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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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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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Denver printing company Colorado Timberline abruptly closed down in September, blaming an unnamed ransomware attack for its demise. “We have recently been plagued by several IT events,” a message on the company’s website stated at the time. “Unfortunately we were unable to overcome the most recent ransomware attack.” This month marks two years since WannaCry […]
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Ashley Felice fulfilled a dream of becoming a police officer while serving with the Army. “As a little kid, I actually wanted to be a homicide detective,” she said. “And I still have a passion to be a police officer.” Now, married to a Colorado Springs Police detective and the mother of five kids ranging […]
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Visits to the Pikes Peak region increased slightly in 2017, the latest year for which figures are available from tourism research firm Longwoods International. That increase may have been small, but VisitCOS President and CEO Doug Price will take it. “Every year we’re setting records,” he said. “When you can just get a little bit […]
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Aaron “Ace” Cosley showed the first glimpse of business acumen as a young adult in 1970s Detroit, when he charged his 18th birthday party guests an admission fee they were all too willing to pay. That event turned out to be the infant stages of ACE Entertainment, which has held strong since 1979 — even […]
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The new visitor center on the summit of Pikes Peak is expected to host nearly 750,000 visitors and generate roughly $30 million each year when it is completed in fall 2020. But as construction gets underway again for a second season, the project is already providing hundreds of jobs. Around 40 contractors are working on […]
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For entrepreneurs looking to start a new business, find financing and navigate a confusing welter of regulations, just figuring out where to begin can dampen their enthusiasm or bring projects to a halt. But budding entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs now have an advantage that their counterparts in other cities don’t — a step-by-step road map […]
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