Friday, December 29, 2006
Downtown Colorado Springs' Holly Sugar Building (above, left) became the FirstBank Building with the flick of a switch this week. Installation of "1STBANK" signs at the top of each side of the 14-story building was completed Wednesday, and, at 5 p.m. the signs (seen as they were being installed, above right) were illuminated. FirstBank of Colorado Springs announced Dec. 12 it has acquired the naming and signage rights to the downtown landmark, which was known for decades by the name of the Holly Sugar Co. that was headquartered there from 1967 through 1997. The building, at 2 N. Cascade Ave., is part of the Palmer Center complex, which includes the Wells Fargo bank tower and the Antlers Hilton hotel. FirstBank of Colorado Springs is owned by FirstBank Holding Co. of Colorado, based in suburban Denver. Signs in the building's lobby and in an underground parking garage are still being changed.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
"N.Y. approves $650M in aid for AMD microchip plant"
The story, from the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, goes on to detail that a New York state panel approved a $650 million funding package to aid construction of an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. computer microchip plant in a business park in upstate New York. AMD tentatively agreed last summer to build the $3.2 billion plant, but a deal isn't yet final and company officials were counting on the state's aid package, according to the story.
Colorado and Colorado Springs rarely ante up that kind of money, although the state and Denver did offer $237 million in 1991 to try and land a United Airlines maintenance facility that ultimately went to Indianapolis.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
--Club owner and entrepreneur Sam Guadagnoli, who purchased the old Color Me Mine property at 28 N. Tejon St. for use as a model site for downtown loft sales, on what other use he might have had for the building.
"I go into the newspaper's obituary pages every day and too often I find there is a customer, an old friend."
--Mike Nemeth, former co-owner of Nemeth's El Tejon Restaurant, on the loss of core clientele which contributed to the restaurant's closure October 28.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Employees received food, drink and personal hygiene items. They also were kept updated on the storm’s progress.
As the weather worsened and roads closed, other employees were asked not to come in to work. Some worked on laptop computers at home, spokeswoman Judy Cara said.
“We never entirely shut down, but we had to stop some procedures because we didn’t have enough people to run the factory,” Cara said. “The lost production time was clearly not good but we have a great team of folks who will make up the time.”
Matt Chmielarczyk didn’t mind making the commute to work as sales manager at Mountain Chalet on Wednesday.
“We’re a mountaineering shop. We should be open when it snows,” he said.
And he got a nice holiday bonus. Every employee who went to work at the downtown shop during the blizzard got paid double time, said owner Dan Foster.
“Even though sales were down, we stepped up to thank the ones that made the effort to come in,” Foster said.
The shop closed early, 5 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Sales were stagnant, and Foster believes retail activity was simply lost to the forces that be.
“Compared to a typical week before Christmas it’s terribly slow, and I don’t think those sales will be made up. It hurts, but what are you going to do?”
Foster is counting on fellow shopping procrastinators to be out in full force post-blizzard.
The holiday blizzard gave some Faricy Boys Chrysler Jeep associates a new twist for their sales pitches.
After the dealership in the Powers Auto Park closed at 1 p.m. Wednesday, some associates headed home in their Jeeps and along the way pulled out vehicles stuck in the snow, said Ben Faricy, one of the dealership owners.
“They were mainly two-wheel drive vehicles,” he said.
Sales associates handed their business cards to the drivers, telling them to visit the dealership.
"Usually our business picks up significantly after a storm like this becaues everyone realizes two-wheel-drive vehicles aren’t cut out for this weather,” Faricy said.
By Thursday afternoon, employees were still plowing the 11-acre lot and using snow brooms to brush off some 400 vehicles.
“We’ve got three plow trucks out there,” Faricy said, “and it’ll probably take us the majority of Friday to get everything cleared.”
Have any of you experienced the same frustration Susan Richards had when she tried for hours to reacher her airline to rebook her flight? She called and called for hours only to get the same busy single and have her call dropped.
"It makes me feel like (the airline) doesn't care about any of customers because they don’t want to help correct any problem. And the airports know that the numbers are disconnected but they tell you to call anyway. It just seems very unprofessional," she said.
I started calling Frontier Airlines startingWednesday afternoon and finally gave up Thursday evening. I probably going to drive up to Denver International Airport on Saturday and stand in line at the ticket counter just because I think it's the only way I'm going to be able to reschedule my flight. What have you been through these past few days while trying to travel home for the holidays? We'd like to hear your story.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Customers are encouraged to check flight status before going to the airport by visiting www.united.com or calling (800) 864-8331 for automated, up-to-the minute flight arrival and departure information.
