Cybersecurity Amnet Trevor Dierdorff founded Amnet 21 years ago as a means of providing IT support for Colorado Springs businesses that used anywhere from 20 to 200 computers. Although that mission hasn’t changed, its scope certainly has, Dierdorff said. “It’s no longer enough to do that without providing a comprehensive cybersecurity solution,”...
Alternative Medicine Adventure CBD Cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is touted as a remedy for many conditions, from skin conditions to seizures. Adventure CBD produces high-quality, CBD-infused creams, oils, concentrates and edibles for use by humans and pets. It’s important for customers to patronize CBD stores that are...
Craft Brewer Bristol Brewing Company A Best in Business winner last year, Bristol Brewing has been producing and serving hand-brewed beer since 1994, including award winners like Laughing Lab, Winter Warlock and Red Rocket. Owner Mike Bristol was instrumental in transforming the former Ivywild Elementary School into a local gathering place...
Correction: The original list inadvertently left off BKD CPAs & Advisors as a finalist for best accounting firm. Accounting Firm The Shafer Group CPAs The Shafer Group CPAs, PC in Colorado Springs has provided personalized accounting services for businesses and individuals for nearly two decades. The Shafer Group, founded by Certified...
College/University/Trade school UCCS In 2017, the winner in the Business Journal’s Best College or University category was UCCS. In 2018, the winner was UCCS. This year, the little university that could completed the hat trick. “This campus has experienced tremendous growth. I call it aggressive growth,” Chancellor Venkat Reddy recently told...
Architectural Firms RTA Architects RTA Architects has created award-winning architectural and interior designs since 1975. That longevity is no accident, according to Stuart Coppedge, principal of the firm. “I think people recognize that we have our clients’ and our community’s best interest at the heart of all we do,” he said. And Coppedge...
Office Equipment Axis Business Technologies Axis Business Technologies has been locally owned and operated in Colorado Springs for 40 years. “We are proud to say that we are one of the only digital technology companies that have not sold out to the corporate giants,” said Axis’ Cheryl Cosky, sales manager...
If anything defines Alexis Thompson’s approach to managing client accounts and marketing efforts at local IT company Amnet, it’s her focus on customer service. She worked as a server at The Broadmoor hotel for six years, which she says ingrained good customer service practices into her DNA. Though Thomspon is...
Show Melissa Howard a challenge, and she’ll dive in head first. “We heard the Carter Payne Chapel might be available ... nobody knew if the tenant was going to stay or not,” she recalls, “so like a crazy person I got in the car and drove to Texas and found...
Clay Guillory still has the $400 “monster” that first propelled him into the world of 3D printing. “I wanted to get into make-n-bake 3D print stuff,” he recalls, “but I started with a little kit I found online. It was a terrible kit — kept falling apart — so I...
Chelsea Gaylord worked with entrepreneurs in Uganda through the Peace Corps before moving to Colorado Springs about a year and half ago. “Uganda is a country the size of Oregon, but has a large population of almost 40 million people,” she said. “And 70, 80 percent of them are people...
Poverty means more than not having money. It means lacking education on how to organize one’s personal finances, and it means being stuck in patterns of behavior that help with survival but make it difficult to escape poverty. Rising Star Bree Shellito knows that better than many — she grew up...