Sometimes small businesses are started on a shoestring. Melissa Marts’ new venture was started on a thread. Marts’ company, Tate & Tonya, makes and sells upcycled clothing for children from infants to age 5. She turns donated dresses, shirts and other items into one-of-a-kind kids’ bloomer-style pants and sells them on Etsy and at popup […]
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Vinnie Persichetti grew up in “a very close, very tight Italian family” in small-town Pennsylvania. He’s the second-youngest of seven kids — three sisters, three brothers — and the only one to join the military. “My dad was an electrician so he made decent money, but we did not grow up well-to-do,” he said. “And […]
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A Monument-based startup’s founder and CEO believes the company’s success can help transform the state’s startup environment. “Startups like Quantum [Metric] are innovating and leading a startup revolution in Colorado,” Mario Ciabarra said about his business services software company. “It’s exciting to be part of this transformation and driving huge success in Colorado.” In Colorado, […]
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Bibliophiles may dream of opening a bookstore, oenophiles may hope to leave the rat race and start a vineyard on the Western Slope — but art collectors and artists imagine what it would be like to open an art gallery. Imagine your very own gallery. You’d sell your creations, or those of the artists and […]
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It’s said that as much as 40 percent of the U.S. food supply ends up in landfills. FoodMaven, a local social enterprise, was created to do something about that. The for-profit, founded in 2015, aims “to bring agility and flexibility to the U.S. food system,” according to the company’s website. The task is no small […]
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Community theater companies have proliferated in Colorado Springs in the past several years. “If you wanted to, you could probably see a live show just about every weekend,” said Emory John Collinson, vice president of the Springs Ensemble Theatre. The biggest companies, the Fine Arts Center Theatre and Theatreworks, dominate the scene. As part of […]
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Fall is when leaves change color, football season kicks off, and for many Coloradans, it’s when they pick their upcoming year’s benefits plan. “One of the things that is absolutely key is to think about how [employers and their] human resources team communicate open enrollment to their employees,” said Vincent Plymell, communications manager for the […]
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Robert Houston II, aka Black Pegasus, achieved success as a rapper when he was still in his teens. By age 23, after placing second in a rap battle in Cincinnati, he had forged a solid national presence in the hip-hop world. Today, at 38, he still performs, but he also is an entrepreneur who owns […]
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Colorado Springs is now home to the nation’s first cybersecurity CTSO, thanks to a grassroots push by local cyber educators and students. A CTSO is a Career and Technical Student Organization (prominent examples include DECA and Future Business Leaders of America) and this new CTSO is designed to get kids on to academic and career […]
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The world’s largest collection of Olympic torches and medals reside behind locked doors at U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in downtown Colorado Springs. Only donors, sponsors and Team USA members currently are allowed to view them. But when the U.S. Olympic Museum opens in the spring of 2020, these remarkable artifacts will be on display for […]
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Handprints of art class graduates fill a corner of Studio 101’s ceiling. Some of those students have gone on to study art in college and are now adult artists, said Rebecca Baum, the studio director. “There have actually been students who came here when they were only 3 that have now graduated high school,” she […]
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As president of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council and program manager for Onward to Opportunity, a veterans career transition nonprofit, Joe Aldaz has made it his mission to create employment and business opportunities for all in the region. A native of Raton, N.M., Aldaz found himself in Colorado Springs following an appointment to the […]
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