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 77 percent of companies in […]
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 the new word of […]
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 CPA firm BiggsKofford. “Overall, […]
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 organization’s addition of two […]
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 to ministry, so one of […]
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, which runs GOALZERO. “It’s not […]
National reports of the demise of pre-employment marijuana drug screening may not hold true locally, drug testers say, citing an uptick in business. “I’ve actually had more business since legalization,” said Chuck Marting, owner of Colorado Mobile Drug Testing. “What’s happening now is you have employers who have employees that are coming to them and […]
A new website aims to help expand the area’s economic vitality by combining two of Colorado Springs’ core industries — medical care and tourism. “When working to increase visitor impact, we look at three factors: bringing more visitors, enticing them to stay longer and encouraging them to spend more,” said Amy Long, chief innovation officer […]
A unique public-private partnership could soon bring some desperately needed relief to the beleaguered merchants of Manitou Springs. Manitou’s City Council approved a $15,000 grant Tuesday to support a “Business Band-Aid” loan program proposed by the Manitou Springs Creative District, Chamber of Commerce and Vectra Bank. The partners plan to use the seed money, which will […]
Mix a plush Colorado Springs resort with a controversial right-wing extremist group in these times, and it becomes a powder keg waiting to explode. Cheyenne Mountain Resort avoided that potentially volatile situation by canceling the reservation of VDARE Foundation, a white nationalist group that had booked the facility for a...
Intellectual property mistakes could sink naive businesses
For years, the small warehouses scattered throughout Colorado Springs have been of interest to marijuana purveyors — who were the only tenants prepared to pay the price property owners were asking.