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...
Liz Denson considers herself fortunate to have found her dream job, she said. “I’m so lucky because I’m in the position I’ve always wanted to be in,” said the vice president of community engagement at Early Connections Learning Centers. The Conroe, Texas native’s path to Colorado included a stop in New...
Two things have been fixtures in Jason Feld’s life since childhood — Colorado and helping others. “It’s one of those things that gets instilled in you by your parents,” said Feld, who grew up as the son of two firefighters in the suburban Chicago area. “I like to help people...
Deborah Mynatt moved to Colorado Springs as a 13-year-old Army brat. The El Paso County Sheriff’s sergeant hopped around from school to school before settling at and graduating from Sierra High School. Today, Mynatt heads the office’s community relations and outreach unit. For instance, the sergeant oversees the office’s Citizens Academy,...
Francisco Montes has built his life around two bits of wisdom he received from his parents. “My mom said, ‘Cisco, I don’t care what you do — just be the best at it. You could be the garbage man, just make sure you’re the best garbage man,’” Montes said. “And...
Kyle John Forti was born and raised in Indiana. He graduated Hillsdale College with a degree in political science in 2012 and founded Peak Political Solutions in 2013. His work in political consulting evolved into the co-founding of D/CO Consulting, a political and public relations firm based in Denver,...
Anyone who’s attended the Rocky Mountain State Games, Colorado’s largest sports festival, has witnessed the amazing efforts of Aubrey McCoy. As director of operations and marketing for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., McCoy is responsible for all organizational and promotional aspects of the Sports Corp.’s biggest annual event. The games...
Bakery 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar In 25 years as a contractor with the Department of Defense, Carma Barr traveled all over — and she was sure one international dish would take off in Colorado Springs. “Our restaurant is actually a spinoff of the English tradition of pie and mash,...
Bakery - Pueblo Banquet Schusters Bakery Customers are greeted by the smell of cakes, potato rolls, sugar cookies and donuts when entering Banquet Schusters Bakery in Pueblo. The nearly 100-year-old business started off as two separate bakeries, according to a Pueblo Chieftain article. Banquet was a full-service operation run by Steve Monack...
Co-working Spaces Pikes Peak Makerspace Colorado Springs is fertile ground for intrepid entrepreneurs looking to shake things up in their respective fields, and Pikes Peak Makerspace is there with the support they need to do just that. Pikes Peak Makerspace is a membership-based organization of builders, tinkerers, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers...
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,”...
Bed & Breakfast St. Mary’s Inn St. Mary’s Inn offers guests access to all the modern amenities Colorado Springs has to offer, while still maintaining the 19th-century charm that draws people to it. “Location would be key,” said Pam Piper, who owns St. Mary’s along with her husband, Jay. “I would...