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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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 […]
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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 […]
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Two Colorado Springs non-profit organizations with a shared focus on the entrepreneurial community have officially joined forces. Peak Venture Group and Startup Colorado Springs have merged to become Peak Startup. Peak Startup’s mission will carry on the vision of the original two organizations: to create an innovative, entrepreneurial community in Colorado Springs through events, education […]
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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...
After a two-year search, Silver Key Senior Services moved to its new location at 1605-1655 S. Murray Blvd. this week — into new buildings that provide clients with more space, privacy and easier access to services. For 45 years, Silver Key has provided transportation, nutrition and case management assistance to citizens older than 60 in […]
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After more than a week without the ability to process credit and debit card payments, Clara Paulson was forced to make a decision. Paulson, who owns and operates Organica Herb & Tea Company in Old Colorado City, had used the same card processing company for years before her service was canceled with no warning and […]
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The Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has a new strategy, new website and new logo. And it all can be summed up with one word: more. There will be more information on its newly designed website, more resources, more events, more benefits. The women’s chamber, founded 23 years ago by Jan Weiland, released its […]
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Astroturfing — writing fake online reviews for companies — has grown rampant these days, making consumers skeptical and legitimate business owners nervous. Much of that concern could be alleviated locally, however, as a new Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado online review process gains popularity. Nationally, the BBB launched an online complaint process, which shows […]
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(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. […]
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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, […]
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A group of nearly 300 top employers across the area plans to add 4,839 jobs over the next three years, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance reported Tuesday in its year-end member investor briefing. Also, the Business Alliance is courting nine unnamed companies that are seriously considering relocation with the potential of bringing a total of […]
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