A 2020 legislative session that lawmakers called “painful,” “unusual and unique” and “frustrating” ended June 15 with some major accomplishments but with the passage of other bills that placed new restrictions and financial impositions on businesses. The legislature opened Jan. 8 and suspended its session March 14 because of the...
For veterans transitioning out of the U.S. military or looking for more income, franchise businesses are a popular choice. One in seven franchises is owned by veterans, the International Franchise Association reports, and they generate more than $41 billion in GDP. According to the IFA’s VetFran program, which helps veterans...
By Bridgett Harris Running a successful, family-owned grocery store isn’t easy in an industry dominated by big-box chains with large advertising budgets. To thrive, smaller grocers work hard to create a sense of community, provide personal service and offer products customized to the unique needs of their customers. For two decades,...
Colorado gyms and recreation centers were finally allowed to reopen June 4 after months-long closures thanks to COVID-19. Emerging from the state’s stay-at-home and safer-at-home executive orders, fitness businesses — where people usually share small spaces and equipment — must navigate a landscape starkly different from the one they left. And...
At local colleges and universities, faculty, administrators and students have been putting their heads together to plan for reopening. Many of the changes they made during the past semester will carry over into the next school year, but it will be a learning experience for everyone, as schools likely will...
Best Nonprofit Organization 1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ranked one of the top zoos in the country by several national media outlets, it should be no surprise Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also voted Best Place to Take Your Family and Tourist Attraction by nearby residents.  “This local recognition means a lot to us...
BEST BAKERY Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery opened its doors in 1999. Founded by fourth-generation baker Stephen Boonzaaijer, it reflects the long history of the Boonzaaijer baking family, beginning in Holland in 1896. Stephen apprenticed in his father’s Kalamazoo bakery, trained in the Netherlands and eventually took a job at...
BEST HEALTH CARE FACILITY 1. UCHealth With hospitals, clinics and urgent care centers across Colorado Springs, UCHealth has become an unmissable provider of health and wellness in the city.  “What makes UCHealth such an extraordinary organization are the nearly 6,000 employees and physicians who help fulfill our mission every day of improving...
Best Photography & Videography Company 1. Bourbon Street Productions When you first step through the doors of Bourbon Street Productions you’re enveloped in an atmosphere that feels more like the communal spaces scattered through high-end art galleries than one of the city’s top videography companies. It’s the appropriate aesthetic for...
BEST COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY & TRADE SCHOOL 1. UCCS UCCS is the only research-level university in southern Colorado. It developed the world’s first bachelor of innovation program and was among the first to offer a fully online degree program — way back in 1996.  “Our commitment to the community goes back to our...
Best Bed & Breakfast 1. The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast Nestled between bustling downtown Colorado Springs and the sprawling Colorado College campus, The St. Mary’s Inn Bed & Breakfast is a rarity in hospitality these days, a traditional bed and breakfast that isn’t rented via app and followed up...
The COVID-19 pandemic and heated nationwide protests have forced many business owners to take a closer look at their insurance policies.  But only one of these events is typically covered by business insurance — and experts in the industry say that’s unlikely to change any time soon. Colorado businesses deemed nonessential...