Thursday, April 30, 2009

ValuSource Introduces Web-Based Public Company Data with Built-in Analyzer

Five Years of Annual and Quarterly Data and a Built-in Analyzer Delivered at a Fraction of Competitors' Cost, Gives Valuators an Easy and Affordable Way to Use Guideline Public Data

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ValuSource Software, the leader in business valuation software, today announced the release of its online Public Company Data valuation database and analyzer tool.

“For as little as $195, professional business valuators now have access to five years of detailed data on over 9,500 publicly-traded companies that they can use as comparables for the guideline market approach,” said David Fein, ValuSource CEO and co-founder. “The ValuSource Public Company database includes a tremendous amount of data, but it is especially significant because of its incredibly affordable price, and it pulls far away from any competition with our built-in analyzer tool."

The analyzer tool, Fein explained, automatically compares a target company with up to 50 public companies selected by the valuator. It saves up to 80% of the time normally taken to perform this analysis. The analyzer determines public companies that are potentially comparable to the target company by comparing the target company’s data with relevant data in the public companies income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, profitability ratios, growth rates, and value multiples.

"ValuSource's database represents a rare quantum leap forward," said Richard Claywell, CPA, ABV, and CVA, a business valuator who has done valuations for more than 700 companies in the Houston area over the last three decades. "It may well permanently reshape guideline company database market by offering unheard-of depth and complexity at this price point, which is matched with a design that makes it simple for virtually anyone to use."

Some competitive advantages of the ValuSource Public Company database include:

* Cost-Effective Research. To obtain even a subset of the database's five years of annual and quarterly information from free public sources (e.g., Yahoo!, Google, Edgar, etc.) involves a significant investment in time; competitive products have databases with all of this information, but at costs over $5,000. ValuSource offers an entry point of $195 for five searches.
* Sophisticated Analyzer Tool. The Excel-based analyzer tool sorts quickly through relevant data in public company income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, profitability ratios, growth rates, and value multiples, and develops a rich set of criteria for comparing guideline companies to a privately-held target company.
* Easy-to-Use and Understand. ValuSource's Public Data comparables database was designed to make it very easy for both novice and professional valuators to both find and analyze public company data.

Subscriptions start at five searches for $195 and an unlimited annual subscription is $895. ValuSource Public Company comparables database is available now. Call 1 (800) 825-8763 for more information.

About ValuSource Software

Recognized as the leader in developing intelligent valuation software for more than 20 years, ValuSource develops a full line of products, including programs, databases, and report writers, that are fully integrated with Microsoft® Excel and Word. Visit or call (800) 825-8763.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group Names CFO

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kevin Light has been named chief financial officer of Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group. In this key position, Light will ensure that thousands in the Pikes Peak Region are provided wellness solutions, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, career development, education and restorative justice services.

Light has served as interim CFO since February 2009. Previously, he served as vice president of finance for Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group, financial operations manager for the United States Olympic Committee, accounts payable manager for Brookharts Lumbers Inc., and controller for Old Chicago Casino in Cripple Creek .

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs .

In this new role, Light is responsible for all financial and fiscal management of the $50 million organization, including business planning, accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and forecasting. He will oversee the departments of accounting and information technology, while providing support to human resources, legal, and marketing and communications departments.

“Kevin endured a rigorous series of interviews with our board of directors and corporate leadership team earlier this week and it was clear that he was the right person for this important position,” said Morris L. Roth, president and CEO of Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group.

“He will continue to make significant contributions to our clients and our community.”

For 134 years, Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group has created help and hope for Southern Colorado residents. Its organizations provide a broad range of services to meet adult and family needs, substance abuse, acute treatment and managed care. It also provides vocational skills training and affirmative employment in catering, design/build/construction services as well as facilities management services.

