Thursday, December 1, 2011

SouthsideBusiness.com Subscriber only special for December

New feature - SouthSideBusiness.com Subscriber Specials.

We'll kick it off for December with Two For One Color Copies!
Minimum of 50 qty, 8.5 x 11, 20lb bond, one side. (regular price 30 cents each)

Must be a SouthSideBusiness.com subscriber at the time of purchase or order.
(hint, you can sign up Here)

Expires December 31, 2011

November traffic numbers for SouthSideBusiness.com

If you liked the October numbers, you're going to love November's.
* see last paragraph for explanation of terms *

Total visits: 3828, Unique visitors: 2408, Pageviews: 11,477

That's 127 visits per day on average and 382 daily pageviews. Average time on site was just over 5 minutes per visit.

New additions to the site this month include a daily online crossword puzzle and the "subscribe" option, where visitors can register to receive weekly emails spotlighting new content.

Explanation of terms. A unique visitor is a visit from one IP address. In other words, if you visit the site 3 times in one day, that's still one unique visitor. A visit is someone coming on site, whether they visit one page or ten, then exiting the site (that's one visit). A pageview is just what it sounds like, the number of pages within the site that were viewed. Robots and Spiders used by search engines to catalog sites, are not included in these numbers. I'm not reporting "hits" because it's not a useful number. A single visit to one page of a website can generate a dozen or more hits.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October stats for SouthSideBusiness.com

The official launch of the revamped SouthSideBusiness.com took place October 15, 2011, although we began working on the transition a few days before that. Traffic numbers for October are in. Note, available stats for comparison go back 13 months.

We had 1,165 unique visitors during the month. That is second only to February 2011 within the past 13 months. There were 2,162 visits, which is a 13-month high. Pageviews came in at 9,391, almost double the previous high. This is especially relevant in that banner ads now appear on every page.

Visits per visitor were 1.85 and pageviews per visit - 4.34, average duration of visit - 5.33 minutes, all 13-month highs.

Explanation of terms. A unique visitor is a visit from one IP address. In other words, if you visit the site 3 times in one day, that's still one unique visitor. A visit is someone coming on site, whether they visit one page or ten, then exiting the site (that's one visit). A pageview is just what it sounds like, the number of pages within the site that were viewed. Robots and Spiders used by search engines to catalog sites, are not included in these numbers. I'm not reporting "hits" because it's not a useful number. A single visit to one page of a website can generate a dozen or more hits.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Southsidebusiness.com traffic already on the rise

The official launch of the new SouthSideBusiness.com was less than 3 weeks ago. But October has already beat the previous 12 months in terms of visitors, number of visits, pageviews per visit and total pageviews. I'll post actual data on Tuesday.

The stat you've probably heard the most is "hits". I could post a very impressive number for "hits" as well, but it doesn't tell you a whole lot. A "hit" is any request for any file. If you have a page with 3 sections and a total of 10 images, a single 30 second visit to your page could generate at least 13 "hits".

We're off to a great start. I expect to see traffic continue to grow. Among other things, the new set-up allows for meta-tags and meta-descriptions for all articles, images, even ads. That makes the whole site much more search engine friendly. In the previous set up, the pages were displayed as jpg images, meaning the text within the pages would not turn up in searches, yet we still drew pretty good traffic.

Have a great weekend everyone, and a safe and fun Halloween!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New site for SouthSideBusiness.com, new mission for the blog

As you may have heard, the South Side Business News has gone all digital. The final hard copy issue was released this week.

That means more timely posting of stories, announcements, events and information, as well as expanded reach. The new site for SouthSideBusiness.com means a new mission for the South Side Business Blog.

The blog will now serve as a place to post updates, insights and information about SouthSideBusiness.com, rather than a place for posting stories that fall between, now obsolete, deadlines.

For example, SouthSideBusiness.com is running a special on its rotating banner ads, through October 15th (October 31st for current South Side advertisers), of $60 for 6 months. We have tracking capability, which means we can tell you how many times your banner ad was displayed and how many times it was clicked on.

But the blog wont just be about promoting ad sales. I can clue you in on why you might have clicked on one of the "see more photos here" links within some of the news stories only to find "page not found" at the top of your browser window. Yours truly is using Picassa to house web albums connected to stories, and I neglected to make them public before linking to them. That issue has been resolved.

The number of right side banner ads will be limited to 10 spaces and 50 ads (50 ads will rotate within the 10 spots). Hit the refresh button while on-site and you'll see what I mean. We'll later be breaking the right side ads into three pricing tiers, upper, middle and lower, probably with prices ranging from $25/month for the top 3 and $15 for the lower 4. Notice the right side ads are always there, no matter where you go within the website.

The mission is still the same as always, promoting and spotlighting the local small business community, while providing them with an affordable advertising venue. The trick is to keep it simple, while still keeping it entertaining and informative.

I'm sure the site and the blog will continue to evolve as technology and America do, but we'll never lose sight of why we do what we do as we change the way we do it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced that this year’s Fall Business Expo will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Valley Events Center, 6436 S. Hwy 85/87 (behind Applebees) from 10am to 5pm.

This year’s event will be held in the newly available, large event hall which can accomodate over 65 exhibitors. The Chamber invites the public to come and see what the Fountain Valley Business Community has to offer. Local businesses will be distributing information, coupons and of course SWAG (Stuff We All Get) such as key chains, pens, samples and other goodies. There will be food concessions and door prize drawings as well.

Businesses wishing to participate should contact the Chamber office at 719-382-3190. Early bird discounts are available through September 30th. If you participated in last year’s Expo, you can also qualify for a “grandfather” rate, if you act fast. All fees must be paid by October 14, 2011. Booth rates range from $200-$450. Spaces are reserved upon receipt of payment. You do not have to be a Chamber member to be an exhibitor, although you’ll get a discounted rate if you are.

Flyer and vendor application

Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce website

Friday, September 16, 2011

Carson Bluffs Uhaul and Storage now has Vans for rent




Carson Bluffs Uhaul and Storage, just west of I25 at Exit 128 in Fountain, now has Vans for rent.

Click on the image for details.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Soggy evening in Security

As of 4:30 pm it's starting to get deep out there, and still coming down steady.

Film at...well, right now.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Moving to Garden of the Gods Rd

Colorado Springs, CO -- The Pikes Peak Workforce Center will close October 6 to move to the Citizens Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

The Center will reopen at its new location on October 11, 2011.. Hours of operation will remain the same: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the closure, job seekers can access many job search services online at www.ppwfc.org.

About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

7th Annual Coats and Cans Drive

Harris Group Realty, Inc. is teaming up with Catholic Charities and Lighthouse Ministries Pantry to promote their 7th Annual Coats & Cans Community Drive. Please help us assist needy families throughout Colorado Springs .

We’ll be collecting new or gently used clothing, coats, mittens, sweaters, scarves, snowsuits, hats and non perishable food items thru November 15th, 2011. Items can be dropped at our office at 2950 Professional Pl, Ste. 205 in the Kissing Camels Office Park, just east of Coronado High School on Fillmore from 8:30 to 4:00 M-F or at a south location at Easy Street Designs, 109 Kiva Road in Security from 8:30 to 6:00 M-F and 10:00 to 2:00 Saturday.

Thank you in advance for helping us help those in need this holiday season. For more information, please call us at 227-9900.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Scam Alert - Fake FTC Complaint Notice

Better Business Bureau warns consumers to avoid clicking on bogus FTC link

The Federal Trade Commission issued the alert below on September 1 warning consumers about a bogus email being falsely sent using their name and leading recipients to believe it is it is from them. In fact, it is not. Below is the legitimate email from the FTC.

