The threat of COVID-19 looms over wedding plans like a black cloud, forcing couples to cancel their ceremonies and wedding venues and vendors to shut their doors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recommended that mass gatherings such as weddings be canceled through May 15 under certain circumstances,...
By Faith Miller On this hot April day, a few dozen Manitou Springs residents line up outside St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. They stand in spaces marked off with sidewalk chalk to ensure 6 feet of physical separation, some wearing medical masks, homemade face coverings or bandanas.  Some, including those experiencing homelessness,...
The Space Symposium — which attracts thousands of space industry professionals to Colorado Springs each year, boosting the city’s economy — is back on the calendar for the fall. Typically held in the spring, the 36th Space Symposium was scheduled to begin March 30, but was postponed March 13 due...
Robin Roberts, president and CEO of Pikes Peak National Bank, worked all weekend after the Small Business Administration opened up the new paycheck protection program loans for applications. These loans are designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on their payrolls, but the money also can be used...
Cybersecurity experts warn the scramble to stay afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving businesses open to cyber attacks that could cost them everything. The crisis has unleashed a wave of cyber attacks, with hackers and scammers taking advantage of widespread chaos, anxiety and the sudden mass migration to remote...
By Bridgett Harris As a leader invested in community-centered work, Keith Willschau has always been devoted to supporting the Pikes Peak region. His résumé reads like a who’s who of the region’s favorite nonprofits. He’s worked with the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute —...
By Faith Miller The latest unemployment figures stand as a stark reminder of how much we’re all hurting. On April 2, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced that 61,583 initial unemployment claims were filed the week ending March 28. For perspective: That’s eight times the number of claims filed the...
As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on businesses across the country, the banking industry has had to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape full of borrowers and clients in crisis.  Many banks are offering relief to customers impacted by the pandemic. And since March 9, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...
Manufacturers buffeted by the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration two years ago are now dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, it’s been a one-two punch. In March 2018 President Trump announced a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent levy on imported...
The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, signed March 27 by President Trump, contains $2 trillion worth of aid to Americans, including some $500 billion in loans and grants to help small businesses cope with the disruptions caused by COVID-19. The new programs are being administered here by the...
As COVID-19 causes unprecedented disruptions to businesses and workers, the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and Pikes Peak Workforce Center hosted a free webinar March 20 to offer resources, evaluate best practices, and discuss actions being taken across the country to help businesses weather the storm.  About 740 people...
The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout has left Colorado’s business community reeling, and guidelines from city, state and federal officials have changed daily — sometimes hourly. The Business Journal has rounded up developments that will have the most impact locally. • Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment is offering help for...