Business Notes

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JUN 9, 2018

Startup website
Colorado government recently launched the MyBizColorado website to provide a more efficient way to register a business and obtain state licenses and registrations. The website is

A joint project of the governor’s and secretary of state offices, the website seeks to offer a user-friendly, streamlined experience to dealing with multiple agencies on business startup activities.

“I know the challenges facing start-up businesses,” Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former small business owner, said in a statement. “By streamlining the state’s processes, we can remove some of those hurdles. MyBizColorado is another reason Colorado is one of the best places to start and grow a new business.”

SONIC donates
SONIC Drive-In restaurants celebrated Teacher Appreciation Month in May by donating more than $1 million nationally to public school teachers, including awarding a combined $2,000 to 10 teachers in the Pueblo area. The teachers received $200 gift cards to DonorsChoose.og that provides classroom materials and innovating learning projects.

“These teachers are our customers, they teach our crew members and they are an integral part of the communities in which we operate,” Sonic public relations executive Christi Woodworth said in a statement.

Vein clinic donates
American Vein & Vascular Institute recently donated more than 50 sets of scrubs to Health4Haiti, a nonprofit that assists citizens of Gonaives, Haiti, where the community’s one public hospital has been destroyed by hurricane flooding twice since 2004.

Job search assistance
The Pueblo Workforce Center offers numerous career and job assistance programs on a regular basis. Walk-in assistance also is available at the center, 212 W. Third St. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Job listings are available at

Among the programs offered:

Employment Solutions seminars that provide information on current job openings, resume writing and barriers to employment.

The YouthWorks program assists eligible individuals age 17 to 24 to complete their GED or high school diploma, find employment, go to college or get training.

The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Program is open to young people ages 14 through 24. Jobs are available for those 16 to 24. Volunteer opportunities exist for those under 16.

Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care today recently hired Margo Hatton as development director overseeing donor relations, planned giving and grant management.

Hatton, a Pueblo native, previously served as director of major gifts and corporate relations for the Salvation Army. She has more than 13 years of experience in fundraising. Earlier in her career, she assisted the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo with its fundraising efforts.

Hatton is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Pincipia College in Elsah, Ill., and studied public administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

June 18

SRDA Patio Enclosure, 9 a.m., 230 N. Union Ave.

June 14

Pueblo Chamber Business During Lunch, 11:30 a.m., PCC.

Pueblo Chamber Business After Hours, 5 p.m., The Estate Store by Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 218 S. Victoria Ave.

June 22-24

Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals, Fairgrounds.

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