FTC Warns Small Businesses: Don’t Open Email Falsely Claiming to be From FTC

The FTC is warning small businesses that an email with a subject line “URGENT: Pending Consumer Complaint” is not from the FTC. The email says that a complaint has been filed with the agency against their company. The FTC advises not to click on any of the links or attachments with the email. Clicking on the links may install a virus on the computer.

The FTC’s advice: Delete the email. For more information on malware, visit www.OnGuardOnline.gov/malware.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. Like the FTC on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2180

Below is the fake email. As you can see it looks legitimate. Do not click the link!



From: Federal Trade Commission [mailto:complaints@ftc.gov]
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 11:28 AM
Subject: URGENT : Pending consumer complaint!

Dear business owner,

A consumer complaint has been filled against your company.

Your company is being accused of trying to commit fraud against the complaint's filling party.
The full text of the complaint file can be viewed on the FTC website, in PDF format, by visiting the following link :
http://www.ftc.gov/complaint/view_complaint.aspx?complaint_id=9302&hash=7634902846982132319

An official response from your part is required, in order to take further action.
Please review the charges brought forward in the complaint file, and contact us as soon as possible by :

Phone: Call our toll-free helpline: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357);
TTY: 1-866-653-4261
Online: Use our secure complaint form ( https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ )
Email: complaints@ftc.gov

Thank you,
Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Protection Department


It is not uncommon for scammers to use the name of legitimate organizations, as well as use scare tactics such as those in the phony email above, to scare potential victims and illicit a response.

As always, your BBB urges consumers to use extreme caution when opening any email. It’s especially important not to click on links unless you are positive who sent the email.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Four Keynotes Slated for 6th Annual Author Fest of the Rockies

Award-winning Colorado-based authors will speak at day-long conference.

The 6th Annual Author Fest of the Rockies remains true to a tradition of rich offerings, with a roster of four Colorado authors who will be speaking at the statewide literary conference from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 9, at the Historic Cliff House at Pikes Peak.

“We’re really excited about our keynotes for this year’s Author Fest,” said Natalie Johnson, Author Fest board member. “These authors are some of the most talented and prolific that Colorado has to offer. Author Fest attendees have come to expect a program that is educational as well as entertaining, and this year will not disappoint.”

Keynote Matt Moseley is a communications strategist and a principal at InterMountain Corporate Affairs in Denver. He has managed many communications projects for companies and organizations, and has worked on many political campaigns. He was the family spokesperson for Lisl Auman and was also hired by Johnny Depp to be the family spokesperson and communications director for Hunter S. Thompson’s funeral and ash-blast. He recently published Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the Last Gonzo Campaign, which was a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Book Award.
Keynote Barbara O’Neal fell in love with food and restaurants at the age of 15, when she landed a job in a Greek café and served baklava for the first time. She sold her first novel in her twenties, and has since won a plethora of awards, including two Colorado Book Awards and six prestigious RITAs, most recently one for The Lost Recipe for Happiness in 2010. Her novels have been published widely in Europe and Australia, and she travels internationally, presenting workshops, hiking hundreds of miles, and of course, eating. She lives with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and their collection of cats and dogs, in Colorado Springs.

Keynote Stephanie Barron was born in Binghamton, NY in 1963, the last of six girls. Her father was a retired general in the Air Force, her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance. In 1981, she started college at Princeton—one of the most formative experiences of her life. There she learned to write news stories for The Daily Princetonian – a hobby that led to part-time jobs for The Miami Herald and The San Jose Mercury News. She majored in European History and spent three years at Stanford pursuing a doctorate in history; she failed to write her dissertation (on the Brazilian Bar Association under authoritarianism; can you blame her?) and left with a Master’s. She applied to the CIA, passed a polygraph test on her 26th birthday, and was immediately thrown into the Career Trainee program. Barron wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Fifteen books have followed, along with sundry children, dogs and houses.

Keynote Erin Blakemore learned to drool over Darcy and cry over Little Women in suburban San Diego, California. These days, her inner heroine loves roller derby, running her own business, and hiking in her adopted hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Erin's debut book, The Heroine's Bookshelf, was published by HarperCollins in October, won the 2011 Colorado Book Award in the Nonfiction-General category, and will appear in paperback November 15.

In keeping with Author Fest’s Arts-in-Education component, the event will sponsor young adult author Laura Resau in the Manitou Springs schools. With a background in cultural anthropology and ESL-teaching, Laura Resau has lived and traveled in Latin America and Europe - experiences that inspired her books for young people. Her latest novel, The Queen of Water (co written with María Virginia Farinango) was praised as a "riveting tale...by turns heartbreaking, infuriating and ultimately inspiring" in a starred review by Kirkus. Resau lives with her husband and young son in Colorado. She donates a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.
As a breakaway event from the Friends of the Manitou Springs Public Library, Author Fest is in its first year as a standalone nonprofit organization. Although it takes an abbreviated form this year, the all-volunteer board has endeavored to replicate the value attendees always gain from Author Fest. Tickets for the event are $75 and include lunch. Registration forms may be picked up at Black Cat Books or the Manitou Springs Public Library, or you can register online at www.authorfestoftherockies.org. Sponsorships for Author Fest will continue to be available this year. For more information about Author Fest of the Rockies, call Laura Ettinger at 719-231-7202, or email at laura.ettinger@authorfestoftherockies.org. “Like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/authorfestoftherockies) and follow us on Twitter (@AuthorFest).

About Author Fest
Author Fest of the Rockies, a 501(c)3, is a nonprofit organization in process that has as its signature event a statewide literary conference. This conference, also called Author Fest of the Rockies, is open to anyone interested in the written and spoken word. Author Fest is dedicated to keeping a strong arts-in-education component in its activities and to supporting the Manitou Springs Public Library. Visit www.authorfestoftherockies.org.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cottonwood Artists' School Announces September & October Art Classes


Cottonwood Artists' School announces its stellar lineup of September & October Classes. We are particularly proud to offer 2 classes by Rodney Wood, Rodney Wood ~ Promote Thy Art Self on 10/22 and Rodney Wood ~ “The Judge, the Jury and the Art of Self-Assessment” on 10/29 in conjunction with our 3rd Annual Day of the Dead celebration on 10/28 from 5pm to 8:30 pm.


Cottonwood Artists' SchoolCottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO

Please call (719) 520-1899 for additional information and to register.

September
Chris Alvarez ~ Plein Air Painting 9/13~ 10/6
Micheal Pach ~ Digital Photography 9/13~10/13
Karen Standridge ~ Fun With Watermedia 9/17
Kathleen Reed ~ Zen/Ikebana Floral Arranging 9/17
Trevor Thomas ~ Fundamentals in Figure Drawing 9/22~10/10
Lisa Hewett ~ Perfecting Facial Features 9/24 & 9/25

October
Rob Burrington ~ Capturing/Controlling Light 10/1 & 10/2
Sibyl Teague ~ Gelatin Monoprint 10/1
Rick Bongiovanni ~ Introduction to Life Casting 10/4 & 10/5
Jennifer Hanson ~ Throwing on the Wheels(ADDUCE Only) 10/1 & 10/2
Rob Burrington ~ Capturing Controlling Light 10/11-11/15
Jude Silva ~ Line Dance with Dry Point 10/8 &10/22
Kay Beaubian ~ Non-Toxic Mononprint 10/4-11/8
Lance Timco and Jennifer Hanson ~ Introduction to Raku (ADDUCE) 10/8 &10/9
R.W. Carlson ~ Expressive Skies 10/15
Chris Gilman ~ Cartooning Secrets 10/20-11/17
Rodney Wood ~ Promote Thy Art Self 10/22
Micheal Pach ~ Photoshop 10/20-11/17
Rodney Wood ~ “The Judge, the Jury and the Art of Self-Assessment” 10/29

For more information; http://cottonwoodcenterforthearts.wordpress.com/cottonwood-artists-school/

How to make your customers feel stupid

From LauraBenjamin.com

We all know ways to make our customers feel stupid, don’t we? Sure we do! Do we want to make our customers feel stupid? Of course not! Do some of us do it by mistake while others give into “the dark side” and do it on purpose? Yep!

