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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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Builder makes most of two tragic situations

Colorado Rock ‘n’ Logs Number of employees: 1 Address: 2700 Robinson St. Mitchell Dillman is combining two tragedies — one professional, one personal — to create a business out of the destruction caused by wildfires. Dillman was a framing contractor who built custom log homes in the mountains, but when the Great Recession hit the… Continue Reading Builder makes most of two tragic situations

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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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