Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Circle of Life - The Rise and Fall of Republicans?

Democrats are about to suffer a political beating of Biblical proportions. Republicans are going to take at least one of the houses of Congress back and they'll be riding a wave of new found popularity. How did this happen and can it be sustained?

How it happened is easy. A variety of different people rallied around a few core principals and saw the Republican party as a vehicle to drive the agenda. Those principals are that government should be less costly and smaller in size and in scope. They want less regulation and low taxes and the want adherence to the Constitution. If the newbies in Washington DC next year were to focus on those and work hard to advance the cause everything would be hunky dory. But here is perhaps a more likely scenario.

Republicans will begin talking amongst themselves, setting the agenda and discover that not all gun rights advocates are also pro-life. They'll learn that not all pro-lifers are church going, God fearing Christians. They'll find out that not all church going, God fearing Christians oppose gay marriage. They'll find out that not all gay marriage opponents are NRA members. You get the idea. They'll soon begin squabbling amongst themselves over these and other issues (most of which aren't legitimate concerns of the government anyway) and the dreams of balanced budgets, limited government and fiscal sanity will fade away. At the same time, Democrats will find three or four things that they can agree on long enough to win some elections. The circle of politics goes on.

I sincerely hope that I'm as wrong as wrong can be on this one. But I'm not.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Help Wanted - Progressive to Hire 200 in Colorado Springs

Company Press Release

Smart, outgoing people looking for flexible schedules, competitive pay and job perks like an on-site fitness center may want to consider joining Progressive car insurance. Progressive, named one of the best places to work for military veterans by GI Jobs and Military Times EDGE, plans to fill 200 new sales and service positions in Colorado Springs by January 31, 2011.

Progressive car insurance is hiring customer service and sales representatives to work at its contact center in Colorado Springs. Grace Donnelly has been with Progressive since April 2008. Progressive car insurance is hiring customer service and sales representatives to work at its contact center in Colorado Springs. Grace Donnelly has been with Progressive since April 2008.

The phone representatives will sell policies and answer customer questions. The jobs require a minimum of two years' post secondary education or two years' work experience in a customer service environment.

"We're hiring because we're growing," said Kay Krienke, recruiting supervisor at Progressive. "We're looking for energetic, customer-focused problem solvers who are passionate about offering great service. In return, we offer the chance to be part of a culture that embraces risk taking, innovation and diversity, and rewards people for contributing to the company's success."

All of the positions offer paid training, which Krienke said could be particularly appealing to people wanting to start new careers as licensed insurance representatives.

And, flexible scheduling options are available for some of the positions, such as the ability to work four 10-hour days with three days off instead of the typical five-day workweek.

As for benefits, in addition to medical, dental, vision and life insurance, Progressive employees also enjoy:

* potential bonuses based on company performance;
* an on-site health services facility and fitness center;
* parenting resources, such as a child-care subsidy and maternity services;
* tuition assistance; and
* a casual dress code.

To find out more about jobs at Progressive in Colorado Springs or to apply, visit

AspenPointe Cafe Grand Opening, September 29th, Colorado Springs

Press Release

AspenPointe Café, a café and catering organization that trains and hires the disadvantaged, will hold a grand opening Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its new location: 5069 N. Academy Blvd.

The community is invited to taste the café’s fare and celebrate the move and expansion of services as well as take tours of the facility.

The larger space allows for dine-in services and a new training program for those interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field. The program’s goal is to train about 75 students a year through a 17-week course.

“People with disabilities, whether mental of physical, are told too often they cannot do this or that because of their condition,” said Morris L. Roth, president and CEO of AspenPointe. “We prefer to focus on what an individual can do and train them to be employable, whether that’s in a restaurant or some other business.”

AspenPointe Café’s profits are invested back into the business. The greater its sales, the more people in the community it can help.

“AspenPointe’s mission to help the less fortunate is what attracted me to this position,” said Chef Brandon Benjegerdes, recently recruited as the café’s operations manager. “The customers I’ve spoken with feel the same way. By coming here, they attain satisfaction on multiple levels.”

Benjegerdes has 15 years of experience in the culinary business. He has a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and hotel and hospitality supervision from Stratford University in Washington , D.C.

