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The Peak Venture Group will spin out one of its flagship programs, the Middle Market Entrepreneurs, into its own nonprofit organization with the goal of better serving early stage entrepreneurs and those established in the middle market. MME, which launched in 2007, will be an independent stand-alone non-profit entity under the Pikes Peak Community Foundation… Continue Reading Middle Market Entrepreneurs will stand on its own

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The entrepreneurial landscape in Colorado Springs appears to be on the verge of change with local business leaders tearing down walls, sharing information and pledging to build a city with a national reputation for budding entrepreneurs … Continue Reading Entrepreneurs banding to change the Springs scene

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Optimism is in short supply for venture capital and start up economies in 2012, according to a report from this year’s Venture View predictions conducted by the national Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource. When compared to last year’s survey, forecasts from venture capital professionals are less confident and more measured – with only… Continue Reading Venture capitalist firms pessimistic about 2012

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Website to help jump-start start-ups

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Three local businessmen this week launched SpringsStartUp.com, a website that seeks to boost entrepreneurial activity by connecting networking groups and tracking start-up progress and ideas. The city has many different entrepreneurial groups that offer their own programs, but it’s hard to know which group is doing what, said Nick Lee, who co-founded SpringsStartUp.com with fellow… Continue Reading Website to help jump-start start-ups

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NFIB polling members for state legislative agenda

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Elections are over – unless you’re a small business owner in Colorado. The National Federation of Independent Businesses is polling its members about issues that the next session of the legislature needs to deal with. The group annually polls members on state and federal issues that affect their operations. NFIB has 7,000 members in Colorado.… Continue Reading NFIB polling members for state legislative agenda

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El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization has launched a business speaker’s program which will bring in experts to meet with local business leaders. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak made the announcement this week at the Community Engagement Activities of EPIIC program event. The idea, she said, is to focus on… Continue Reading EPIIC launches “EPIIC Nights” to discuss business

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Ivywild School is “shovel-ready”

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Three business partners with big plans for the vacant Ivywild Elementary School in Southwest Colorado Springs are preparing to sign the papers and pick up their hammers. Continue Reading Ivywild School is “shovel-ready”

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A local Colorado Springs entrepreneur is launching a marketing website for local businesses. Called wherestheegg.com, the site will allow visitors to seek up to $50,000 in cash and prizes hidden throughout the content of the site in the form of digital eggs. In exchange, they’ll see the ads throughout the site. The goal, says creator… Continue Reading ‘Egg hunt’ promotes marketing through online treasure hunt

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Eight college teams, including three from Colorado, are vying for $35,000 in cash prizes and a title of best sports/outdoor business plan. The business plan competition is the brain child of Tom Duening, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He spent a year thinking about various business sectors and… Continue Reading Business plan competition hopes to lay tracks for sports industry cluster

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Vestas’ order is first for Brighton plant

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Wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas-American Wind Technology says it will build blades for 21 turbines at its new plant in Brighton. Vestas said Thursday that Green Mountain Power in Colchester, Vt., ordered the turbines for the Kingdom Community Wind Project near Lowell, Vt. Vestas says the 180-foot-long blades will be the first product of the plant in… Continue Reading Vestas’ order is first for Brighton plant

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