When I worked as a customer service agent for a check-printing company, we got calls from customers who had just received their box of checks in the mail.

They’d follow the instructions on the box and review the numbers of each pad to make sure no checks were missing. Then some would call us to say, “There’s a pad of checks missing from my box.”

So, we’d ask them to go back through the box and read the number printed at the top of each pad. When they read the number from the third pad from the bottom, they’d say, “See, I’m missing a pad of checks!”

Then we’d ask, “Can you lift up the top sheet on that third pad of checks and read me the number of the check just below it?”
(This was the magical moment when the agent could make the customer feel really stupid.)

There would be a very long pause, and then, in an embarrassed tone they’d say, “Ohhhhh….THERE it is!”

Yep. The reorder form is always on the third pad from the bottom and contains the beginning number of the NEXT check order.

It could have been real easy at that point to roll our eyes, sigh and use a condescending tone to make ‘em feel really, really stupid.
OR, we’d say, “That’s okay. You wouldn’t believe how many people make the same mistake!”

Then we’d laugh a little together about the crazy things humans do and end the call with a happy customer who was now more likely to order again.

YOUR THOUGHTS?

Are there times or circumstances when you can easily make your customers feel stupid? How do you avoid it? Are there people on your team who can’t resist? How do you “educate” them and redirect them to more respectful interactions?

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Why is Bill Keller's communion comment offensive?

I need some help wit this one. Outgoing NY Times Editor Bill Keller said the following in a reCent article.: “If a candidate for president said he believed that space aliens dwell among us, would that affect your willingness to vote for him? Personally, I might not disqualify him out of hand ... But I would certainly want to ask a few questions. Like, where does he get his information? Does he talk to the aliens? Do they have an economic plan? Yet when it comes to the religious beliefs of our would-be presidents, we are a little squeamish about probing too aggressively… I grew up believing that a priest could turn a bread wafer into the actual flesh of Christ.” — Outgoing NY Times editor Bill Keller

A lot of folks on the news are decrying this as an attack on Christianity. I'm not familiar with Mr. Keller or his politics, but I don't see what's offensive about this statement.

If you believe the communion wafer becomes the flesh of Christ, why would you be offended that someone pointed it out? If Keller got it wrong, correct him and point out his ignorance. If the whole question makes you uncomfortable, maybe you're really not sure what you believe.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stolen Property Alert


STOLEN PROPERTY

PPWFC Trailer Stolen from Parking Lot

August 24, 2011, Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center trailer used to transport equipment to and from its satellite offices was stolen from the PPWFC parking lot at 2306 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 last night.

PPWFC is asking the public to be on the lookout for the missing trailer:

o 2005 Haulmark Trailer
o 7 X 14 feet
o White with PPWFC logo painted on each side
o Plate number CO 529JDE

The trailer was used to help job seekers and the unemployed and is, in essence, community property.

Anyone with any information about the trailer should contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444.7000.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Troops overseas duped into bogus baubles - BBB Alert

from the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado

Gems aren’t all they are cut out to be

Your Better Business Bureau has learned that military personnel from Colorado Springs
stationed in Afghanistan are being duped into purchasing fake gems stones, with the promise of being able to sell them for a profit when they return stateside.

Janice Zerbe, owner of Zerbe’s Jewelers in Colorado Springs, has seen several of these fake stones when members of the military have come to her store recently to sell the “gems.” Unfortunately, the majority of the stones are fake, and even those that are authentic are not cut correctly, or are downright unattractive.

We are urging people who have family members stationed overseas, specifically in
Afghanistan, to alert their spouses of the scam and refuse to purchase gem stones from
un-known sources.

Monday, August 15, 2011

KKTV Fall Job Fair, Colorado Springs, Sept 15, 2011

CALL FOR EMPLOYERS

PPWFC Fall Job Fair
Colorado Springs, CO (PPWFC)– The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking employers who have open positions or plan to hire in the next month or two to participate in its Fall Job Fair.

WHO: Employers in the Pikes Peak region who have open positions or plan to hire in the next month or two.

WHAT: PPWFC Fall Job Fair sponsored by KKTV 11 News.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Mr. Biggs Entertainment Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80919.

WHY: Employers can find the best people for their open positions, accept resumes, and interview on the spot in one place, at one time.

HOW: There is no charge for booth space, however, a $50 donation to Care and Share Food Bank or $50 worth of non-perishable food items for Care and Share is encouraged. To reserve a booth, please contact Duke at 719.667.3839 or Compton.d@ppwfc.org.

About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

What Do You Know about Small Business Financials? Take this Quiz and Find Out.

Press Release

Published author and small business financial expert Ruth King offers these realities about small business owners’ understanding of the financial segment of their company:

1. Most people start businesses to satisfy a need with their product or service – not to become financially savvy (unless they are a CPA or bookkeeper).

2. Most small business owners don’t pay attention to their financial statements until they start having cash flow problems.

3. Most small business owners don’t understand that cash isn’t profits. You need both profits and cash to be successful.

Take the quiz on the bottom of the home page of www.TurnOnMyFinancialLightbulb.com to you’re your small business financial aptitude.

“If you discover that you’ve flunked the quiz, you’re in good company. Most small business owners don’t grasp their financial statements at first. It takes taking a painful bookkeeping class, spending thousands of dollars of a CPA’s time to explain it to you, or an on-line class such as found at www.TurnOnMyFinancialLightbulb.com,” said King, CEO and chief evangelist of this website.

King has written financial applications for the iPhone, iPad, and Android as well as written Keeping Score: Financial Management for Entrepreneurs (FREE to anyone who sends her an-email) and The Ugly Truth about Small Business, a USA Best Books for Entrepreneurship award winner. For more information call 770-729-8000.

The Great Food Truck Race


Congratulations to Her Story Cafe in being nominated to compete for a spot on the Food Networks "Great Food Truck Race" season 3.

Here's the scoop from Channel 5 News.

You can cast up to 10 votes per day by internet or via text.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival 2011, August 13, 14, Manitou Springs



From Red Energy PR

August 13th and 14th, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm

This year is the 9th annual Craft Lager Festival, held in Manitou Springs, Memorial Park.

This years festival is much bigger with even more to sample!

The Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival is an outdoor, two-day event and continues to grow each year. You'll enjoy great music, food and beer for MOST ages. Over the years, 18,000 people from all over the United States and Canada have included the Festival in their summer plans.

This year you'll not only taste the finest lagers from all over the country, Gluten Free Beer will also be onsite.

We hope to continue to enhance your experience at our event & believe that you'll enjoy sampling our many new additions this year!

For more information: http://www.craftlagerfestival.com

Better Business Bureau Fraud Alert


Watch Out for False Promises from OnlineBuinessScams.com

BBB cautions consumers to watch out for a website that is falsely charging for BBB
complaint resolution services. OnlineBusinessScams.com is charging consumers an
upfront fee of $1500 to $2000 for assistance in collecting money owed from
businesses only to forward consumers’ complaints to BBB.

