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 Catholic Charities to employ and […]
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Aspiring restaurateurs in Colorado Springs will likely have to wait in line. Local real estate experts say restaurant-ready properties are scarce and — without additional construction — the supply will only get thinner. “I get three to four calls a day,” said Whitney Johnson, an associate at CBRE, a local commercial real estate company. “Space […]
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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 Legislature passed the Cottage Foods […]
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Young entrepreneur takes on cancer More than a year and a half ago, 11-year-old Cheyenne Dyess was diagnosed with a blood cancer called T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. She has since undergone rounds of chemotherapy and multiple spinal tap procedures at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s outpatient specialty clinic in Colorado Springs. In January 2015, a week shy of […]
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Growing tech startup Prosperent will move to Denver in March. The company, which manages pay-per-sale online advertising for companies like REI, QVS and Zappos told the Business Journal in November that it was having trouble finding talented web programmers to hire in Colorado Springs. Mike Christensen, company co-founder and president, said employment issues were the […]
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Following the death of a friend in Oregon’s backcountry, Caleb Carr was driven to develop gurney stabilization technology for first responders during helicopter rescues. Carr says he developed the technology about two years ago while a student at the University of Colorado Denver. But as Carr navigated the usual hurdles every entrepreneur encounters on the […]
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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet met with local leaders of women-owned small businesses Aug. 17 at Catalyst Campus to discover ways he can best support the Colorado Springs business ecosystem and empower female entrepreneurs. During the roundtable discussion, organized by Bennet’s office, about 10 female leaders throughout the community shared their thoughts on policies, challenges and rewards of owning a […]
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At Magnum Shooting Center, business started not with a whimper… “We had 1,700 paid members before we opened,” said Todd Lockburner, principal and general manager of the region’s Super Wal-Mart of firearms, located just off Northgate Boulevard and Interstate 25. The $7 million, 33,000-square-foot center opened at Polaris Pointe in November with the help of […]
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In recent years, “startup” has become among the most frequently used terms in the business world — but along with its ubiquity has come some confusion as to its definition. British venture capitalist Paul Graham defined a startup company as simply one that is built for scalability. “Being newly founded does not in itself make […]
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As the third annual Startup Week begins next week, and with Startup Weekend just around the corner (Nov. 11-13) — Peak Startup, a local nonprofit that organizes both events, is currently without a full-time, permanent executive director. However, there are plans to hire one in the next few months, according to founder Chris Franz. Temporarily, Michelle […]
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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 empty-handed, they would beg to […]
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Traditionally, business people in Colorado Springs choose to invest in real estate, leaving little money for venture capital or angel investing for the city’s startups. A local venture capital group wants to change the local culture by inviting Denver investors and companies to the Springs. Organizers and business leaders believe collaboration with neighbors to the […]
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