Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Changes were made to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which include removing the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses […]
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Boulder entrepreneur Brad Feld is inviting entrepreneurs with innovative startups who need the speed and power of Google Fiber to apply to live rent-free in his Kansas City house. The Feld KC Fiberhouse competition will run now  through Friday, March 22. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Up to five winners will be […]
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Denver businessman Brent Harl, who helped grow Bruegger’s Bagels in Colorado during the 1990s, has bought the Colorado Springs Lawn Doctor store, making it his 17th location in the state. Harl bought his first Lawn Doctor franchise, which specializes in fertilization, weed and insect control, in 1998. Since then he’s purchased existing Lawn Doctor businesses […]
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Entrepreneurs with business ideas typically beg and borrow money from family and friends to launch their companies. But thanks to the Internet, they can now approach strangers around the globe with the chance to invest in their latest venture through websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, StartEngine, RocketHub and GoFundMe. The new format — raising money […]
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Peak Venture Group is launching a new program this month that aims to tap into the hearts and spirits of budding entrepreneurs. The group, which has provided mentorship to up-and-coming entrepreneurs since 2000, is hosting a series of “Pitch Nights” – non-threatening nights where people with business, invention or product ideas can come, make a […]
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The drug testing business is booming, and local drug-screening company Conspire2Hire is set to expand into four states by year’s end. Conspire2Hire, which began selling franchises in 2010, sold its second franchise to an operator in Fort Worth, Tex., which is scheduled to open Sept. 1. The Texas drug-testing business will open in an industrial area, […]
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Michael Larson can put you to sleep. Just don his Sleep Shepherd hat, which he debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The hat will lull its wearer to sleep, obviating the need for prescription medications, the frequent go-to solution for people diagnosed with sleep disorders. Larson, who received his Ph.D. […]
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The Colorado Springs Technology Incubator has graduated its eighth business, a crane inspection management software company.
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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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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 art. Lampposts that mimic historic […]
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Entrepreneurs from around the state will meet this month to pitch their best startup ideas, and then work like mad during 54 hours to create a viable business plan. It’s Startup Weekend Denver Oct. 19-21 and entrepreneurs are preparing to put forth their best new startup business ideas in hopes of hitting one out of […]
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For several years Payroll City was a one-woman show run by its owner Kathleen Fox. She had about a dozen Colorado Springs clients and was zipping through their payroll needs. But, she grew frustrated when she couldn’t find a computer program that produced all the spread sheets and kept the data the way she wanted. […]
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