On a recent Saturday evening, I joined my boardmember spouse and several hundred others at The Arc’s annual shindig at the Hotel Eleganté. The evening unfolded predictably enough: sign in, table assignments, cocktails, networking, silent auction, proceed to tables, videos, food, introductions, fiery keynote speech from longtime activist, awards, more...
Colorado lawmakers had an opportunity during the 2018 legislative session to really help level the playing field for the state’s small businesses by passing bills that would have established a paid family and medical leave insurance program as well as a publicly administered retirement savings program for private-sector workers....
True confession No. 1: I keep a lot of stuff that I should have thrown away. True confession  No. 2: I subscribe to three daily newspapers. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of old newspapers in the basement. For some reason, I saved the editorial section of the Sunday, Dec. 16,...
Last week, southern Colorado found out about the new owners of The Pueblo Chieftain: GateHouse Media. The Chieftain will no longer have local ownership and has become a part of the largest newspaper group in the United States. Instead of a family business with deep roots in the community, The Chieftain...
Let’s imagine that you bought a big house on a quiet street in an idyllic western city a few decades ago. You soon figured out that you could make a few bucks by renting out the basement apartment. That went well, so you started an in-house event business, hosting...
Last week, the Colorado Springs Business Journal ran one of our routine features — a One-on-One profile with the interim CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Dr. Brian Erling. The response from the health system was anything but routine, so we feel the need to set the record straight. The...
Less than two months until the June 26 primaries — aren’t you excited? I thought not, but you ought to be. Thanks to the voter-approved measure that allows unaffiliated voters to vote in either the Republican or Democratic contests, plus contentious and unpredictable multi-candidate fields in a number of...
The issue: Small businesses provide jobs, economic development and a sense of place in the community. What we think: Honor small businesses more than just once a year — make a point to shop local whenever possible. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. Owning a small business is risky — […]
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With a population of around 1,200, Cripple Creek punches way above its weight. It’s arguably the best preserved and most interesting of Colorado’s historic mining towns and (with its next-door neighbor Victor) one of the few that haven’t been overwhelmed by gentrification. It’s a tough little city, one built...
What do you do when your industry is slowly collapsing? Do you shrug and find a new profession or tough it out and hope for better times? And if you stay the course, how can you and your peers keep the industry alive? In the last two decades, editorial employment...
Across the nation, housing prices are outpacing both low- and middle-income earners — and El Paso County is no exception. Until recently, Colorado Springs was more affordable than other Front Range cities, but the city is now experiencing double-digit growth in home prices and rental rates, with no end in...
On Sept. 9, 2013, Zeezo’s owners Mark and Jessica Modeer bought the building that formerly housed Bryant & Scott Jewelers for $1.263 million. It seemed like a pretty hefty price for the 113-year-old 8,350-square-foot single-story building, but Mark and Jessica had a deserved reputation as canny business owners. Skeptics...