What do Domino’s Pizza, pop superstar Beyoncé Knowles and the streaming giant Hulu have in common? All have faced legal action in recent years for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act — but none stand accused of failing to build wheelchair ramps or install handrails. Instead, it is the...
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...
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...
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...
The Pikes Peak Region Small Business Week had humble beginnings. Seven years ago, the Better Business Bureau and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center partnered to bring a] 100-person event to Colorado Springs. This year’s 7th Annual Small Business Week will attract an expected 5,000 people from Sunday, May...
Joe had learning disabilities that made high school difficult for him. “I was good in math but failed everything else, so I just gave up and dropped out,” Joe (last name withheld) wrote in “Stone Soup,”  a publication of Pikes Peak Library District’s Adult Education Division. Adopted by his grandparents after...
Some say wage transparency is essential for workplaces to narrow the gender pay gap, but local experts say employers should go beyond merely disclosing all workers’ salaries — a practice many Pikes Peak-area companies do not currently favor. A recent study conducted by national staffing agency The Creative Group indicated...
Before choosing a restaurant or retailer, it’s estimated that about 89 percent of consumers first read reviews of local businesses. That number jumps to 95 percent for people ages 18-34, according to last year’s Local Consumer Review Survey by Bright Local, an integrated SEO and local citation platform company. “Reviews are...
This is the first year in which businesses will report under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017. Many of the new deductions and changes will benefit large and small businesses. “A lot of the provisions are very pro-taxpayer,” said Greg Gandy, senior tax director at Colorado Springs...
The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center strives to help grow local enterprise, but to do that, it has to generate awareness about its services. “We need to make it easier for people — business owners — to come see us,” said Aikta Marcoulier, the director of Pikes Peak SBDC. The...
Some believe there are sage business principles found throughout the Bible. “When you look at the word of God, he has an interest in us succeeding in every area of our lives, including business,” said Karen Conrad, the director of marketing for Andrew Wommack Ministries. “Most people are not called...
When GOALZERO was hitting on all cylinders, the recycling social-enterprise nonprofit was getting $300 a ton for its truckloads of cardboard. “Last month I sent out a truck of cardboard and got $90 a ton,” said Stacy Poore, chief operating officer with Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado,...