Friday, March 16, 2007

Downtown 80903 marches on Saturday

The Downtown Partnership will unveil its new branding campaign for downtown Colorado Springs during the St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday down Tejon Street. A team of volunteers will distribute stickers that reflect the “Downtown 80903” campaign.

“It’s not only our Zip code, it’s a frame of mind and an understanding,” says Laszlo Palos, marketing director for the Downtown Partnership.

A new Web site,, is scheduled to launch May 1 with information on downtown happenings and attractions. See The Gazette for the parade route.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Auto criminal investigator retires

Super sleuth Alan Pfeifer has retired as a criminal investigator for the Colorado Department of Revenue's Auto Industry Division.

He worked out of the Colorado Springs office for more than 20 years, overseeing dealership operations from Colorado Springs to the Kansas and New Mexico borders and west to Leadville.

The division regulates new and used motor vehicle dealers, issues dealer and salesperson licenses and enforces state and federal laws pertaining to motor vehicle sales.

Pfeifer also conducted criminal investigations with city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

He said the most rewarding part of his career was to help new dealers succeed and learn to resolve customer complaints through communication.

"I'll miss my daily interaction with motor vehicle dealers but intend to keep in contact with many of them. After all, I still need to purchase a vehicle once in a while," he said.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Phone book wars

Now that new phone books have hit the streets in Colorado Springs, the final numbers for telephone directory advertising are in.
Yellow Page advertising totaled 2,929 pages in the most recent Dex, Yellow Book and Verizon directories, up just 15 pages, or 0.5 pecent from the previous year. That compares with 4.5 percent growth in 2006 and 3.6 percent in 2005.
While pages in the Dex directory were up 14.3 percent to a record 1,365 this year, pages in the Yellow Book directory fell 2.3 percent to 1,132 and pages in the Verizon directory plunged 23.1 percent to 432, the fewest since 2004. Verizon's directory is now published by Idearc Media Corp.
Nationwide, yellow pages advertising revenue is growing at an average rate of about 3 percent a year with most of the gains coming online.

Partnership for Community Design holds planning workshops

The Partnership for Community Design will conduct a series of six workshops to provide the public with a better understanding of the city of Colorado Springs' planning process. The goals are to improve knowledge about the legal aspects of planning; to reduce potential land-use conflicts; and to develop communication between the public and the city regarding Colorado Springs’ future. The three-hour, weekly workshops will begin April 4 and continue through mid-May. The deadline for workshop applications is Friday, March 16, and costs range from $50 for community members and non-profit groups to $150 for real estate agents, architects and other professionals. Participants must commit to attend each session, and workshops will be limited to 35 people. A workshop schedule and applications are available at; click on the "CPDW" icon. More information: Crystal Collette, 475-3040 or

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A really big shoe for Marshalls store in Colorado Springs

Marshalls, the off-price clothing retailer, is expanding its footwear department at its Woodmen Commons Shopping Center store, 1760 E. Woodmen Road, northeast of Academy Boulevard and Woodmen in Colorado Springs. The new Shoe MegaShop, as Marshalls is calling its new footwear department, will have 5,000 square feet of space to create a "store within a store." The store also will continue to sell its brand-name family fashions. "Now you don't need to travel to Italy to find a fabulous deal on Italian leather shoes," said Marshalls spokeswoman Amy Cafazzo. Actually, you don't need to go to Italy for good pizza, either, but we get the idea about Marshalls' shoe selection. The expanded footwear department opens Thursday, March 15.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Small business day at the Capitol on March 26

Small business owners who want to grab the ear of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and key legislative leaders are invited to join the National Federation of Independent Business for Small Business Day at the Capitol on March 26. This year's event starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Old Supreme Court chambers, Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver. Lunch will take place at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 500 16th St. Attendees will return at 1 p.m. to the Old Supreme Court chambers to hear Gov. Ritter, while legislative leaders will meet with small-business owners during the morning and afternoon. The event is open to all small-business owners; NFIB membership isn't required. The cost is $35 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch. More information: Teresa Tuschhoff, (866) 639-1846 or, and Tony Gagliardi, (303) 831-6099 or The non-profit, Washington D.C.-based NFIB lobbies on behalf of small and independent business owners.

Annual Teller County job fair

Save March 22 on your calendar. That's the date of the seventh annual Teller County Job Fair.

Held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 220 W. South Ave. in Woodland Park, the fair will offer opportunities to meet with prospective employers.

A free workshop, "You Have 2 Minutes -- Be Memorable," also will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Event sponsors are the Pikes Peak Workforce Center and the Pikes Peak Courier View, a weekly newspaper.

Call 689-3584, ext. 121, or 491-5075 for more information.

Athena Award deadline extended

The deadline for Athena Award nominations has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday. To nominate someone, call Jen Furda at 575-4313 or complete the form online at The award goes to a community-minded person who has helped women reach their full potential in business and achieved signicant success in their own career. The award will be presented during the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women in Business Conference on April 5.