The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center strives to help grow local enterprise, but to do that, it has to generate awareness about its services. “We need to make it easier for people — business owners — to come see us,” said Aikta Marcoulier, the director of Pikes Peak SBDC. The...
Veteran entrepreneurs run businesses that last, and employ 5.8 million people nationwide — but they’re on the decline. Delivering the keynote address at the 11th Annual Veterans Small Business Conference last week, Jessica Fialkovich, president of Transworld Business Advisors, talked about “alarming trends” in veteran entrepreneurship and how to turn...
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...
Startup business owners may find it vital to protect their company’s intellectual property, although some experts warn that it is costly and may take time away from actually developing the initial idea into a successful business. So how protective do entrepreneurs need to be while developing their business, especially in...
Funding for the Department of Defense’s innovation arm could more than double in 2019 — but three Colorado Springs tech companies are seeing benefits long before that money lands. Rim Technologies, Aspen Logix and Spectrabotics have teamed up to create SpaceBook in response to a Commercial Solutions Opening from the...
Two well-known entrepreneurs in the Colorado Springs startup scene represented the city — and the country — on the global stage last month during the annual Get in the Ring Competition in Singapore. And although Tejon Technologies Inc. co-founders Samuel Elliott and Paul Nielsen flew back from the competition seemingly...
Launch High School in Colorado Springs is finishing its first semester — and although the charter institution is smaller and more streamlined than originally anticipated, its educators say they’re pleased with its trajectory. When the Business Journal first spoke to Head of School Patrick Cush and his brother David Cush...
Local nonprofit Peak Startup threw down the entrepreneurial gauntlet once again at Epicentral Coworking last weekend during the fourth annual Colorado Springs Startup Weekend — an event designed to promote the small business ecosystem through a 54-hour startup challenge. After a launch event Nov. 11 at the downtown co-working space,...
When Melissa Howard and Jeff Zearfoss decided to go into business together in 2011, their goal was to start a company that could have a positive social impact while also meeting a local demand. The result was Common Cause Catering, a catering business that works with Partners in Housing and...
The recent resurgence of farmers markets and the popularization of the farm-to-table movement across the U.S. has led to a legislative change at both the state and local levels to craft Colorado’s business environment into one more favorable to small-time food producers. The change began in 2012 when the Colorado...
It is anticipated that by 2020, more than half the U.S. workforce will be self-employed — and that’s a statistic the Quad Innovation Partnership is taking very seriously. The partnership — a collaborative program formed by Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, UCCS and the Air Force Academy — has...
To end the first day of Colorado Springs Startup Week, Epicentral Coworking hosted a panel discussion Monday night on the significance of startups and their potential to make an impact on the community. The panel, moderated by UCCS Student Body President Sam Elliott, included: Hannah Parsons, chief community development officer...