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When Courtney Caldwell switched from graphic design to bartending, she had no experience in service — but she fell in love with the work. And when she founded Pour Provisions six months ago, she found a way to bring her two worlds together. Caldwell describes her quirky T-shirts, pins, patches and coins for bartenders, baristas […]
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Nine years ago, Alicia Archibald was a Business Journal Rising Star. Now she’s a leading light in the Colorado Springs recycling community. Raised on a farm in Navarro, Texas, Archibald moved to Colorado Springs with her family in December 1989. Archibald, who studied business administration at the University of Phoenix, joined the Clean Air Campaign […]
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Lauren McKenzie bid farewell to her identity as an employee and the year 2017 at the exact same time. On Jan. 1, 2018, the Southern California native started her own design and marketing agency, REN Creativ, with a single client. It’s been more than a year since McKenzie left the nest of a local web […]
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When Jason DeaBueno was growing up in Colorado Springs in the 1980s, he would take the Silver Key Senior Services bus to the Colorado Springs Senior Center with his great-grandmother. “That was my first introduction to Silver Key,” the organization’s new president and CEO said. “From that time forward, I’ve had the opportunity to be […]
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Chris Myers has seen and done an awful lot in his 29 years. Professionally, the vice president of Hoff & Leigh’s Colorado Springs operations has also sold sewing machines, raced mountain bikes, managed retail and worked as a recruiter (to name a few) — all before entering the world of commercial real estate. The Colorado […]
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As an introvert, Chris Jordahl relies on his years of improv training to better communicate with others. He also uses his theater training to help run Black Tie Beverages, the bartending business he co-owns with his wife, Melodie Jordahl. “Running the business and having to be a bartender, it definitely takes me out of my […]
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Mark Soto got homesick, and started a food truck. The whole tale also takes in a long-held dream, a burst of courage and a really successful GoFundMe effort, but the end is the same: Slow Downz Texas Creole Food Cart. A Texas native, Soto has been a fixture in the Colorado Springs culinary scene since […]
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By Faith Miller – Colorado Springs Independent As the person on city staff most directly responsible for affordable housing in Colorado Springs, Community Development Division Manager Steve Posey has a lot on his shoulders. But he’s largely optimistic about the city’s affordable housing prospects, despite a predicted shortage of almost 14,000 units for households making […]
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James Garofalo’s first exposure to counseling was helping fellow soldiers who were returning from a yearlong deployment in Iraq. “My unit had, just by pure randomness, selected me to attend a two-day, very brief, very introductory training course on working with guys who are coming back struggling with substance abuse and/or family issues,” he said. […]
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Interior designer Courtney Sikora was absolutely determined not to become an interior designer. “I grew up in a design-build firm — my mom’s an interior designer, my dad’s a general contractor — so it was always just a part of my life,” she said. “As a kid, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. […]
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Seeing the impact stable, affordable housing can have on a person’s life is what drew Jeff Martinez to development. “It can really change someone’s entire world to know they have a roof over their head,” he said. “When you see firsthand how that changes their lives, it makes you want to be involved with helping […]
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Brent Sabati is banking on a different type of tool to get his name out in the business community. The 23-year-old financial advisor for Mutual of Omaha recently started Attitude Check: The Business Leadership Podcast. “It’s with a friend from college and what we are trying to do is interview different business people — leaders,” […]
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