OnlineBusinessScams.com told one consumer that in order to help him collect money
owed from a business he needed to pay 30 percent of the amount due. The site
requested half of the 30 percent upfront, which the consumer, unfortunately, paid.
After receiving the fee, OnlineBusinessScams.com asked the consumer to provide the
details of the dispute so the site could determine whether to handle the “case.”

Afterwards, the consumer received an information packet that included an envelope
addressed to the BBB. OnlineBusinessScams.com told the consumer that they would
recover his money within 90 days. It’s now been 90 days and the consumer has been
trying to contact OnlineBusinessScams.com to no avail.

Your BBB is reminding all consumers that its services are free. Consumers never have
to pay a third party in order to receive help from BBB. To file a complaint against a
business, please fill out BBB’s online form or contact your local BBB at
southerncolorado.bbb.org.

Pro Cycling Comes to Colorado Springs, August 22, 2011


from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau

Witness the world's best cyclists battle it out for bragging rights in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Set against Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge start is sure to be epic. With riders released at one-minute intervals, they will descend out of Garden of the Gods at an incredibly fast pace, reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour or more. Be sure to catch the action on August 22 in Colorado Springs.

For more information on the race visit: http://www.visitcos.com/colorado-springs/travel/summer-2011-events?utm_source=emaildelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=family&utm_content=eml-coscvb-aug2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

BRIDGING MILITARY TO COMMUNITY, August 9th, Colorado Springs

Informational and Networking Opportunity

Colorado Springs, CO (ppwfc.org) – With six military installations and an associated workforce of over 60,000, Colorado Springs is definitely a military town!

How well is the military community integrated into Colorado Springs? To answer that question, the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, in conjunction with USAA and Colorado Technical University, presents Bridging Military to Community, a day-long event focusing on the military in the Pikes Peak region.

WHO: Luncheon keynote speaker Mary Kelly will present “Lessons from the Dog.” Ms. Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander and has master’s degrees in history and economics and a PhD in economics. (see attached flyer)

WHAT: Luncheon from 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Opening: Terrance McWilliams, El Pomar Foundation
Keynote speaker, Mary Kelly
Two panel discussions will be held:
Generations in the Military from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Transitioning to Civilian Life from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Networking from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

HOW: Reservations are required: info@cospdiversityforum.org

More information about Everybody Welcome Week, the Festival, the Cotton Club, or other Everybody Welcome Week events can be found at www.cospdiversityforum.org

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ribbon Cutting at MGM Colllision


The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Howells of Fountain and other members of the community welcomed MGM Collision to the neighborhood with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 26, 2011. This is the company's second location. The Fountain facility will employ 5 people.

Sunbelt Rentals Expands Into Colorado Springs With New General Tool Location


Press Release

Sunbelt Rentals celebrates the opening of its newest general tool location in Colorado Springs. Located at 5525 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, the new branch is easily accessible by I-25 and will serve all of central Colorado. The new location will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

“Introducing a new location in Colorado Springs provides an exciting opportunity for Sunbelt Rentals,” said Brendan Horgan, chief executive officer. “We look forward to expanding into this vibrant, growing city. The store is conveniently located and positioned us well to service contractors, military bases and homeowners throughout the area.”

The 18,000-square foot facility and accompanying four-acre yard will house more than $4 million in equipment fleet, comprised of a broad range of equipment for industrial, commercial, specialty contractors and do-it-yourselfers. Spanning more than 180 square miles, Colorado Springs is not only the Home of the U.S. Olympic Committee but also one of the top 100 places to live in the nation.

“With the addition of Colorado Springs into our footprint it not only strengthens our position within the Colorado market, but it adds a great to deal of value to our customer base,” said Sunbelt Rentals District Manager Nic DiPaolo.

ABOUT SUNBELT RENTALS
Sunbelt Rentals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ashtead Group plc, is the second largest equipment rental company in the United States. Based in Fort Mill, SC, Sunbelt Rentals provides equipment rental solutions for the industrial, construction, and municipal markets, plus the DIY market, from its network of locations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Sunbelt Rentals’ extensive equipment fleet includes a wide range of general construction and industrial equipment, and is further broadened by specialty businesses serving the Pump, Power, Trench Shoring and Scaffold markets. For more information, visit www.sunbeltrentals.com.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Restaurant equipment, furnishings, fixtures up for auction

(Schur Success Auction & Appraisal, Inc.)

Well Known Local Business on the Auction Block – at least pieces of it are

On July 30th, 2011, Earl's Restaurant in Park Meadows will be closing for a major remodeling and renovation project. They are currently selling off just about everything in the building including tables, chairs, art, equipment, furnishings, and fixtures to make way for this project. This auction is open to the public and is already underway on-line.

Assistant Restaurant Leader Ben Barnett stated "many of our patrons have expressed an interest in owning pieces from our restaurant, and we felt an on-line auction was the best way to accomplish several goals". He added "this way we can get things sold without interrupting the daily business, and our patrons will have the chance to bid before we bring in the wreckers. We're even selling the front doors, the lights on the walls, just about everything!"

Earl's has selected Schur Success Auction & Appraisal of Colorado Springs to conduct the auction. Company President Shannon Schur said that “even with a large internet crowd, buyers should expect some incredible deals” and added that “if people come, they’ll find at least one thing they absolutely can’t live without”.

The Auction will be held exclusively on-line. The auction is now open for bidding and will remain open until July 28. Payment is due upon completion of the auction, and removal is limited to ONE DAY, Monday, August 1st. The demolition begins the 2nd. Earl's will remain open for regular business during the auction.

Details about the auction and registration can be found at www.SuccessAuctions.com.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tea Party 1, O'Reilly 0

On The O'Reilly Factor last night, Bill suggested that the Tea Party will be viewed as, and possibly are, unreasonable radicals if they don't compromise more with the President on the budget debate. He said they should recognize that they represent just 19% of the electorate and so should be more flexible.

Bill actually had to call in to his substitute tonight, on his day off, to throw some water on what must have been a firestorm of emails. Why would you back off in the face of criticism from a group you consider relatively insignificant? I think Bill realized fairly quickly that he had made a mistake.

People who identify themselves as Tea Party are perhaps the most engaged voting block there is. If You factor in voter turnout, they will be represented by far more than 19% of the vote. Now add in like minded people who don't choose to identify themselves as Tea Party and you likely have the largest voting block of any interest group, save male and female, and they overlap the tea party.

The Tea Party is flexing Its muscles right now, and their strength has been underestimated by everyone. Even Mr. Bill had to cry Uncle.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Everybody Welcome Week, Colorado Springs, August 2011

The Colorado Springs Diversity Forum today announces the 5th Annual Everybody Welcome Week, running from August 7 through August 13, 2011.

Everybody Welcome Week kicks off with the Everybody Welcome Festival on Sunday,

August 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs. The Everybody Welcome Festival is a free family event, open to the public. All are invited to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the diversity of talented local performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen through distinct activities and exhibits. The festival seeks to educate the community so that difference is viewed as an asset and curiosity and a desire to engage are the first responses to difference.

This year’s festival will feature two stages so that more entertainment can be enjoyed by more families. The entertainment features:

· Maori cultural dance by Pacific Pride and Island Hearts;

· East Indian dance by the Colorado Springs Indian Community;

· Senegalese performance by Dallo;

· African drumming and dance by Oluwaseyi;

· Halau Ilima, Hawaiian dance

· Brazilian and African Samba by Chris Sadeh;

· The music of Colorado Springs Indian Community Band,

· Special Blend

· Suga Bear and The Showtime Band;

· Lipstick Voodoo; and

· many more...

