Whittney Coon first ventured onto the Lusk, Wyo., Niobrara Country Club golf course at the age of 2. It was where locals like her parents and oil-and-gas industry executives met and played. Coon was soon hooked and began playing alongside other members. By her sophomore year in high school, she...
Residents of Colorado Springs may imagine their city, with its sparkling skies, clean streets and mountain air, would be one of America’s greenest cities. After all, the city ranks high on most “best places” lists. It appears, however, that they’re too busy enjoying life here to recycle our trash. Among 100 cities...
With billions of dollars in play each year, opportunities abound in federal contracting for women- and minority-owned small businesses. There are, however many barriers. Discrimination, glass ceilings and the maze of government contracting rules can all present treacherous hurdles. Kelly Terrien, president and CEO of Colorado Springs’ Summit Technical Solutions LLC,...
Toyota’s worldwide recall has spawned tales of disaster and panic, causing a public relations nightmare for the company. But just how much damage has been done depends on whom you ask. When the news broke a few months ago that Toyota Prius’ and Camrys were accelerating out of control, killing drivers,...
Savvy employers haven’t waited: Although unemployment remains high in Colorado and elsewhere, they’re already doing all they can to retain their best and brightest. That’s because as the economy recovers, employees are eyeing the door. Retention is key, because the bottom line suffers when employers lose workers and have to spend...
Lawmakers are reconciling two bills that require insurance carriers to cover pregnancy in the individual market. Colorado’s House and Senate passed different versions of House Bill 1021 — the House version requires all plans to cover prenatal and birthing costs, while the Senate bill only requires companies to offer it...
Eleven-mile mountain road jobs don’t come along every day for highway construction firms. This one would be worth millions of dollars to the winning bidder, Colorado Springs-based Schmidt Construction. The project was completed on time and on budget in 2001, but within a few weeks the county officials who awarded...
Foreclosure filings in Colorado’s largest counties increased 6.5 percent last month compared to February of last year, according to a report this week from the Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing. However, the counties with the largest decrease in filings during the period were El Paso and Larimer counties. Foreclosure...
Two years ago, the mortgage business nearly drowned in the torrent of the financial meltdown. The end seemed near. “We saw our (credit) conduits drying up,” said Barbara Pattee, president of Springs Mortgage Inc. “We had built up a niche of banks to do business with that went out of business.” It...
Incentives for Small Business Administration loans have been extended until March 28. The Temporary Extension Act of 2010 provides funds to eliminate or reduce fees on SBA 503 loans and temporarily restores the 90 percent guarantee on SBA 7(a) loans. Signed by President Obama, the extension authorizes higher guarantee levels. The...
The Pikes Peak United Way maintains a Web site listing more than 130 local nonprofit organizations that might need volunteers. Created by United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in 2006, the database provides residents with the ability to match their skills to a nonprofit. During 2009, the site...
Colorado Springs residents are dedicated volunteers, giving millions of hours to their schools, churches, synagogues, charitable organizations and nonprofits of every kind. Without volunteers, most local nonprofits would either collapse or curtail their activities. More than 32 percent of people in Colorado volunteer on a regular basis each year, according to...