In the 17th century, farmers in the American Colonies were required by law to grow hemp, a valuable raw material used to make rope, cloth and parchment. Hempseed oil fueled lamps in colonists’ homes. According to historians, Thomas Jefferson wrote a draft of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper. Now, 400 years later, Colorado […]
Colorado Springs Fire Marshal Brett Lacey has seen it happen, time and time again, after a business owner finds a location he or she likes and signs a lease or buys it. “Then they start doing the process,” Lacey said. “They have to go to [the Pikes Peak] Regional Building [Department] and the Fire Department, […]
Bibliophiles may dream of opening a bookstore, oenophiles may hope to leave the rat race and start a vineyard on the Western Slope — but art collectors and artists imagine what it would be like to open an art gallery. Imagine your very own gallery. You’d sell your creations, or those of the artists and […]
Community theater companies have proliferated in Colorado Springs in the past several years. “If you wanted to, you could probably see a live show just about every weekend,” said Emory John Collinson, vice president of the Springs Ensemble Theatre. The biggest companies, the Fine Arts Center Theatre and Theatreworks, dominate the scene. As part of […]
Attendees of the upcoming UCCS Economic Forum will hear a slightly different presentation compared to the past few years. “The national economist and myself will be talking about the next U.S. economic downturn,” said Tatiana Bailey, executive director of the UCCS Economic Forum. “Colorado Springs and the state have been outperforming the nation … in […]
Members of the Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council) get together each month for a networking and educational luncheon. This month’s meeting on Sept. 18 at the Hotel Eleganté has a special purpose: to mark Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. It will be […]
Following a recent trend, 410 call center employees are being laid off in Colorado Springs this fall; however, other customer service centers seem eager to employ them. “If someone wants to stay working in call centers, they easily can,” said Jennifer Pierceall Herman, the industry relations manager for the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. “As soon […]
Vying for customers’ attention is nothing new for businesses. However, fending off industry rivals in a competitive job market is a recent development. “The wage competition is really, really high right now,” said Jennifer Pierceall Herman, industry relations manager for the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. “We hear from employers that they get somebody and then […]
If — or when — the Pikes Peak region experiences another disastrous fire or flood, how would you be involved in the recovery? What could you do to help? That’s something the Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management would like businesses to think about. After the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire, the 2013 Black […]
Meeting the needs of older people will increasingly become a priority for businesses. According to the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, the senior market is growing — 155 Coloradans turn 65 every day. As of 2015, 12.4 percent of residents of the Pikes Peak region were 65 or older,...
Business Development Saturday, Feb. 17 SBDC: Business Plan Weekend Boot Camp Learn more about creating a business plan. Course is specifically for Southeast Colorado Springs and spans two weekends, free, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Feb. 18, 1-5 p.m.; Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Feb. 25, 1-5 p.m. Sand Creek Library,...
Growing up in Colorado Springs in the 1950s I was, like all of my male friends, a car guy. We worked, dreamed and schemed, anticipating three life-changing milestones: turning 16, getting a driver’s license and buying a car. A car meant freedom from nosy parents, from begging rides with friends, from taking buses, from having […]