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Franz seeks self-sustaining tech ecosystem

Not so much a serial entrepreneur, but a self-described parallel entrepreneur, Chris Franz, 42, co-chairs Startup Colorado and the entrepreneurship team at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. He is also on the board of Peak Startup. None of this earns him cash now; however, it will add to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Franz seeks self-sustaining tech ecosystem

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Stagecoach Inn closes, sale and renovation pending

The Stagecoach Inn in downtown Manitou Springs is pending sale, following the restaurant’s closure Feb. 6. Dave Symonds, who has owned the restaurant at 702 Manitou Ave. since 2006, said it has closed for renovations in order to prepare for purchase by an unnamed buyer. He declined to comment further. Symonds and his wife, Kathy,… Continue Reading Stagecoach Inn closes, sale and renovation pending

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Hannigan now consulting at Magneti

Michael Hannigan’s retirement didn’t last long. The former CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation has signed on as a consultant with Magneti, a full-service marketing firm with offices in Colorado Springs and Washington, D.C. Hannigan, who brings nearly 40 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership to the organization, is a nonprofit veteran and graduate of… Continue Reading Hannigan now consulting at Magneti

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UMB: 2015 economy will continue its climb

The national economy this year will continue to improve, following the slight upward trend of the 2014 economy, according to a certified financial planner with UMB Financial Corp. Business owners remain optimistic and will spend more money and hire more people this year, predicted KC Mathews. Mathews, executive vice president and chief investment officer at… Continue Reading UMB: 2015 economy will continue its climb

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“I just want to serve my community.” “I love this city, and I want to help make it better.” “I’m deeply humbled that so many people have asked me to step up run for Mayor/City Council (choose one).” “I will act collaboratively and cooperatively to move our city forward.” “We are at a crossroads/an inflection… Continue Reading Candidates: Look to Drake options

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Part 1: Women here make a difference

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As an outsider originally from the D.C. area, having lived many years in Ann Arbor, Mich., and also in Canada and England, I feel compelled to share an observation I made within a few weeks after settling into the majestic beauty of Colorado Springs. As the new director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, I… Continue Reading Part 1: Women here make a difference

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Godec’s stays true through change of ownership

Photography may be an art, but it’s also a business — at least both are the case for Godec’s Photo Supply in downtown Colorado Springs. But, just as with art, businesses age and are passed along, sometimes falling into the hands of a third party who may approach it with new enthusiasm. “Once photos get… Continue Reading Godec’s stays true through change of ownership

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We need real money for stormwater

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At its Jan. 24 meeting, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a stormwater resolution presented by Councilor Jan Martin. The plan calls for an annual total of $19 million in designated stormwater funding, beginning in 2016. This number assumes $8 million will be available annually from funds now used to pay principal and interest on… Continue Reading We need real money for stormwater

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On Jan. 15, Colorado small business owners got a peek into the secrets of finding success as government contractors at the first free workshop in the 2015 Pikes Peak Library District series, TalkGovBiz. Our local business community knows that small business is the backbone of this country. Statistics from the Small Business Authority’s Office of… Continue Reading Answers exist for ‘Does the government buy what I sell?’

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Business scene changes as clients age

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Business scene changes as clients age

The aging of America has had many impacts, especially on businesses. Local entrepreneurs have had to adapt their products and services to retain and expand their market share as their clients age. “It’s weird — I think the whole market is changing,” said Johnny Nolan, who owns two popular eateries in Colorado Springs, SouthSide Johnny’s… Continue Reading Business scene changes as clients age

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