Palmer Lake recipe could lead to a restaurant cluster

Jeff Hulsmann has been in the restaurant business for more than two decades — and now he’s creating the perfect recipe to turn the sleepy town of Palmer Lake into a dining mecca. The ingredients are already there, a collection of independent restaurants with diverse menus: steak and burgers at O’Malley’s Pub; Italian cuisine at […]

Harp steps in as communications manager for Regional Business Alliance

Brittney Harp discovered Colorado when a student-exchange program landed her at Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) in Grand Junction. The 24-year-old communications graduate then moved to Colorado Springs in the spring of 2010, after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. She wasted no time getting involved in the community. She took a […]

Local politics might lead to a different future

It was an eventful year in politics and government — nationally, regionally, and locally. In fact, 2012 may have been a watershed year, one in which the comfortable assumptions of the past were overturned and the future became cloudy and uncertain. Elections First came the party primary elections on June 26, notable locally on two […]

It’s not me: How it feels to have your identity abused

Getting bills in the mail is never fun. But getting a collection notice you know isn’t yours is downright scary. I visited my parents’ house a few weeks ago and my mom pointed to an open envelope sitting on the counter addressed to me. “That’s a bad letter,” she said. Mail for me doesn’t usually […]

Home sales up heading into slow, winter season

Home sales up heading into slow, winter season Rising sales and an available-home-supply decline caused U.S. home prices to rise in most major cities during October compared to a year ago Higher prices show the housing market is improving even as it moves into the slow winter-sales period. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller national home price […]

Chipotle ad named among top five of 2012

Colorado-based Chipotle Mexican Grill has received a national nod from the Wall Street Journal. The Journal named the burrito chain’s first-ever national TV commercial one of the five best ads in 2012. The two-minute animated spot, titled “Back to the Start,” promotes the restaurant’s use of environmentally-friendly foods. The commercial, which also features singer Willie […]

SBDC program growing, sending local plan to state competition

When Nathan and Melissa Liljestrand’s remodeling business, Custom Creations, needed a bottom-line makeover, they took it to the Small Business Development Center’s Leading Edge class. The couple’s business plan has advanced to a state-level competition, where it will compete against the business plans submitted by 14 other SBDCs for a cash prize. The SBDCs 13-week Leading […]

Retailers hopeful despite tight spending forecast

As retailers enter the final stretch of the holiday shopping season, they’re hoping shoppers will open wide their pocketbooks, despite lackluster spending predictions. Overall holiday sales are expected to increase, though shopper sentiment is still on a downward trend. Consumer confidence fell in December to a five-month low, according to a Dec. 21 report from Reuters/University […]

Colo. mass layoffs drop from 16 to 10, manufacturing sees most

Colorado had 10 mass layoffs in November, down from the 16 last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A mass layoff involves at least 50 workers from a single employer. Colorado employers laid off 992 workers  in November compared to 1,358 in November 2011. Nationally, the manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent […]