Sam Guadagnoli, who oversees a dynasty of downtown nightclubs, wants to expand one of his bars, Gasoline Alley at  28 N. Tejon St., into the vacant storefront next door. Several neighboring residents and businesses have complained, saying downtown doesn’t need any more bars that bring noise and trash. Others, however, say the expansion is a good […]
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Laddie once met with a new client at his location and asked to see his existing business plan. The man reached for a binder covered in dust that sat on top of a bookcase. It held a document 50-or-so pages long that obviously hadn’t been touched for several years. Having an outdated business plan that […]
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On the dimly lit stage at Johnny’s Navajo Hogan bar and restaurant, Al Ortiz stepped up to the mic and cleared his throat. He wasn’t there to tell jokes or sing karaoke. It was “Pitch Night” and he had five minutes to convince the audience that his idea about an auto parts inventory web site […]
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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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Every day Jack Myers opens his medical marijuana shop and hopes to get one new patient.
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Go Code Colorado, the country’s first statewide civic app challenge, has been recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School as a “Bright Idea.” The Kennedy School recognized the Go Code, of which Colorado Springs was one of five competing cities, through its Innovations in American Government Awards program, according to a news release. “Go Code Colorado, at […]
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Consider these types of business owners: One is dynamite at cold calling. While most cringe at the thought, he loves it and has a high success rate. Another is a whiz at designing and engineering new products that can solve customers’ needs. One is a master at networking. She uses her skills to connect with […]
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Innkeeping and computer science might not seem to go hand in hand, but a Colorado Springs couple has made it their business to merge the two. In 2002, Mark and Lisa Kolb were working as software developers for tech companies in Colorado Springs while running a bed and breakfast near Colorado College. For years the […]
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Denver businessman Brent Harl, who helped grow Bruegger’s Bagels in Colorado during the 1990s, has bought the Colorado Springs Lawn Doctor store, making it his 17th location in the state. Harl bought his first Lawn Doctor franchise, which specializes in fertilization, weed and insect control, in 1998. Since then he’s purchased existing Lawn Doctor businesses […]
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National Ombudsman Brian Castro will convene a regional hearing for small business owners, representatives from trade associations and other members of the small business community regarding federal regulations and enforcement and compliance actions impacting America’s small businesses. The hearing will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the El Paso County Citizens Service […]
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The Colorado Small Business Development Center network created and retained 4,525 jobs during fiscal year 2012. The center consulted more than 6,000 local businesses in 56 counties, resulting in $103 million government and private sector contracts and $105 million in capital infusion. “The SBA in partnership with the Colorado SBDC network has worked tirelessly to […]
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Back in the 1980s, wine wasn’t for everyone, beer was made by large corporations and there were only a few kinds of whiskey that people routinely requested. Changing that perspective was the reason that Jim Little and Peggy McKinlay opened Coaltrain Wine & Spirits back in 1981, wanting to be the first “serious wine store” […]
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