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Altia’s display-screen vision realized

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Michael Juran and his three business partners had this crazy idea that display technology was about to explode into the market. They left their jobs at Hewlett-Packard and started their own company, Altia Inc. to develop technology that would help humans interact with computers. They felt the world was on the verge of a touch… Continue Reading Altia’s display-screen vision realized

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Recycler can prosper better as nonprofit

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At the end of 18 months in business, Blue Star Recyclers has reached a crossroads. The Colorado Springs company was founded to recycle electronics waste: old computers, keyboards, printers and televisions. But each month it has come up about $9,000 short in covering expenses. Investors Tony and Mary Fagnant, owners of Qualtek Manufacturing, have covered… Continue Reading Recycler can prosper better as nonprofit

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Pooling resources: a Swim School story

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About 20 kids splashed around one recent Friday night in the pool at the Colorado Springs Recreation Center at Memorial Park. It was “Parents’ Night” and a chance for parents to drop off the kiddos and have a date night. Just one year ago, the city’s spigot had run dry on funding for its public… Continue Reading Pooling resources: a Swim School story

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Painting business back in broad strokes

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When Greg Unseth started his painting business in 1981, his wife Kathy and their kids waited in the car while he gave estimates to potential customers. “We just crossed our fingers,” Kathy Unseth said. “He would come back to the car, and I’d say, did you get a down payment?” These days, Greg and Kathy… Continue Reading Painting business back in broad strokes

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Karen McClaflin flips houses, and she’s good at it. She sees damaged and neglected properties as diamonds in the rough. She buys them, guts them and makes them livable again. She’s adding a new twist to her home-flipping business, Home Source Partners, Inc. She will carry the financing on a house for a buyer for… Continue Reading Home Source Partners flipping houses for affordability’s sake

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Ryan and Greg Unseth thought it was absurd that online shoppers in Colorado Springs would buy products from other cities and states when they could buy the same products here. But then again, maybe shoppers didn’t know they could find the same products here. That’s when the father-son duo decided to start listing locally made… Continue Reading Wizbee.com a link between local business, shoppers

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Last year, Access Products, Inc., a toner cartridge and printer supply company, won what could be considered its golden ticket. The Colorado Springs business became one of 15 companies nationwide with a blanket purchase agreement to sell office supplies to the federal government. Within months, the deal to sell toner cartridges, printers and other items… Continue Reading Government contracts hikes volume for Access Products

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Everything about Ideavise is ‘mobile’

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Brian DeLong and his six employees at Ideavise, Inc. are always on the move. They don’t have an office so they hold staff meetings in cafes and coffee houses in Colorado Springs and work anywhere they can catch a ride on free Wi-Fi. It’s a running joke that a couple of Ideavise employees are scarcely… Continue Reading Everything about Ideavise is ‘mobile’

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Reborn Stargazers sets its sights high

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After an all-night rock concert featuring confetti-shooting cannons at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, owners John and Cindy Hooton and a team of 20 were up in the wee hours with leaf blowers and garden rakes cleaning up 10 inches of the stuff. Within hours, the theater was transformed into casino night with game tables,… Continue Reading Reborn Stargazers sets its sights high

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Blum Wholesale Florists plants seeds for growth

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For Pete and Mary Kay Blum, owners of Blum Wholesale Florists, this Valentine’s Day is already looking rosier. Valentine’s Day will fall on Monday, which is not the best day for flower sales, according to an American Floral Endowment Tracking Study. Still, that’s better than last year, when Valentine’s Day fell on Sunday, resulting in… Continue Reading Blum Wholesale Florists plants seeds for growth

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