The festival will also include:

· Continental villages exhibiting local cultural groups, support groups and products for sale.

· Children’s Passports that let children (up to 16) take a free trip around the world; get their passports stamped for completing cultural activities at each continent; then enter a drawing for fabulous prizes.

· Ethnic food representing a variety of cultures will be available for purchase. Some vendors accept cash only.

· Closing ceremonies

· City Proclamation observance of Everybody Welcome: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity Week, August 7th through 13th, 2011

Last year over 10,000 people attend the Everybody Welcome Festival.

Other activities throughout Everybody Welcome Week include:

· Tuesday, August 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bridging Military to Community Workshops presented in partnership with USAA;

· Wednesday, August 10, 7 to 10 p.m., The Journey to Forgiveness: the Legacy of the Boarding School Documentary, a film followed by discussion at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College;

· Thursday, August 11, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Colorado Springs Business Journal, recognizes local businesses that demonstrate and promote diversity and inclusion in both their internal operations and external civic engagement.

· Friday, August 12, 1 to 4 p.m. the Immigration Symposium, Local Asian History and Influence at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

The week culminates with The Cotton Club on Saturday August 13 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Stargazer’s Theatre. The Cotton Club, a celebration of our City’s vibrant history of inclusion, is a reenactment of Fannie Mae Duncan’s Cotton Club featuring Suga Bear and the Showtime Band and honoring local, historic proponent of inclusion Henry Sachs. Take a step back in time, don your Zoot-suit, hat and Cat-eye glasses, step into your dancing shoes and join in the fun! There is no charge to attend The Cotton Club.

More information about Everybody Welcome Week, the Festival, the Cotton Club, or other Everybody Welcome Week events can be found at www.cospdiversityforum.org

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Collector cars no longer gridlocked in red tape

By Debi Brazzale
(story and photo from ColoradoNewsAgency.com)


Rep Marsha Looper







Just about a year ago this week, Republican Rep. Marsha Looper, of Calhan, was approached by a group of her constituents who said they couldn’t make heads or tails of the laws governing collector cars—and neither could those responsible for administering the laws.

“Everybody complained,” says Harold Nabers, a regional representative for the Old Car Council of Colorado. “Even the legal authorities such as the Department of Revenue had difficulty getting answers for us because the laws were all over the place.”

Now, thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 31, sponsored by Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, and Looper, who suggested the bill to Cadman, the laws will be consolidated under a single section once the measure becomes official in August.

The new law modifies titling and registration procedures in connection with older vehicles. Under current law, owners of vintage collector’s vehicles must possess a certificate of emissions although the vehicles are exempted from emissions testing. The new law removes the requirement to possess the certificate for such vehicles.

The measure also removes a surety-and-bond process when registering an older vehicle and allows certain older vehicles to use license plates consistent with the era in which they were manufactured.

Looper said she began to understand the frustration of her constituents when she ran a bill several years ago pertaining to collector cars and it took the bill drafter, a veteran staffer in legislative services, months to sort out where to place the proposed change in the law books.

“When they came to me, I thought it was a fabulous idea, and I set out to make it happen,” said Looper. “These are just regular folks who are trying to comply with the law and you’d have to be an attorney to find all the statutes that need to be followed.”

Nabers said Colorado could become an example for other states where the same problem exists.

“With this consolidation of old car collector laws, Colorado is getting closer to being one of the better states to work with. Everyone involved on the process has been great about it,” said Nabers.

Looper says it’s all a part of the job of being a legislator.

“This is hometown representation. It was really good people that had a really good idea that needed the attention of the legislature,” said Looper. “Car collectors over the whole state will benefit from an idea that came from my district–this is politics at its best.”

Shelter Insurance Receives Customer Service and Marketing Recognition


Provided by Michele Thompson, Colorado Springs








Shelter Mutual Insurance ranks third in customer satisfaction

Shelter Mutual Insurance Company ranks third highest in customer satisfaction for auto insurance companies, according to J.D. Power and Associates’ Auto Insurance Study.

This recognition is based on the results of J.D. Power’s 2011 U.S. National Auto Insurance Study, in which Shelter ranked number three among auto insurers with highest customer satisfaction.

Shelter advanced one position over last year’s ranking of fourth place in the annual study.

The study, released on June 28, compiles results of more than 28,000 responses from auto insurance policyholders. It measures customer satisfaction with auto insurance companies across five factors. In order of importance, they are: interaction, price, policy offerings, billing and payment and claims.

Marketing group honors Shelter Insurance® for product videos


Shelter Insurance® has received the highest honor for audio/visual communication by the Insurance Marketing & Communication Association (IMCA).

Anna Hargis, Shelter's director of advertising, accepted the Best of Show Award at the IMCA's 2011 Showcase Awards ceremony in Toronto, Ontario, on June 28.

Shelter's winning entry, "Fun Stuff Boat Videos," was produced to help educate consumers about the importance of boat insurance. Two videos, posted on Shelter's public website, were written by Shelter staff and feature Shelter employees and family members. Both were produced on location at a Columbia lake.

IMCA is the oldest insurance marketing association in North America. It represents more than 120 insurance and financial services companies throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Bermuda. Each year, IMCA honors the insurance industry's best advertising and communication efforts in 35 different categories.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bicycling Magazine Names Assault on the Peak “The Perfect Ride”




One of 22 Cycling Trips Featured in July 2011 Issue

(Colorado Springs, Colo.)
– The July 2011 cover of Bicycling magazine features “The Perfect Ride: 22 Great Trips.” Included in this issue, is Summit Cycling Production’s very own Assault on the Peak. The article encourages cyclists to bag a “fourteener” (any mountain that exceeds a 14,000-foot elevation).

Scheduled for Sunday, August 28, the 2011 Assault on the Peak will provide cycling enthusiasts with the opportunity to ascend America's most famous mountain. The 24.5-mile route is one of the most challenging organized cycling events in the world, ascending close to 8,000 vertical feet from Manitou Springs, CO to the Pikes Peak summit at 14,115-feet.

The annual event will now include a running event. The Pikes Peak Road Ascent will be organized by the Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc./Triple Crown of Running. The two events will share the road, rest stops and post race party in Manitou Springs making this a truly unique participation event.

Last year, 340 riders from 18 states accepted the challenge to ride America's Mountain. The record time for a cyclist from the Manitou Springs start to the Summit is 2:17.33 by Leroy Popouski from Colorado Springs. Once again, this August, the Pikes Peak Highway, normally closed to public bicycle traffic, will be completely closed to motor vehicle traffic as cyclists and runners will climb the mountain on a securely closed course. The event expects to draw 500 riders for this year’s event.

Participants can register online at www.bikereg.com. More information on the 2011 Assault on the Peak and a full list of sponsors, visit www.ridespikespeak.com.


Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Program

(COLORADO SPRINGS) – As the thirty-first season of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt Program moves forward, job counselors who assist teens at the Pikes Peak Workforce Centers report that the summer of 2011 is shaping up to be a tough one – perhaps one of the toughest yet -- for high school and college students looking for work experience. Approximately 3,000 young people are currently registered and looking for a summer job with Pikes Peak Workforce Center in Colorado Springs and its satellite office in Cripple Creek. Connecting those young people with job opportunities is a challenge for Workforce Center staff.

Youth-friendly employers are the strength of the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program. Without them, there are no summer jobs, no exposure to the world of work, no access to career track employment opportunities. The best of these participating local business people aren’t merely providing summer employment, they are help teens succeed, helping students take that first transitional step from school to career.

