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Two worlds collided one day when Tonia Nifong was performing with the Flourish Dance Company in Colorado Springs. On that stage, Nifong took her first step toward her job as communications manager for The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which provides a range of services and advocates for people with disabilities and their families. […]
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Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series examining partnerships between the military and the civilian business sector. Abe Thompson recalls an Army medic who entered the Cybersecurity Career Program at SecureSet as “the go-to guy in his office for computer-type stuff.” That was the medic’s talent, but it wasn’t his profession, said […]
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It’s a Monday morning and the Cyber Tech Studios’ first class of the day is humming. Housed in Palmer High School, the high-tech space hosts pupils working on an assortment of projects during their Game Design IV course. Instructor Sean Wybrant looks on along with guests Shawn Gullixson, a Colorado Springs School District 11 board […]
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Colorado Springs is home to my small business where I currently employ six people. I have owned this retail shop in the Chapel Hills Mall for about 10 years. A small business owner faces many struggles, but I would say maintaining a talented and vibrant staff has been my biggest challenge. The Family and Medical […]
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The State Legislature is considering a proposal to create a mandatory new state program that will cost every working person and business in the state and significantly damage Colorado’s economy. Senate Bill 19-188, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, would create the most expansive and costly paid leave program in the nation, taking a […]
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Barbara Myrick’s father dreamed of one day opening his own construction company with his six sons at his side. However, it was his daughter who would become the construction entrepreneur. A New Jersey native, Myrick settled in Colorado Springs after spending 10 years as an air traffic controller in the Army. She and her then-husband […]
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By Regan Foster, Southeast Express As the founding editor and general manager of the Southeast Express newspaper, I can’t tell you how excited we are to be partnering with the Colorado Springs Business Journal in the Southeast Business Plan Competition. This is an amazing contest geared toward growing entrepreneurs from the ground up — think […]
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Editor’s note: Sammi Blaque was named this year’s Southeast Business Plan competition winner during a celebratory luncheon Thursday, April 25 at Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center.  Sammi Blaque turned to yoga after a car wreck in 2012, and it changed everything. “I was involved in a car accident, and my husband and I were […]
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Mattie Gullixson never saw herself proposing a transportation plan. However, during her time as executive director of First Tee Pikes Peak, she found the greatest challenge to recruiting children from the 80916 and 80910 ZIP codes was not a lack of interest, but of reliable transit options. “Either their families had one car and Mom […]
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Aubrey “Bo” Bowale has made it his personal and professional mission to make local, healthy food accessible and affordable, especially for those who live in the food desert that is Southeast Colorado Springs. He is proposing to launch a social enterprise called Greenbox, a mobile food vending business that will serve plant-based cuisine. “Our whole […]
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Alisha Arnold holds a day job working in bank compliance. Her second job is as a wife and mother to three children. Her third job begins when the kids are in bed and Arnold gets to baking. She is the owner of Cupcakes and Sweets LLC, a cottage baking business she started in early 2018. […]
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Last Jan. 22, Colorado Springs City Council debated and almost enacted an ordinance to prohibit the parking of recreational vehicles on all city streets for longer than it takes to load and unload. One area of concern was the vacant downtown block at Sierra Madre Street and Moreno Avenue near the under-construction Olympic Museum. There […]
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