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The signs were there early. As a kid in small-town Alaska, Katherine Rhoades says, her friends hated playing Barbies with her. “I was just terrible at it,” she recalls. “I would rather sort the clothes than dress the dolls. “My family and friends definitely recognized me as a natural for organizing. Even as a child, […]
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Cooking began as a family bonding experience for Hannah Cupples, but she knew from an early age that it would one day become her livelihood as well. “I pretty much knew I wanted to cook since I was 4 years old,” said Cupples, now 24 and the chef de cuisine at Four by Brother Luck […]
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Two worlds collided one day when Tonia Nifong was performing with the Flourish Dance Company in Colorado Springs. On that stage, Nifong took her first step toward her job as communications manager for The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, which provides a range of services and advocates for people with disabilities and their families. […]
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Southeast Colorado Springs has long endured a reputation for crime, poverty, drugs and high dropout rates — but talk to Julie Ramirez, and you’ll hear about a community ready to reinvent itself. Ramirez, 27, is the Southeast community coordinator for the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, and she’s helping build the grassroots enthusiasm, practical skills […]
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Matthew Kubiak was on track for a career in some kind of athletic pursuit. A runner during his high school and college days, Kubiak competed from 2005-07 under an endorsement from Reebok after earning a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He then obtained a master’s […]
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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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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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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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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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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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