Thursday, June 25, 2009

August '09 Job Fair, Call for Employers

Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking employers who have open positions or plan to hire for the fall season to participate in its Fall Career Fair.

WHO: Employers in the Pikes Peak region who have open positions and plan to hire for the fall season.

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

WHEN: Monday, August 17, 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 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


Press Release (Red Energy PR)

The Palisades at Broadmoor Park captured the honor "Best of Show" in the state's first Parade of Retirement Homes.

Six Pikes Peak area retirement communities were showcased in the two-day event featuring free food, drinks, entertainment and tours. Each community drew between 300-500 prospective residents or their caregivers. Communities typically average five prospective resident tours a week.

"This was a phenomenal turnout," said Shannon Rogers, Executive Director of the non-profit Senior Resource Council. "We had visitors travel from out-of-state to see what Colorado Springs could offer active seniors looking for retirement options. We're excited to see the event grow in coming years," said Rogers.

The Colorado Springs event was also featured on MSNBC and in AARP's national publication.

Guests who visited all six communities voted on award eight categories. The winners are:

Best of Show--The Palisades at BroadmoorPark

Runner-up: The Inn at Garden Plaza
Best Place for Mom or Dad-- Village at Skyline

Runner-up: Cheyenne Place
Best Dining-- MacKenzie Place

Runner-up: Village at Skyline
Friendliest Staff-- The Inn at GardenPlaza

Runner-up: The Palisades at Broadmoor Park
Best Colorado Landscape-- Cheyenne Place

Runner-up: Village at Skyline
Best Value -- The Inn at GardenPlaza

Runner-Up: Viewpointe
Best Services & Amenities -- MacKenzie Place

Runner-up: The Palisades at Broadmoor Park
Best Activities Program -- The Palisades at BroadmoorPark

Runner-up: MacKenzie Place

The event was supported by Kaiser Permanente's Senior Advantage program, Imago Home Transitions, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Bekins Northwest Moving & Storage, Senior Housing Solutions, Things Forgotten, Averill Insurance Resources, Beo Personal Care & Mobility and Senior Magazine.

Awards and sponsor recognition were presented following the event at the Garden of the Gods Club.

Another senior community tour is planned for Colorado Springs June 2010. This first-time event was produced by Red Energy Public Relations, a Colorado Springs-based company. Additional tours are being planned nationwide.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pikes Peak Workforce Schedule, July 2009 Workshops

June 23, 2009, Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center continues to evolve its services to meet the changing needs of job seekers. In July the following workshops will be offered. There is no charge to attend workshops but attendees must register with Connecting Colorado, the state job search database. (

NEW Live Orientation: Overview of PPWFC services with Q&A

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 or 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays, 1:00 or 2:30 p.m.

NEW Online Job Search and Basic Resume Assistance

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 or 28, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, or 30, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Beginners will learn how to write a resume, complete online job applications and set up a free email account. No registration necessary.

NEW Managing Stress

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 or 28, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Learn tips and techniques for dealing with stress. No registration necessary.

Job Shop: Interview Skills and Network Techniques

Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 or 28, 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Learn to mine and network for leads; prepare to interview, negotiate salary and more! Register online at or call 719.667.3790.

Résumé ‘Righting!’ – Résumé and Portfolio Design

Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, or 29, 10:00 to noon.

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. No registration necessary, but please arrive on time

There is no charge to attend these workshops; however, registration is required for most. Register at, click on the workshops under Employment and Careers 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

PublishAmerica Presents Nala’s Story by Keli Hansen

Press Release -- PublishAmerica is proud to present Nala’s Story by Keli Hansen from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

What are the lessons animals learn from us? More importantly, what can we learn from our animals? Nala invites us to share her life experiences of how she grows from a young pup to a mature adult, and how she learns to accept and love the people that come into her life, even though they sometimes leave along the way. She tells the story of the many lessons she learns, the most important being the deep bond she finds that humans and animals can share.

Beginning with her adoption by Matt, her loyal human, we travel with Nala through her good times and sick times as she comes to realize Matt loves her as his own child.

Keli Hansen moved to Colorado as a teenager and is happily married. Her “child” is her dog named Powder. She has found happiness in her career, but it has always been her dream to become a successful writer as a hobby. She keeps a small list of life goals she wants to accomplish and this book is just one of the few she can now mark off. Now it’s on with another!

