Bottom Lines: Business announcements |

Bottom Lines: Business announcements



Studio B architect honored by institutes’s state chapter

Mike Piche, principal of Studio B Architects, recently was named young architect of the year by the American Institute of Architects-Colorado.

The award recognizes the individual achievements of a young architect as demonstrated by community involvement, design skills and dedication to the profession.

It is available to any architect licensed for 10 years or less who is a member of AIA-Colorado and whose contribution to the profession of architecture in Colorado has been deemed outstanding, according to the institute.

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse receives recognition

Real estate firm Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has been named to the Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle.

The designation is awarded to companies that achieved adjusted gross commission income of $8 million or more during the 2012 calendar year. Coldwell Banker Mason Morse is one of 52 Coldwell Banker companies throughout the world to receive the honor, according to a statement from the national brokerage.

“Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has established itself as one of the top companies within the Coldwell Banker network with its exceptional positioning of our luxury Previews program in the Aspen market,” said Budge Huskey, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Real Estate. “Earning a position within Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle showcases the success Coldwell Banker Mason Morse has had in the Aspen area, where they have mixed an unwavering customer focus along with ensuring that their agents are best equipped to succeed in such a competitive market.”

Colorado earns ‘A’ grade for small-business support, a San Francisco company that helps consumers and businesses find qualified service professionals of all types, recently gave Colorado an “A” ranking because of its support for small-business owners.

The rating reflects an improvement from “B+” last year, the company said in a statement.

The second annual Small Business Friendliness Survey polled business owners throughout the state and nation. The survey asked questions about the friendliness of states and cities toward small business, such as: “In general, how would you rate your state’s support of small-business owners?” “Would you discourage or encourage someone from starting a new business where you live?” and “Do you think you pay your fair share of taxes?”

According to the survey:

• The state earned an “A” for the quality and availability of its training and networking programs. Colorado also ranked in the top 10 for its online business resources.

• Nationally, professional licensing requirements were more important to small-business owners than taxes in determining a state’s overall business-friendliness, confirming the findings from last year’s study.

• The top-ranking states overall were Utah, Alabama, New Hampshire, Idaho and Texas. The lowest-rated were Illinois, California, Hawaii, Maine and, in last place, Rhode Island.

Among major cities nationwide, Colorado Springs earned an “A+.” Denver also fared well with an “A-” overall grade. Each was improved from last year, when they respectively earned an “A” and a “B+.”

Although it performed well in most categories, Colorado did receive some low marks. Small businesses gave the state a “C+” for its environmental regulations and a “B-” for its zoning restrictions.

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