Small Business Conference for Veterans, May 14th, 2009

The Colorado SBDC Network in partnership with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce presents:

The 4th Annual Small Business Conference for Veterans

Location: Date:
Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Thursday, May 14, 2009
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30am – 8:15am Breakfast

8:30am – 9:15am Welcome, Color Guard

9:30am – 10:30am Workshops
Track 1: Back to Basics: How SDVOB/SVOB’s Can Survive Tough Times
Track 2: Building a Foundation: How to Use Your Veteran Status to Obtain Contracts
Track 3: Working with the Government: Benefits of 8A Status for Contracts

10:45am – 11:45am Workshops
Track 1: Back to Basics: Finance Options, Resources & Benefits for Veterans
Track 2: Building a Foundation: Building Contract Negotiation Skills
Track 3: Working with the Government: GSA Schedule

12:00pm – 1:15pm Luncheon: Keynote address: TBA
1:30pm – 2:45pm Workshops
Track 1: Back to Basics: Networking and Coaching Tips
Track 2: Building a Foundation: When you need a Lawyer
Track 3: Working with the Government: Contract Solicitation Process

3:00pm – 3:45pm Summary Session and Next Steps (Panel)

4:00pm – 5:00pm Networking Reception (Cash Bar)

Veteran Status: $30
Non-Veteran Status: $40
Vendor Booth: $50

Vendor Tables are available through registration. The dimensions of the booths will be 6' long and 30" wide. There will be power available if needed.

Newspaper Subscription Scam Alert

Colorado Department of Law
Attorney General John W. Suthers

Attorney General and AARP ElderWatch warn consumers of reported door-to-door n ew spaper subscription scam

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and AARP ElderWatch issued a consumer advisory today warning Coloradans of a reported scam involving door-to-door salesmen selling subscriptions to the “n ew ” Rocky Mountain N ew s.

According to AARP ElderWatch, one of the Office of the Attorney General’s partners in fraud prevention, the door-to-door salesmen have told Colorado Springs residents they only can accept cash in exchange for a subscription.

“Scam artists are very adept at exploiting the news of the day, and this is just another example of these individuals trying profit off the name of one of Colorado ’s former n ew spaper giants,” Suthers said. “Coloradans should be wary of anyone selling subscriptions or other products door to door.”

If you suspect you or a family member might have been victimized, you should contact your local police or sheriff’s department. You also can report fraud to the Colorado Consumer Line, 1-800-222-4444.

You can learn more about door-to-door scams and fraud prevention at the Office of the Attorney General’s Web site,, or at AARP ElderWatch’s Web site,

Workforce Center May Youth Workshops


May Workshops for Youth, 14 to 21
The Youth Zone at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will offer the following workshops for youth, 14 through 21, in May. There is no charge to attend. Youth can register online at or by calling 719.667.3860.

Resume Writing and Interviewing Etiquette, Wednesday, May 6 or May 20, 2009
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Youth can begin their career sooner rather than later! They will learn the benefits of any job experience. This workshop focuses on the importance of writing a resume and proper interview etiquette. Youth will receive a resume and cover letter worksheet and will complete a personality assessment to better understand how they fit with certain jobs and careers.

The Importance of Volunteering and Mentoring, Wednesday, May 13, 2009,
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For youth who wonder why volunteering in our community is so important and rewarding. This workshop will answer those questions and so much more! Youth will learn how to begin, where to look, and the positive impact giving of themselves can make in other people's lives; not to mention their own!

Building Your Self Confidence, Wednesday, May 27, 2009
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Youth may feel bad about themselves with thoughts such as, "I'm not good enough...I am not this or that." This workshop teaches youth ways to overcome negative thoughts and how to grow their strengths. It will also redefine discipline and explore the benefits of a disciplined lifestyle. Youth will learn, laugh, and be glad they came to this fun, interactive workshop.

Conservative Coalition Strategy Meeting

Press Release

Meeting is part of community-wide effort to rally and mobilize conservatives to action and free Colorado and America from liberal agenda
Colorado Springs, CO
The Coalition for a Conservative Majority, Colorado Springs chapter, (CCM) serves as a central organizing hub and voice for all conservative individuals and organizations. CCM is a true local grassroots coalition comprised of "we the people."

We rally, recruit, educate, organize, and mobilize the Pikes Peak area to empower all con servative individuals and organizations to unite against the liberal regime and re-establish responsibility in government. CCM works with other conservative single- and multi-issue organizations to raise awareness and plan action against current and future liberal agendas at all levels of government.
The current governing majorities in both the Colorado Legislature and United States
Congress are working to gain complete control of the lives and fortunes of all Americans. This is resulting in broad, sweeping degradation of our freedoms. These freedoms were dearly bought by millions over the history of this Republic. It is our intent to regain those freedoms.
The Colorado Springs chapter of the Coalition for a Conservative Majority is a group of conservatives, independents, and others who are disillusioned with the “change” in our government. The group is dedicated to returning common sense and conservative values to Colorado and America.
The Retired Enlisted Association
834 Emory Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
6:00pm ~ May 5th, 2009 (recurs 1st Tuesday of the month)

Sunday, April 19, 2009




Program Funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) announces its Summer Work Experience program, which is funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Center is seeking employers willing to hire youth, ages 16 through 24, who want to gain valuable work experience.

