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Mattie Gullixson never saw herself proposing a transportation plan. However, during her time as executive director of First Tee Pikes Peak, she found the greatest challenge to recruiting children from the 80916 and 80910 ZIP codes was not a lack of interest, but of reliable transit options. “Either their families had one car and Mom […]
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Aubrey “Bo” Bowale has made it his personal and professional mission to make local, healthy food accessible and affordable, especially for those who live in the food desert that is Southeast Colorado Springs. He is proposing to launch a social enterprise called Greenbox, a mobile food vending business that will serve plant-based cuisine. “Our whole […]
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Alisha Arnold holds a day job working in bank compliance. Her second job is as a wife and mother to three children. Her third job begins when the kids are in bed and Arnold gets to baking. She is the owner of Cupcakes and Sweets LLC, a cottage baking business she started in early 2018. […]
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Kristie Bender-Carey always had a knack for clearly envisioning the direction she wanted her career to take. Now, as CEO and CFO of her own business advisory firm, the Bender-Carey Group, she aims to help others do the same. “They always tell you to envision where you want to see yourself, and I always did […]
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Roundabout Signs LLC, a Colorado Springs-based business that imports authentic foreign road signs to sell for decorative purposes, has been known to cause headaches for government officials unsure how to categorize its product. “On one hand it qualifies as aluminum, but it’s not just raw aluminum, and it didn’t really qualify as artwork,” co-owner Ben […]
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In 1991, young electronics engineers Mike Juran and Tom Walton were working on test and measurement instrumentation at Hewlett-Packard in Colorado Springs. “They had a screen on them and a lot of buttons and knobs, and over time they got to be really hard to use, even for engineers,” Juran said. “Tom and I and […]
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A Colorado Springs-based hemp company is growing its operations, to include the recent acquisition of a 110,000-square-foot facility in Pueblo West. Kashif Shan, CEO and founder of Folium Biosciences, said the extraction and purification facility will create 150-200 additional jobs in southern Colorado while increasing the company’s production by ten times its current capacity. “We […]
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The spark for Yobel Market came from an “accidental” month in Thailand. Sarah Ray didn’t mean to be there long. Backpacking with two friends after college, she’d spent five months in Africa and was heading for Nepal. “But politically in Nepal things went downhill, and we got stuck in Thailand,” Ray said. “And that was […]
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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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