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Vinnie Persichetti grew up in “a very close, very tight Italian family” in small-town Pennsylvania. He’s the second-youngest of seven kids — three sisters, three brothers — and the only one to join the military. “My dad was an electrician so he made decent money, but we did not grow up well-to-do,” he said. “And […]
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It’s said that as much as 40 percent of the U.S. food supply ends up in landfills. FoodMaven, a local social enterprise, was created to do something about that. The for-profit, founded in 2015, aims “to bring agility and flexibility to the U.S. food system,” according to the company’s website. The task is no small […]
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As president of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council and program manager for Onward to Opportunity, a veterans career transition nonprofit, Joe Aldaz has made it his mission to create employment and business opportunities for all in the region. A native of Raton, N.M., Aldaz found himself in Colorado Springs following an appointment to the […]
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While some prefer to create their own business, others find comfort in the security of established franchises and their proven methodology. “[Franchise ownership] is a great way to get into having your own business,” said Jessica Mizell. “It allows you to have something of your own while really minimizing the risk.” In 2013, Mizell came […]
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Dawn Lissy has always shot for the moon. Growing up, the president and founder of the Empirical family of companies wanted to be an astronaut. “That dream came to a quick finality when I didn’t get into aerospace engineering,” she said. “I went into engineering mechanics instead.” Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Lissy earned […]
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What does one do after creating nuclear weapons simulations in rural New Mexico for four years? Move to Minnesota and work in investments, of course! For Chip Kent, the leap was a little more intuitive than it sounds. Kent is the CEO of Cecropia Capital, a value-investing fund for private investors, and he is chief […]
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Frank Sinclair knows what it’s like to dream — and to wake to the realization that dreams and nightmares can be separated by the finest of lines. The oldest of 14 siblings, Sinclair was born in Red Springs, a small town of about 1,400 people in North Carolina. He joined the Air Force at the […]
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A lone palm tree sways among waves crashing on an island beach. A positive state of mind and body is so important to Navakai, a local IT consulting company, that even its logo exudes a sense of calm and well-being. And that is no accident, as wellness is modeled from the top. Navakai CEO Davin […]
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David Kirshenbaum said the company he leads, Emagispace, flips the old recognizable “Field of Dreams” quote on its head. “You’ve heard, ‘If you build it they will come’?” Kirshenbaum said. “Here, when they come, we will build it to their liking.” Kirshenbaum began as CEO of Emagispace, a Palmer Lake-based building technology company, in July. […]
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The Colorado Springs affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has been a part of the Colorado Springs community for 27 years. Current Executive Director Lori Jarvis has led the organization, which assists the families of those living with mental illness and those with mental illnesses themselves, since 2011. With a full-time staff of […]
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Six years ago, Beth Alessio’s son, then 4 years old, spent two separate occasions in the hospital. The first time was for a dog bite that became infected. “He was bitten on his face and was hospitalized for four days,” Alessio said. “Four months later he contracted E. coli. He was really sick. … That […]
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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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