PublishAmerica is the home of 35,000 talented authors. PublishAmerica is a traditional publishing company whose primary goal is to encourage and promote the works of new, previously undiscovered writers. Like more mainstream publishers, PublishAmerica pays its authors advances and royalties, makes its books available in both the United States and Europe through all bookstores, and never charges any fees for its services. PublishAmerica offers a distinctly personal, supportive alternative to vanity presses and less accessible publishers.


Meeting is part of community-wide effort to rally and mobilize conservatives
to action and free Colorado and America from liberal agenda

Press Release - Colorado Springs, CO

The Coalition for a Conservative Majority serves as a central organizing hub and voice for all conservative individuals and organizations. CCM is a local grassroots coalition com­prised of "we the people."

We rally, recruit, educate, organize, and mobilize the Pikes Peak area to empower all con­servative 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 Coalition for a Conservative Majority is a group of conservatives who will educate, strategize, coordinate, and mobilize to preserve the conservative founding principles that made this nation great. 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

Tuesday July 7th, 2009 (recurs 1st Tuesday of the month)
6:00-6:30pm ~ Members’ Business Meeting
6:30-7:30pm ~ Progress & Strategy Meeting for members, volunteers and guests

Monday, June 22, 2009

One Day House Painting Challenge

Press Release


Colorado Springs, CO - June, 2009 – Veteran family-owned house painting firm Just Details Painting, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company will be painting the home of a Colorado Springs resident within a single day., which offered a complete house paint job at no cost to the winner of a contest administered by news station KOAA, has opted to make the experience for the contest winner extremely exciting. The painters will minimize disruption to the home owner by completing all work within a single day, to take place June 25th, 2009.

The firm is no stranger to tight deadlines, having assisted Keller Homes with an ABC Extreme Home Makeover in Colorado Springs and over 10+ years, having done the paint work for over 2000 households in the region.

According to Mike Deulen, General Manager for Just Details Painting, “Offering a local member of the community and contest winner a complete paint job for their home has already been a great experience for us. We know that everyone is going through tough economic times so making one family’s day brighter with a free paint job while being able to demonstrate the quality of our work to the public is a win-win.”

The team at Just Details Painting has been in the business of painting custom and standard homes in the greater Colorado Springs area for over ten years and offers paint work for specialty needs ranging from log cabin owners to environmentally conscious consumers who require Earth-friendly products be used by contractors working on their homes.

For more information, please visit us online at

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Press Release

A network of African American professionals.

Colorado Springs Realtist Association is a local chapter of NAREB® The National Association of Real Estate Brokers. NAREB® is a national nonprofit organization comprised primarily of African American professionals in real estate and several other affiliated industries. The national goal is to bring together the nation’s minority professionals to promote the meaningful exchange of ideas about our business and how best to serve our clientele. Our membership includes residential and commercial real estate sales agents and brokers, loan officers and mortgage brokers, title companies, appraisers, insurance agents, CPA’s , developers and more.

The members are called "REALTISTS®", a term which incorporates the many disciplines we represent. Although comprised principally of African Americans, the REALTIST® organization embraces all qualified real estate practitioners and affiliates who are committed to achieving the ideals of our vision, which is "Democracy in Housing".

NAREB® is the oldest and largest minority trade association in America; the organization was founded in 1947out of the need for equal opportunity in housing. Civil development and economic growth of the African American community have been at the forefront of the organization since its inception. NAREB® has grown to over 80 chapters across the United States.

Colorado Springs Realtist Association was founded May 2009. The CSRA members have a great foundation to build on, NAREB® offers several benefits for members including technical training and continued educational opportunities that are available to our entire membership across the many disciplines we represent. Having the knowledge and ability to professionally service our client base is the foundation by which we operate our members are elevating the standards of conduct of their professions and creating better relations among one another and with the general public, and focusing their professional practices on a common goal and vision achieving economic growth of the African American community.

NAREB® offers members an opportunity to network in the community and across America, build alliances, partnerships and relationships that can help members obtain and retain production and success by increasing the awareness of their products and services. A directory of CSRA members will soon be available for the community.
The CSRA members are aware of the challenges local minority owned small businesses face. CSRA is extending our networking efforts to our local entrupenures; our directory will include an area for those businesses.

CSRA will be a valuable resource for our local citizens. In addition to various communities outreach programs CSRA will provide access to reliable information and services for low and moderate income groups as well as any other interested community member. Our members will offer educational seminars and workshops with a wide range of topics covering financial literacy, real estate, mortgages, insurance & career building. Workshops specifically for our elderly and youth in the community will also be offered.