“It’s a privilege and honor to have someone of Chef Brandon’s caliber overseeing the cooking and operation of AspenPointe Café,” said Roth. “My concern is that I will be spending a little too much time there now.”

In addition to dine-in services, which are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, the café caters events every day for groups ranging from 10 to hundreds. It provides breakfast and lunch buffets, boxed meals, soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, hot entrées and more. Please visit for a full menu.

Since 1875, AspenPointe has empowered clients, enriched lives and embraced purpose, through individual and family services in mental health, substance abuse, employment and career development, education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration, telephonic wellness, and provider network services.

Monday, September 27, 2010

USO-Style Dinner Dance Fundraiser - Colorado Springs

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cocktail Reception at the Pioneers Museum - 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Dance at the City Auditorium - 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Join us for a World War II era canteen dinner dance on Friday, October 15, 2010. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the Museum, 215 S. Tejon St, starting at 6:00 p.m., to unveil the accompanying WWII exhibit,
Don't Fence Me In: German POWs at Camp Carson.
The dinner dance will then begin at 7:00 p.m. at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. World War II dress is encouraged!

Tickets to the USO Dinner Dance will be available at the Museum Store. Pricing and more information is available on the CSPM website, or by calling the Museum at 385-5631. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

Enjoy the big band sounds of the World War II days and fabulous USO-style entertainment, while partaking of the "donut bar" and other canteen-style chow and a cash bar. Winners of the "In Their Honor" Air Show art, essay and video documentary contests will be announced, competitors being local School District 11 students.

Dance attendees will be given an opportunity to participate in modern-day American Red Cross project. A "donation station" will be setup at the dance to collect much-needed items for "comfort kits" that will be sent to our service men and women serving in Afghanistan (much like what the American Red Cross did during WWII). A list of items to bring is on our website, All items will be sent to American Red Cross worker
Susanne Harlandt, who is currently serving our troops in Afghanistan. (A link to Susanne's blog and photo of her can also be found on the CSPM website.)

Another "donation station" that will be available at the dance is the
The Home Front Cares, a local non-profit organization dedicated to assisting military families with emergency financial needs. Funds will be collected to help local soldiers' families here at home. A link to THFC website for more information about their organizations is posted on the CSPM website,

Town Hall meeting, Security, CO, October 2

Town Hall meeting at the Security Fire Department

Blue books will be available.

Click on image for more details.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Family Stewardship Day at Fountain Creek Nature Center, Sept 25

9am to 4pm


Invasive Species Removal
Water-Wise Garden Work
Creek Clean Up
Renovate Trails
Plant Trees

Tools, light lunch and BBQ dinner will be provided

Reservations required
Call 719-520-6745

or for the Bear Creek Nature Center call 520-6387

Friday, September 17, 2010

Alzheimer's Memory Walk Fund Raiser Saturday - Colorado Springs

Annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Steps Off in America the Beautiful Park on Sat. Sept 18, 2010

WHO: Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado presents Memory Walk 2010 sponsored by Life Care Centers of America

WHAT: Fundraising event includes a 5k Walk, exhibits, refreshments, live entertainment, and Kids’ Activity Tent sponsored by Anthem

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 18, 2010

7:30 am Registration, 9 am 5k Walk

WHERE: America the Beautiful Park 126 Cimino Drive

From downtown, west on Colorado Avenue. Turn left before the I-25 exit.

Summary: This is a pledge event and every person who walks is asked to make a personal contribution and ask family, friends and co-workers to support them with a donation to the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. Prizes for fundraising include Memory Walk T-shirts, purple and lime green water bottles with the signature Alzheimer’s walker and other items for which fund raisers qualify. Participants raising $100 or more will receive the water bottle and T-shirt.