Customers can receive automatic updates via mobile phone, e-mail or pager, by registering for United EasyUpdate complimentary service at united.com.
For customers traveling to, from, or through Denver who would like to make one change to their return trip, rules and restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchases, day or time applications, blackouts and minimum or maximum stay requirements have been waived.
Customers who have not begun travel to, from, or through Denver may make one change to their travel plans without change fees or advance purchase requirements for the same itinerary. For a new itinerary, they can make one change without change fees. Rescheduled travel may be subject to higher fares if it does not meet original rule and booking-code restrictions or is a new itinerary.
This ticket wavier is available for customers traveling to, from, and through Denver who purchased ticket on Dec. 19 or earlier, for travel between Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, to/from/through Denver on any United®, United Express®, TedSM or United code-share flight. Origin and destination cities must remain the same.
Customers with already canceled flights are eligible to apply for a full refund.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
With the encouragement of area contractors, Don and Susan Cotterman have expanded their family-owned The Door Co. into the Pueblo market after 12 years of operation in Colorado Springs at 615 Conrad St. The Door Co. sells residential and commercial lines of doors, hardware, as well as bath, office and office suite cabinetry. ...
Steve and Ginny Warren have acquired Colorado Cabinet Coatings (www.coloradocabinetcoatings.com), a Colorado Springs company which performs cabinet refacing or replacement work. Steve has 19 years experience in the industry and Ginny has a bachelor's degree in interior design.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Mapmuse.com has a great map of alternative fueling stations around the nation so you can travel across the country and know the next place where you can fill up. (Click on Going Green under Category.)
It shows Colorado has:
- 17 biodiesel fueling stations, including 2 public stations in Colorado Springs and 1 at Peterson AFB
- 23 compressed natural gas fueling stations, including 2 in Colorado Springs, 1 at the Air Force Academy and 1 for Colorado Springs Utilities
- 12 ethanol 85 fueling stations, including 1 public station in Colorado Springs, 1 at Fort Carson and 1 at Peterson AFB
- 2 electric fueling stations, 0 in Colorado Springs
- 0 hydrogen fueling stations
- 0 liquified natural gas
Web site users also can add stations they know of.
- Awards Categories include:
- Small Business: 1-50 people
- Mid-Size Business: 51-300 people
- Large Business: 301+ people
- Non-Profit 501 (c) 3
The awards are designed to recognize leading companies in the region for their commitment to diversity and inclusion. A panel of representatives from the Pikes Peak Coalition of Chambers will judge nominees based on the following criteria:
- Work force diversity
- Community Inclusion
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
On a list of eight factors, news stories about the real estate market ranked second to last, with 28 percent of respondents saying such stories were an important factor behind their decision to buy.
"The media provides an important service by giving consumers the big picture of what is occurring in the housing marketplace, even the big picture in their local markets," said NAHB President David Pressly, a North Carolina builder. "But despite that, local reporting can't convey the information that consumers consider the most when they are looking for a new home." The NAHB surveyed 2,000 households during the last week of October.
Peter and Marsha Thorson recently relocated their company of 12 years, GoodLife Senior Care Inc., from Scottsdale, Ariz. to Colorado Springs. The business provides non-medical, in-home personal services to seniors.
Caregivers assist with housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, running errands and transportation.
Personal assistants enable seniors to stay in their homes as they age, Peter Thorson said.
Services are typically arranged on an hourly basis, however, overnight and 24-hour care also are available.
For more information, call 266-4799 or see www.GoodLifeSeniorCare.com.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 8, 2006
PRC, which operates call centers in several states and on behalf of Fortune 500 clients, announced in a Dec. 7 news release on its Web site that it would open a 400-job call center in southern Oklahoma. There's no news release yet regarding the Springs, but a PRC spokeswoman has acknowledged the company will open its Springs call center in early 2007 and lease space in the Tiffany Square office and retail building, southwest of Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road. PRC has set up an e-mail address for job inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. The company's Web site is www.prcenet.com.
The SBA report showed that "the use of credit scoring can lead to risk-based pricing of loans which democratizes lending, meaning that riskier loans can now be made to start-ups or small business owners with little credit history," said Dr. Chad Moutray, chief economist for the Office of Advocacy with the SBA.
Still, you need to have a good credit history. Most banks in the Colorado Springs area look at a person's credit history when he/she comes to the bank for a small business loan, according to Matt Barrett, director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Each bank is a little different, but someone with a credit rating of 700 and above will most likely have an easy time getting a business loan, Barrett said. Getting a loan with ratings from 700 to 680 is possible, and any person with rating below 680 would have a difficult time obtaining a small business loan.
If a business is doing well and the owner wants to take out a loan to expand, the bank will look at the books of the business and at the business owner's credit history for the past three years, according to Barrett.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
small business owners11 a.m.-noon Dec. 14 through its Web site, www.sba.gov.
Thomas Ochsenschlager, vice president of taxation for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, will host the Web chat. Chat participants will receive information about the importance of year-end planning and steps small business owners can take to reduce their 2006 tax bills, and Ochsenschlager answers questions on year-end tax savings.
Participants can join the live Web chat by going to http://www.sba.gov/, and clicking “Online Business Chat.” Web chat participants should post questions for Ochsenschlager before the Dec. 14 chat by visiting http://app1.sba.gov/liveMeeting/liveDec06/intro.cfm
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
The health of Colorado residents improved one notch this year, according to a national annual checkup by United Health Foundation. Colorado now ranks 16th in the nation, up from last year's 17th placement, for health.
Low prevalence of obesity, at 17.8 percent of the population.
Low rate of cancer deaths, at 180.6 deaths per 100,000 population.
Low rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease, at 274 deaths per 100,000
Limited access to adequate prenatal care, with 68.6 percent of pregnant
women receiving adequate prenatal care.
High rate of uninsured population, at 17 percent .
Low per capita public health spending, at $92 per person.
In the past year, immunization coverage increased from 77.1 percent to 83.4 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months receiving complete immunizations.
In the last year, the percentage of children in poverty increased from 11.7 percent to 14.7 percent of persons under age 18.
Since 1990, the prevalence of smoking decreased from 28.6 percent to 19.8 percent of the population.
Since 1990, the rate of uninsured population increased from 12.8 percent to 17 percent.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Circle of Impact and a group of 18 downtown shop owners are staging a fundraising event for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region at 1-5 p.m. Dec. 10. All proceeds from a $20 shopping pass will go directly to CASA, which provides a volunteer's voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or domestic conflict. The shopping passes assure a 20 percent discount on purchases made at participating stores; restaurant discounts may vary. For more information call 365-1600.
Participating stores and restaurants:
- Kirk and Hill
- Guinea Pigg
- William Kurtz
- Phantom Canyon Brewery
- Out of the Box
- The Olive Branch
- What's In Store
- Novis Frame and Art
- The Catbird Seat
- Jose Muldoons
- Textures Gallery
- My Jewelry Designer
- The Ritz
Monday, December 4, 2006
... SCORE and Quest Communications are offering a free workshop 9-11 a.m. on Dec. 7 at 721 19th St., suite 246, to help business operators indentify their common telecom needs and "avoid common costly mistakes.
... Brian Maready, president of Leanbuilt and Richard Mather, vice president of operations at Current USA, will be the featured at the Jan. 23 meeting of the Colorado Springs Manufacturing Task Force, discussing the Lean Systems installation at Current. For location and details contact Dave Anderson at email@example.com.
Sunday, December 3, 2006
"This whole thing got blown out of proportion because of the way the store handled it," Melisa Rittenberg said. "The corporate headquarters was never contacted and the local store manager just said there was nothing they could do."
Sony did come through, shipping a camcorder to the Rittenbergs on Nov. 29, but the whole process was an eye-opener for the Perryville, Mo. couple. "Consumers often don't know what to do when these things happen. The most important things we learned are to open the box in the store and that there are steps you can take -- filing a police report, disputing the charges with your credit card company and contacting the state district attorney. You do have recourse."
Friday, December 1, 2006
Ent, southern Colorado's largest financial institution with $2 billion in assets, received the Mortgage Lending Excellence Award for credit unions with more than $250 million in assets during the CUNA Lending Council conference earlier this month in Indian Wells, Calif.
"This part year Ent has made strides in reaching out to interested home buyers in creative ways," said Jon Paukovich, real estate lending director for Ent.
- Darlene Cruz of Colorado Mountain Bank
- Diane Danner of Ent Federal Credit Union
- Juan Flores of Pre-Paid Legal Services and a retired veteran
- Shawn Heard, who was on the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce board for three years
- Angela Hoyle of Security Service Federal Credit Union
- Linda McGee of American Family Insurance
- Linda Puckett of Maile's Gourmet Baskets
- Linda Thompson of Sixties Chrome, and
- Scott Turner of UMB Bank
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The Colorado Springs-based financial institution has been in a similar partnership since 2001 with MBNA Corp., which was acquired Jan. 1 by Bank of America. MBNA started the partnership with Ent after buying its $36 million credit card portfolio in July 2001. Ent members with MBNA cards can still continue to use their cards; Élan will issue cards to those who apply for new accounts.