NAREB’s Young Realtist Division was created to encourage young minorities to pursue higher education, college students with a major that is affiliated to a profession or service that our organization offers, are eligible to become members .Each year on the anniversary of our local chapter, CSRA will award one young college student with a one year membership in our organization which will give them national exposure and will begin what we hope will be a lifetime of community service.
The founding members of The Colorado Springs Realtist Associations will hold their first instillation ceremony as a new local chapter of NAREB® on June 26, 2009. This event will celebrate the beginning of this network of minority professionals and welcome its new officers, members and board of directors to Colorado Springs. Our regional Vice President from the Sacramento CA chapter of NAREB® will be our honored guest speaker.

We welcome the community to come and celebrate this historical event in the Colorado Springs African American community. Tickets are available. Please do not wait to get your tickets, seating is limited.

CSRA’s first community event will be a school supply drive. If you would like to donate, call or email for a list of drop off locations. For those attending our upcoming ceremony there will be a drop box on site.

If any local small businesses would like to participate by allowing a drop box please contact CSRA.

JUNE 26th 2009
7:00 PM
AT Cedars Jazz Club
3125 Sinton Rd, Colorado Springs, Co 80907
For information on MEMBERSHIP, ADS and EVENTS
EMAIL: or CALL: 719-392-1163

Pikes Peak 99's appoints new officers

The Pikes Peak 99s, a local chapter of "The International Organization of Women Pilots" aka "The 99s", held elections in May and are proud to announce the Officers for 2009 – 2010.

* Chair: Jamie Miceli, Student Pilot and FTP Award winner
* Vice-Chair: Danielle Malanczuk-Mooneyham, Student Pilot
* Treasure: Mary Reppard, ASEL (Aircraft Single Engine Land) Pilot
* Secretary: Diane Rose, ASEL (Aircraft Single Engine Land) Pilot

Pikes Peak Chapter members are from areas in Colorado such as: Colorado Springs, Fountain, Canon City, Pueblo, Lamar, etc.

Our mission statement is to:

*PROMOTE world fellowship through flight ---

*PROVIDE networking and scholarship opportunities for women --- AND --aviation education in the community ---

*PRESERVE the unique history of women in aviation.

On a personal level, we encourage each member to reach her full potential as a pilot. The 99s also has a mentoring program for aspiring professional women pilots.

Regularly scheduled meetings are held the second Monday of each month, 6:00 PM, at Colorado Springs Jet Center, 1575 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, CO.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Corvette show fund raiser, Colorado Springs, June 13th

Press Release

Join Gold’s Gym Briargate, Colorado Springs Corvette Club and Car·Toys for a Fun-Filled Car Show to Benefit Kiwanis Club of Colorado Springs

Gold’s Gym Briargate in conjunction with the Colorado Springs Corvette Club and Car·Toys are sponsoring a fun-filled fundraiser for Kiwanis Club of Colorado Springs June 13, 2009 from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm in the parking lot of Gold’s Gym Briargate, 7655 N. Union Blvd.

Events include:

* Variety of food and non-food vendors
* Silent auction during the event, prizes include a hot air balloon ride, hotel stays and more
* Trophy’s awarded in four categories-compliments of the Colorado Springs Corvette Club

The Colorado Springs Corvette Club has also arranged for the amazing ZR-1 Corvette to be on exhibit. This is one of the fastest cars in the world with a price tag of over $130,000. Kiwanis members will be selling tickets for the “Best in Show” Corvette.

Proceeds from this car show will go the Kiwanis Club of Colorado Springs to be used exclusively for service programs aimed at young people in the Colorado Springs community. Download Flyer.

Friday, June 5, 2009

BBB Alert - Census Bureau scams; don't fall prey to identity thieves

Note: It might be a good idea to print and post this info near your door and/or phone so that all your family members know what to expect from actual census takers

BBB press release

Don’t Get Caught in Census Bureau Cons

For years, your Better Business Bureau has urged consumers not to give personal information to anyone they do not know. However, the 2010 Census process is now collecting information so we are advising the public to be cooperative, but cautious, in order not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.

In April, U.S. Census workers began verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 Census representatives will count each person in the United States. They will gather information about every person living at every address including name, age, gender, race and other relevant data.

Most people know not to give out personal information to unsolicited phone callers or visitors. However, the Census process is an exception to the rule, because representatives do collect information by visiting households. Unfortunately, people may also be contacted by scammers who are using this as an opportunity to impersonate Census workers in order to gain access to sensitive financial information such as Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers.

