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.
Tyler Peoples has always been a fan of the hit ABC show Shark Tank. “I had watched Shark Tank forever,” he said. “That’s where I got all of my business knowledge from — it’s like a free, televised business school.” In all his years of watching the show, he never imagined...
The Warehouse is open again. This is not breaking news, except to Google Maps, which took more than 18 months to recognize that chef and owner James Africano had reopened the restaurant in 2015 after it had closed for just a few months. Africano said the restaurant worked to manage its social media presence on […]
At Tuesday’s Small Business Week workshop, “The New Administration: Policy and Possibilities Through a Small Business Lens,” panelists spoke about the effects of state and federal governments, recent changes and how those changes will affect small business owners. The panel was led by keynote speaker Tony Gagliardi, the Colorado & Wyoming state director of the […]
By Darcie Nolan Business resources and community support are a big draw for startups in the region, while startup funding and government regulations are a challenge for some small businesses. Attracting new hires continues to be a challenge, hindering small business growth. Those were some local takeaways derived from the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index […]
Every year, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC sponsors a trip to a city that is similar to Colorado Springs to study its economic development, its industries and tourism. The goal: Learn best practices of successful cities to see if they might work in Colorado Springs. Audacity and ambition: Two words that Charleston, […]
It was the day before New Year’s Eve, and Melissa Chapman had just signed a lease for her very first business. That’s when it hit her. “I was walking to my car, and I was bawling my eyes out. It was like the day I’d left the hospital with my daughter,” the owner of Melissa’s […]
(Editor’s Note: Bring your difficult business questions to experts from the UCCS College of Business and receive advice from professors who have been involved with business research for decades. Have a problem? Send questions to OPED@uccs.edu.) Problem: As a manager with multiple direct reports, I find that I often avoid difficult conversations with my employees. […]
Vine’s demise was sudden and unexpected, and news of the social media app’s shutdown spread like wildfire through the Twitterverse and beyond. Social media company Twitter pulled the plug on its project just three years after the launch, citing decreased demand and a lack of mainstream appeal. Not every business model can be a winner […]