Élan offered Ent a wider variety of cards that will give its members more choice on types of cards such as platinum cards, cards for college students and cards for small businesses as well as giving members more choices in the rewards they earn, said Jim Moore, Ent's senior vice president. For more information, go to www.ent.com
Back in Manitou, Mrs. Claus will read Christmas poems and stories to visitors. Children will be given a small gift bag from Santa and the elves back at the train depot.
The train will depart twice a day, 10:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Each trip will be about two hours in duration. Cost is $15 per person, ages 3 and up. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. All bookings for the Christmas train must be made by calling 685-5401.
The buyers include companies headed by Mordy Schron of New York; Asia Marketing Ltd. of Israel; Courtney Brown of Golden; C.E. Unterberg, Towbin Brett Moskowitz Investments of New York; companies headed by Sean Molloy of New York; Cortina Asset Management of Milwaukee; Ganot Corp. of Hollywood, Fla; Dennis Gates of El Cerrito, Calif.; Graham Partners of New York; partnerships headed by Yoav Roth of New York; Iroquois Master Fund Ltd.; SF Capital Partners Ltd. of St. Francis, Minn.; partnerships headed by Steven Becker and Wolfson Equities of New York.
Qimonda acquired the stake, which amount to a 19 percent stake in Ramtron, from its former parent company, Infineon Technologies AG when it was spun off from Infineon. The shares were acquired in an investment and licensing deal with Ramtron, which is based in Colorado Springs. As a result of the sale, Klaus Fleishmann and Doris Keitel-Schulz, who represented Qimonda on Ramtron's board, resigned as directors. Ramtron spokesman Lee Brown said the company has no immediate plans to replace them.
Ramtron's largest shareholder is now the National Electrical Benefit Fund of New York, which owns 2.55 million shares, or a 10.1 percent stake in the semiconductor development firm.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
... Backyards & Billiards (Southern Colorado’s Home Resort Superstore) will have its second location open by Dec. 8, at 5860 Barnes Road, according to owners Greg and Nancy Bennett.
... Jared The Galleria of Jewelry is hosting a public Le Vian Jewelry Gala at its 1720 E. Woodmen Road store on November 30, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
.... Chipotle Mexican Grill is bringing back its Burri-Toy promotion on Dec. 9-10. Any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for patients at The Children's Hospital on those days will receive a free burrito. For store locations, visit www.chipotle.com.
Combining the two applications will allow Innerwall's Secure Enclave software not only to keep all devices in a network free of computer viruses, trojans, worms and other threats but also recover a failed computer system as quickly as it can be rebooted, said Innerwall Chief Executive Frank Ricotta. Leapfrog's software records all keystrokes to a computer's hard drive, he said.
"This is a cornerstone capability for our customers," Ricotta said. "It will allow us to covert significant deals and more than double our sales to $7 million next year from nearly $2 million this year."
The system recovery capability is a key feature requested by Innerwall's military customers, including the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, as well as homeland security agencies that form a major part of the company's customer base, Ricotta said.
At the 20th Annual Business for the Arts Awards in March 2007, the committee will recognize businesses for their leadership, commitment, and vision in developing partnerships and engagement with the arts.
Awards will be given for:
- Philanthropy- recognizing corporate citizenship and generosity to arts and culture.
- Innovation- recognizing a strategic use of arts to propel company success.
- Workspace- paying tribute to an exceptional work environment that advances business objectives.
- Workforce- recognizing business programs that engage employees with creativity and the arts.
For details on the awards and evaluation criteria, visit www.cbca.org/programsawardsinfo.asp
For more information, visit www.cbca.org.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Networking begins at 7:15 a.m, followed by a presentation from 7:45 to 9 a.m. There is no charge to attend. For reservations or more information, call 575-4381 or visit www.coloradospringschamber.org.
This year, all lots are open for short-term, long-term and valet parking.
The airport also has an overflow parking lot available for $4 a day. If the overflow lot is needed, signs will direct travelers to that lot, according to Kelly Koons, spokeswoman for the airport.
The airport also has a cell phone lot open. It is located off Milton Proby Expressway in part of a parking lot partially used for commercial vehicles.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Local airport staff received a donation of thousands of clear, one-quart, zip-top bags from Pactiv Corp., maker of the Hefty brand, to give to passengers for free. TSA officials will have free bags available through the entire holiday travel season, said Brian Tool, TSA spokesman in Colorado Springs.
