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Clothing for challenged kids wins at Startup Weekend

Sherryl Johnson’s 6-year-old son often fidgets. He has a rare chromosome disorder that affects his sensory processing. It means he’s always looking for things to touch, and that can make him anxious and distracted. Johnson came up with an idea for a clothing line specifically for children with sensory processing disorder, autism or attention deficit… Continue Reading Clothing for challenged kids wins at Startup Weekend

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Public market baby-steps toward reality

What began as one man’s idea for a public market in southwest downtown has evolved into a large-scale effort to build a downtown anchor with momentum and energy coming from some prominent Colorado Springs business people and community leaders. Mike Callicrate, who sells sustainably raised meats, introduced the idea to the community in July. He… Continue Reading Public market baby-steps toward reality

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UAV market should take off by 2015

When most people think about unmanned aerial vehicles, they think of a Predator drone, sneaking up on some unsuspecting terrorist in a dusty faraway country. But there are other kinds of UAVs, and they are quickly finding their way into domestic airspace — doing tasks such as mapping, crop-dusting, providing surveillance for law enforcement and… Continue Reading UAV market should take off by 2015

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Fire scars lead to mitigation work

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Fire scars lead to mitigation work

It might have seemed like strange correspondence coming from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau: a brochure on flood preparedness. But the CVB joined with the city of Colorado Springs to get out the flood preparation message to businesses across the Pikes Peak region. No one wants a repeat of last summer, when businesses… Continue Reading Fire scars lead to mitigation work

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City grounds airport marketing plan to make way for a different strategy

Colorado Springs officials are hoping a new marketing strategy will save the Colorado Springs Airport from its nosedive of declining passengers and airport activity. The airport, like so many regional airports across the country, is caught in a swirl of factors including consolidating airlines, a sluggish economy and rising fuel prices. Every year for the… Continue Reading City grounds airport marketing plan to make way for a different strategy

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Realtors creatively market to sellers

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Realtors creatively market to sellers

In a real estate market with more buyers than sellers, agents have to be creative about how they acquire new listings. “Realtors are always hungry for listings,” said Becky Gloriod, an agent with The Gloriod Team. And a market like this one can make agents ravenous. There were just 3,046 homes on the market in… Continue Reading Realtors creatively market to sellers

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Swimming business poised for breakout year

Pikes Peak Athletics Owners: Anna and George Heidinger Employees: 6 full-time coaches, 9 part-time swim instructors Website: pikespeakathletics.com Anna Heidinger cannot recall the exact moment she fell in love with swimming, but it has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She took her first swim lesson when she… Continue Reading Swimming business poised for breakout year

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Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

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Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

In 1935, the Gazette proudly noted that Colorado Springs artist Frank Mechau had been commissioned to paint two murals for the downtown post office. Two years later they were installed, and there they remained until removed, probably in 1962 when the building was remodeled. No contemporary newspaper accounts document the removal of the murals. It… Continue Reading Mural art of yesteryear long lost from city

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On the rise: Homebuilders and developers see major spike in sales activity

The numbers tell the story of a sudden boom in business for area homebuilders and developers. And most are optimistic the growth will continue. There were 680 new single-family building permits issued in the first quarter of 2013 in El Paso County, almost 40 percent more than in the first quarter of 2012 and the… Continue Reading On the rise: Homebuilders and developers see major spike in sales activity

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Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

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Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

Rocky Mountain Worm Company Website: rockymountainwormcompany.com Location: 411 Tia Juana St., Suite A Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Employees: 2 Earthworms and red worms are good for fishing and for gardens — but good for business? If you don’t think so, just ask Ken and Jay Williams, a father-son business team who started… Continue Reading Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

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