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Mike League is president and CEO of 5Star Bank, one of the few locally owned and operated banks in Colorado Springs. But 5Star could’ve been sold to an out-of-town buyer in 2015. “If I hadn’t been able to raise $12 million in capital two years ago, there were many —...
As some of the area’s largest employers, local school districts face many of the same challenges that impact sizable private-sector businesses. And while many school districts jockey for recognition for educational quality, some also strive to stand out when it comes to employee attraction and retention through cultures of...
Michael Lucero is a restaurant owner who has lived in the fast-growing Falcon area for nine years. His two sons are students in School District 49, but Lucero couldn’t decide if he should support ballot measure 3B, a mill levy override designed to improve those schools — prior to...
By Cameron Moix and Amy Gillentine Sweet While other states still struggle with defining workplace discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning Americans, Colorado’s Legislature settled the issue and made it clear: Gender identification and sexual orientation can’t be considered as reasons to fire — or...
Starting a business is the dream of many people, but when they consider costs and create that plan to change their life, there is one area that is often overlooked. It’s insurance. “When it comes to insuring a business properly, most people just don’t understand what their needs are,” said Carole...
Health is often affected by many factors that are independent of the care received in a doctor’s office.
On June 10 — the 66th anniversary of the Garden of the Gods Club’s opening in 1951 — the resort’s newest owners hosted a grand opening for a 30,000-square-foot facility that is just one piece of the recently rebranded Garden of the Gods Collection. Construction of the new International Health...
Last month, the city of Manitou Springs officially released its Plan Manitou, a comprehensive community master plan — fully integrated with its own hazard mitigation strategy — that will guide the town’s growth through the next 10 to 20 years. Plan Manitou is the 7,408-person town’s first true comprehensive master...
Federal, state and local government contracts are lucrative sources of revenue for businesses, but getting started can be daunting. Each request for proposals has its own set of requirements; each level of government adds layers of clauses, information, legal descriptions and regulations to the process. In Colorado Springs there’s help...
On April 26 — following months of suspense — the Trump administration released a brief proposal of its plans to overhaul the U.S. tax code and create dramatic cuts for both individuals and businesses. The proposal, which the administration has referred to as “the biggest individual and business tax cut...
For the past three years, the state legislature has wrangled over the Hospital Provider Fee. Allowed by the Colorado Health Care Affordability Act and overseen by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the fee (enacted in 2009) impacts hospitals participating in Medicaid. It’s based on patient revenue, and...
Kesha Leets, owner of Cycology Studio (pictured, employee Kaylee Leets) (117 E. Bijou St.) “As a new downtown business owner and downtown resident, I am passionate about strengthening the local economy. For us, supporting neighboring small businesses and encouraging our patrons to support the same — whether it’s coffee from Story Coffee...