Local employers can benefit from extra staffing, at no cost, while helping prepare their future workforce. The Center hopes to create 300 work experiences for young people who need to gain experience so that they can secure employment in the future.

Details of the program follow:

* Wages and workers’ compensation costs covered by program
* Training costs may be covered by program.
* Summer work experiences will occur from May 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009. A work experience can last from one week to the entire duration of the program.
* Employers who choose to hire these youth at the end of the work experience may be eligible for incentives, such as, tax credits and partially-subsidized on-the-job training.
* All employers are encouraged to participate, however, the primary focus of the Summer Work Experience program is high-demand career fields, including "green" jobs, health care, applied sciences/engineering, and computer systems/technology.
* Businesses not eligible to participate in this program include casinos/gaming facilities, zoos, aquariums, pools, and golf courses.
* A work experience can not replace a paid position already allocated by the employer, nor can it displace a current employee.

Employers interested in the Summer Work Experience program should submit a job description(s) to Michelle Graham, Director of Youth Programs, at


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

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ft Carson's Mountain Post Historical Center lands Challenge Grant

Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado awards $25,000 challenge grant to Mountain Post Historical Center Association

Funds raised through February 24, 2010, to be matched dollar for dollar

The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado has awarded a challenge grant to the Mountain Post Historical Center Association, which supports the efforts to build the Mountain Post Historical Center (MPHC). The MPHC will preserve and commemorate the sacrifices and honor the history of Fort Carson and its soldiers.

The $25,000 challenge grant will be used to raise operating support, as well as launch a new initiative, the MPHC Kit Carson Society. The Kit Carson Society was established to create a group of core supporters for the MPHC project and build a strong base of future contributors for the Center. The challenge grant provides a dollar-for-dollar match for gifts from first-time donors or donors who increase their gifts to the MPHC. The MPHC has until February 2010 to match the grant.

“This is an exciting opportunity to enhance our fundraising efforts,” states Ed Soriano, LTG (Retired), US Army, MPHCA Executive Committee. “The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado has an admirable track record of supporting nonprofit organizations and we are honored to be chosen.”

For more information about participating in this matching grant opportunity, contact Becky Bayer-Hughes, Executive Director at (719) 633-2867 or go to
About the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado
The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado was founded in 1996 as a project of the Gill Foundation with a goal of supporting nonprofit organizations that enhance quality of life throughout the state and promoting equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender expression.
About the Mountain Post Historical Center Association

The Mountain Post Historical Center Association (MPHCA) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to support the efforts to build the Mountain Post Historical Center (MPHC). The dramatic, state-of-the-art facility will be located outside the gates of Fort Carson on the south side of Colorado Springs between Interstate 25 and Highway 115. The MPHC will preserve and commemorate the sacrifices and honor the history of Fort Carson and its soldiers.

For more information: (719) 633-2867 • or

Colorado Springs Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon

2009 Administrative Professionals Day Seminar and Luncheon
Honoring the 2009 Administrative Professional and Executive of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 22, 2009 – The Pikes Peak Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will host their annual Administrative Professionals Day Seminar and Luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs World Arena, Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. The chapter will also honor the 2009 Administrative Professional of the Year and the 2009 Executive of the Year during the luncheon, in addition to awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student majoring in business or administrative studies.

This year’s seminar and luncheon promises to be the best yet! Seminar Speaker Sarah Michel, CSP will present an educational seminar focusing on why your “Networth™ with your network is your most important asset as an administrative professional.” Sarah will present “Connect the Dots…Business Networking Made Easy.” Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Nancy Noonan, M.A. presents “Are Your Roots Showing?” where her lively, interactive keynote creatively uses a gardening theme to show people “how to be their most empowered, most beautiful, most radiant selves!” Jon Karroll, KRDO-TV Anchor will emcee this year’s event for the second year.

For additional information on the 2009 Administrative Professionals Day Seminar and Luncheon, contact Aubree Lujan, CPS/CAP (719) 492-0851 or Angie Guerrero, CPS, (719) 554-7801 or visit IAAP is the world’s largest association of administrative support staff, with over 600 chapters and 40,000 members and affiliates worldwide. Pikes Peak Chapter consists of approximately 100 members and was chartered in 1944—boasting over 64 years of community involvement. IAAP promotes high professional standards, enhances the image of the administrative support field, and provides information and resources to administrative professionals. IAAP also oversees two highly respected certification programs—the Certified Professional Secretary® (CPS®) rating and the Certified Administrative Professional ® (CAP®) rating.

Fountain's Community Night Out

On Tuesday, April 21, 2009, the City of Fountain will be hosting its’ 11th Annual Community Night Out. The event will be held at the Fountain-Fort Carson High School, 900 Jimmy Camp Road.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria with over 35 non-profit organizations having displays that show what their organization has to offer the citizens of Fountain. Fountain’s Poet Laureate, Frank Montoya, will be displaying and distributing copies of his favorite poems.

The event moves to the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Local leaders will briefly detail what is happening within their organizations for 2009. The leaders include: Mayor Jeri C. Howells; Council Members: Sharon Brown, Bryan Johnson and Gabriel Ortega. Other leaders include COL Eugene Smith, Garrison Commander for Fort Carson; Commissioner Dennis Hisey, El Paso County Commissioner for District 4; and Cheryl Walker, Superintendent for School District 8.

School District 8 students who will be participating include JROTC, led by 1SG LeRoy Bogan; Trojanaires under the director of Mr. Ron Wilson; and the D.A.R.E. choir under the direction of Mrs. Gwendolyn Rapp and Officer Dave Langfels.

Local restaurants will be providing light snacks at the 5:00 p.m. venue.
Drawings for door prizes will be held starting at the 6:00 p.m. venue.

All residents of Fountain are invited to attend this event.

Friday, April 10, 2009

BBB Alert - Fake Sweepstakes Checks

Don’t Be Fooled By Fake Sweepstakes

Your Better Business Bureau is warning the public to beware of letters supposedly from Publishers Clearing House. The letters claim the recipient has won $1 million. Despite the fact that the letter looks official (see pdf), this is a widespread scam that is seeing a sudden resurgence across the country.

This particular scam is probably occurring in response to the fact that the actual Publishers Clearing House recently awarded a New Jersey woman $5,000 a week for the rest of her life. Just like using sound alike names to lure victims, scammers use recent, publicized events such as this because it’s on the top of people’s minds.

Here’s how this scam works. The victim receives a letter supposedly from Publishers Clearing House claiming they have won $1 million as a result of a drawing sponsored by Reader’s Digest Magazine. The letter is accompanied by a check for as much as $5,900 with instructions to call the Publishers Clearing House representative listed in the letter. By phone, the victims are told that, in order to receive their prize, they must cash the check and then wire approximately $4,000 to Publishers Clearing House. They are told the rest of their winnings will be sent to them, but of course, the check is fraudulent and any money wired to the scammers cannot be recovered.

Since early March, the BBB’s national office has received reports about the Publishers Clearing House scam from 19 states including California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Not only are letters popping up in mailboxes, but some people report receiving phone calls from scammers pretending to be with Publishers Clearing House.


Cleve Jones, the man Sean Penn praised in his Academy Award acceptance speech for the film MILK, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Red Ribbon Ball hosted by the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP) on Saturday, May 2.

The event will be held at The Broadmoor Resort in the Rocky Mountain Ballroom located at 1 Lake Circle in Colorado Springs. Cocktails, along with a silent auction, begin at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. and Jones will speak at 8:00 p.m.

Jones, who has spent decades as an HIV/AIDS activist, author and speaker, is perhaps best known for founding the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Special sections of the quilt will be on display at the event.

Tickets for the Red Ribbon Ball, S-CAP’s largest fundraiser, are $125.00. RSVP online at

The funds raised at this event will allow S-CAP to continue to create awareness, educate the public, offer information about prevention and provide a multitude of services to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Free Shredding Event

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is hosting a free document shredding day on Friday, May 1 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Colorado Springs at 317 East Kiowa. The parking lot is on the corner of Kiowa and Wahsatch Avenue – just west of our office at 25 N. Wahsatch Avenue.

