon City, Canon Land - Canon City, Environmental Alternatives - Canon City, Four Mile - Canon City, St. Thomas More Hospital - Canon City, Holcim – Florence, Abraxas Southern Peaks - Canon City, Hollar Seed - Rocky Ford, DeBourgh MFG - La Junta, Lamar Light and Power – Lamar, Oliver MFG - Rocky Ford, City of Colorado Springs Airport - Colorado Springs, City of Colorado Springs Police - Colorado Springs, City of Colorado Springs Fleet Services - Colorado Springs, GPS Source – Pueblo, Benshaw – Pueblo, Rocky Mountain Steel – Pueblo, Trinity Packaging – Pueblo, Pueblo Bank and Trust – Pueblo, AeroGrow International Inc. – Boulder, Sito, Inc. –Otis.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

BBB Scam Alert - Colorado Corporate Compliance

It has been brought to our attention by local consumers, the Better Business Bureau in Denver and the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office that a company called Colorado Corporate Compliance (CCC) is using misleading scare tactics to lure companies into hiring its professional services.

Companies are reporting that they have received an official looking document titled “Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement.” The document, though unclear in its actual intent, offers to provide the writing of corporate documents, in particular meeting minutes, for $150. It cites a portion of a California State record reporting code, which addresses the requirement for a corporation to keep adequate records. However, CCC does not point out that the section of the code quoted apparently only applies to nonprofit religious organizations. The correct procedure for filing corporate documents in the state of Colorado can be found on The Secretary of State’s Web site at

The document, which is attached, uses misleading tactics such as:
• It bears an official looking seal.
• A Corporation Disclosure Act clause is cited.
• Each document appears individually dated.
• The service offered is vaguely worded.

This company has an F rating with the BBB in Denver for a number of reasons which are all listed on the BBB’s Reliability Report for CCC. The full report can be found at www.

Better Business Bureau – New Board Members

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has appointed Susan Miller and Tim Stockham to its board of directors.

Susan Miller is currently the district manager for U.S. Bank in Colorado Springs .

Tim Stockham is the senior director of customer care at Comcast Cable in Colorado Springs .

Friday, December 5, 2008

Kinderdance franchise expands in Colorado Springs

Children’s Education, Movement & Fitness Franchise Expands in City of Colorado Springs
Local Franchisee Ardesia Parr announces additional location

Kinderdance® and its five movement programs are now available at the following new site.

St Lukes Daycare Center – 5265 N Union Blvd – Colorado Springs , CO

Ongoing classes are also available at these existing locations:

Horizons Childcare – 330 Main St – Security, CO
Kingdom Kids Academy – 6575 Oakwood Blvd – Colorado Springs , CO

“It is exciting to be in this community to educate children who learn how to learn while they learn how to dance,” said Parr, Franchisee of Kinderdance ® for City of Colorado Springs . “For young children, movement, music and dance are natural tools for fitness, learning and communicating while expressing their feelings.”

Kinderdance®, with 111 Franchisees in 36 states and 5 countries, places emphasis on building self-confidence and self-esteem in children through learning to share, lead, interact and respond to others needs as well as their own. Children learn through a professionally researched and proven curriculum of “hands on” dance, motor development, and fitness instruction combined with educational tutoring taught by fully trained Kinderdance® instructors.

“I look forward to the opportunity to offer all five Kinderdance ® programs to the families of City of Colorado Springs , “said Parr. Kinderdance® is the finest physical fitness orientated program that is taught on site at daycare centers, fitness centers, YMCA’s and other viable locations, giving families an easy, affordable way to sign their children up for an exciting and healthy enrichment program.”

Where to send Letters to Santa!


Colorado Springs, CO-We would like to encourage all children to send their Christmas letter to the following address:
Santa Claus
C/O Customer Relations Office
` 3655 E. Fountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80910

The Post Office is helping Santa Claus with his Christmas mail. Please mail your letter no later than December 16, 2008 or you may come to the Pioneers Museum at 217 S. Tejon St. December 6, 2008. We will have a table set up from 09:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a special mail box for Santa Letters only so we can speed your letters directly to Santa at his workshop. Please make sure you put your return address on your letter before you mail it, this helps Santa’s elves to make sure he answers your letter.

Hope To See You at the Parade of Lights
Look for the USPS Float!

Post Office offers holiday packing and shipping service for seniors

Colorado Springs seniors can avoid standing in line at the post office and get special help with their holiday packages at any of the following locations this year:

1. Satellite Hotel located Airport and Academy
Tuesday December 9th 2008 from 9AM – 12 Noon

2. Pikes Peak Towers located 1912 Eastlake
Friday December 12th 2008 from 8AM – 12 Noon

3. Village of the Bluffs located 3495 American Dr
Thursday December 11th from 11Am – 1 PM

For more information contact Ron Perry at 360-9667

Peak Vista adds 8 physicians

Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Adds Numerous Physicians To Address
Growing Need for Uninsured Healthcare

Colorado Springs, CO, December 5, 2008-- Peak Vista Community Health Centers is pleased to announce the addition of eight physicians to its paid staff. Peak Vista continues to serve more people in the Pikes Peak Region…in the past five years it has increased the number of patients served by approximately 18,000. Care is provided through twelve centers at nine sites. Peak Vista welcomes the following individuals who will support the center noted above their names:

Family Health Center at Union

Gary R. Brown, D.O.

MaryLou Kalmar, M.D.

Robert N. Mangnuson, M.D.

Immediate Care Center

Jonathon P. Weston, M.D.

Pediatric Health Center

Heather J. Welfare, M.D.

Senior Health Center-South

Carol Dexter Hayes, M.D.

Thomas A. Henderson, M.D.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit, accredited organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to over 53,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region…mostly from working families. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit

Susan Foote of Rusinak Real Estate Earns ABR Designation

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. Susan Foote, a Broker with Rusinak Real Estate, has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). Susie has completed a formal training course for representing buyers in real estate transactions, passed the associated examination, and met rigorous buyer agency experience standards. She also holds professional designations as an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), helping clients to present their properties for sale in the most advantageous manner, and as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), meeting the specific needs of buyers and sellers over 55 years old. You can contact Susie Foote at 719.314.9500 or email her at