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Lee Haider, a North Dakota native, is a student in the Bachelor of Innovation program at UCCS. Haider, along with fellow students Meghan Lunday, Andrew Stevenson and Elijah Salberg, have created Trof, an app that aims to connect strangers around a meal. “For Millennials and Gen Z, there are thousands of social media apps. But […]
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As a corporate accountant, Kathleen Fox enjoyed doing payroll but didn’t like the reports she had to run. “If you had a two-person payroll, you would probably get 10 pages of paper.” Fox said. “The place I was working for, we had different locations, and every location had about 50 employees. I got a stack […]
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Owners and operators of industrial machinery: Don’t worry — Mark Swarny has you covered. Swarny, founder of Custom Linings and head of its corporate operations, was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City when he was first introduced to the world of industrial coatings. “I was doing some research using coatings for the […]
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Planet Granite’s president Adam Bauer and vice president Nonnie Salamon first went into business together when they were teenagers. The two, who grew up in Woodland Park, had a window cleaning business. “We just have a good balance when it comes to business,” Bauer said. “I have all these ideas, and she makes them happen.” […]
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Adventurist Backpack Co. turned out its first line in September 2017. Since then, the social enterprise is committed and on course to provide a total of about 65,000 meals to people in need. Co-founder Kelly Belknap is a Monument native and Lewis-Palmer High School graduate who created the company with his Swedish wife, Matilda Sandström. […]
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In 2002, Jan Erickson was taking care of a friend who was recovering from a stroke. The woman had a closet full of beautiful clothes that went unworn because it was too hard to put them on, and was living in hospital gowns. One night, Erickson dreamed of a solution: a soft, lightweight jacket with […]
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Jenny and Tyler Sherman first met at the Mining Exchange in the 2000s — Tyler was the general manager tasked by owner Perry Sanders with opening the hotel. Jenny was the general manager of the hotel’s restaurant, Springs Orleans. The couple has since moved on from working for others in the hospitality industry, opening not […]
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For less than the price of an off-the-rack department store suit, the well-dressed businessperson can have a bespoke garment that’s hand-tailored to the individual’s size and shape and fits like a second skin. “Store-bought suits can’t cover things like drooping or square shoulders,” said Steve Pariani, owner of custom tailoring business Steve Pariani LLC. “Some […]
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Julota provides software as a service platform that creates a virtual safety net in communities by connecting agencies and organizations that service the most vulnerable populations.
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Jessica Fierro’s love for beer began when her husband, Rich, received military orders to Germany, considered by many as the beer mecca of the world. “Literally the beer was cheaper than water or wine and you got it in mass volumes,” she said. “What I knew of beer was what my dad drank, which was […]
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When a business finds a unique market niche that also reflects the passion and purposes of its owners, it’s got the makings of a big idea. In just three years, Who Gives a SCRAP has become a popular destination where thrifty teachers, artists and crafters can find affordably priced, new and gently used supplies, while […]
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Jeff Hatten said he’s always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even selling used books from his home to neighborhood kids while growing up in Colorado Springs. The Air Academy High School graduate left for Greeley where he found work in newspaper sales at the Greeley Tribune. Hatten parlayed that experience into a software sales job before […]
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