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By Bridgett Harris  As a self-described Jill-of-all-trades, Jolie NeSmith brings an array of unique experience to her role as executive director of Pike Ride, Colorado Springs’ first and only nonprofit bike share program. She’s opened restaurants, bartended, worked with at-risk youths and driven all over the southern half of Colorado as the...
I have been saying in my past five years of presentations that there is plenty of good news to go around and that if anything, the news just keeps getting better — especially for our city and state.  I would then joke that when we have a downturn, I am...
As COVID-19 causes unprecedented disruptions to businesses and workers, the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and Pikes Peak Workforce Center hosted a free webinar March 20 to offer resources, evaluate best practices, and discuss actions being taken across the country to help businesses weather the storm.  About 740 people...
Farley McDonough is feeling like she’s been through all of this before. The owner of Adam’s Mountain Café in Manitou Springs said her business has survived a series of shocks: the Waldo Canyon wildfire in 2012; flooding in August 2013, when water, mud and debris poured into the restaurant, which...
By Bridgett Harris Annie Snead has always been devoted to the people of Colorado Springs — and the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased her dedication to the community she loves. As director of marketing and public relations for Pikes Peak United Way, Snead works with dozens of...
The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout has left Colorado’s business community reeling, and guidelines from city, state and federal officials have changed daily — sometimes hourly. The Business Journal has rounded up developments that will have the most impact locally. • Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment is offering help for...
As Colorado Springs scrambles to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the city’s senior care centers are having to adjust to a new way of life in isolation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors are among the most vulnerable to serious health complications from...
When Akota Home Care CEO and Founder Jim Lindsay was hunting for a new location for his family’s home care business, the Castle Rock native saw an ideal fit in Colorado Springs. The business’ services include round-the-clock assisted care, regular registered nurse visits, light housekeeping, dementia and Alzheimer’s care, transportation, food preparation, personal hygiene and […]
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As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Visit Las Vegas’ website is headed by a video acknowledging that the most important thing for people to do right now is to stay home. “When you’re ready, we’ll be ready,” it says. “That speaks for a lot of us” in the tourism industry, said...
By Faith Miller In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many people without a reliable source of income as businesses closed to prevent the spread of the virus, Colorado Springs Utilities announced March 17 it would not disconnect services through at least March 30. Then, after Gov. Jared Polis...
Recent trends in charitable giving mean nonprofits need to be creative to survive and thrive. The Give! campaign can help. Charitable giving in the United States is on the decline, with fewer American households giving to nonprofits. Since individual giving represents 70-80 percent of income to charities, most nonprofits rely...
By Pam Zubeck America the Beautiful Park stands to lose 25 mature trees for the sake of the 250-footlong pedestrian bridge from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum. One of a pair of fountains at the entrance to the park also will be sacrificed for the $18.7 million bridge project, according to city officials. Designed […]
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