KKTV - 11 News and Iron Mountain Inc., an information protection and storage company, are co-hosting the event known as “Letter Rip” Day. The event was created in 2005 to give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of personal and financial documents as a way of preventing identity theft.

The public is invited to bring as many as five boxes of documents to be shred by Iron Mountain’s shredding truck. Plastics, cardboard, newspapers, binders and magazines cannot be accepted. Those who wish to bring more than five boxes will be charged $5 for each additional box.

We are asking all participants to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Care and Share Food Bank.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bump, Set, Spikefest!

Colorado Springs Secures Three-Year Contract With World’s Largest Amateur Outdoor Grass Volleyball Tournament; It’s Here At Memorial Park This Summer On August 15-16

Colorado Springs– April 8, 2009 – Colorado Springs has landed a portion of one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most popular amateur sports events this summer and through 2011.

The city has been named as a site for the 19th Annual Spikefest Tournament, the world’s largest 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 amateur outdoor grass volleyball event series.

This two-day event combines fast-paced volleyball action with a festival-style atmosphere that includes food, music, contests and more. The tournament will take place at Memorial Park on August 15-16.

Competition is open in men’s, women’s, co-ed and junior boys and girls divisions for athletes from recreational to elite level status, with registration open now at

Colorado Springs is one of the event’s major stops, which include Dallas, Jacksonville, Houston, Jacksonville, Austin, and Boulder.

Spikefest attracts over 2,000 players and draws over 8,000 fans per event. It draws top amateur talent regionally and nationally in addition to everyday volleyball “joes” and “janes” and recreational and competitive juniors teams.

Experience Colorado Springs, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation combined their efforts to make Colorado Springs an annual destination for the tournament for the next three years.

“This is a CSCVB and Sports Corp partnership event – we co-hosted the site visit and worked together to meet the requirements to bring the event here,” said Cheryl McCullough, Sports and Special Events Manager at Experience Colorado Springs.

“Landing this popular event contributes another sports option for the quality of life of the residents of the city and enhances our reputation as a top sports event destination,” says Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne. “The summer of 2009 will be huge for the city, with Spikefest, the 2009 State Games of America, the 87th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Sky Sox baseball and more.”

About The Sports Corp

Created in 1978 as the United States Olympic Committee relocated from New York City to Colorado Springs and staged its inaugural National Sports Festival at the foot of Pikes Peak, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation has grown and prospered over nearly three decades to become a driving force in the agenda for amateur and Olympic sport, as well as for the state’s youth. The Sports Corp works to attract and retain sports organizations, events and businesses, and stage major events including the State Games of America, Rocky Mountain State Games, and the annual Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame. It endeavors to support the economy of Colorado Springs by promoting the region as a destination for sports business, competition and meetings.

Experience Colorado Springs is the leading marketing organization for group travel and tourism to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. We are dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. We maintain a visible presence as a community leader so that our industry members grow and prosper.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


343 military families from 50 states wait to attend a Project Sanctuary therapeutic retreat in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Following an endorsement from the Department of Defense in February, applications for therapeutic retreats increased from 10 per week to more than 10 per day.

As more troops return from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the need for integrative services is rapidly growing. Project Sanctuary has identified an effective method for helping our heroes ease back into family life.

Project Sanctuary helps military families reconnect and find peace again after deployment through diversion, recreation therapy in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Each retreat is an all-expenses-paid, five-night long getaway where the families enjoy a variety of recreational and therapeutic activities, including skiing, snowmobiling, marriage building workshops, financial planning and connection with other military families. Through these experiences the walls come down and families again experience peace, joy and love within the family unit.

Project Sanctuary is funded through August for helping only 80 families this year. However because of the increased demand, the organization seeks to rapidly expand funding efforts through grants, events and individual donations. Watch for a golf tournament at the Country Club at Castle Pines on July 13, 2009 and a Ten for Troops giving campaign in April 2009.

About Project Sanctuary
Est. November 2007, Project Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide therapeutic, curative, supportive and recreational activities to veterans, active military personnel, their spouses and children in a leisure environment. We are dedicated to providing an environment where individuals and their families who have been affected by their service in the military may spend both leisure and structured time with their families and fellow service personnel in an effort to diminish the wearisome impact of returning home after a considerable period away while serving the interests of the country. For more information, visit Tax deductable donations are accepted online or by mail at Project Sanctuary, PO Box 132, Parker, CO 80134.