Pactiv Corp has donated more than a million Hefty, one-quart bags to airport all over the nation, according to a Pactiv Corp. press release.
The bags are necessary because this Thanksgiving is the first major travel holiday since the security restrictions on liquids were imposed in August, and many people have not traveled since, Tool said. All liquids carried in carry-on luggage must be stored in three-ounce bottles and stored in a single one-quart, clear, zip-top bag. Only one bag is allowed per customer.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Today through Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration will hold events in more than 32 cities across the country, including Colorado Springs, to remind holiday travelers of its 3-1-1 Campaign on air travel this season. This Thanksgiving is the first big holiday travel day since the new security requirements came into effect. New requirements limit liquids in carry-on luggage, a response to a thwarted terrorist plot to blow up London flights in August.
The 3-1-1 Campaign reminds travelers that all liquids stored in carry-on luggage must be in three-ounce bottles, stored in a one-quart, clear, zip-top bag, one bag per traveler.
For more information on TSA security requirements, visit www.tsa.gov.
Monday, November 20, 2006
This connectivity will enable customers to plug in and charge their iPods, watch movies and TV shows on their iPods using United’s monitors, as well as listen to their music library on United’s noise-cancellation headsets.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Within the next year Safeway stores in Colorado will install equipment designed to protect the privacy and security of shoppers with visual impairments. The new devices plug into existing point-of-sale payment machines and have tactile keys arranged like a standard telephone keypad. They will allow Safeway shoppers who have difficulty reading information on a touchscreen to privately and independently enter their PIN, telephone number, and other confidential information.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Beneficiaries can switch plans or sign up for the first time. It's worth looking into changing plans, Medicare advisers say, because prices have changed.
The average monthly premium for next year's standard drug benefit will be $24. Some plans offer extra benefits at a higher cost.
Several recent surveys have found that about three-quarters of those enrolled in the drug benefit are satisfied with their coverage.
To sign up or get more information, see www.medicare.gov, or call 1-800-633-4227, a Medicare assistance line. The local Senior Insurance Assistance office, 635-4891, also can help.
On the Airport Business Park link News and Events will be posted along with images of the park and future developments, and documents including the environmental assessment report and the Business' Park's master Plan.
The park will have numerous research and development office spaces, hotel, some retail and a golf course. It is expected to employ about 5,000 people by the end of its build out in about 10 years, according to the Economic Development Corp.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
The Haley family opened a branch in Houston in 1978, which was incorporated as Pikes Peak of Texas in 1982, adding its own branch offices in New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas and Austin. The last vestiges of the Colorado Springs arm of the original Pikes Peak Floral Co. were removed within the past five years when Charles T. Haley sold his Flower Stop retail location to Wild Birds Unlimited and brother Tim Haley closed the Pikes Peak Greenhouses on Nichols Boulevard. Pikes Peak Floral, the retail shop which was spun off from the company in the early 50s, shut down its store at 17 E. Kiowa St. just over a year ago
Nonprofit officials can voice local needs and learn about funding priorities and application deadlines.
The session will begin 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave. A free lunch will be served.
RSVP to the Community Resource Center, 1-800-516-6284 or at http://www.coloradohealth.org and click on Applicant Information Sessions.
Friday, November 10, 2006
The Smartpack snackbox includes Pita Break Lavash Multi Grain & Honey Grain Crackers, Glacier Ridge Farms White Cheddar Cheese, Hero Strawberry Preserves, SunGold Creamy Sunbutter, Vermont Village Cannery Organic Peach Applesauce, Bear Naked All-Natural Fruit and Nut Granola, Alacer Emergen-C Tangerine Fizzing Drink Mix and Bali's Best Latte Candy. The contents of the box total 895 calories.
United's other popular snackboxes are the Minimeal and Quickpick. All are available for $5 each on select United flights. Smartpack will replace United's previously offered Jumpstart snackbox.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
On Saturday, Nov. 11, The Outlets at Castle Rock will take delivery on what they claim is the tallest fresh cut tree in Colorado, a 75 foot white fir, that will be decorated with 10,000 lights in preparation for a lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24.
The Citadel will work with NORAD for its Santa Tracking kickoff promotion at 7 p.m. Nov. 17. The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and Youth Symphony will perform and each family will receive one free photo with Santa.
On Nov. 18, Chapel Hills Mall will parlay its 9 a.m.-noon Santa arrival event with the Festival of Giving. Visitors who pay $5 -- all of which is donated to charity -- get breakfast with Santa, free facepainting, chair massage, giveaways and complimentary gift wrapping.