Last year, when the average annual unemployment rate for Colorado adults stood at 8.7 percent, the unemployment rate for 16 to19 year olds was 25.3 percent. To put some perspective on it, five years ago, the annual average unemployment rate for adults was 4.2 percent. But even in that strong economy, teens between the ages of 16 and 19 still had a much higher unemployment rate (15.9 percent).

The fact is, in good times and bad, high school and college students are always at a disadvantage because they are less experienced, less confident and are usually looking to work for a limited number of weeks. Just as they were last summer, these usual disadvantages are compounded by the economic downturn.

When employers can offer teens a place to earn and learn, they are investing in the workforce of the future and impacting those teen more than they could have realized. The Council of Economic Advisors wrote in a 2010 report that deep downturns in the economy have a particularly adverse effect on young Americans. “Teens who first enter the labor market during a recession can have trouble getting their feed onto the first rung of the career ladder, leaving them a step or more behind throughout their lives,” the report says.

“There’s no question that the outlook for work has improved over last summer,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek, “but things haven’t improved to the point that there won’t still be challenges ahead.” She notes that the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt is important in tough economic times “because it helps teens learn of job opportunities and understand how to market themselves to employers.”

Teens can learn more about the program by visiting the Department of Labor and Employment’s website at http://www.colorado.gov/cdle/youth. Employers who can give young people an opportunity to learn, to put skills to use and see firsthand how a business operates, should contact the Pikes Peak Workforce Center at 2306 East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs (phone: 719-667-3700) or at the Aspen Mine Community Center, 166 E Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek (phone: 719-689-3584 x13; call for hours of operation in Cripple Creek). Or go to http://www.ppwfc.org/ and click on the Youth Zone link.

“Employer participation is critical,” stresses Ellen Golombek. “The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt is depending on every community-minded employer to find just one job for a teen. Whenever a young person is encouraged, enlightened or empowered, each of us everywhere is enriched.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Colorado Springs Coin Show June 30, July 1 and July 2

The annual Colorado Springs Coin Show will take place on Thursday June 30th from noon to 6pm, Friday and Saturday July 1 & 2 from 9am to 6pm, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs.

There is no fee for admission and parking is free.

Over 60 vendors and traders from across the country will be on hand to display, educate and trade. Door prizes every hour.

For more information visit: http://csns.anaclubs.org/cs_coin_show.htm

Monday, June 27, 2011

Free Family Friendly Comedy from Shed G


Stargazers, Colorado Springs, June 30th, 7-9pm

Click on the image for details

Colorado Springs Women’s Express Network Monthly Luncheon



Colorado Springs (CO) –Calling all professional individuals who wish to develop enriching and empowering relationships with other community leaders.

Colorado Springs Women’s Express Network is a chapter of American Business Women’s Association, a non-profit organization connecting professionals of diversity.

The next luncheon is Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM. Location is the Garden of the Gods Country Club.

For more information regarding this event, please visit www.cswen.org or call Becky Hume at (719) 632-4410.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Homes for Our Troops Event, Falcon, CO, July 16th

(click on the flyer image to expand)

Submitted by Ann McNeill, Proforma.com

The Eastern Plains Chamber & the Falcon Lion’s Club are planning a Fundraiser Recycling Event slated for July 16th, 2011 just behind the BIG R located at 14155 East HWY 24 in Falcon. It will run from 10AM-2PM. Bring things to recycle or a cash donation.

Homes For Our Troops has built an adapted home for SGT Jeffrey Adams in Latigo Trails located at 12360 Conestoga Trail North and as part of SGT Jeffrey Adams role in this project, he has to raise funds as well. To learn more about this project, please go to the link: http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer?pagename=JeffreyAdams

This Fundraiser Recycling Event is to benefit SGT Jeffrey Adams and his family’s home project in Latigo Trails. Also, there is a volunteer day on June 18th to help with landscaping and clean-up around his new home and the key ceremony will be on June 25th!

Many thanks and let’s welcome SGT Jeffrey Adams and his family into our community in style by making this event a HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Shredding helps end hunger


Submitted by Marsha Looper

ElderWatch Colorado and the Black Forest AARP Chapter #1100 recently partnered with Shred-It Colorado to help defeat identity theft and collect food for Black Forest Cares, a local food bank. Volunteers met at the Old Black Forest Fire Station from 9 to noon on June 11 to serve 347 individuals who responded with their personal documents to be safely and professionally shredded.

Those who brought their items to be shredded helped themselves avoid personal identity theft and at the same time contributed a total of 593 pounds of non-perishable food and $238 to Black Forest Cares. The shredded documents, almost 8,500 pounds of paper, will be recycled. This will save many trees and help keep our country green.
Submitted by Marsha Looper

Sixty-two people also signed up for the Colorado and the national Do Not Call list. The Do Not Call list will reduce the number of unsolicited telephone calls they receive in the future.

A special thanks is extended to Shred-It Colorado for donating a shredding truck and operator, Wal-Mart and King Soopers for their donations of snacks and water for everyone, the Black Forest Fire and Rescue for providing the site and facilities, and to the 29 Black Forest AARP Chapter Members and ElderWatch Colorado members who volunteered their time and services to make this the best ever Black Forest Shredding Event.

The Black Forest AARP Chapter works hard to serve the local community. The chapter motto is "To Serve Not to Be Served". Anyone interested in participating in community service should call Chuck at 719-749-9227 to learn how you can become a chapter member. All are welcome. There are no age restrictions.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Security Farmers Market at Fountain Valley Shopping Center

The Security Farmers Market began last week and will take place every Friday from 1pm to 7pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm through October 1, 2011.

If you're interested in being a vendor, contact Lisa at 719-375-5131.

Fountain Valley Shopping Center
5520 S. US Hwy 85/87 (Main Street and 8587)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

7th Annual Dump & Donate Day!

On Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Coronado High School parking lot, donations of gently used household goods & clothing will be accepted by Catholic Charities & Tax Receipts will be provided. Blue Star Recyclers will accept small appliances, washers, dryers & electronics such as computer components and AV Equip. **Note, due to their lead content, a fee will be charged for TV's & Computer Monitors. El Paso County Hazardous Waste will accept ONLY latex & oil based paint, household batteries & Fluorescent light bulbs, and The Springs Fire Dept will provide a chipper for tree branches up to 9" in diameter. Two Dumpsters will be available, however NO Tires, Refrigerators, Air Conditioners or Gas Powered Equip can be accepted. Please contact Harris Group Realty, Inc. at 719-227-9900 for more details.

Fountain Valley Senior Center BBQ, Friday June 24th


The Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Drive in Fountain (behind Albertacos off Hwy 85/87) will be having a BBQ to support their drivers, transportation and RAMP Departments on Friday, June 24th.

There will be food, live music, kid stuff, games and prizes

Click on the image for more information.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Manitou Springs Downtown Enjoys Full Merchant Occupancy

The 2011 Summer season kicks off in high style with new and expanded shops and restaurants for locals and tourists.

Manitou Springs, CO (Moxie Girl PR) -Though Manitou Springs has always been a popular seasonal destination, locals and visitors alike can now look forward to a summer filled with more---more shops, dining options, entertainment and natural beauty. The downtown district of Manitou is at full retail occupancy, with new stores and restaurants opening their doors for business. “The time, money and effort we’ve all put into Manitou’s infrastructure and downtown revitalization is really bearing fruit,” said Clint Hensley, President of the Business Improvement District and owner of The
Poppyseed and The Trippin’ Troll. “It’s vibrant, diverse and an exciting place in which to live, shop and play!”

