Jessica Urban, last year’s Miss Colorado, started Jazzed on Java with money she saved while working at a bed and breakfast during high school.
The used coffee kiosk she purchased on eBay has developed into a growing business, which is helping pay her way through college.
Her newest location in Spring Creek has 180 degree views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range and room for business meetings, special events and wedding receptions.
With a heart for giving, Urban donates a portion of all purchases to World Orphans, a nonprofit organization that provides housing. Continue Reading Urban growing coffee business one cup at a time
Dan Davies has been named a 2006 laureate by the Tech Museum of Innovation.
He’s one of 25 individuals who were selected from 951 nominees who live in 98 countries.
The Tech Museum selects laureates based on how their work serves humanitarian needs.
Davies is the CEO of AbleLink Technologies and has worked on several projects that help those with cognitive disabilities use computers, cell phones and PDAs. Continue Reading Davies using technology to better life for disabled
Michelle Egbert specializes in peeling back the layers of a business to see how performance can be improved.
And she’s obviously pretty good at what she does, because the American Business Women’s Association has selected her as one of its top 10 women of 2006.
The ABWA makes its selection every year based professional growth and career advancement. Continue Reading Egbert’s focus is boosting business performance
Bill Ruskin is no stranger to economic development, so he should have no trouble adapting to his new position at The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp.
Ruskin worked with the city for more than two decades, and spent eight of those years in the city’s economic development office. He left his post in 1999 to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors, including running a golf touring business.
Now, he’s getting back into the economic development game at the EDC as a local industry program coordinator. Continue Reading Ruskin making economic development comeback
With 36 million enthusiasts and about $240 million in annual sales, the billiards industry is ranked as the eighth largest recreational sport in the United States.
The Billiards Congress of America, based in Colorado Springs, provides business and marketing support for the industry.
Colorado native Rob Johnson is the organization’s new CEO, and he’s no stranger to Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Johnson takes cue to lead Billiards Congress
Denise Wells McMillon just can’t seem to stay away from Colorado Springs for very long.
She worked in her family’s furniture re-upholstery business, Western Services, but left to test the waters in other parts of Colorado, California and Florida before returning to take the position of general manager. Continue Reading McMillon makes return trip to family business
The Hispanic Chamber of Colorado Springs has managed to keep a pretty low profile.
Despite its 13-year history, nearly 200 member organizations and the city’s prominent Hispanic business community, you just don’t hear much about the chamber.
Joe Aldaz wants to change that.
As of Aug. 15, he’s the chamber’s new, and first, executive director. And he has ambitions to take the organization where it’s never been before. Continue Reading Aldaz leading Hispanic Chamber to prominence
Douglas A. Comstock has a lot to show for his life.
With a portfolio containing more than 3 million square feet of retail and another 7.5 million square feet of hotel/commercial architectural design projects, he has achieved significant heights both in his work and in his 6-foot, 6-inch stature.
Comstock & Associates’ 21-year relationship with Embassy Suites Hotels began when he designed the company’s local facility. Continue Reading The sky doesn’t appear to be a limit for Comstock
New Care and Share Food Bank president and CEO Nicholas Saccaro has a lot on his plate.
There are more than 130,000 adults, children and senior citizens in southern Colorado suffering from hunger. Last year, his nonprofit food assistance organization served 82,000 of them, providing 7.3 million pounds of food.
Hunger continued for the rest, while 9 million pounds of food was turned away because there was no place to store it.
That prompted Care and Share to initiate Recipe for Hope, a campaign to raise $6 million to build a 50,000-square-foot warehouse.
So far, the project has raised $1 million in cash and pledges and secured a 6-acre land donation at the southeast corner of Powers Boulevard and Constitution Avenue. Continue Reading Saccaro building bigger Care and Share pantry
A lot of people want to call Colorado Springs home, and in order to do that, they need to buy one.
That’s the premise on which Paige Whitacre’s business is built.
She’s the publisher of Network Communications’ New Home Group’s magazine “New Home Finder,” a listing of Colorado Springs homes. Continue Reading Whitacre showing the way home with publication