To register a team, purchase a Tribute Flag or for more information 719-266-8773 or visit

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 72,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups and a 24-hour Helpline at no cost to families. In addition, contributions help fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association advocates for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For information call the Alzheimer’s Association at 719-544-5720 or 800-272-3900, or visit

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Town in Maine Gets Serious About Competing for Small Business

Lewiston, ME (PRWEB)

Many communities lament the exodus of youth, jobs and entrepreneurial talent. One Maine community is doing something about it. Two local business organizations, the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC) and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to send a message loud and clear: the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine welcome young, creative entrepreneurs - particularly youth who have roots in the community but who have moved away. To back up that sentiment, a number of local companies have stepped forward to contribute what is expected to be over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services to the most promising start-up company willing to come back home and set up business.

The LAEGC and the Chamber of Commerce have launched an entrepreneurial contest that has an ambitious goal of connecting with youth who have roots in the local community, and encouraging them to consider starting a business in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. The program, called Launch L-A!, features a contest inviting young entrepreneurs to submit a proposal to start a business in L-A. Entries will be screened by a committee of business and banking professionals who will judge the ideas on a number of criteria including creativity, viability, and community need. Adding a page from the "American Idol" script, finalists will be voted upon electronically by community members of Lewiston and Auburn in January 2011.

The winning entrepreneur will receive an equity infusion of $10,000 - $20,000 seed money, along with a number of in-kind services for a year, including business consulting, accounting services, legal fees, advertising agency services, rent, and more -- all provided by Chamber members. Runners-up may also receive in-kind services.

Three local Maine banks, Bangor Savings Bank, Northeast Bank and Auburn Savings Bank have already committed $11,500 to seeding the prize package. In addition, dozens of local businesses are offering in-kind services including:

* Rinck Advertising: Branding, Creative and Public Relations Package - $15,000
* Curry Printing: Printing Package - $1,200
* Next Level Business Coaching: Business Consulting - $3,600
* LAEGC: Start-up office space, conference room space & receptionist - $4,000
* Robustelli, Soucy & Hussey, PA: Accounting services - $10,000
* Brann & Isaacson: Legal fees for a year - $2,500
* Core Zero Creative: Search Engine Optimization, web and social media marketing strategy - $1,500
* Oxford Networks: Internet/Phone lines - $1,900
* WGME-13: Advertising package, including cost of production - $2,000
* Leighton Images: Video Production -- $4,500
* Mainely Portrait Photography: Photo session - $500
* Strategic Talent Management: Personality Aptitude Testing - $2,500
* Chamber of Commerce: Membership, Advertising, and Support Package - $500
* RE-Group! Business Solutions: Risk Mitigation and Business Infrastructure - $1,000
* Sun Journal: 1 year's worth of advertising and consulting - $5,000
* Marriott Residence Inn: One-week stay - $1,000

The competition is open people between the ages of 18-30 who have roots in Androscoggin County but have not lived here in at least 9-months. Applicants will be encouraged to support their idea using digital applications such as video presentations, web sites, podcasts, and digital photos.

"The value of this program is not merely that a few entrepreneurs will get assistance to launch a business in Lewiston-Auburn," says Paul Badeau, Marketing Director, Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council. "What's perhaps more important is the message this sends to the world outside of L-A's borders: namely, that Lewiston-Auburn welcomes young, creative entrepreneurs and is committed to helping them succeed."

"The contest is part of a broader initiative to connect and keep in touch with young people, particularly college grad "expatriates" who have graduated from local high schools," says Wendy Tardif, a member of the event planning committee and Executive Director for The Dempsey Challenge. "Using e-mail and social media like Facebook and Twitter, young people will get regular updates about the community's ongoing renaissance."

"Native sons and daughters often leave for college and don't return, sometimes because they don't perceive that gainful employment or opportunities can be found in Maine," explains Laura Davis, a partner at Rinck Advertising who is also a member of the committee. "We hope people follow this story chapter by chapter."

Rinck Advertising, an Auburn-based advertising and public relations agency, has contributed its services in-kind to developing the logo and PR strategies for the effort. In addition, the agency will donate over $15,000 in services to the winning business.

"We have what young people are looking for right here in L-A: urban life, arts and culture, affordable housing, a riverfront, plenty of good restaurants, and talented people," says Davis. "What we don't have is enough recognition for our assets, and enough help for struggling entrepreneurs."

"Even if young people don't return to the community for whatever reason, it is still important that they feel proud of their community in order to serve as ambassadors, stay connected to local institutions, and serve as future benefactors for local institutions", says Chamber President, Chip Morrison.

