John Marshall felt lost. He wasn’t sure what to do in the days following Gov. Jared Polis’ public health order, which required  gyms and fitness clubs statewide to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  “I was pretty upset,” said Marshall, the owner and founder of Total Body Works Personal Training. “I...
By Matthew Schniper What’s the deal with these pretzels? Everyone’s freaking out about them. They’re suddenly all over Facebook threads, with people repeat-ordering dozens and dozens. Comments (effectively product reviews) tend to read like: “Made my 6-year-old’s whole week — they’re her absolute favorite!”; “Oh my goodness. I’m not a huge...
By Griffin Swartzell Commercial real estate wasn’t in Tyson Liese’s plans. After this Highlands Ranch native earned dual bachelor’s degrees in business communication and philosophy from UCCS, he aimed to attend graduate school and study law or public policy. But when he looked at the numbers, his plans changed. “Looking at...
By Bridgett Harris Helping others has always been a powerful motivator for Adah Rodriguez — and that drive has led her to mission-based nonprofits. A Colorado native, Rodriguez grew up in the small town of Gardner, between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains. She says the strong sense...
By Griffin Swartzell Claire Sanderson loves being part of the family business. Her mother, Noreen Landis-Tyson, is the president and CEO of local nonprofit Community Partnership for Child Development … giving preschool children a head start. Sanderson started volunteering with the organization when she was a kid. CPCD gave Sanderson her...
Weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed havoc on the United States, Fort Carson was already preparing for the fallout. Col. Brian Wortinger, garrison commander at Fort Carson, said beginning in early January, post leadership was in daily contact with peers in South Korea about the virus and were cognizant of...
For years, marketing experts have been urging small businesses to establish and maintain social media accounts to reach their customers. Now, it’s just about the only way. “Whenever anyone complains that sales are low, I always like to say, ‘Wonderful — that’s a great opportunity for marketing. It doesn’t have to...
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,...
From the time he turned 18, Jeffry Radspinner knew he wanted his own online business. But finding the right product and model took time. “I started messing around with all kinds of different businesses,” Radspinner said. “It was basically just e-commerce with different niches. I tried selling name brand designer clothing, video...
Back when Amaury Perez worked for a corporate information technology company, business travel took him all over the country. Over time, the endless succession of hotel rooms in different cities started to wear him down. “There was a couple years there where I was on the road 100 percent of the...
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...