Heuberger Motors reports that the automaker's promotion that enables new VW buyers to get a First Act GarageMaster electric guitar that plays through the car's audio system hasn't been met with much fanfare from the 60 locals who have bought new VWs from the dealership since the promotion began Oct. 3.
The deal is being hyped on television commercials, radio commercials and print advertising, featuring Velvet Revolver guitarish Slash (formerly of Guns N' Roses) Grammy-award winning artist John Mayer and actor Christopher Guest of This Is Spinal Tap.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Delays in the buildout for The Original SoupMan restaurant at 10 S. Tejon St. have meant pushing back the opening date to Dec. 15 "at the earliest," says owner Debra Canale. It may not open until early January. The honor of opening the state's first Original SoupMan -- named for Al Yeganeh, aka "the Soup Nazi" -- will now go to the store at FlatIron Crossing Mall in Broomfield, which opens Nov. 10. Canale is planning to open two other franchises in Colorado Springs after the downtown store is established and other franchisees are planning to enter the Boulder and Castle Rock markets ...
Veda Salon & Spa, honored by The Gazette as the best Salon, best Spa and best place to work, has opened its third location in Colorado Springs, moving into Falcon Landing at 7443 North Academy Blvd. with about 60 employees. ...
Red Lobster is looking to go upscale. President Kim Lopdrup told the Orlando Sentinel that the 680-unit chain -- which has two restaurants in Colorado Springs -- will expand its daily fresh fish selection and it is testing more formal tableware, warmer lighting and dark wood paneling in a revised prototype. The report said Red Lobster may even introduce linen napkins.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
The program is not expected to launch until 2007.
For more information, call 635-1551.
Monday, November 6, 2006
Colorado is ranked eighth best in the nation.
The survival index touches on businesses of all types-from the home-based consultants and venture capitalists to technology companies and manufacturing firms. The index analyzes 29 major government-imposed or government related costs affecting small business and entrepreneurs.
Friday, November 3, 2006
The single-story building will feature Colorado-style materials, such as stucco and wood, said architect Rob Seever, whose firm Keystone Associates is working on the project in conjunction with James W. Nakai & Associates Architects, both of Colorado Springs. Officials held ground-breaking ceremonies for the project this week.
"They’ve been saving their money for years to do this, and their enthusiasm comes out tenfold," Seever said.
The interior will be "patient friendly," he said, with warm tones and handicapped accessibility.
H.W. Houston Construction Co. of Pueblo is the general contractor.
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Customers still can buy airline tickets from United and still walk up to the United ticket counter when checking in for their flights. The difference is that the people behind the counter are not be United employees. They work for SkyWest Airlines, which is operating the flights in an arrangement with United.
United decided, effective Oct. 31, to contract out all United business in Colorado Springs to SkyWest Airlines. SkyWest Airlines already operates many United and Delta airline flights in Colorado Springs and throughout the nation.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Figures compiled by the Apartment Association of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Division of Housing, along with reports from local real estate broker Doug Carter, have shown the same general trend of falling vacancy rates. Their reports also have suggested that rents are on the way up, reflecting an increase in demand. Local industry experts have said a solid local economy, the presence of thousands of military personnel at area installations and the lack of apartment construction have combined to drive down multi-family vacancy rates, which climbed into double digits after the recession of early 2001 and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Jeremy Gianzero, an E.R. nurse for Penrose St. Francis Health Services and also a mechanic, will received a jacket, barbecue grill set, a year's supply of bratwurst and a gift certificate for clothes from sponsor Dickies for being one of five finalists in the 15th annual American Worker of the Year contest. He lost out to Mississippi elementary school principal Janet Buras ...
Whole Foods Market will host the annual Taste of Thanksgiving fundraiser at its 7635 N. Academy Blvd. location 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 10. Urban Peak Colorado Springs, a local homeless shelter for teens and children, will be the beneficiary of the fundraiser. ...
Monday, October 30, 2006
The magazine worked with the national Committe for Quality Assurance for its annual ranking of commercial plans based on clinical quality, member satisfaction and other criteria.
In September, the Colorado Business Group on Health's annual survey gave CIGNA the highest marks for overall rating of its health plans and health care.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Chipotle is reprising its Halloween promotion “Boo-rito” on Oct. 31. Customers who dress up as their favorite menu item and visit any Chipotle Mexican Grill from 5-10 p.m. will receive a free burrito for the effort. ...
Ent Federal Credit Union, the largest financial institution in the Pikes Peak region, broke ground on its 22nd service center Tuesday (Oct. 24) on a 1.5 acre lot at 16050 Old Forest Point in Monument. ...
