Ben Ives started his business in a tiny basement apartment in Old Colorado City. After six months working 12 to 14 hours a day developing software to help people obtain visas to enter the United States, at 3 a.m. on one epic day, he hit the “enter” button on his computer to go live with […]
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After working in IT locally for more than a decade, Larry Rothzeid decided to turn his passion for technology into a business of his own. Rothzeid is the owner and founder of The Mac Corner, a local company that exclusively repairs, refurbishes and sells used Apple products. Unlike most of his competition, however, Rothzeid is […]
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A drive down 41st Lane in Pueblo looks exactly like farmland portrayed in movies: green fields, vast acreage and scattered barns. On that road, 3 Sisters Farm and Dairy might blend in with the rest of the view, but the mission behind this family business is to stand out and educate the public about the […]
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It was an idea that grew out of a mentoring program in Pueblo — and now the concept is looking to go nationwide this year. Diana Hall, owner and founder of ActivArmor, which manufactures 3D-printed splints, was running the La Jente Mentoring Program on Pueblo’s Eastside. During her 2½ years there, among the six or […]
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A single piece of bubble gum launched Garth Hystad into the business world when he was a fifth-grader in foster care. Severely mistreated by his foster family, Hystad was always hungry. He had to wait for the family’s biological children to finish their meals and then ask them for their discarded food, “so I could have […]
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By day, Krithika Prashant works in the city’s communication office, writing press releases and fielding media inquiries. In her spare time, she runs a business that focuses on a lifelong passion: dance and music. “My parents say that I loved music and dance when I was 2,” she said, recalling her childhood in India. “I […]
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Sensei Deb Cupples has worked hard during the past decade to dispel the “karate master” myth. “People still have the idea that if they do something wrong they’ll get kicked in the legs or have to do pushups, and they’ll get yelled and screamed at,” she said. “That’s what people have long thought about martial […]
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Robin Madera was exposed to the hospitality industry at an early age, having grown up around her grandfather’s restaurant. Richard Zarn, who started his business in Santa Barbara, Calif. in the 1970s, called his eatery Omelets Etc. Though his restaurant only lasted a few years, in 2010 Robin and her husband, Juan Madera, decided to […]
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By Ashleigh Hollowell Lynmar Racquet & Health Club, a former Colorado Springs fitness facility, will soon reopen under a new name, Colorado Springs Coliseum, after a change of ownership in 2008 did not work out in the long run. New owner Daniel Jenkins has been an entrepreneur since high school, where he made $3,000 by […]
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It’s no surprise that the folks who decided to open Colorado Springs’ only “vegan dive bar” — on the edge of a strip mall — have a sense of humor and a more-the-merrier attitude. “What’s my position — bar clown?” Burrowing Owl co-owner Tyler Schiedel asked. “We like to say this is our playground. We’re […]
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By Ashleigh Hollowell Off historic Union Avenue in downtown Pueblo, just next to the Arkansas River, sits a small family-owned and -operated manufacturing business that has defied the odds for decades. Aztec Manufacturing opened in 1947 and has been at the same downtown location for its entire 70 years. The company specializes in steel manufacturing […]
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BombBomb’s co-founder acknowledges that the company’s name can offend some people — and remembers when he first tried to open a company account, the bank teller refused his request. But Conor McCluskey says the criticism doesn’t bother him. He called his email marketing company BombBomb — slang for “You’re the Bomb.com” — to make sure […]
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