It’s that time of year again. When the front aisles at local big-box department stores switch from carrying beach towels and sunscreen to rows of composition books, pens and, of course, glue sticks. “We are expecting a pretty strong back-to-school shopping season this year,” said Katherine Cullen, the director of industry and consumer insights at […]
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When Dale Nelson started repairing small appliances in the garage of his home, East Fillmore Street was a dirt road, and Nelson’s shop was surrounded by horse pasture. The city has grown up to surround that property now, but the lot still houses Nelson’s legacy, Nelson Appliance Repair. Now owned by Bret Geihsler, an employee […]
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From the moment on July 31, 1871, when General William Palmer’s men drove the first stake of Colorado Springs at what is now the southeast corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues, the city had a water problem. The general’s ingenious real estate promotion sat on several thousand acres of empty prairie on the east […]
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Problem: Too many companies believe  there is a universally optimal design for a board of directors and their board must fit it. They seem to think that there is only one model of board structure and it must fit every company. But, boards of directors, like marketing campaigns and strategic plans, need to be customized […]
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Three framed pictures of fighter jets hang on the wall of Grinders Sandwich Company along with a large, wood-carved American flag and silhouetted service members. The restaurant’s chairs used to be filled with airmen from Peterson Air Force Base stopping in for their midday meal. Now those seats, along with others at nearby restaurants, sit […]
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Twelve years ago, Juaquin Mobley made a life-altering decision that landed him behind bars for the better part of a decade. But the path he’s taken since being released inspired the message he shares with young adults living in Southeast Colorado Springs — a message about self-worth, community and the value of stable employment. Mobley […]
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Jenny Bazzetta and Stephanie Yu are preparing to host an event that they wish they’d been invited to when they were starting their businesses. “There are so many women with small handmade and craft businesses and not a lot of opportunities,” said Bazzetta, who makes and sells handcrafted confections through her business, BonBon Bombardier. “Business […]
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Michael Thomas is the new superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11. The job has brought him all the way  from Minnesota to the Front Range, but the road is longer than that. It stretches back 27 years — and it starts with a boy named Reggie. When they met, Thomas was a pre-veterinary medicine […]
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Matthew Hexter loves craft beer. But as careers go, he doesn’t think the industry has much room left for him. So the founder of and vintner for Evergood Elixirs stepped away from his passion and followed a path less traveled. Based in Palmer Lake, Evergood Elixirs produces the citrus “adventure wines” Skier Pee (lemon citrus […]
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Manitou Springs City Council has rejected a citizens’ petition to force reconsideration of the city’s 50-year tax incentive agreement with the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Mayor Ken Jaray, however, is seeking to address some of the concerns about the agreement expressed at a July 18 town hall meeting at the Briarhurst Manor, hosted by The […]
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A lending opportunity is available to residents and businesses operating in Southeast Colorado Springs with the goal of helping prevent crime. “This is one of the most exciting and innovative approaches to criminal justice reform in the nation,” said Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs. “The Transforming Safety project is an elegant meeting of economic development […]
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There is a single mortgage lending document that comes with 1,000 pages of instructions banks are required to follow. “Banks are the most heavily regulated industry in the nation,” said Amanda Averch, director of communication for The Colorado Bankers Association. “[The association] is aware that the cost of compliance has become a much heavier burden […]
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