Denver-based Camp Bow Wow has sold its 150th franchise -- to a Charlotte, N.C. businessman -- making it the largest dog day and overnight care franchise in North America. There is one Colorado Springs location, at 4295 Northpark Dr. ...
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Angie's List, an online source for ratings and reviews of local service professionals, has expanded into the Pikes Peak region. Consumers can now sign up at www.angieslist.com for a free one-year subscription and start sharing information on plumbers, landscapers, handymen and other service companies they’ve hired. The Pikes Peak region was added to Angie's List based on consumer demand. Last month, consumers across the
U.S. Bank opened its newest branch, the financial giant's 14th in the Springs area, on Oct. 13 inside a Safeway supermarket at 6925 Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain. A grand opening celebration is planned at 10 a.m. Friday. The branch operates seven days a week.
Ent Federal Credit Union, the area's largest financial institution, broke ground Tuesday on its 22nd branch at 16050 Forest Point, across the street from a new Wal-Mart supercenter that opened in Monument last month and Kohl's store that opened earlier this month. The 4,000-square-foot branch is scheduled to open in April 2007 and will employ six.
The Bank at Broadmoor will break ground at 10 a.m. Friday on its fourth branch at 3216 W. Colorado Ave., the site of a now-demolished Arby's restaurant on the far west side of Colorado Springs. The branch will be called The Bank at Broadmoor Westside and is scheduled to open in May 2007 to better serve the bank's customers in western Colorado Springs, said Lisa Dowis, the bank's marketing manager.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
The first 100 families at the grand opening will receive a free herb-crusted flank steak.
Massage Envy has opened its eighth massage therapy clinic along Colorado’s Front Range at 5966 Stetson Hills Blvd. It features 12 therapy rooms and 15 massage therapists with 4,400 possible appointments per month.
General Growth Properties has begun construction of a 154,000-square-foot expansion of its Park Meadows mall in south Denver. The project will blend the existing indoor retail mix of 160 stores with an outdoor park and street common area with new stores and four new, full-service restaurants.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The Two Rivers Convention Center was one of three locations considered to host the 2007 conference. Grand Junction previously hosted the 2002 Governor’s Conference. Submissions were evaluated on a number of criteria, including geographical location and the ability of the host community to provide local support and logistical assistance for the conference.
The 2007 conference will be held Oct. 10 - 12, 2007. Details about the event, including registration information, will be available on the CTO’s official Web site at www.colorado.com in the coming months.
Monday, October 23, 2006
"Our Saturday was the busiest we've had in six months," said Bob Tynecki, Chief Financial Officer of Office Liquidator. "We had a story in the Denver Post and live TV coverage along with the postcards we mailed to customers ... and the response was just overwhelming."
The $178 executive chairs were the biggest sellers, but there are still some of those remaining along with desks, wall units, book cases and credenza sets, some with asset tax tags still attached. Office Liquidator president Dennis Meyer, a 20 year veteran of the business, did two walking tours of the Houston headquarters and "cherry picked the ones in best condition," Tynecki said. Just don't expect to find anything from Ken Lay's executive suite. "As I understand it," Tynecki said, "that's going to be auctioned off later this year on eBay."
- The 529 does not hurt a child’s chance at financial aid. A report by Fidelity Investments said parental assets are given the lowest weight on an aid application. Most of what is considered is the child’s income and assets. The 529 in the parent’s name isn’t the child’s asset.
- Grandparents can open a 529 for a grandchild (or any child for that matter). This makes the 529 a great gift that grandparents can give year after year through contributions. The kids won't be as excited to get it now, but they will thank you later. And it lasts longer than toys.
- If you open a Colorado 529, you can link it with the Upromise service that automatically adds a percentage of certain purchases to your 529. For example, buy a box of Kleenex and get 1% of the cost credited to your 529. Here are the eligible products. You can also get a Upromise credit card and have 1% of your purchases credited to your 529. Be aware, however, that you may be able to save more money by not buying these name-brand products, even with the credit. Buy if they are products you prefer or happen to be the best buy. Upromise will monitor your credit card for credits due. You can also link it to your Safeway or King Soopers card to get automatic credits.
If you have any other questions on the 529, leave a comment here.
The Prescription Assistance Solution Service is offered through the Community Health Partnership, a collaboration of more than 17 local health care organizations, and PracticeNet Solutions, which is affilated with the El Paso County Medical Society.
The service is free to physician offices.
For more information, call Diana Atcheson, 329-7103.
