When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, several Colorado businesses shifted operations to aid in the state’s response to the crisis. With businesses reopening, many of those pandemic helpers have transitioned to a new normal, but others continue to sell their pandemic products alongside their usual goods — and might incorporate them...
By Griffin Swartzell Compassion and family anchor every business decision Maya Hetman makes. Originally from Gara Muleta, a small town in Ethiopia’s Ch’erch’er Mountains, Hetman fled to France after a Soviet-backed military coup established a junta known as the Derg in 1974. She married an American soldier, with whom she...
A 2020 legislative session that lawmakers called “painful,” “unusual and unique” and “frustrating” ended June 15 with some major accomplishments but with the passage of other bills that placed new restrictions and financial impositions on businesses. The legislature opened Jan. 8 and suspended its session March 14 because of the...
For veterans transitioning out of the U.S. military or looking for more income, franchise businesses are a popular choice. One in seven franchises is owned by veterans, the International Franchise Association reports, and they generate more than $41 billion in GDP. According to the IFA’s VetFran program, which helps veterans...
By Bridgett Harris Running a successful, family-owned grocery store isn’t easy in an industry dominated by big-box chains with large advertising budgets. To thrive, smaller grocers work hard to create a sense of community, provide personal service and offer products customized to the unique needs of their customers. For two decades,...
Colorado gyms and recreation centers were finally allowed to reopen June 4 after months-long closures thanks to COVID-19. Emerging from the state’s stay-at-home and safer-at-home executive orders, fitness businesses — where people usually share small spaces and equipment — must navigate a landscape starkly different from the one they left. And...
At local colleges and universities, faculty, administrators and students have been putting their heads together to plan for reopening. Many of the changes they made during the past semester will carry over into the next school year, but it will be a learning experience for everyone, as schools likely will...
Best Shopping Center 1. The Promenade Shops at Briargate The open-air shopping center on Briargate Parkway in north Colorado Springs features specialty retail stores like Anthropologie, Apple, lululemon and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, as well as restaurants like Ted’s Montana Grill, Panera Bread, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano. According...
Best Architectural Firm 1. RTA Architects RTA Architects continues to thrive after 45 years in business. Stuart Coppedge, principal of the firm, is thankful for locals and their appreciation of the company.   “We’re thrilled that folks recognize that we matter to the community and we do good work,” he said. “We’re...
Best Nonprofit Organization 1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ranked one of the top zoos in the country by several national media outlets, it should be no surprise Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also voted Best Place to Take Your Family and Tourist Attraction by nearby residents.  “This local recognition means a lot to us...
Best Bank 1. ANB Bank  ANB Bank is committed to making sure its clients are financially savvy — providing financial education for adults and young people as well as tools to figure out mortgage savings, retirement, debt and insurance.  “We don’t exist without our community and our customers,” said Tom Ashley, ANB Bank...
Best HR Firm  1. Pikes Peak Workforce Center Since the days of the Great Depression, workforce centers across the country have helped businesses and job seekers connect.  The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, serving El Paso and Teller counties, still forges ahead with its mission of promoting the economic vitality of the region.  “In...