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Colorado Springs native Gentle Fritz, co-owner of downtown bar/event venue Zodiac, has taken an interesting path to business ownership. She attended Palmer High School, then worked as an exotic dancer, used car salesperson and bartender before partnering with Christina Stone to open Zodiac in 2011. Since then, Zodiac has become a downtown fixture — cool, […]
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Recent snowstorms in Colorado Springs boosted the bottom line at Papa Tom’s Express Car Wash, the new automatic car wash at 301 E. Fillmore St. near North Nevada Avenue. The car wash, owned and operated by Brian Nystrom, features an east wall that is completely glass, so customers can watch cars travel 140 feet through […]
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Colorado Springs native Tiffany Colvert, 32, is a woman working in a realm dominated by men: commercial real estate sales and leasing. The only woman in the field at NAI Highland, Colvert said her gender has only helped her business career. With a bachelor’s degree in city planning and urban development, Colvert volunteers in six […]
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Since 2013, Colorado Springs native Rhea Phaneuf has served as the marketing and events project manager for the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization at UCCS. She has worked in marketing and events for more than 15 years, including stints with Ent Credit Union, BluSky Restoration Contractors and the Professional Bull Riders. Earlier this […]
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Harris Kalofonos and the ancient Olympic Games didn’t start too far apart. Kalofonos, 33, was born and raised in Athens, Greece, near Olympia, where the Games originated. He earned an undergraduate degree in physical education from a Greek university, spent a couple of  years in the Greek army’s special forces, interned with the U.S. Olympic […]
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After venturing more than 30 times from the U.S. to China, Eric Moraczewski is no amateur at doing business abroad. Establishing a resourceful network across borders, the 34-year-old CEO founded FDI Strategies LLC in November 2013 — getting mid-tier firms plugged into foreign markets, assisting foreign clients in establishing a U.S. presence and helping domestic […]
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Jessica Gladney, manager of the North Academy Boulevard branch of Security Service Federal Credit Union, has been involved in finance most of her adult life. After she moved to Colorado Springs in 2006 with her high-school sweetheart husband, an Air Force air traffic controller, they left the city almost every weekend for the entertainment of […]
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Arizona native Shannon Rauen has followed a somewhat unconventional career path. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in political science in 2003, she moved to Washington, D.C., for an internship and stayed, drawn by the capital’s energy and focus. She met her future husband in Washington, became a military spouse, and […]
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Shawn Howe, 37, grew up in western Kansas, just miles from the Colorado state line. With aspirations of going to medical school, Howe earned his bachelor’s degree in science from Kansas State University. He decided not to stay in school for so much of his life, and followed his brother to Colorado Springs. While working […]
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Who cooked the Last Supper? Probably a woman, because no holiday commemorates it, said Liz Rosenbaum, owner of Her Story Cafe. Rosenbaum operates the restaurant within Library 21c at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, and considers herself a culinary anthropologist and positive feminist. The restaurant features food named for significant women in history — Condoleezza Chicken […]
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San Francisco Bay area native Deb Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Colorado. Her accomplishments don’t stop there. She has served on the boards of several local nonprofits, and is an active member of the faith community. […]
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Andy Oyler grew up in Colorado Springs. While caddying at The Broadmoor and other courses, he picked up not only valuable business tips, but also a full-ride scholarship to the University of Colorado in Boulder. After studying architecture, his career took a different turn when he met commercial real estate broker Dale Stamp, who now […]
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