Friday, October 20, 2006
A committee narrowed the entries to 150 pieces that will be displayed in the 350,000-square-foot hospital, at the corner of Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard. It will open in the summer of 2008.
A free art show featuring the pieces will be 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 21) at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Geoff Hebert's Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co., one of the stores that lost its prime location at Chapel Hills mall when Dick's Sporting Goods signed a lease there this summer, has reopened at 4707 N. Academy Blvd. (266-4673)
The bureau is looking for visitors' thoughts and opinions on the guide and the area to learn what best represents the Colorado experience for future publications and communications.
Survey participants will be entered into the $500 cash drawing, if they include their e-mail address at the end of the survey for automatic entry.
For more information, visit www.experiencecoloradosprings.com or call 635-7506, or 1-800-888-4748.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
"One of the reasons we purchased Burger City is that we were drawn to the reputation it had for serving great food," Renee Sousa said. "It also has a fantastic location, close to the IMAX-Cinemark 16 theater and in the rapidly growing Powers area."
Elliot Sousa has an extensive background in restaurant management. He managed Bob’s Big Boy restaurant’s in Southern California for 25 years, becoming an Executive General Manager. Burger City is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sunday. Its hours on Friday and Saturday are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. A grand opening party is planned for early in 2007.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Hillyard replaced Tom Surrette, who became a board observer. Hillyard has spent more than 25 years as a senior finance and operations executive in the technology industry. Before joining LeftHand, Hillyard was executive vice president and chief financial officer for FrontRange Solutions.
Hillyard also was vice president and chief financial officer for daly.commerce Inc.; vice president and chief financial officer for InteliData Technologies Corp.; and senior vice president and chief financial officer for eFunds Corp.
"Having been an executive with other high-growth, successful entrepreneurial companies in the Colorado Front Range, it has been exciting to see Simtek begin to flourish like it has. I'm excited to be part of the team and look forward to the bright future at Simtek."
The Colorado Tourism Office Board Chairman's Award was presented to Colorado Gov. Bill Owens for supporting several funding packages, including the recent $19 million funding given to the Colorado Tourism Office in 2006.
Outstanding Individual Contribution to Colorado Tourism was givent to Tim Edgar, executive director of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative was presented to the 2006 Mesa Verde Centennial Celebration, recognized for collaboration among southwest Colorado organizations, governments, schools, businesses and hundreds of volunteers to produce a three-day, 100th-year national park anniversary celebration that brought thousands of people to Mesa Verde National Park.
Outstanding Tourism Volunteer was awarded to Irene Kohler and Irene McLain of the Fruita Welcome Center.
Advancing Colorado Award, new this year, was presented to the Delta County Tourism Cabinet for its program promoting the area's agricultural, historical and artisan-related industries driving tourism in the area.
Friday, October 13, 2006
MMG Worldwide developed the campaign, titled "Let's Talk Colorado," to have a more focused marketing strategy to target specific demographics to visit the state, said Clayton Ried, MMG president and managing partner. The campaign will not target specific cities, but rather focus on activities such as wine tasting, hiking or skiing, which may feature Colorado Springs area attractions. Ried said he was very interested in pursuing heritage tourism, which focuses on visitors interested in seeing historic or cultural attractions and locations.
The advertising company, with an office in Fort Collins, hopes the campaign will bring 30 million visitors to the state over time.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The meeting is free and refreshments will be provided. The program's pursose is to motivate people to go through the application process to help their business analyze and improve its service, and intigrate a philosophy of continuous improvement.
The application process is an invalueable service to a business by providing free, constructive feedback on how to improve a business- a service that would normally cost thousands- according to many winners of the 2006 Excellence in Customer Service program.
RSVP by Oct. 13 by contacting Debbie Montoya at 636-5076, ext. 129, toll-free at 866-206-1094 ext. 129 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more detailed information on this event, please contact Rebecca Herrera at 636-5076 ext. 116, or toll-free at 1-866-206-1094 ext. 116.
Brig. Gen. Anne Macdonald, deputy commanding general at Fort Carson, said the post is preparing for an increase of 10,000 soldiers, not including family members, in the next two years. The total number of troops stationed at the Army base will balloon to 25,000. Sixty percent are married and have family members, and one-third will live on post.
The local economic impact of Fort Carson currently is nearly $1 billion annually, she said, including $662.1 million in military payroll, $147.4 million in civilian payroll,$60 million in operations, $13 million in utilities, $167.1 million in military procurement, $40 million for TriCare health insurance and $1.5 million for tuition assistance.
Fort Carson is responsible for 10 percent of all economic activity in Colorado Springs, Macdonald said.