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On the dimly lit stage at Johnny’s Navajo Hogan bar and restaurant, Al Ortiz stepped up to the mic and cleared his throat. He wasn’t there to tell jokes or sing karaoke. It was “Pitch Night” and he had five minutes to convince the audience that his idea about an auto parts inventory web site… Continue Reading Entrepreneur ideas still starving for dollars

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Colorado Springs youth making feet fashionable

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Two years ago Natalie Merrill had an idea for a small business. She searched online to see if anyone had already come up with her idea. “There wasn’t anything there,” she said. So, she launched Buttons ‘R Knots – it’s fashion for feet, she said. She was 10-years-old. Today, Natalie is 12, a student at… Continue Reading Colorado Springs youth making feet fashionable

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Netflix Inc. is moving to formally separate the DVD-by-mail plan it built its business on from the online streaming service it’s betting will be future of entertainment consumption. In announcing the changes, CEO Reed Hastings also apologized to subscribers for the way the company communicated its decision to split the two services, which raised the… Continue Reading Netflix separates its DVD, streaming businesses

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Obama signs 1st major patent law change since 1952

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President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a major overhaul of the nation’s patent system, a measure designed to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. “We can’t afford to drag our feet any longer,” the president said. Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is… Continue Reading Obama signs 1st major patent law change since 1952

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The Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp.  and Peak Venture Group are accepting nominations for the 2011 Excellence in Local Industry and Celebrate Technology Awards. The EDC Excellence in Local Industry joins the Peak Venture Group for its Celebrate Technology Awards for one combined event, which will be Nov. 9 at The Broadmoor. EDC awards are… Continue Reading Industry and technology award nominations underway

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Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs

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Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs Apple fans and would-be customers seemed to agree that while Steve Jobs’ charisma and innovative genius is one-of-a-kind, the company he built will survive without him. After he resigned as CEO of the iconic gadget maker, Jobs was not the topic of conversation. On the display computers… Continue Reading Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs

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City Councilman Tim Leigh has a lot of ideas. Some are wild — like getting Colorado Springs Utilities to build kayaking rapids in Fountain Creek. Some are big — like building a downtown, Olympic-themed sports arena. And some are just plain unconventional — like using money from the lease for Memorial hospital’s assets to pay… Continue Reading Tim Leigh: A visionary or just eccentric?

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Colo. fee holiday for out-of state businesses

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Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is offering a fee holiday for out-of-state businesses. For three months starting Sept. 1, the Secretary of State will temporarily reduce fees from $125 to $1. The Secretary of State’s office is almost exclusively funded through business filing fees, but he says his office can absorb the fee reduction… Continue Reading Colo. fee holiday for out-of state businesses

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Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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For several years Payroll City was a one-woman show run by its owner Kathleen Fox. She had about a dozen Colorado Springs clients and was zipping through their payroll needs. But, she grew frustrated when she couldn’t find a computer program that produced all the spread sheets and kept the data the way she wanted.… Continue Reading Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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Peak Venture Group wants to hear your pitch

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Peak Venture Group is launching a new program this month that aims to tap into the hearts and spirits of budding entrepreneurs. The group, which has provided mentorship to up-and-coming entrepreneurs since 2000, is hosting a series of “Pitch Nights” – non-threatening nights where people with business, invention or product ideas can come, make a… Continue Reading Peak Venture Group wants to hear your pitch

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