When Rim Technologies CEO Sara Kinney lit up the historic Michelle sign over 122 N. Tejon St. in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 27 — a decade after its 248 bulbs went dark — it symbolized a dream come true. Now she’s helping inventors and entrepreneurs realize dreams of...
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series with nine local stakeholders discussing their industries and how they’re preparing for the next economic downturn. It’s an interesting time to live in Colorado Springs, let alone to run a business. Though the city’s booming economy might encourage increased investment, many fear the next economic […]
In 2008, Robert Patton was deployed to Iraq as a mortuary affairs specialist. He said it was difficult wearing his heavy gear in the desert, where temperatures reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit. But Patton drew inspiration from his perspiration and discomfort. He created a startup called Sheath Underwear, and started selling cooling, breathable undergarments for men […]
Despite a national trend in the reduction of business starts, local leaders insist this is a good time for startup companies in Colorado Springs. A handful of industry leaders say the local landscape is primed for startup success, thanks to a variety of factors. “We have a perfect storm of opportunity for startups in Colorado […]
Business owners increasingly are realizing that they have the potential not just to make profit but to benefit their communities. From that concept, a new social impact economy is evolving. Social impact enterprises sell goods and services, but also have specific social objectives, to fulfill a primary mission or purpose. Maximizing profit is not their […]
Mike Juran hadn’t heard of Quad Innovation Partnership when he met Jake Eichengreen about a year ago at a Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC event. But he was intrigued, and discussed doing a project with his growing graphical user interface company, Altia, and the Quad. Now Altia is one of the Quad’s three projects, along […]
Jenny Bazzetta and Stephanie Yu are preparing to host an event that they wish they’d been invited to when they were starting their businesses. “There are so many women with small handmade and craft businesses and not a lot of opportunities,” said Bazzetta, who makes and sells handcrafted confections through her business, BonBon Bombardier. “Business […]