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Terra Verde Established: 1992 Employees: Up to 30 Location: 208 N. Tejon St. Contact: terraverdestyle.com; 719-444-8621 Some statistics show as many as 80 percent of new businesses don’t live to see their first birthday. So it’s no small feat that Terra Verde celebrated a quarter-century of existence this week. Founded in 1992 by Chris Sondermann...
Cindy Lucero-Archuleta’s first job was as a florist while she was still attending high school in New Mexico. She moved to Colorado Springs in the late 1980s with her husband at the time and helped open the floral department at the city’s first Walmart. She then went on to...
Perhaps it was Janet Duncan’s psychology degree that led her to realize she wasn’t the ideal employee. But it was that discovery (along with being laid off) that helped her make the leap needed to go into business for herself. Duncan is the owner of Duncan & Associates, a full-service...
The goal for those who show up to 4845 List Drive for work each day is simple: Pack the “haus.” SoccerHaus, located near the intersection of Centennial Boulevard and Garden of the Gods Road, has been open for a year now, and the facility (which offers more than just soccer)...
It’s a southern Colorado business story that began more than 50 years ago in Rocky Ford. That’s where Sylvia Gobin purchased an office supply store (which has since closed) that eventually expanded to seven locations in the region, employing four generations of her family. Bob Gobin, Sylvia’s son, is now...
A childhood computer programming hobby gradually became the backbone of a business for Jeff Kronlage. Kronlage worked for a decade to grow his computer repair company before selling it. All the while he was working toward earning his Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert recognition — a certification considered by many...
In 2016, the locally headquartered Chefs Catalog, a retailer of high-performance kitchen tools, equipment and supplies, closed after 36 years in operation. The Denver Post reported a total of 180 jobs lost in Colorado and California combined. A little more than a year after initial reports that the Target-owned company...
A drive down 41st Lane in Pueblo looks exactly like farmland portrayed in movies: green fields, vast acreage and scattered barns. On that road, 3 Sisters Farm and Dairy might blend in with the rest of the view, but the mission behind this family business is to stand out...
Half the toys sold in the United States are made in overseas factories, but one local company is working to change that. In the past six months, Pikes Peak Plastics has made several moves to strengthen capabilities and its competitive advantage. It has moved to a facility that has 40...
Robin Madera was exposed to the hospitality industry at an early age, having grown up around her grandfather’s restaurant. Richard Zarn, who started his business in Santa Barbara, Calif. in the 1970s, called his eatery Omelets Etc. Though his restaurant only lasted a few years, in 2010 Robin and her...
It was an idea that grew out of a mentoring program in Pueblo — and now the concept is looking to go nationwide this year. Diana Hall, owner and founder of ActivArmor, which manufactures 3D-printed splints, was running the La Jente Mentoring Program on Pueblo’s Eastside. During her 2½...
At only 5 years old, Acumen Environmental Services is competing alongside companies that have been established for decades, providing asbestos removal, interior demolition, mold and lead remediation, and handling specialty hazardous material projects throughout the state. “I’m amazed that in a brief period we’re competing with companies that are 25...