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Active and deliberate inclusion of minorities contributes to business success, speakers told a crowd of more than 200 business leaders at the fourth annual State of Small Business forum. Minorities have driven the growth of small business in the United States and play a crucial role in economic development, said Tatiana Bailey, director of the […]
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A first-time customer approaches the counter at Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery, a hint of incredulity in her voice when she asks, “Is everything gluten free?” “All of it,” Michelle Marx, one half of the restaurant’s mother-daughter owner team, answers. “Every bit.” Michelle and her daughter, Turu Marx, have answered that question on a near-daily basis since […]
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Was General William Jackson Palmer really a teetotaler, or did he like a drink or two? Check the whiskey bottles in his trash. People tend to think Palmer didn’t drink because he famously established Colorado Springs as a dry community, Matt Mayberry says, but his trash tells a different story. “There were wine bottles, whiskey […]
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During his work as a search-and-rescue team leader in Virginia, Matt Sargent encountered many people who got into trouble because they weren’t prepared to handle unexpected events in the wilderness. Mountain Marrow, the company Sargent founded with his wife, Alex Braha, and Colorado native Aaron Hutchings, is designed to teach hikers, campers and backwoods adventurers […]
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Ryan Smith spends his days making vehicles look amazing. Smith owns Pro Auto Spa, a salon where he and his crew polish and perfect customers’ vehicles. Smith’s skill and attention to detail earned him a trip to Seattle’s Museum of Flight to work on iconic aircraft including the original Air Force One. He spent the […]
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Brad Kellum is a former firefighter, a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur, and a man who believes good soap shouldn’t be saved for fancy occasions. He’s built a plant-based lifestyle brand  — Buff City Soap — on that belief, and it’s taking off along the Front Range. Buff City, which got its start in Memphis, opened its second Colorado […]
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A hive of bees flies more than 55,000 miles to make one pound of honey. But when California’s almond orchards need pollinating, Leo and Laura Lockhart load 800 hives on a semi and transport honeybees over to the Golden State to do their thing. Pollination helps farmers boost their crop yield, and it’s currently the […]
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When Colorado Springs’ first Starbucks suddenly closed in late March, many didn’t see it coming. But Mike Hartkop had had his eye on 134 N. Tejon St. for more than a decade. He imagined it as an ideal location for another Solar Roast Coffee, the company he co-founded and owns with his brother David. Billed […]
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Six weeks ago, Jason Wells had no inkling he would soon be opening a restaurant and bar. It seemed impossible, but in just four weeks, Wells and partner Jenna Gallas managed to get the Armadillo Ranch in downtown Manitou Springs up and running for a soft opening July 4. The new place occupies the former […]
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Chris Wright spent more than five years developing his business plan for Pikes Peak Brewing Company. “Usually people don’t take that long, but I wanted to think through every possible scenario,” Wright said. That time paid off. Since the day it opened in 2011, “the Tri-Lakes community has embraced us,” he said. Wright sought to […]
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Sarah Hamilton greets a customer by name at the Colorado Farm and Art Market, and they spend a few minutes catching up before Hamilton rings up the purchase of freshly harvested greens, herbs and flowers. Hamilton is in her third year owning and running New Roots Farm, a 5-acre family operation near Cañon City. She […]
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When Shaun McCarthy decided three years ago to leave the corporate world and a banking career behind, he and his wife Annie looked at a lot of business opportunities. “We had always wanted to do something we could call our own,” Shaun said. McCarthy had dealt with a lot of small businesses during his career […]
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