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CS tech startup moving to Denver

Growing tech startup Prosperent will move to Denver in March. The company, which manages pay-per-sale online advertising for companies like REI, QVS and Zappos told the Business Journal in November that it was having trouble finding talented web programmers to hire in Colorado Springs. Mike Christensen, company co-founder and president, said employment issues were the… Continue Reading CS tech startup moving to Denver

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Peak Venture Group’s Pitch Night just got edgier. PVG joined with El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization to make the upcoming Pitch Night more like the popular television series, “Shark Tank” with a $500 cash prize for the night’s best startup pitch. “Shark Tank” style Pitch Night is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12… Continue Reading Pitch Night going Shark Tank style, offering cash

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Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Changes were made to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which include removing the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses… Continue Reading Women-owned businesses gain more access to federal contracts

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office will host a workshop about how to protect intellectual property, especially when exporting products. The workshop, “Beyond Colorado: How to Bring Your Products and Services to the Global Marketplace” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the El Paso County Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. It’s free and… Continue Reading Workshop to aid entrepreneurs with exports, intellectual property

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Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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Denver businessman Brent Harl, who helped grow Bruegger’s Bagels in Colorado during the 1990s, has bought the Colorado Springs Lawn Doctor store, making it his 17th location in the state. Harl bought his first Lawn Doctor franchise, which specializes in fertilization, weed and insect control, in 1998. Since then he’s purchased existing Lawn Doctor businesses… Continue Reading Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to recognize the best innovative small businesses. The SBA is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The SBA coordinates about $2.5 billion per year in… Continue Reading SBA seeks nominations for innovative small business awards

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Entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Springs

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When Colorado’s entrepreneurial superstar Brad Feld told a group of Colorado Springs entrepreneurs it would take 20 years to create a thriving entrepreneurial community, they didn’t flinch. They got to work. Nearly two years later, there is movement and friction in Colorado Springs’ entrepreneurial community. Angel and venture capitalists are taking a good look at… Continue Reading Entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Springs

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Startup Colorado Springs is stepping up the game and bringing in big-name entrepreneurs to talk startup shop and field questions. Startup Colorado Springs, which organized last year as a way to connect Springs entrepreneurs with one another and jump start the entrepreneurial scene, has six well-known entrepreneurs lined up over the next six months for… Continue Reading Startup Colorado Springs hosts big-name entrepreneurs for speaker series

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In a patent-stealing case that pitted a small toy company against one of the country’s toy making giants, the little guy won. A Louisiana federal jury has awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages to a game company, owned by UCCS professor Michael Larson, that accused MGA Entertainment of copying its patented laser beam strategy board… Continue Reading Local game inventor wins $1.6 million settlement

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Brian and Paul Hegarty cannot say whether entrepreneurialism is innate or learned. One thing is certain, they said, it isn’t easy. Being an entrepreneur requires passion, drive and a strong will when standing at the crossroads deciding when it is time to press forward with a startup and when it’s time to let it go.… Continue Reading Father and son entrepreneurs offer advice on how to stay in the game

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