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The attention of 27 students from Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo high schools is fixed on computer screens in the Pikes Peak Community College classroom at the Catalyst Campus. The students are working on their first task in a weeklong cyber boot camp: learning to open images in two operating systems and make changes using […]
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How does your business acquire new leads on business-to-business sales? Most B2B businesses choose methods like direct mail or cold emailing/calling to get in front of purchasing agents, COOs or business owners. The unfortunate reality is that these methods are generally ineffective and costly. Promotional mail almost always ends up in the trash at the […]
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For Spark Mindset CEO Lawrence Wagner, 2019 is a big year. He just spent three months running Spark Mindset’s first pilot program with high school students in New Orleans, La. — and this week he’s back in the Springs to get started with Exponential Impact’s 14-week accelerator program. Spark Mindset is one of seven startups in […]
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Exponential Impact’s second accelerator cohort kicks off with seven startups on board June 12 — the same day the XI Venture Center celebrates its official opening. The startups — chosen from Colorado Springs, Denver and Colombia — will work in XI’s new 9,000-square-foot collaborative space, in the same sprawling North Nevada Avenue facility occupied by […]
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As a 20-year-old, Samuel Perry fell in with a bad crowd and ended up in prison. “I was incarcerated on three different occasions,” Perry said. “I knew I had to do something different.” When he was released from prison a year ago, he was unable to find a full-time job. People would hire him only […]
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Three years ago, Manitou Springs business owners were dealing with the effects of an increasing population of homeless people and transients. They congregated in the downtown area in places such as the entrance to Soda Springs Park near the Maté Factor Café, sometimes blocking sidewalks and business entrances, or harassing tourists for money. Manitou took […]
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Montana Horsfall moved to Colorado Springs with two suitcases, one guitar, no job and no place to live. It’s not the craziest thing she’s ever done. She’s been an EMT, an office assistant, a veterinary technician, a social work student, a science student, a restaurant manager, and a Nashville stage manager. Now an acclaimed bartender […]
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Divorce is an inherently messy process. Tossing a business into the mix can weave an even more tangled web. “Because it’s such an emotional situation, there’s not a lot of openness on either side. It’s tough to manage expectations,” said Linda Buckley, a Colorado Springs CPA and valuation analyst who specializes in financial services related […]
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Mike Pach lives on the edge of his comfort zone, and part of his mission as owner of 3 Peaks Photography and Design is to help others find theirs. “One of the things I try to tell my students is to look for things, and try things, that are out of your comfort zone or […]
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A small wooden sign reading “Glover Family Medicine” is the only indication that the Deer Creek Road suite in Monument houses a doctor’s office. The sign is easily lost among a cardboard cutout of an apple tree — complete with mushrooms growing near its roots — a framed Georgia O’Keeffe painting, and a counter fully […]
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Linda Warren learned about being neighborly while she was growing up in a small, rural town — Davenport, Neb., population 420. Her dad worked at the local Skelly gas station and provided fuel to the local farmers; her mom was a schoolteacher. “I learned very organically about being involved in your community,” she said. “It’s […]
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It’s graduation day at La Vista in Pueblo. The excitement is palpable as students, each wearing an identical shade of green, take their seats. But instead of lining up on a field of freshly mowed grass under a canopy of blue sky, La Vista’s graduates accepted their certificates of completion in a visiting room, where […]
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