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A bank that supports public art, a banker who has funded high-end arts festivals, entrepreneurs who celebrate and embrace diverse working groups, and a group of designers and marketing experts who sold T-shirts to help with wildfire relief  all were recognized Wednesday at the fifth annual Business & Arts Lunch. The lunch, hosted by the… Continue Reading U.S. Bank, Wildfire Tees among those recognized at Business & Arts Lunch

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Maxx HD Sunglasses was presented the “People’s Choice Award” at the 7th Annual Excellence in Local Industry Awards Tuesday. For the first time in the awards’ history, attendees to the event were allowed to choose between two local companies for the People’s Choice Award. It was RT Logic, a signal processing systems company founded in… Continue Reading The people have spoken: Maxx HD Sunglasses top company choice

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Entrepreneurs from around the state will meet this month to pitch their best startup ideas, and then work like mad during 54 hours to create a viable business plan. It’s Startup Weekend Denver Oct. 19-21 and entrepreneurs are preparing to put forth their best new startup business ideas in hopes of hitting one out of… Continue Reading Springs entrepreneurs ready to pitch ideas at Startup Weekend Denver

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This year’s Excellence in Local Industry Awards is adding a little American Idol-style hype to its program with audience members text messaging their vote to determine the winner in one category. Organizers of the seventh-annual awards ceremony, hosted by Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC and the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization, announced… Continue Reading Excellence in Industry awards feature audience-choice competition

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Baby boomers are interested in starting their own businesses –  and SBA and AARP want to help. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the American Association of Retired Persons is hosting a joint event to help entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs who are age 50 and older. Gary Rasmussen, a franchisor who turned his life around… Continue Reading SBA and AARP host workshop for entreprenurial boomers

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Peak Venture Group kicks off its breakfast series with the creator of SnapTags –a branded mobile bar code that enables marketers to use meaningful logos and icons as interactive marketing tools. Nicole Skogg, founder of Denver-based SpyderLynk, will talk about her experience leading a high-tech startup. She founded SpyderLynk in 2006 with the goal of… Continue Reading Creator of ‘snap tags’ to speak at PVG breakfast meeting

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Peak Venture Group will kick off its fall breakfast series in September with goals of getting the organization in touch with its roots and attracting young entrepreneurs who can take the reins in the future. “My personal goal is to look at the organization in five years and see people one-third my age running it,”… Continue Reading PVG hopes to solidify its mission in its fall breakfast series

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Crowdfunding’s rapid evolution

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Crowdfunding has become the new frontier for adventurous entrepreneurs looking to finance their budding businesses. Continue Reading Crowdfunding’s rapid evolution

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Colorado Springs is no Silicon Valley, Austin or even Boulder. There is no venture capital coming this way. It would be a waste of time to pine for mega-million investments in hopes of becoming the next Google or Living Social. Yes, that sounds harsh. But it’s reality, said Chris Blees, one of three chairmen for… Continue Reading News Analysis: Angels in the wings for strong middle-market firms

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Hype is building for the 2012 Colorado Springs Excellence in Local Industry Awards and who will be named the best of the best. Organizers of the annual awards program — which highlights both companies with social or environmental impacts, and businesses on the verge of  technology innovation — are taking nominations now to Aug. 17. This… Continue Reading Nominations sought for Excellence in Local Industry Awards

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