When Richard Gentile, owner of Total Office Solutions, started his own business two years ago, he knew exactly how he wanted his business model to look. With more than 20 years experience in the field of office supply sales, he knew that creating paperwork to justify corporate dictates would never result in good customer service. […]
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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.
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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 […]
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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...
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 […]
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Without a $3 million sales tax incentive given by the city of Colorado Springs, the Mining Exchange Hotel might still be a vacant, derelict building, said owner Perry Sanders. The economic development agreement with the city of Colorado Springs allowed Sanders and his partner to obtain bank financing for extensive renovations to the Mining Exchange […]
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When they launched their information technology firm Navakai, Shawn Morland and Davin Neubacher signed their Small Business Administration loan on Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:30 a.m. As they made their way through the loan documents, Morland and Neubacher watched on nearby television monitors at Vista Bank as passenger jets hit the World Trade Center towers. […]
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While growing up on a farm in Iowa, raising cattle, Tom Neppl assumed he’d stay involved in the family business as an adult. But after studying industrial electronics in college, he moved to Colorado Springs in 1985. Neppl, who likes to build and create things, was “driven” to work for himself, so he co-founded Springs […]
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When Dirk Draper was approached about applying for president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, he had only one caveat: It couldn’t be business as usual. “In my career, I’ve looked for three things when I choose a job,” he said. “It has to be challenging; it has to be meaningful; it […]
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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 […]
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Go Code Colorado

Epicentral Coworking, located in downtown Colorado Springs, is host to the newest entrepreneurial movement in the state. Colorado Springs was selected as one of five cities to host Go Code Colorado challenge weekends, March 21-23. Go Code Colorado is a statewide public apps challenge to bring government, business and tech communities together to make public […]
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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 […]
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