Recently, the newly-consolidated Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and Office of Economic Development adopted the name “iManitou” in which to operate. “We thought that with all the progress Manitou Springs is making in promoting tourism and the business climate in town, that we needed a name that captured that spirit,” said Dave Symonds, President of iManitou. “It is our hope that iManitou will be able to build on the success the Business Improvement District has had in keeping vacancies nearly non-existent.”

Among the newest endeavors are GreenSoul, Wish, Naturally’s Market and Café and the Quacker Gift Shop. GreenSoul is a locally-owned retail shop that specializes in environmentally-friendly, local and socially responsible products. “We love the rich diversity of residents, businesses and activities that Manitou Springs offers and are very happy to be a part of this community,” said Kristen Lee, owner of GreenSoul. Angela Guido, owner of Wish, chose Manitou Springs as the location for her new business because it was the “perfect place, not only for me, but for Manitou. I think Manitou needed Wish as well. I really studied the stores, so I could offer items that weren’t available anywhere else,” she says. “This way, as businesses we can all work together instead of competing against each other.” Ronda Burke, owner of Naturally’s Market and Café, is an example of the Manitou approach to doing business. “We wanted to create an environment that would allow our customers the opportunity to treat themselves naturally and holistically to the highest quality homemade, organic food in a comfortable, enjoyable atmosphere.”

Other well-known Manitou stores have responded to the economy in an innovative fashion. Black Cat Books and Safron of Manitou Springs recently merged spaces in the Black Cat store, creating a unique shopping experience where fashion and literature
collide, with delightful results. The Stagecoach Inn recently built a deck on their front lawn in order to expand outside dining options for their patrons. The owners of the Quacker Gift Shop, Jennifer Brown and Steve Kudron, looked all over the state before deciding on Manitou Springs as the ideal location for their second store. “We explored Estes Park, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs and Old Colorado City. What we found in Manitou was a year ‘round economy, reasonable rents and a welcoming
atmosphere.” Founded in 2006, the Quacker Gift Shop is America’s pre-eminent store in which to find rubber duckies of all styles and sizes.

Manitou Springs has its roots as a health resort and an artists’ colony and boasts a diverse population; support for the culinary, holistic, visual, literary and performing arts; and a colorful history. Lauded as one of the coolest small towns in
the country by Budget Travel magazine, Manitou lives up to its reputation with cool shopping/dining options, inviting art galleries and live entertainment venues.

About the Business Improvement District
It is the purpose of the Central Manitou Springs Business Improvement District to be a strong collaboration of business, government and community. Merchants in the district work together to insure a long-term goal of a clean, safe, vibrant
visitor destination area reflective of its historic heritage that is attractive and welcoming to both visitors and residents, and contributes to the economic prosperity of Manitou Springs. For more information, call Susan Wolbrueck at 685-2475 or email her at susan@caferace.com.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Seeks Volunteers

Workforce Center Seeks Skilled Individuals
to Help with Workshops

Colorado Springs, CO - - The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is seeking skilled individuals to help with one-on-one resume review, mock interviewing, and employment workshops. These are volunteer positions.

Volunteers can be employed, unemployed, or underemployed, but must enjoy helping people. Volunteering is a great way for the unemployed to keep their skills current.

Interested persons should apply online. Go to www.ppwfc.org and click on about us, then on volunteer opportunities.

About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center connects vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services.

Curbow Recognized for Quality Service by Century 21

Focus on Customer Satisfaction Earns CENTURY 21 Curbow Realty CENTURY 21® System’s National Quality Service Award

Colorado Springs,CO -- Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, has announced that CENTURY 21 Curbow Realty is a recipient of the 2010 CENTURY 21 Quality Service Office award for its commitment to providing quality customer service to its clients.

"Receiving this award is a great honor and a testament to the focus and attention we commit to our clients in ensuring that they understand each and every step of the home buying and selling process," stated Jacob & Mercie Curbow, owners of CENTURY 21 Curbow Realty.  "This award is the collective result of the efforts of each and every member of our office."

Based on customer feedback received from the CENTURY 21 System’s Quality Service Survey (QSS), the award recognizes those CENTURY 21 System offices nationwide that earn a minimum customer satisfaction index of 85 percent or better on real estate transactions they closed from January 1, 2010 - October 31, 2010.   The Internet-based survey is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home through a CENTURY 21 System office.

"A commitment to quality customer service is crucial in today’s competitive real estate market," said Rick Davidson, president and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. "CENTURY 21 Curbow Realty has demonstrated the dedication to the consumer is the hallmark of the CENTURY 21® System’s franchise offices."

Located at 3659 Star Ranch Rd in Colorado Springs, CENTURY 21 Curbow Realty is a full service brokerage firm specializing in Residential and Property Management property listings helping first time home buyers, military, and relocation.

© 2011 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. CENTURY 21® Is A Registered Trademark Licensed To Century 21 Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each CENTURY 21 Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

Actors and Actresses Wanted - Colorado Springs


The Gospel play "Speaking To The Heart Of A Man"

Casting Call

19 E. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Seeking (Amateurs & Seasoned Actors):
• 9 African-American males ages 25 - 50
• 1 multi racial male age 35 - 50
• 8 African-American females of any size between the ages of 28 - 50
• 1 African-American plus-size female between the ages of 28 - 35
• 2 multi racial females between the ages of 28 - 50

Requirements:
• Must have a prepared monologue - no longer than 1.5 minutes
• Be prepared to do a Cold Reading from the script
• Bring a head shot to the audition - they do not have to be professional, but they must have good resolution

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 719-287-9100

Friday, May 27, 2011

Harrison High School Football Team Presents the Red, White, & Blue Car Show


Promotions by Mi Gente and Harrison High School

Harrison High School will be hosting a car show Fourth of July weekend. There will be live performances, activities for the whole family, and of course, cars! There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners determined by a panel of judges.

There will be two open registration dates. The first will be Saturday, June 4th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mi Gente Custom Shop located at 2495 Arlington Dr. near S. Circle Dr. and Monterey Rd. The second date will be Friday, June 17th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Harrison High School located at 2755 Janitell Rd. near I-25 and the Circle exit. For more information please e-mail cbrennan_32@hotmail.com.

They are also looking for vendors to sell and/or promote their products and services. There will also be live performances from Flo-Logics and other local artists. There are still entertainment slots available.

Click on the image for registration info.

If you think your car has what it takes to win then come out and register on June 4th or 17th! For more information or questions please e-mail cbrennan_32@hotmail.com.

Monday, May 23, 2011

2d Annual Fountain City Dog Expo, June 25th

Bark in the Park, will take place June 25th at Metcalfe Park, on Ohio Street in Fountain, from 10am to 4pm. The expo features vendors, vets, adoptions, micro chipping, doggie massage, police dog demonstrations, trainers, kids fun show, kids and dog custume parade and more.

If you'd like information on exhibition or vendor space contact Lois Landgraf at 392-2924 or email cmlandgraf@msn.com. Deadline to register as a vendor is June 10, 2011.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chi Eta Phi Nursing Scholarhip Fundraiser, May 21st, Colorado Springs


Chi Eta Phi, Iota Eta Chapter presents
Jazzing and Praising Your Health

Gospel and Jazz Performances

May 21st 2011
6pm-9:30pm
Sunshine Studios
3970 Clearview Frontage Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
http://www.sunshinestudioslive.com

For more information, click on the image at right.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fountain Students Seek Assistance from Local Businesses


A group of Fountain Middle School Students needs to raise $9,000 within just a couple of weeks so that they can compete nationally in the Destination Imagination program.

