Colorado small businesses are less likely to change health insurers for the upcoming year, even as they anticipate continued price increases, according to the second-annual Delta Dental of Colorado Small Business Survey.
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Global Collision Repair Center of Boulder, owned by Boulder-Global Holdings Inc., has received a bronze award as part of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program. Paint used by Global is waterborne, not solvent-based.
The Colorado Lottery has awarded 2012 Starburst Community Awards to two governmental entities in Boulder County. The town of Nederland was honored for using a $17,000 lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado grant to make improvements to Chipeta Park, including addition of play equipment appropriate for children younger than age 5. Boulder County Parks and Open Space was honored for using a $130,000 GOCO grant to build four miles of trail in the Betasso Preserve system and improving recreational trail opportunities for mountain bikers, hikers and other trail users.
The Center for ReSource Conservation announced recipients of the 2012 conservation ReWards, honoring people who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and creative vision toward a more sustainable future. Winners include: Ron Flax, Conservationist of the Year; Elizabeth Nolan and Linda Olsson of Bold Doors Volunteers, Volunteers of the Year; Cheryl Crispi of Lovely Lady Products, Entrepreneur of the Year; Summit Middle School, Youth Conservationists of the Year; and the city of Lafayette, Community Conservation Leaders of the Year. The awards will be presented at CRC’s ReWards Dinner and Auction, to be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at the St Julien Hotel and Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder. The event is open to the community. Tickets are available online or at the CRC office, 2639 Spruce St., Boulder. For more information including tickets, sponsorship and donating, visit www.conservationcenter.org/rewards/.
Encana Corp.’s natural-gas processing facilities near Rifle and the MillerCoors Brewery in Golden shared top state honors for reductions in industrial energy use and were named Partners of the Year in an awards ceremony held Sept. 27 at the state Capitol. The ceremony was held to recognize achievements of participants in the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge, managed by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project on behalf of the Colorado Energy Office. Three other companies, including pharmaceutical manufacturer Corden Pharma in Boulder, received Excellence in Energy Efficiency awards at the event. Corden Pharma reduced its total energy consumption by 6.9 percent.
Recruiter and career coach Kendra Prospero and her business, Boulder-based Turning the Corner LLC, received The Startup Expert Business of the Year award from Denver entrepreneurial consultant and coach Tommi Wolfe. Wolfe selected Prospero’s application among four finalists, inviting them to give presentations to about 200 guests gathered for Wolfe’s Six-Figure Solopreneur Secrets conference Sept. 12-14 at the Four Seasons Denver.
Ken Krechmer, a lecturer with the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, has been awarded first prize in a global challenge for his paper on Cloud Computing Standardization. The prize, worth $20,000, was presented Oct. 5 by the International Electrotechnical Commission and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Krechmer’s paper addressed how cloud computing promises to dramatically simplify the development and deployment of new economic, social and environmental applications, which represent very large commercial opportunities.
Louisville-based Envysion Inc. won a bronze Stevie Award in the New Product or Service category of the 10th Annual American Business Awards, for Envysion Insight, the next generation of the company’s managed video as a service application. It was recognized for innovative design and features that deliver video-driven business intelligence and bottom line impact for its customers.