"Will our youth return in droves because of this? Probably not," adds Morrison. "But if we can help a few entrepreneurs get off the ground, and get young people with roots in the L/A area to feel proud of their home community, we will have been wildly successful."

T.H. Creations, a Lewiston-based web site development company, created a web site to promote the contest. Entrepreneurs can enter the contest with their business idea right online at: Contestants and interested parties can also follow the contest on Facebook at or Twitter at Launch LA is also offering a chance to win an Apple iPAD for anyone who helps spread the word through Twitter. Details at Launch LA Maine.

Companies interested in finding out more about the contest and how they can be a part of it should contact the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council at 207-784-0161 or the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce at 207-783-2249.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Springs Post Office to Make Presentation at Race for the Cure

C. Springs Post Office to highlight Breast Cancer Research Stamp & survivors - at SE Colorado Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this Sunday, Sept. 12th

Sales of stamp has raised nearly $71 million so far to support bc research

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Colorado Springs Post Office will again honor breast cancer survivors and highlight the fight to stamp out breast cancer with a presentation at the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Colorado Springs this Sunday, Sept. 12.

The ceremony will take place at approximately 7:00 AM at the main expo center stage, this Sunday, September 12th, at the Garden of the Gods entrance located at 30th Street and Gateway Road.

Ron Perry, Customer Relations Coordinator for the Postal Service in Colorado Springs, will make the presentation of a framed memento of the current Breast Cancer Research (BCR) Stamp to several Honorary Survivors and before an expected audience of more than five thousand participants.

The three Honorary Survivors – from Pueblo County, Teller County and El Paso County - were each chosen for their unselfish devotion and for being tireless advocates for this great cause. They have invested major time and knowledge of experiencing Breast Cancer, of having the fear of being diagnosed, and of obtaining the necessary medical treatment and in gaining the support for being able to survive. They have also spread their own great knowledge and experience to educate newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors, and to help them and many others experience their own success stories.

Ron Perry said it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of how all Coloradoans and Americans can continue to help find a cure through their purchase of the 55-cent BCR stamps, available at all Post Offices. The extra postage above the First Class 44-cent rate – minus administrative costs - goes to support bc research.

Since the Breast Cancer Research (BCR) Stamp was issued and first went on sale in July, 1998, the total raised for bc research from sales of the stamp to date is $70.7 million.

“We invite everyone to join the Post Office, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Colorado Springs community at this most worthwhile annual event on Sunday, and to continue their great efforts and support in helping to stamp out breast cancer,” Perry added.

Friday, September 10, 2010

South Side Business News webstats

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South Side Business Blog adds Help Wanted section for Colorado Springs and surrounding area

Beginning today, the South Side Business Blog will accept and post free help wanted ads for area businesses. These postings should be for employment opportunities and not for business opportunities, MLM or contract labor. The South Side Business Blog may remove or refuse to post any submission at its sole discretion.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New video, workshop instructs how to apply for City Proposals

(Press Release submitted by Kim Jackson, Pikes Peak National Bank)

The City of Colorado Springs has produced a new video that provides a detailed overview of its Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The RFP process provides individuals and companies an opportunity to compete to provide a wide range of products and services to the City.

The video (RFP Video Version 3) is posted on the City’s Web site ( in several places, including the Procurement Services, Financial and Administrative Services and Public Communications Web pages (use the “City Agencies” drop down menu).

“We hope the video will take some of the mystery out of the RFP process and encourage more individuals and companies to submit proposals,” explained Curt Decapite, Procurement Services manager.

In addition, interested individuals and companies are invited to a “Local Business Opportunity Workshop” on Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, Pikes Peak Room, 1521 Hancock Expressway. Those attending will learn how to follow government procurement processes and meet with procurement staff from the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County, School District 11 and the State of Colorado.

