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Nine months ago, Jason and Gina Rivera owned three Phenix Salon Suites locations in Colorado Springs, but during this short period they’ve grown to operate a total of 15 locations across the country, including three they opened in California last weekend. Continue Reading Local Phenix Salon Suites cutting into national market

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Peer advisory groups

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Are you feeling a bit lonely at the top of your business? As a leader in your business, who can you turn to for trusted advice, perspective, experience, and accountability? When you have important decisions to make, who can you trust to check your thinking? Imagine having over a dozen peer company executives and leaders,… Continue Reading Peer advisory groups

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Florida-based Brightway Insurance is looking for people interested in opening one of its insurance stores in Colorado Springs. The company’s CEO David Miller said he expects to expand his franchise into the Springs this year. He wants to open 40 stores in the state. It might seem like a big goal. But, Miller started the… Continue Reading Brightway Insurance moving in, looking for franchisees

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Cab company defied big competitor to advance company Springs Cab has proven that the Colorado Springs is big enough for two cab companies, despite earlier protests from its competitor that this should remain a one-cab-company town. Springs Cab just added seven cabs to its fleet and plans to be up to 25 by mid-May. That… Continue Reading Fare market: Cab company defied big competitor to advance company

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It didn’t take market analysis to convince Chris Copeland there was demand for another music venue in Colorado Springs. The silence told him everything he needed to know. So, Copeland bought the 12,500-square-foot former Pirates Liquor Outlet building at 3506 N. Academy Blvd. and will open a 500-person music venue, called Rawkus, in June. He… Continue Reading Music venue planned in former Pirate’s Liquor building

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by Pete Leibman So what are you gonna do after college? That’s the question that’s irritated you for the better part of eight months. Everybody’s been asking you and if you knew, you’d tell them. The thought of taking a job just to have a job makes you feel awful. You can’t imagine getting up… Continue Reading Book Review: “I Got My Dream Job and So Can You”

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Some small business owners are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Arizona’s SB 1070, known as the “show me your papers” immigration law, which made its way to the Court this week for oral arguments. Continue Reading Main Street Alliance urges Court to strike AZ immigration law

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Small businesses will soon have a new weapon in their arsenal – a free, online training curriculum for new and aspiring business owners. Sponsored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the program is known as “Money Smart for Small Business.” The training curriculum provides an introduction to day-to-day business… Continue Reading SBA, FDIC team up for new small biz training course

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Colorado credit unions are hoping that the U.S. Senate will vote this week on a proposal to lift caps on small business loans, which would free up as much as $260 million. Continue Reading Credit unions hoping for Senate vote on small business lending

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Something is happening in Colorado with women-owned firms. They are opening at one-and-half times the rate as men-owned firms. Continue Reading Women conquering business challenges, facing new ones

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