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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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Anticipation for Ivywild lures early crowds

Ivywild School, the 100-year-old former schoolhouse that has been redeveloped into restaurants and a brewery, was busy with customers before it was fully open. The Meat Locker, offering various smoked sausages and bacon, made an unannounced opening at noon on June 5 in Ivywild’s south wing, and within an hour, dozens of people were filling… Continue Reading Anticipation for Ivywild lures early crowds

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Food trucks roll from breakfast to post-dinner

Just a few years ago, Sara Crowell flew C-130 cargo planes for the U.S. Air Force. Now she’s flying a food truck downtown, serving up organic fare. The Local serves locally grown salads, and sandwiches with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef. They also have options for gluten-free and vegetarian dining. The Local is one of six… Continue Reading Food trucks roll from breakfast to post-dinner

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SBDC reaching out to small businesses in fire area

The Small Business Development Center will provide assistance to the small businesses in Black Forest that are being harmed by the Black Forest fire. The SBDC will offer in-person assistance at the El Paso County Disaster Assistance Center, located at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center on 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. The… Continue Reading SBDC reaching out to small businesses in fire area

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Small Business Week offers business tips, advice Sponsored by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Small Business Development Center, Small Business Week of the Pikes Peak Region takes place next week and is filled with guest speakers, The week culminates on Friday with a guest speaker, New York Times and Wall Street… Continue Reading Several events on tap for Small Business Week, June 17-21

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Stockmens Bank, started in crisis, thrives today

Stockmens Bank 601 N. Nevada Ave. Owner, founder and president: Rob Alexander Number of employees: 17 Website: www.thestockmensbank.com/ Rob Alexander opened Stockmens Bank in November 2008, just as Bear Stearns was failing, AIG was declared “too big to fail” and the nation’s monetary system was suffering. It was good timing — at least in Alexander’s opinion.… Continue Reading Stockmens Bank, started in crisis, thrives today

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The Colorado Small Business Development Centers Network has launched a website designed to provide free consulting, training and online resources for small businesses in the transportation industry. The website, called Connect2Dot (www.connect2dot.org) is funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation and managed by the SBDC. The site offers quick and easy access to information on… Continue Reading Site launched for transportation small businesses

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Colorado entrepreneurs launched 122 digital technology startups in 2012 – with 70 companies receiving at least $1 million in investment funding. Software and business-to-business web companies are the fastest growing sectors, according to the report from Built In Denver. “2012 was another record-setting year for digital technology companies in Colorado,” said Erik Mitisek, CEO of… Continue Reading 122 Colorado tech startups launched last year

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Carlos’ tale: riches-to-rags-to-riches story

Carlos’ Bistro Address: 1025 S. 21st St. Phone: 471-2905 Average entrée price: $50 Years in business: Nine Carlos’ Bistro is a brown, single-story building surrounded by parking spaces on 21st Street just south of U.S. Highway 24. Hundreds of cars pass by its simple, stucco façade every day, but few know that inside is one… Continue Reading Carlos’ tale: riches-to-rags-to-riches story

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