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Health benefits exchange helps small companies

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The Colorado Health Benefits Exchange will give small-business owners and their employees more flexibility and more insurance choices. So far, business groups say they like what they see from the group responsible for setting up the exchange. “The exchange is market-driven, and employers and employees will be able to choose which plan fits them best,”… Continue Reading Health benefits exchange helps small companies

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Westside wine bar operators bring the dream home

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2 South Wine Bar Owners: Rod and Ami Quass Address: 2 S. 25th Street Hours: 11 a.m. – midnight, Thursday-Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday When Ami Quass walked into the old Victorian house at 2 S. 25th St. in Old Colorado City, she could see past the crusty old carpet, peeling laminate and… Continue Reading Westside wine bar operators bring the dream home

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Once again the news is filled with another workplace shooting. In a Minneapolis sign shop, a former employee fired hours earlier came back with a gun and took the lives of five people, which included the shop owner and a visiting UPS driver, before taking his own life. Could anything have been done by the… Continue Reading Employers need role in preventing workplace violence

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Stars, friends align to make Zodiac a success

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Zodiac Venue Address: 230 Pueblo Ave. Owners: Gentle Fritz and Christina Stone Employees: 8 Website: zodiacvenue.com Gentle Fritz and Christina Stone repeatedly heard others say their business, the Zodiac Venue, would fail. Naysayers were quick to point out that others tried to make a go of a bar in that off-the-beaten-path building — where Pueblo… Continue Reading Stars, friends align to make Zodiac a success

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Restaurateurs partner on deal site, LiveOnLocal.com

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A pair of local restaurateurs fed up with bad returns from deal-of-the-day websites like Groupon and Living Social have started their own version. The difference, they say, is that their site — LiveOnLocal.com — is designed to fill restaurant seats rather than somebody else’s pockets. When Greg Howard, owner of McCabe’s Tavern, 520 S. Tejon… Continue Reading Restaurateurs partner on deal site, LiveOnLocal.com

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Gym helps new boxers fight their way to success

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Old School Boxing 212 E. Platte Ave. Opened: 2008 Owner: Terry Buterbaugh Employees: 2 Few people get to turn their passion into a business, but Terry Buterbaugh has done it — two times over. Buterbaugh is a 32-year-old professional boxer, and four years ago he opened a gym to teach other people what he knows.… Continue Reading Gym helps new boxers fight their way to success

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Making change easier

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Keeping ahead of changing technology and a changing business environment means adapting and implementing new ideas on a continuous basis. Yet many people tend to shy away from change. People don’t like changing procedures, processes and overall change in general. The status quo is comfortable. Change seems hard. If you are in charge of making… Continue Reading Making change easier

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A group of young architects and planners believes a better downtown could start with one block. Continue Reading ‘Urban intervention’ tests downtown pedestrian space

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Forté Events strategically planning its business

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From around Tami Forero’s kitchen table, Forté Events employees dream big. Continue Reading Forté Events strategically planning its business

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Hiring family and friends: Benefits and pitfalls

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A common question that often surfaces is whether it is wise to hire family members or friends. Opinions are generally strong concerning this issue, and there seem to be as many on one side of the fence as the other. In many cultures business is largely based on relational lines — many even in the… Continue Reading Hiring family and friends: Benefits and pitfalls

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