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Project sows Seeds for better community

One diverse crew of locals hopes to plant the seeds of change in Colorado Springs with their branch of a national community café movement that will soon hit the streets of downtown. Seeds Community Café is scheduled to open in mid-August at 109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., and the folks in charge have a vision… Continue Reading Project sows Seeds for better community

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Longtime gardening store back in one piece

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Longtime gardening store back in one piece

Rick’s Garden Center Address: 1827 W. Uintah St. Website: ricksgardencenter.com Years in business: 65 Years under current ownership: 28 Name of family: Estes Number of employees: 10-35 (seasonal) The Estes family seems to understand the values of nature and nurture. When Mike and Gail Estes went on a cross-country road trip in the mid-1970s, they… Continue Reading Longtime gardening store back in one piece

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Old Town thrives on simple priorities

Old Town Bike Shop Address: 426 S. Tejon St. Website: oldtownbikeshop.com Years in business: 37 Number of employees: 10 John Crandall doesn’t have a business model, just a philosophy: Treat others right, take care of the environment and sell quality products and services. When the 70-year-old enthusiast started Old Town Bike Shop 37 years ago… Continue Reading Old Town thrives on simple priorities

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The Peak Venture Group is returning to its core mission, reaching out to the community and providing resources to local entrepreneurs. Peak Venture was started a business resource organization, providing assistance and aid for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the area. With the departure of Loren Lancaster, one of its long-time members and organizers, the group… Continue Reading New PVG board chairman promises ‘return to core mission’

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Local coffee shop ain’t talkin’ no jive

Jives Coffee Lounge Address: 16 Colbrunn Court Website: jivescoffeelounge.com Years in business: 3 Motto: “Coffee music life” Colorado Springs transplant Randy Fair believes his coffee shop has it all. The 45-year-old software developer — and father of 10 — has tasted drinks and eats from hundreds of mom-and-pop shops in states and countries around the… Continue Reading Local coffee shop ain’t talkin’ no jive

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Helping customers drives Springs Hosting

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Helping customers drives Springs Hosting

Springs Hosting www.springshosting.com 1205 Shasta Drive, 393-9266 Employees: 23, 12 full-time Years in business: Seven The business model of Springs Hosting is simple, and customer service is the key. It’s clear that the local web-based startup is doing something right in an effort to provide Colorado residents and businesses with technological support that the company… Continue Reading Helping customers drives Springs Hosting

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New law firm marries different missions

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New law firm marries different missions

Aspire IP http://aspireip.com/ 24 S. Weber St., Suite 300, 344-9907 Attorneys: 4 Practice areas: copyright, cyber risk services, cyberspace and cyber law, licensing, litigation, opinions and counseling, patent services and patent transactions, trade secrets and trademarks Four local lawyers with experience in government cyber security, patent law and intellectual property protections have joined to create… Continue Reading New law firm marries different missions

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Small businesses come, go, stay downtown

Some businesses in downtown Colorado Springs have experienced extreme ups and downs lately. One business closed its doors, one is expanding, and yet another signed a one-year lease. “I think we’re always disappointed to see any business leave downtown,” said Laurel Prud’homme, director of communications for the Downtown Partnership, “especially one that provides folks another… Continue Reading Small businesses come, go, stay downtown

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Marriage made in chocolate heaven?

The chocolate in Kellogg’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Chocolatey Almond brand breakfast cereal, now available at local Target stores, does not come from the Durango-based Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. In fact, it does not contain the ingredient required for the legal definition of chocolate: Cocoa butter. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory logo is featured prominently… Continue Reading Marriage made in chocolate heaven?

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The Small Business Development Center and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado presented several awards at Friday’s luncheon that capped off Small Business Week. The Small Business Development Center’s volunteer of the year award went to Terry Zarsky, business services librarian at the Pikes Peak Library District. The special recognition – community involvement award… Continue Reading SBDC, BBB honor small business champions, owners and people

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