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Mike Pach lives on the edge of his comfort zone, and part of his mission as owner of 3 Peaks Photography and Design is to help others find theirs. “One of the things I try to tell my students is to look for things, and try things, that are out of your comfort zone or […]
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Aaron “Ace” Cosley showed the first glimpse of business acumen as a young adult in 1970s Detroit, when he charged his 18th birthday party guests an admission fee they were all too willing to pay. That event turned out to be the infant stages of ACE Entertainment, which has held strong since 1979 — even […]
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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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These days, Gregg Sheldon is firing on all cylinders. The local entrepreneur has found a way to utilize his love of cars and his social work background in launching several businesses. A native of Massachusetts, Sheldon spent the first few decades of life trying to figure out his place in the world. One of his […]
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When patients first walk up the staircase to Resurgence Ketamine Clinic, they are often, metaphorically, at the end of the road. Most have lost years — decades, even — of their lives to mood disorders or chronic pain, and have made little progress through standard treatments. Most of the roughly 20 patients treated at the […]
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Larry Ash has a talent for repurposing anything — including his business. Hillside Gardens and Event Center started life as a garden center, set on a scenic, 4-acre property nestled into the Hillside neighborhood. The center sold plants that grow well in the Pikes Peak region — everything from herbs to trees — and was […]
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By Regan Foster, Southeast Express As the founding editor and general manager of the Southeast Express newspaper, I can’t tell you how excited we are to be partnering with the Colorado Springs Business Journal in the Southeast Business Plan Competition. This is an amazing contest geared toward growing entrepreneurs from the ground up — think […]
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Editor’s note: Sammi Blaque was named this year’s Southeast Business Plan competition winner during a celebratory luncheon Thursday, April 25 at Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center.  Sammi Blaque turned to yoga after a car wreck in 2012, and it changed everything. “I was involved in a car accident, and my husband and I were […]
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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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