Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli have gained a reputation as one of Colorado Springs’ most creative, even fearless, dealmakers. It’s no wonder: In the last 10 years, they’ve played a key role in remaking the city’s once-sedate downtown into a lively, diverse and busy destination.
While working on a multimillion-dollar engineering project, you hit a creative wall. Timing is tight and the deadline is two short hours away. You need a break. That’s why the company has a swing set. Following the lead of Google headquarters in California, several Colorado Springs companies created fun workplace environments for their employees in […]
Workforce shortages are not a new concept in the Pikes Peak region, or Colorado or even the U.S. There has been much discussion surrounding skilled trades and the lack of workers to fill them, whether in the manufacturing sector, construction or information technology. Many of those shortages are blamed on a lack of exposure and educational […]
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending, both nationally and in Colorado, reached all-time record levels during fiscal year 2015, the year ending Sept. 30. In El Paso County, the SBA gave 141 loans that totaled more than $39 million. Most of those came from the U.S. Bank National Association, which made 35 loans for more […]
The window display at Terra Verde is covered with black cloth, yet beckons passers-by to look inside — “if they dare.” The display — which features Terra Verde’s fall line in a “gruesome” Halloween genre — is just one of many along Tejon Street that allow window shoppers to catch a glimpse of the wares inside.
This week the Business Journal focuses on the Tri-Lakes region, and growth in Monument specifically. The area is experiencing a decent commercial boom, with new shops and restaurants open and under construction. But where the region is really experiencing growth is in its residential development, with hundreds of new homes expected to go online within […]
Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy Pico), Council stripped away funding […]
It may be Election Day, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. As Angela Joslyn posted this morning on Facebook: “Sent in my ballot a while back when I got it and understand the ‘voter participation’ reasons for mail in ballots and send mine in early to give my side their count numbers. But I […]
After undergoing what essentially has been three first readings, Colorado Springs City Council has yet to clear the haze (is that copyrighted?), it seems, when it comes to further regulating medicinal marijuana operations in Colorado Springs. A six-month moratorium on new MMJ businesses with an under-the-wire amendment passed 6-2 Oct. 27 (Councilor Bill Murray was […]
As Tolstoy might have written, “Functional political parties are alike, but dysfunctional parties are dysfunctional in their own way.” Democrats have problems with economic reality, while Republicans are strangely devoted to junk science. Say “free medical care” or “free college tuition” to a Democratic elected official, and he/she will salivate like on of Pavlov’s dogs. […]
“We have to keep them, because they’re Van Briggle tiles,” said Kevin O’Neil, showing off the historic tile adorning part of the 1917 Santa Fe Railway Station, which O’Neil is repurposing as a collaborative workspace called Catalyst Campus. Clumsily renovated into office space during the early 1980s, the station badly needs a makeover. O’Neil and […]
What do we want for our city? Do we want to build, as Mayor John Suthers suggests, a city and a society worthy of our setting? Or do we just want to muddle through, do things on the cheap and discourage small businesses and entrepreneurs? Take, for example, the long process of determining a new […]