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Since 2017, the Colorado nonprofit Transforming Safety has been offering former prison inmates a new start through entrepreneurship training and business loans. The aim was to reduce recidivism — Colorado has the nation’s fourth-worst rate, at 50 percent — and build businesses in underserved areas.

In October, the owners of The Wild Goose Meeting House and Good Neighbors Meeting House faced the biggest challenge of their eight years in business, and not just because of pandemic disruption.

The last year and a half has forced chambers of commerce in southern Colorado to adapt to survive. Networking events, often the cornerstone for any chamber, went virtual in 2020 and chamber resources had to be leveraged in new ways to retain and benefit members.

After building the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame for double the cost of the original estimate of $45 million, museum board members want $3.5 million from the city’s American Rescue Plan allocation. The money apparently is needed to plug a revenue hole caused by a lack…

When Todd Baldwin started Red Leg Brewing Company in 2013, he had little guidance or resources from the Colorado Springs business community, outside of a pamphlet on how to launch a restaurant.

Briona Patterson was a supervisor at her job for more than a year when she became pregnant; her son was born two months before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020. But when she attempted to return to work after maternity leave, she was beset by new anxieties over the pandemic.

As recently as five or so years ago, investors were not choosing to put their money where their beliefs were. The reason: socially responsible investing didn’t provide the level of returns they could earn with traditional investments.

The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC finally hosted its first home game on May 21 at Downtown’s new 8,000-seat Weidner Field. With COVID restrictions loosening, the stadium was able to increase capacity to 70 percent a few days before gameday and still managed a limited sellout of 5,600 seats…

Before the digital age, it wasn’t easy for consumers to work out whether a particular business acted ethically, except by word of mouth. Now, reviews and information about a business’ reliability, values and practices are just a click away.

On May 8, Colorado Springs broke ground on a historic park renovation project in the Southeast. The Panorama Park project is the biggest of its kind in Colorado Springs history, and it would not be possible without a partnership between public entities and private industry.

Just about everyone’s heard the 1971 megahit “American Pie,” by Don McLean, who famously sings a line about “the day the music died.” While actually an oblique reference to a 1959 plane crash that killed rock legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, listeners who don’t know t…

In the northeastern stretches of the city, a new neighborhood is going up on Odin Drive. A house sits on muddy, rain-soaked ground with workers crawling in and out of every opening. It’s like an anthill with hardhats.

Leona Abdullah-Ward dreamed of having her own dance studio for more than a decade. She’d taught fitness classes at Hillside Community Center after retiring in 2000 from the Army, but she’d never had a place of her own. 

Ready for a paradigm shift? Not since the invention of the horseless carriage and the electric light bulb have Americans faced such radical changes in how they travel or power their homes. In years to come, skyrocketing gasoline prices could pressure citizens to either buy electric cars or u…

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought many changes in the workplace. It has decimated some businesses while increasing the demand for others’ goods and services. It has highlighted weaknesses and inequalities and forced the adoption of new business models.

SeaChange Capital Partners, an organization that helps nonprofits with complex challenges, warned a year ago that nonprofits would have to take decisive action to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.