According to DeCapite, the City does not have a “bidding list” of suppliers that are contacted when RFP opportunities arise. Rather, the City posts RFP opportunities in the Contracting Office lobby in the City Administration Building as well as on the Procurement Services Web page of

“The RFP process is beneficial for both the City and for the individuals and companies that supply products and services. The City receives high-quality products and services at fair prices and individuals and services are offered opportunities to compete on a level playing field,” said DeCapite.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fountain Valley Foundation Fund raiser, Sept 11th, Fountain CO

“Calling The Community”

Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits is proud to announce a partnership with the Fountain Valley Foundation to help enhance the lives of our neighbors. Come join us for a day of food, fun, games and activities to help us “pay it forward” throughout our community. Learn about the Fountain Valley Foundation, and the ways that you can help, or receive help in your area.

When: Saturday September 11th from 10 am to 4pm

What: Hot Dog Roast, Canned Food Drive, Dunk Tank, Activities and Prizes

Where: 501 East Iowa Avenue, Fountain, CO 80817

Committed to a pursuit of Community Focus, many local companies will be in attendance to show their support of Community Fellowship. Additionally, many companies from our neighbor Colorado Springs will be in attendance to support a pursuit of Community Focus.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fountain Fall Festival 2010

images from the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce's Fall Festival and Parade, September 6, 2010, Fountain, Colorado.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mortgage insurance rates change October 4th

FHA Gives Homebuyers One Month Window

Colorado Springs, CO – “The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is giving homeowners and buyers until October 4 to lock in a low monthly insurance premium,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. “After October 4, the monthly insurance premiums on FHA loans will increase by over 63%.”

What does this mean for homebuyers?

A homebuyer purchasing a $200,000 home using a $193,000 FHA mortgage before October 4 would pay an insurance premium of $88.46 per month. If the same homebuyer waits until after October 4, the insurance premium would jump to $148.01. “In this example, the homebuyer would lose $59.55 per month, or $7,146 over a ten year timeframe,” Nicholas said. “Although the upfront mortgage insurance premium is going down after October 4, the real impact to the homebuyer is actually a net increase in their out of pocket costs because the monthly premium is going up by 63%. Remember, sellers can pay the upfront premium or it can be financed into the loan amount, so homebuyers rarely pay the upfront premium out of pocket. On the other hand, the increase in the monthly premiums will be paid right out of the homebuyer’s pocket with their mortgage payment each month.”

Ironically, homebuyers who plan to be in the mortgage for less than 3 years and decide to pay the upfront fee themselves (instead of having the seller pay it for them), may actually save money by waiting until after October 4 to apply for an FHA loan. “Homebuyers with a short term time horizon may actually benefit from this change because the upfront premium will be reduced to 1% from 2.25%,” Nicholas said. This change will impact over 30% of the homebuyers in today’s market who use FHA-insured financing.

Provided by Sterling Campbell.
Homebuyers considering an FHA loan can call Sterling Campbell, CMPS at (719) 535-8723 or email at to discuss their options and what this means for their situation. Also, you can follow CMPS Institute on Twitter to stay updated on these and other mortgage and housing industry developments.

Sterling Campbell
Certified Mortgage Planner
Air Academy Federal Credit Union

Fountain Fall Festival, Labor Day Weekend Activities

Lots to do in Fountain this weekend
September 4, 5 and 6th

Click on the image for details

or see page 3 of this month's South Side Business News

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Now Hiring - H&R Block, Seasonal/Part Time

H&R Block Tax Professional/Tax Preparer
Seasonal/Part Time

H&R Block is the world's largest tax services provider and the leader in the tax preparation industry. Each year, H&R Block employs thousands of seasonal and part-time associates as Tax Professionals in our tax offices nationwide.

To become an H&R Block Tax Professional, you will first take the H&R Block Income Tax Course*. In this course, you will learn everything you need to know to prepare basic tax returns. The course is taught by some of our best and most experienced Tax Professionals and you will learn without interrupting your current employment, job search, or school schedule.

Being an H&R Block Tax Professional is interesting and challenging work that provides advantages such as extra income, a flexible schedule and a chance to learn new valuable skills.

If interested, submit your resume to

H&R Block is an Equal Opportunity Employer

*Enrollment in or completion of the H&R Block Income Tax Course is neither an offer nor a guarantee of employment. Enrollment restrictions apply. Book or other fees may also apply.