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.
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, […]