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Mac McClung was working Tuesday in his Woodland Park shop, Bad Rock Automotive, when a mini flash mob surrounded him and began taking pictures. The group, from Pikes Peak Area Rotary Clubs, surprised him with a check for $2,000. It was a collective business hug and the group gave out two that day and has… Continue Reading Rotary Club members surprise small businesses with $2,000 checks

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Small businesses hired fewer people in August than in June, and more than 80 percent of them are not seeking bank loans. That’s the word from the latest SurePayroll survey of small businesses. SurePayroll is an online payroll service which has produced its SurePayroll Scorecard, a monthly look on national hiring and paycheck trends at… Continue Reading Small businesses are not seeking loans

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Every business has a story, and now they can use an online platform to share that story and showcase successes. The U.S. Small Business Administration launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive online site that features videos by business owners across the country who have started or grown a business with SBA help. The videos… Continue Reading SBA launches online platform for small biz success stories

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SBDC receives federal small biz grant

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The Colorado Small Business Development Center received a $100,000 federal grant to help support services for small businesses affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. The services available include loan packaging, marketing and business planning for recovery, assistance with the FEMA disaster program and the application process for the low interest Small Business Administration disaster loans.… Continue Reading SBDC receives federal small biz grant

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Small business owners want to hear specific plans from presidential candidates on how small business needs will be addressed in the near future, according to a Manta survey of small businesses. In the survey, 40 percent of the nearly 2,000 small business owners surveyed said their vote will likely be influenced by how the needs… Continue Reading Presidential candidates have chance to sway small business owners

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On any given night in Colorado Springs, there are people with the entrepreneurial gene working into the wee morning hours on the next big business idea. Continue Reading Startup scene springs to life with many fresh ideas

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Atargis Energy Corp. became the first company to produce electric power from the energy of ocean waves by using a specific energy conversion machine developed in Colorado Springs. The company’s model, one-tenth the size of the planned machine, was tested in a large offshore wave basin facility at Texas A&M, and delivered 370 watts of… Continue Reading Atargis successfully creates electricity during wave tests

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  The city of Denver is holding a contest for its startups and early-stage businesses, with a $50,000 prize going to whoever submits the best business plan.   At a similar contest organized by the entrepreneurial outfit Galvanize on Friday, Paul Washington of the Denver Office of Economic Development said the winner of the city… Continue Reading City of Denver holds business-plan competition

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Wildfire relief T-shirt sales are off the hook. This weekend the group of local business owners who launched a graphic T-shirt sales project for wildfire relief hit latest goal of $500,000 in sales. The group has no plans to end the project, said Austin Buck, co-owner of CoPilot Creative, one of the groups that launched… Continue Reading Wild FireTees reaches goal of $500,000 in sales

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Colorado Springs-based Chromatic Technologies Inc., which specializes in color-changing ink, has put a color-changing lion on the high-quality liqueur from Tuaca. The bottle’s lion, a brand image for Tuaca, was redesigned as a thermochromic feature for the label on the limited-edition bottle. The bottle, called the “perfect chill,” was created by tattoo artist Corey Miller,… Continue Reading CTI signs new product to color-changing ink technology

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