Earlier this week, readers of the Colorado Springs Business Journal received an email that looked — at first glance — like a request to update their email address. In reality, it was a message designed to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues and the threat to all businesses, and to let...
“The arts inspire us, soothe us, provoke us, involve us and connect us. But they also create jobs and contribute to the economy.” — Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. Thanks to small nonprofit art galleries tucked away in the corners of the city, to...
Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer — and it means more than just the kids going back to school and cooler temperatures. For many Pikes Peak region businesses, it marks the end of their busiest season. Restaurants might see fewer people; the North Pole is looking forward to...
Here’s the scenario:  Out there  somewhere, someone is trolling your social media pages, finding out how you talk to your family, to your friends, to your employees. After gaining enough information online, the person creates a fake email address — within a few characters of your business email — and...
John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, suggested building a wall to keep out Catholic immigrants. Founding father Benjamin Franklin fretted about German immigrants. “Few of their children in the country learn English ... The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages ... Unless...
Earlier this week, a grassroots committee dropped off 200,000 signatures — more than twice the amount needed to be on the ballot — with the state government. The goal: to raise the Colorado minimum wage to $12 by 2020. The effort would increase the minimum wage from its current $8.31...
For four days this week, 50 business leaders and city officials joined the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance for its annual trip to Washington, D.C. This year’s itinerary included meetings with health care think tanks, defense officials and companies considering moving to or expanding in Colorado Springs. By all accounts,...
Every year, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC sponsors a trip to a city that is similar to Colorado Springs to study its economic development, its industries and its tourism. The goal: Learn best practices of successful cities to see if they might work in Colorado Springs. Audacity...
It started with Google. Then Apple got on board. Locally, USAA’s Colorado Springs office is routinely recognized for its efforts. And now, Bryan Construction and Navakai are competing to see who’s the best. All the cool companies now have workplace wellness programs. Do you? If you don’t, you certainly should. Workplace...
At a recent CSBJ event, Mary Fagnant, the outgoing Qualtek Manufacturing CEO, was asked: What’s the biggest challenge for manufacturing companies in Colorado Springs? Her answer: Getting suppliers and deliveries here. El Paso County has no industrial sites, no industrial switches for rail service. And it’s a reason why 35 companies...
Everything I know about business, I learned from my family — from a number of patriarchs in business whose entrepreneurial offspring spawned even more businesses, created hundreds of jobs and kept people working even during the most severe downturn since the Great Depression. My brother runs a company; so does...
The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center received a temporary reprieve this week — it will receive the necessary funding from the city to continue operations, but only for a single year. The SBDC sounded the alarm last month, when the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax committee zeroed out the...