Right now, Reggie Ash is striving to keep U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs, where military leaders say it belongs. But throughout his decades-long career, he’s also founded a military academy, led troops safely home from Afghanistan and served as a commanding officer to squadrons that …

Kim Stewart is a good listener. That’s critical to building a positive business culture that promotes diversity and inclusion, she says, and it’s a skill she’s sharing with fellow entrepreneurs through her new practice, Athena Coaching and Consulting. 

In the days before cooking shows proliferated on TV, enticing everyone to explore the culinary arts, Sam Eppley opened Sparrow Hawk Cookware in downtown Colorado Springs.

For Joshua Aldarondo, baking is more than a career — it’s a lifelong learning opportunity. The owner and operator of Delicias Bakery says he’d keep baking even if he wasn’t getting paid.

From the flashy excess of Las Vegas to small rural communities in Uganda, think of an entrepreneurial endeavor somewhere in the world and Jake Eichengreen has likely been there, done that. 

Sometimes, success comes fast, and that has its own challenges. When Dominika Mills and Zachary Short spoke with the Colorado Springs Business Journal, it was during a day’s delivery run, with Mills and Short handing the conversation off as they drove and ran dumplings to doorsteps. They ope…

Tom Zelibor has led the Space Foundation as its CEO for 3½ years. The nonprofit, which has a global reach, was founded in Colorado Springs in 1983 and has never been more relevant as the space industry expands to include satellite internet and commercial space travel. The foundation aims to …

Dr. Leon Kelly is a reluctant politician. He became the face of the county’s COVID-19 response in March and, as El Paso County coroner and chief medical examiner, he must run for office every four years. He jokes it’s like a head cardiologist of a hospital having to run to keep the job. Kell…

Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Mindi Linscombe came to Colorado Springs in 2004 to complete a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in English as a second language. She worked as a Spanish and ESL teacher in Colorado Springs before starting her bridal boutique, Something New, i…

Local craft brewery and restaurant Cerberus Brewing Co. has cultivated a stellar reputation based on its excellent food, hip atmosphere and, of course, its beer. The man responsible for Cerberus’ brews, head brewer and co-owner Josh Adamski, is a 20-year Springs resident who turned his home-…

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Eric Phillips decided to make Colorado Springs his home after 14 years of service in the Army. Phillips is the owner of 3E’s Comedy Club, Colorado Springs’ newest comedy venue, located in Bancorp Plaza on Nevada Avenue.

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By Christina Cavazos Victoria Atencio loves the simple act of creating. Whether she’s leading a digital marketing campaign for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, doing graphic design or honing her skills as a photographer, Atencio is dedicated to communicating ideas that will inspire, inform and captivate audiences. “I love all things digital, visual […]

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By Christina Cavazos When Vicki Proffit first meets the young women who come to stay at Sarah’s Home, located in Peyton, the executive director knows she has an uphill battle ahead — loving the girls until they learn to love themselves. Those who Proffit encounters are scared and angry when they first arrive, and she […]

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By Christina Cavazos When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, Lynn Phillips knew she had to act quickly if her nursing students were going to graduate on time. Amid the pandemic, Phillips believed it was crucially important to graduate nurses who could help create healthier communities. Phillips is a Registered Nurse with a Ph.D. […]

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By Christina Cavazos As Charmas Lee walked the halls of his elementary school alma mater more than 50 years later, he envisioned a program that would help youths today achieve personal and academic success. Lee owns Building Champions, a Colorado Springs business that specializes in personal and professional development in corporate, academic and athletic areas. […]

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By Christina Cavazos Dr. Kenya Lee believes there is an abundance of beauty in the world, and it is her mission to help her clients find it within themselves. “I most enjoy helping my clients feel confident and helping them realize the beauty that exists within them,” said Lee, co-founder and lead doctor of PureLee […]

When people ask Jarrod Headley, owner and founder of North Park Studios, what he does for a living, his answer is simple: “All things audio.” The California native has been playing music since he was 4 years old, performed and toured in a successful rock band, and has composed and engineered for television, with his […]

Becca Sickbert has two jobs. She serves as Manitou Springs’ interim economic recovery director and executive director of the Manitou Springs Creative District. As head of the creative district, Sickbert’s job is to promote and strengthen the Manitou Springs arts community. And as interim economic recovery director, she steps into the economic development role held […]

Abigail Kreuser isn’t technically a Colorado Springs native, but the photographer, gallery owner and entrepreneur has a passion for promoting the city she’s called home since she was 3 years old. Kreuser’s family moved here in 1983 and she later attended Doherty High School, where one of her teachers nurtured her love and talent for […]

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By Griffin Swartzell Compassion and family anchor every business decision Maya Hetman makes. Originally from Gara Muleta, a small town in Ethiopia’s Ch’erch’er Mountains, Hetman fled to France after a Soviet-backed military coup established a junta known as the Derg in 1974. She married an American soldier, with whom she lived in California before moving […]

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By Bridgett Harris If you ask veteran, entrepreneur and community advocate James Flowers about his greatest achievement to date, he won’t pick a moment from his long military career, nor any awards for his work in the community. While he is certainly proud of those accomplishments, he says his biggest achievement lies in the success […]

In her early 20s, Esohe Igbinedion got her first taste of the legal system while trying to fight a simple traffic ticket. She remembers the experience was frustrating and nerve-racking and intimidating all at once. “It was really an anxiety-filled situation until I got this attorney that made me feel safe, made me feel heard, […]

Dr. Phoebe Lostroh has been in the thick of the battle against COVID-19 since it first reared its head in El Paso County. A microbiologist, Lostroh has authored a textbook on virology and was a member of the local bridge club where the disease broke out in March. Although she was not involved in the […]

By Bridgett Harris UCCS philosophy professor Mary Ann Cutter was honored last month for her work advancing women in academia, and for her teaching and scholarly contributions. Winning the 2019-20 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award is another highlight in her distinguished career as an educator. Cutter earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Georgetown University […]

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By Bridgett Harris Amber Ptak is the new CEO for Community Health Partners in Colorado Springs — and her appointment is a new milestone in a career devoted to advancing public health. Ptak grew up just outside of Detroit, and after graduating from high school in 1993, she moved to Kalamazoo and completed a Bachelor […]

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By Griffin Swartzell Commercial real estate wasn’t in Tyson Liese’s plans. After this Highlands Ranch native earned dual bachelor’s degrees in business communication and philosophy from UCCS, he aimed to attend graduate school and study law or public policy. But when he looked at the numbers, his plans changed. “Looking at having $200K in student […]