UCCS to compete in National Security Innovation Competition

U.S. Finalists Chosen to Compete in National Security Innovation Competition
Three Colorado schools make it to the finals, including UCCS

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- Ten finalists from the nation's most prestigious universities were selected to compete in the annual National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 1.

The competition is presented by the National Homeland Defense Foundation and sponsored by the Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance and the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator.

The top three team projects will receive cash scholarship awards and will be featured at the 2009 National Homeland Defense Foundation Symposium. The entries selected promote national security-related innovations and expose novel technologies in areas such aerospace, defense, security, and first responder activities. Finalists include:

· Georgia Institute of Technology (undergraduate team): First Responder Mobile Tracking System

· University of Buffalo: Vulnerability Assessment and Response Tool Against 0-Day Exploits

· Arizona State University: A Hybrid Electrochemical-Colorimetric Sensing Platform for Detection of Explosives

· University of Arizona: Contactless Fingerprint Sensor

· Colorado School of Mines: Activity Recognition in a Dense Sensor Network

· University of Colorado at Colorado Springs: Mitigating Drug Resistance in MRSA via Metabolic Inhibition

· Georgia Institute of Technology (graduate team): PneumoCheck: A Novel Lower Airway Particle&Pathogen Collection Device

· University of Notre Dame: Enterprise Network Activities Visualization

· University of Denver: Light-weight High-performance Concrete

· Virginia Tech: Self-powered Border Security Systems

The final round of the competition will consist of oral presentations given to a panel of homeland security and defense experts. The following is a list of industry organizations with officials that will participate in judging:

. Science & Technology Division of the Department of Homeland Security

· U. S. Northern Command

· Raytheon

· National Laboratory Representative

The event will be hosted at MITRE Corporation's Colorado Springs office. MITRE is a not-for-profit national technology resource that has 7,000 scientists, engineers and support staff to provide systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support for critical national security issues.

Colorado Springs Tea Party, Change of Venue, Updates

Due to the explosion of interest, we have outgrown City Hall. The Colorado Springs Tea Party will be at Acacia Park (225 N Nevada) on Wednesday, April 15th at 12:00 pm. Snow or shine. I'm not sure what the crowd will be like so you probably want to arrive early.

Where do I park?
There are several parking garages in the downtown area:
City Administration parking garage at 130 South Nevada Street
Bijou/Cascade parking garage 215 North Cascade Avenue
Kiowa Street parking garage 127 East Kiowa Street

What to expect at the Tea Party?
The purpose is to let Congress and the President know there are many, many Americans across the country that are fed up with bailouts, large budgets, and high taxes. The way the rally will help us achieve this purpose is by having multiple events happening across the country on the same day. Currently there are 350 events planned. Each of these events will happen on April 15th. By having so many people gather across the country hammering home the exact same message, it will get media coverage and Congress will see that there are everyday, ordinary citizens who are fed up with fiscal irresponsibility. The event in Colorado Springs will have protesters with signs promoting our message. We will also have a line up of speakers. The theme for the rally is "Repeal the Pork, Cut Taxes."

Is there a webpage for the Colorado Springs Tea Party?
Yes there is a website at: and a Facebook
event at: We also have a discussion forum at

If you are interested in carpooling, please let me know.

Is there something planned for those who work or on a weekend?
We know there are a lot of people who work or have other obligations which prevent them from making it to the Official Colorado Springs Tax Day Tea Party. So, we are planning a Meet and Greet Sign Making Party the Saturday prior to the Tea Party. The details on this have not been firmed up yet. We will have those details listed on the website.

Do you need donations? How can I give money?
Thank you for your generosity. We do have some expenses that could be covered upon request.

What speakers are lined up?
Currently, there are several confirmed speakers including: Congressman Doug Lamborn, El Paso County Commissioner Wayne Williams, local commentator Sean Paige, and others to come with KVOR 740 AM Richard Randall as emcee.

Is there anywhere I can purchase Tea Party merchandise?
Following are some websites to order Tea Party hats, Tshirts, pins, etc:

What should we put on protest signs for the event?
We will be listing sign suggestions on our website
( shortly. If you have additional suggestions, please share them with us.

