PlanCOS, the city’s first update to its comprehensive plan since 2001, is intended to provide a framework for decisions about future growth and development. A public draft of the plan was released last week, and the city is asking business professionals to review the draft and give feedback. The plan sets out a vision and […]
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An agreement between the city of Manitou Springs and the Manitou Urban Renewal Authority will result in a $1.8 million windfall for the city in the next 18 months. At its June 5 meeting, Manitou’s City Council approved an agreement that will allow the city to retain tax increment funding it normally remits to the […]
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Before the U.S. became a nation of suburbs, neighborhoods would often include small cafés and markets mixed among the houses. “I think that’s one of the reasons we wanted to open Willamette Market and Deli,” said co-owner Natalie Peck. “We are from Portland [Ore.] and could walk from our house there to a market and […]
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After a slow start, development in the Commercial Aeronautical Zone surrounding Colorado Springs Airport is poised to take off. There’s particular excitement about the prospect of development at Peak Innovation Park, the 900-acre master-planned business park that occupies the south end of the zone, on both sides of Milton Proby Parkway at the entrance to […]
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Former Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder envisions a vibrant commercial hub at the east end of Manitou Avenue. Retail businesses flourish on the ground floors of new buildings, which also encompass office space and apartments. Sidewalks tinted Manitou Rose meander through the area, which is softened by landscaping and public art. Lampposts that mimic historic […]
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In the wake of tragedies such as the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla., school shooting and the Olympic sexual abuse scandals, numerous organizations are looking within themselves to reaffirm the core values underlying their brands. A wide range of companies, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean, Walmart and Kroger, halted sales of firearms to customers under […]
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As a minority business owner, Rodney Gullatte Jr. says it’s important for his counterparts to get out of their silos. “I’m the only black person in most places that I do business,” said Gullatte, the owner of Firma IT Solutions and Services. One way he deals with that is to be highly visible in the […]
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Southern Colorado’s first accelerator program launched its initial cohort Jan. 30, boosting novel technologies along with prospects for startups from Colorado and California. Catalyst Accelerator, a defense and national security accelerator based at Catalyst Campus, seeks to advance technologies for the warfighter and guide tech transfer between the government and the commercial market, Catalyst Accelerator […]
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On Monday afternoon, downtown hotelier and entrepreneur Perry Sanders formally abandoned his quest to repurpose Antlers Park as the sports and events center as part of a City for Champions proposal, stating he had found “a better downtown site.” Sanders confirmed the previous site was a last-ditch choice, brought forward because of time constraints. Unless […]
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If an outdoor stadium and indoor events center is built on the site of Antlers Park, the consensus seems to be that it would become an economic driver for downtown Colorado Springs. The question is whether city officials will allow alterations to the park. Colorado Springs City Council met in closed executive session Wednesday with […]
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Small-business owners are almost always concerned about finances, but they usually have other business challenges that also demand their attention. And they often lack the skills to handle them. Those owners and their companies can greatly benefit from professional consultants who provide expertise in critical areas of business where owners may be inexperienced. Those resources […]
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Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a celebration this time of year recognizing those who are no longer with us. In Colorado Springs, departed people are not the only ones celebrated on this holiday. On Nov. 1, Epicentral Coworking and Peak Startup hosted the third annual Business Wake to mourn the […]
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