Although law enforcement in several states have issued warnings that scammers are posing as Census Bureau representatives, your BBB encourages caution.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? Your BBB offers the following advice:

• If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. Remember, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.
• Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.
• Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail or in person at home. They will not contact you by e-mail, so be on the look out for e-mail scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census data will be used to allocate more than $300 billion in federal funds every year, as well as determine a state’s number of Congressional representatives. Households are actually required by law to respond to the Census Bureau’s request for information.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Garman unveils new line of sculptures

Press Release

Michael Patrick Garman will reveal his new line of yoga sculptures at a promotional party hosted at the Red Energy Suite. This exciting event will take place on Thursday, June 18th from 6-8 PM at 617 N 17th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Michael Patrick Garman, a native of Colorado Springs, has been sculpting award-winning American Hero sculptures for more than 12 years with his father, Michael Patrick Garman at their Westside studios.

During this event you can see the first Michael Patrick Garman yoga sculptures released and be able to examine the molds that Garman uses to make these unique, beautiful sculptures. Yoga enthusiasts consider the practice more than an exercise program but rather a lifestyle. Yoga practice brings wellness and strength into the body while increase flexibility, balance, and emotional wellbeing, characteristics that Garman portrays in his work.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Red Energy Suite, 617 N. 17th Street in Colorado Springs. Free and convenient parking is available. Door will open for registration at 6:00 PM and the event will continue until 8:00 PM. Complementary beer, coffee, tea, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Colorado Coffee Merchants will offer samples of their products. Bristol Brewing Company’s Laughing Lab Scottish Ale will also be available for sampling.

Come preview Michael Patrick Garman's elegant new line of work for a debut presentation of his first new line as a solo artist. Meet the artist, hear him talk about the production process and preview the new Michael Patrick Garman Studios sophisticated masterpieces in bronze and white resin finishes.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Friendly Computers comes to Colorado Springs

company press release

National On-Site Computer Repair Franchise Expands to Colorado Springs

Friendly Computers, the Nation’s #1 on-site computer repair company, announced today that they're expanding with a new store in Colorado Springs at 3627 Galley Rd. “We’ve earned a reputation for our friendly service, quick response times, and skilled technicians,” says company CEO Bryan Ward. “This new location will facilitate even faster response times to local residents and business in the Colorado Springs area.”

Ward, along with other corporate staff from the company’s Las Vegas headquarters, will attend to help celebrate the grand opening of the Colorado Springs store. Also joining the celebration will be Vice Mayor Larry Small and City Council District Representative Bernnie Herpin. The Vice Mayor and District Representative will be on hand for the official ribbon-cutting, scheduled between 10:30 and 11:00 am. In addition to food, games, and prizes, a technical demonstration and a laptop give-away are also scheduled. The festivities will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 13th, 2009.

“People are more dependent upon their computer systems than ever,” says Don Clifford, owner of the Colorado Springs store. “We can usually fix the problem the same day they call.” Clifford started in 2005 out of his Colorado Springs home. His business now serves over 1,500 clients in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

Nationally, Friendly Computers has over 90 locations operating in 31 US states. With the ever-increasing threats of viruses, spyware, identity theft and cyber-crime, the demand for the company’s services has escalated in recent years. The addition of the Colorado Springs location offers another solution for local computer-users when they run into these kinds of problems. Along with their ability to assist with internet-related computer issues, Friendly Computers also offers a wide range of IT services. From wired and wireless networks to custom system configuration, the expert staff at Friendly Computers can help with any computer need. “No problem is too big or too small,” Ward says.

As part of the Friendly Computers family, Clifford joins the ranks of a nationwide network of certified technicians working together to create a database of technical information. Acting as a resource center, the database gives the technicians access to the latest repair utilities, troubleshooting tips, and new innovations in the computer industry, ensuring a quick resolution for their customers.

Friendly Computers is a national franchise of on-site computer repair businesses based in Las Vegas, NV. Founded in 1992, it has become a leader in the rapidly-growing on-site computer service industry. It has grown from a one-man operation to a network of 90 franchisees operating in 31 US states. Along with on-site computer repair, Friendly Computers technicians are experts in computer diagnostics and repair, Spyware and virus detection/removal, cable and DSL connections, wired and wireless networking, software installation, computer upgrades, custom-built systems, and data backup and recovery. The company also sells computer systems and parts, and has developed its own software to help parents protect their children from online hazards, Purple Dude Internet Watch. For more information, visit or