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Gov. John Hickenlooper is working to help startups in advanced industries by encouraging them to fail. Hickenlooper announced the launch of a new challenge with the moniker “Glorious Failure: In Search of Success Innovation Challenge,” a statewide business competition to encourage creativity and risk-taking in seven industries that include information and technology, aerospace, energy and… Continue Reading Entrepreneurs encouraged to fail in new innovation competition

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Australian sports company to make Springs its headquarters

Australian sports software company fuseSPORT is moving its international headquarters to Colorado Springs. During a Business Alliance press conference today,  representatives said the company will be located in the Alamo Corporate Center at 102 S. Tejon St., and is moving four of its 11 employees to the city.  They also said they plan to add… Continue Reading Australian sports company to make Springs its headquarters

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Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

At first glance, KC Stark seems an unlikely figure to lead a revolution. A former medical marijuana dispensary owner who now serves as a marijuana consultant, Stark is challenging the Colorado Springs city government’s reticence about recreational marijuana use. He’s opened Studio A64, a members-only cannabis social club, inviting a potential firestorm of criticism from… Continue Reading Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

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Prince of Blades thrives in its edgy niche

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Prince of Blades thrives in its edgy niche

Prince of Blades 1641 W. Colorado Ave. 520-9391 Employees: 2.5 Years in business: 19 Dorothy Bretag grew up during the golden age of swashbuckling films like The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro and The Prisoner of Zenda. If sword-fighting was involved, she made sure her dad had movie tickets. So, when she… Continue Reading Prince of Blades thrives in its edgy niche

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NSG wins first Chinese patent

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Neumann Systems Group hit a major milestone in its efforts to market its products to the Asian market. The local company received its first Chinese patent for a flat jet spray liquid gas contactor. The development opens the door for flue gas desulfurization opportunities in the Far East. NSG has 25 U.S. patents for technologies… Continue Reading NSG wins first Chinese patent

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Business group forms to fill marketing gaps

North Central Business Partnership http://www.facebook.com/NCBPofCS Phone: 633-1222 Members: 22 A few months ago, a group of small business owners north of downtown Colorado Springs decided they needed more business, more attention and more community involvement. And the North Central Business Partnership was born. So far, 22 businesses have joined the fledgling group, and organizers hope… Continue Reading Business group forms to fill marketing gaps

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Tony’s building a bigger bar on the block

To keep up with demand, Tony’s Bar is moving into a bigger space across the street, the former location of Compleat Games and Hobbies, 326 N. Tejon St. Tony’s opened at its current location in 1999, and the 2,300 square-foot space had always provided enough room for the big weekend and late-night crowds. But elbow… Continue Reading Tony’s building a bigger bar on the block

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Colorado Springs gets A+ for business-friendliness

Colorado business owners believe the state is the most business friendly, according to a survey by Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. And Colorado Springs received an A+ grade for its efforts to create a business friendly environment, according to local small business owners. That’s an improvement from last year, when Thumbtack.com reported the… Continue Reading Colorado Springs gets A+ for business-friendliness

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MoodSwings open to all ages

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MoodSwings open to all ages

MoodSwings Acoustic Lounge Location: 696 N. Circle Drive Phone: (719) 358-6720 Employees: 2 Craig Tomanini has four daughters and an intimate knowledge of the bar scene around Colorado Springs. As the drummer for local rock band The Nocturnal Tomatoes, he knows about the liquor-soaked patrons, the late hours and the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. As… Continue Reading MoodSwings open to all ages

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Successful Petersen helps others take off

Frequent Flyer Services 1930 Frequent Flyer Point Publications: InsideFlyer magazine, Milepoint online forum, Boarding Area blog site Members: 75 million members earning 650 billion frequent flyer miles per year Employees: 13 local, 25 total Randy Petersen started his multi-million-dollar Frequent Flyer Services business with $800, an idea and little else. He never borrowed a penny… Continue Reading Successful Petersen helps others take off

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