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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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Some great ideas are born in the nation’s universities and laboratories but never leave there. Continue Reading Atargis hopes to harness funding for wave-energy machine

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Venture capital funding in life sciences – including biotechnology and medical device manufacturing – decreased 22 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011 in the first quarter of 2012, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Venture capitalists invested $1.5 billion during the that quarter. Deal volume was also down, dropping 11 percent during the same period. When… Continue Reading VC investment in sciences down 22% in first quarter

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El Paso County is ahead of other counties when it comes to planning for the silver tsunami, according to national experts who study the issue. Local community leaders are already rallying around the topic of aging trying to plan for the estimated 82,000 baby boomers, those over age 65, who will live in El Paso… Continue Reading El Paso County a leader in baby boomer planning

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Weldon Long was sitting in a prison cell when it occurred to him that his thoughts represented his actions. Continue Reading Local businessman, author to speak at PVG meeting

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It can be a heartbreaking search for an entrepreneur with a great idea to find an investor interested in what they have to offer. Likewise, investors say it’s grueling to meet one entrepreneur after another who just isn’t their type. Now, they can hookup virtually on Invertual, a global matchmaking website that promises to get… Continue Reading Website promises hookup for entrepreneurs, investors

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Colorado Springs entrepreneurs, who’ve traveled a rough road finding investment money, may get a jumpstart from the JOBS Act, signed by the President last week. The “Jumpstart our Business Startups” allows small businesses to use the Internet to raise up to $1 million from small-dollar investors, known as “crowdfunding.” “This is a big deal to… Continue Reading JOBS Act could give local entrepreneurs a boost

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A luncheon held by the SBA and Score will feature ways to help small business. Scheduled for April 19, the guest speaker is Michael Chodos, associate administrator in the office of entrepreneurial development for the U.S. Small Business Administration, who oversees the SBA’s counseling, training and mentoring programs. He also is the head of the SBA’s… Continue Reading Luncheon features SBA entrepreneurial mentor

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Technology startup Oscium, which has ties to Colorado Springs, is grabbing national attention and being hailed as a company with a product that could change the world of electronics. Continue Reading Competition could put Springs, oscilloscope device, in technological limelight

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