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If a person has the idea, the nerve and the cash, Colorado Springs is not a bad place to start a small business. In fact, Colorado Springs earned an A+ in a recent survey of business owners who gave the city high marks for not having a lot of red tape. Experts who counsel small-business […]
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Neumann Systems Group hit a major milestone in its efforts to market its products to the Asian market. The local company received its first Chinese patent for a flat jet spray liquid gas contactor. The development opens the door for flue gas desulfurization opportunities in the Far East. NSG has 25 U.S. patents for technologies […]
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Joyce Holmes wasn’t immediately sold on the idea of sinking her family’s savings into an indoor shooting range and gun club. It took some big-time lobbying, said Bob Holmes, her husband and owner of Whistling Pines Gun Club in Colorado Springs. “I looked around and there was no indoor shooting range here in the Springs […]
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Walk into The Downtown Dentist’s office on Tejon Street and immediately feel smiles being revived and created. The employees joke with each other and laugh. Hygienists remember details about the patients’ lives that they shared during their last visit. “We have people say they feel like they’re coming to visit friends,” said business owner and […]
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Taikos.com Established: 2003 Employees: 2.5 Location: 579 County Line Road (Palmer Lake) Contact: 719-297-1171; taikos.com Standing in his packed manufacturing space along the railroad tracks in Palmer Lake, Jesse Maddox recalls, as a child, receiving the just-released Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas. He wasn’t impressed. “The first thing I did was take it to a […]
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by Chris Komisarjevsky It may be just your imagination, but the phone isn’t ringing as much as it used to. People aren’t coming in the door quite as often, either, and you’re not sure why. It could be the economy, but that’s supposed to be getting better. It could be the market, or the fickleness […]
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This week, Maxx HD Sunglasses shipped its first order of sunglasses stamped with the logos of Major League Baseball teams to baseball stadiums across the country, including Coors Field in Denver. In a partnership with Major League Baseball, the Monument-based sunglasses supplier becomes the official supplier of MLB franchise logo sunglasses and hopes to double […]
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During the past two years, the SBA has been working directly with the private and public sector lending community to prepare loan products that are more responsive to the needs of small business. In particular, we exchange ideas with banks, credit unions, certified development companies, chambers and various lender associations, resulting in products that simplify […]
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The Colorado Small Business Development Centers Network has launched a website designed to provide free consulting, training and online resources for small businesses in the transportation industry. The website, called Connect2Dot (www.connect2dot.org) is funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation and managed by the SBDC. The site offers quick and easy access to information on […]
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When Jim and Elaine Smith moved their landmark outdoor store, Mountain Chalet, to its new site at 15 N. Nevada Ave., they closed for only one day. Mountain Chalet shut its doors a bit early on Saturday, May 18, at the Tejon Street location where it’s been for decades. After a frenzy of packing, moving […]
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“Don’t worry even if things end up a bit too heavy; we’ll all float on alright.” — Modest Mouse In 2012, things got a bit too heavy for Jason Buck. He barely made it out of Afghanistan alive. “I was shot five times … well, about 10 times, but five went through my body. I […]
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Last month we discussed why you need systems and controls, and offered suggestions for types of controls you can build into your business. Now we want to discuss when you need them and how to make them “stick.” Obviously, if you created a checklist or step-by-step procedures policy for every single task performed in your […]
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