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Just as an anchor keeps a vessel confidently in place, large department stores have provided confidence to malls for decades. But in recent years, as online shopping and mixed-used developments — such as lifestyle centers — grow in popularity, anchor stores have begun closing their doors. Later this month, the Sears at Chapel Hills Mall […]
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Changes to the federal tax laws concerning charitable donations don’t seem to be having a big effect on contributions nationwide or in the Pikes Peak region. But that doesn’t mean some nonprofits aren’t feeling it. According to a report by the Association of Fundraising Professionals released Feb. 4, eight in 10 U.S. charities raised the […]
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Chatbots can offer businesses different ways to communicate with customers and staff, not merely replace human workers. “A common question is, ‘Are chatbots coming for your job?’ or, ‘Is [artificial intelligence] coming for your job?’ and I would say very much not,” said Josh Turpen, vice president of engineering at Cherwell Software in Colorado Springs. […]
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Colorado legislators are working their way through a wide variety of bills that would affect businesses. Among the top issues they’re talking about are simplification of the state sales and use tax system, paid family and medical leave, retirement savings and regulations concerning the cannabis industry. The Business Journal asked several business advocacy organizations and […]
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  PlanCOS has won official approval, but the hard work of implementing it has just begun. As the plan goes into effect, the city will continue to seek input from business owners, employees and residents. Led by a blue-ribbon steering committee, thousands of residents, business owners and employees and representatives of the city’s nonprofits helped […]
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The instant a new member swipes an entry card at an Accolade Fitness gym yellow flashes on a screen. The color acts as a signal to a worker behind the counter to greet the recent addition, said Duane Johnston, owner of the two Colorado Springs-based gyms. “We try to pat those people on the back […]
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The area’s strong economy and diversified industries will help keep local job growth steady in 2019. Tatiana Bailey, executive director of the UCCS Economic Forum, said even if an economic downturn does begin this year, the area’s workforce should fare better than before. “The state of Colorado, Colorado Springs and even Boulder are not completely […]
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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court based its decision on the way the state of Colorado treated Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop and not so much the major issues at stake in the […]
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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller had the fourth-most jersey sales at DICK’s Sporting Goods during a week in June. This past week — even after the team’s recent three-game winning streak — Miller’s jersey had fallen 19 spots to No. 23, according to the nationwide ranking of the best-selling player jerseys at the athletic retailer. […]
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Colorado Springs was recently ranked as one of the top spots Millennials choose to live, according to the Brookings Institution. And now some businesses are capitalizing on that status as several lodging options are open or in the works geared toward the younger traveler. “[A hostel] lets travelers, especially younger ones, know there is a […]
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People have discovered the drive from northern El Paso County to Denver isn’t so bad. A driver can reach The Denver Tech Center from Monument in about 40 minutes, said Terri Hayes, president and CEO of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of the families that we have in our community have one spouse […]
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A Colorado Springs native and her 15-year-old dog, Kaly, are among several new faces greeting shoppers downtown this holiday season. Michele Osborn recently opened her pop-up shop, Art&Article, next to Iron Bird Brewing Company on East Costilla Street. The home goods and lifestyle store has been operating for six years online and features designer pieces […]
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