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A group of Colorado Springs business owners selling graphic T-shirts for wildfire relief presented checks for $132,000 to the American Red Cross and Care and Share Food Bank Thursday. That’s a lot of T-shirts. As news of the Waldo Canyon fire broke last month, the group of designers, marketers and printers began selling locally-designed T-shirts… Continue Reading WildfireTees.com hands over $132,000 to wildfire relief

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A Colorado Springs-based company, Paradigm Project, which builds the supply chain of energy-efficient products, has been named one of the top 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Businessweek. Now, readers get to weigh in. They’ve been asked to vote online for which company they think is the most promising. Voting ends on July 12.… Continue Reading Colorado Springs company named among most promising social entrepreneurs

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Colorado Springs designers have banned together to design wildfire T-shirts with all the proceeds going to Care and Share and the American Red Cross. The group launched a website, wildfiretees.com, about noon on Wednesday and had 50 T-shirt orders within one hour. All T-shirts are $20. “We felt like each of us giving a small… Continue Reading Springs designers launch T-shirt project to raise money for wildfire relief

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NOTE: This event has been postponed.   Crowdfunding may be the next big wave for investing in small rapidly growing businesses, but it’s still the wild west of investing, and both entrepreneurs and investors need to proceed with caution. The Office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is hosting a series of crowdfunding seminars across the… Continue Reading Seminar to explain the latest trend in crowdfunding startups

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Pitch Night finds permanant home downtown

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Colorado Springs Pitch Night has a permanent location at the Epicentral co-working space on Tejon Street. It’s an effort to help stabilize entrepreneurial activity and build on the buzz around local startups, said Etienne Hardre, Peak Venture Group Pitch Night organizer. Peak Venture Group, a nonprofit networking organization that encourages and mentors entrepreneurs, launched Pitch… Continue Reading Pitch Night finds permanant home downtown

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High Altitude Investors and the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator say it’s a good time to reintroduce angel investing to the community. There has been a lot of activity locally around entrepreneurs and startups, said Ric Denton, president and CEO of the incubator, which hosts local startups and provides them with technical and business experts and… Continue Reading Local organizations host forum, seek angel investors

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Spectware, a company that develops crane inspection software, has named Peter Skalla its Chief Financial Officer. The startup company, a recent graduate of the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, also announced a new office location, 25 W. Cimarron Street, above the Warehouse restaurant. Skalla comes to Spectware after holding CFO roles at Mesa Networks and Chatter… Continue Reading Startup firm Spectware names CFO, gets new digs

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No budding entrepreneur wants to go down in flames over a misunderstanding of the tax code. But, it happens, local experts say. CPA Etienne Hardre, owner of Next Exit Advisors, watched a startup company go bankrupt because its owner made a fatal payroll tax mistake when it classified workers as independent contractors instead of employees.… Continue Reading Entrepreneurs: Beware costly, even fatal, tax mistakes

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Vic Johnson of Manitou Springs was a man with ideas. “I knew one of them would float to the top,” Johnson said. Now he’s a man with a growing business. He launched PVC Bendit a year ago. The growth started off slow, but has been picking up speed recently. Johnson is selling about 100 PVC… Continue Reading Local inventor builds unique business online

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Spectware names Jan Horsfall as CEO

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Colorado Springs entrepreneur and investor Jan Horsfall is the new CEO of Spectware Inc., a company that develops crane inspection software. Horsfall takes the reins of the local firm as the company prepares to roll out version 2.0 of its mobile application for managing and inspecting heavy equipment cranes. Horsfall is the former vice president… Continue Reading Spectware names Jan Horsfall as CEO

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