We are meeting for sign-making at the Old GOP Headquarters on South Tejon (2 blocks south of Cimarron) at 10 am on Saturday 4/4.

I would like to be included in the planning of the Tea Party. How can I be included? How can I volunteer?
While the Nationwide Tea Party Movement has official sponsors and City Chairmen, this is a grassroots movement. Any thoughts, concerns, or suggestions you have will be considered and addressed. Please email
those to us.

I do not have much time to volunteer before the event. What small thing can I do to help right now?
There are several small things you can do to help with the Colorado Springs Tea Party.
1. Send an email out to all your like-minded friends, family, and neighbors inviting them to attend the Tea Party with you. You direct them to the Colorado Springs Tea Party ( website for up to date details.
2. Use shoe polish to paint you car windows with the website. This way people you pass on the street know about the website.
3. Purchase a t-shirt from the website above and
wear it as you run errands.

Are there any post-rally events planned?
Any who can stay are welcome to join us at McCabe's Tavern after the rally. There will be food and drink specials.

Are there additional events planned after April 15th? Are there going to be any Tea Parties on a Saturday?
There are tentatively 10 total Tea Parties that will take place between February, 2009 and Election Day, 2010 but that is not set in stone. You can go to to answer questions about your vision for the Nationwide Tea Party movement.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Julie Collard

Mark Spitz to Keynote Peak Vista November Event


Colorado Springs, CO, April 2, 2009--Peak Vista Community Health Centers announced today at a Press Conference at the United States Olympic Training Center that it is under contract with nine time Gold Medal Olympic Swimmer, Mark Spitz, to serve as keynote for its 2009 Breakfast of Champions on November 11th at the Broadmoor’s International Center. The event recognizes volunteer physician and dentist champions, celebrates a Champion of Community Health, raises awareness of Peak Vista services and generates funds for Peak Vista’s important work. Since this year’s event will be held on Veteran’s Day, Peak Vista will also recognize military champions. Bill and Kathy Hybl are founding co-chairs of the event.

“Each year, Peak Vista has an Olympian keynote our signature event, Breakfast of Champions. We are thrilled to have Mark Spitz speak at our 2009 event as he is not only a champion in his sport, but also a champion in life. His story will be one that this community will certainly want to hear,” according to BJ Scott , Peak Vista President and CEO.

Mark Spitz's records of swimming brilliance began long before the 1972 Olympics. Born in Modesto , California in1950, Mark held 17 national age group swimming records at the age of ten. Furthermore, in the 1968 Olympics at Mexico City , he captured two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

Mark has appeared in national television commercials, endorsed major companies and has become one of the countries most sought after motivational speakers. In 1996, Mark had commercial endorsements for Xerox, Kodak, Bausch and Lomb, John Hancock Insurance, General Motors, General Mills and Swatch Watch. He was also a spokesman for these companies at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

In the last two years, Mark has helped to raise more than one million dollars for the United States Olympic Committee through organizations directly associated with the USOC.

Four years ago, Mark was voted Athlete of the Century in water sports and was one of the six best Olympians of the Century voted by Sports Illustrated Magazine. Recently the International Olympic Committee selected Mark as one of the five athletes of the century. Currently Mark is on the Laureus World Sports Academy working on projects world wide in concert with the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation.

Married for the past 30 years, Mark and his wife Suzy have two sons. They reside in Los Angeles , California .

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista provides medical, dental and behavioral health care to more than 52,000 patients, most from working families in El Paso and Teller counties. To learn more about Peak Vista or to donate, visit

Employers Wanted for Spring Career Fair

PPWFC Annual Spring Career Fair

April 3, 2009, Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking employers, who have open positions or plan to hire in the next month or two, to participate in its Annual Spring Career Fair.

WHO: Employers in the Pikes Peak region who have open positions or plan to hire in the next month or two.

WHAT: PPWFC Annual Spring Career Fair sponsored by KKTV 11 News and Mr. Biggs.

WHEN: Monday, April 20, 2009 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mr. Biggs Entertainment Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

WHY: Employers can find the best people for their open positions, accept resumes, and interview on the spot in one place, at one time.

HOW: There is no charge for booth space, however, a $50 donation to the Care and Share Food Bank or $50 worth of non-perishable food items for Care and Share is encouraged. To reserve a booth, please call Duke at 719.667.3839.


The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by connecting employers and job seekers. 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