The Fountain Middle School Destination ImagiNation team recently earned 1st place in the Pikes Peak Regional Tournament and a special Da Vinci Award for creativity. In addition, the team placed 2nd at the Colorado State DI Tournament, earning a trip to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, from May 25-28. This DI team, made up of six 8th grade students and one 7th grade student, has been working together for three years. These students are on the Honor Roll and participate in Student Council, Band, Choir, Drama, and Athletics at Fountain Middle School.

Destination ImagiNation is an extra-curricular activity which requires problem solving, creativity and teamwork. Each team prepares a Team Challenge, requiring specific criteria which must be incorporated, and an Instant Challenge which introduces a surprise task or tasks which must be completed in a matter of minutes. The scores from the two challenges are averaged together for a final team score.

Click on the image at right for instructions on how you can help.

For more information on Destination Imagination visit www.extremecreativity.org

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

6th Annual Small Business Veterans Conference, Colorado Springs

Title: 6th Annual Small Business Veterans Conference

Date: Wednesday, May 25th- Thursday, May 26th

Sponsor: The Small Business Administration, The Small Business Development Center

Location: The Double Tree Hotel 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Time: 7:30am-5pm each day

Fees:

$65 Early Registration

$75 Walk-in

$125 Vendor (Admission for two and a table)

Registration Required: Register at www.coloradosbdc.org

Join us for “Real” Contracting Opportunities, educational seminars, one-on-one counseling, valuable networking opportunities, and exciting keynote speakers!

Highlights

¨ Meet Contract Specialist and learn expectations

¨ Multiple training sessions

¨ Different tracks to meet your needs

¨ Speakers with valuable knowledge

¨ Breakfast and lunch included

The purpose of the Veterans conference is to ensure that Veteran businesses successfully start, grow and prosper in Colorado. To help reach this goal, we are providing a 2-day event full of speakers, classes, counseling, resources, and networking. This event will include project-specific breakout sessions!

The unique difference in this conference is that we present opportunities specifically for Veteran's and then offer training/counseling on how to take advantage of those offerings. This conference is for Veterans, employee's of Veteran owned businesses and spouses/dependents of Veteran owned businesses. Veterans have made such an important sacrifice for your country and we want to ensure that they have a support system for their business when they come home!

Digital event flyer: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/DocumentMaster.aspx?doc=1509

Monday, May 9, 2011

Toastmasters Open House


The Fountain Valley Toastmasters will be holding an open house on May 10th at the Fountain Library. Come and learn what Toastmasters is all about. Free admission, snacks and beverages will be served.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Fountain Fall Festival Grand Marshall Nominations Sought


The Fountain Fall Festival committee is accepting nominations for this year’s Grand Marshal! If you have someone that you think should be honored, please send in your request to P.O. Box 201, Fountain, CO 80817. You can also drop it off at our office, 114 N. Main St. in Fountain. Please include names, addresses and phone numbers for both you and your nominee, along with some information on your reasons for nominating this person(s). Deadline will be June 1, 2011.

AspenPointe Teams Up With USA Pro Cycling Challenge To Promote Volunteerism


April 29, 2011 – AspenPointe has teamed up with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge to promote volunteerism, which can positively impact wellness and mental health. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is a new professional stage cycling race coming to Colorado August 22-28, 2011.

AspenPointe, which began 135 years ago as the volunteer organization Colorado Springs Relief Society, has agreed to be volunteer sponsor for the seven-day race across Colorado that begins in Garden of the Gods on Aug. 22. More than 4,000 volunteers are needed to make the inaugural event a success.

“I can think of no better time to announce this partnership than in April, National Volunteer Appreciation Month,” said Morris L. Roth, president and CEO of AspenPointe. “We are very proud of the work our clients have done to make Colorado a better place. We want to highlight those remarkable efforts and encourage others to invest in their community.”

AspenPointe clients, some with severe and persistent mental illnesses that prevent them from working full time, volunteered more than 1,000 hours in 2010, earning them the Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Volunteer of the Year Award for the Adult Group category. One of their projects involved packaging 12,000 sets of books that were delivered to new moms and dads in hospitals in an effort to improve child literacy.

Numerous studies, such as The Health Benefits of Volunteering:A Review of Recent Research, show a significant connection between volunteering, health and social functionality. Volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease, researchers concluded.

“Volunteering gives hope to others that people do care," said AspenPointe client Sally McDermitt, who volunteered 130 hours last year. "It helps build self-esteem, not just in myself but others. It’s helping others accomplish goals, which gives me courage to accomplish my goals.”

For more information on AspenPointe, go to www.AspenPointe.org, or call 1-800-285-1204. For additional information regarding volunteer opportunities for the 2011 USA Pro Challenge, please visit www.quiznosprochallenge.com/volunteer-registration.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world’s top athletes will race across nearly 600 miles through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure, more than two miles in elevation. It’s the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a physically and mentally challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Business Networking Event, Colorado Springs May 24th

Come network with
other awesome businesses.

Invite all the business people you know.
Only $5, includes a cocktail.

The Crystal Rose is going all out
with the food to impress you.
We know you'll come for the food,
but stay for the networking!

Don't be shy....Bring lots of business cards!

Tuesday, May 24th, 4:00PM - 7:00PM
At The Crystal Rose
2165 Academy Place
South of Maizeland, on the East side of Academy
For info, call Bob Clark 719-246-7047

Sponsored by TradeBank

Monday, April 18, 2011

Relay for Life Fund Raisers at UMB's Security Branch

The following fund raising activities are scheduled for the UMB Bank branch at 502 Security Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80911

April 29, 2011----Hot Dog Sale $5.00, Hot dog, chips and drink through
the drive up.

May 6, 2011----- Window Washing at the drive up. Donations to the ACS

May 13, 2011---- Hot Dog sale $5.00, Hot Dog, Chips, soda through the
drive up.

May 20, 2011----Nacho Bar----$5.00.

May 27, 2011---- Bake Sale.

For more information call 719-390-7941

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Urban League Housing Program Information Session -- April 20, 2011

If you are interested in purchasing a home (now or in the future!) or are a homeowner struggling to make mortgage payments, come and get confidential help from onsite mortgage, credit counseling, short sale, foreclosure, and financing professionals.

Get information about programs that may help!

Learn about affordable homes in the Colorado Springs area!

The Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region

6 S. Tejon Street, 8th Floor

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

719-634-1525 p

719-634-3357 f


  • Credit Counseling
  • Financing options
  • Special programs such as First Look and Zero Down financing
  • Rebound/Starting Over Program for those recovering from financial problems
  • Foreclosure avoidance
  • Programs to help distressed homeowners remain in their homes


Yes there is such a thing as a Free Lunch!

Her Story Cafe makes it's debut this week. The roving lunch mobile features home made soups by owner, Elizabeth Rozenbaum. Check their website for dates and locations.

On Saturday April 16th, the Her Story Cafe soup truck will be at Ranch Foods Direct, 2901 North El Paso Street, Colorado Springs from 9 am - 3 pm. The first five people to walk up and say "Easy Street Designs sent me" get a free cup of soup and a roll.

So hurry out and have some delicious home made soup on us.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pikes Peak Ringers May 15th at Stargazers


Pikes Peak Ringers Community Handbell Choir proudly presents "Encore," a musical celebration of our past 20 years ringing in the Southern Colorado area and around the country. Joining us for the concerts will be past PPR members, our very own Pikes Peak Youth Ringers, and the wonderful Colorado Springs Soli Deo Gloria choir. Come and experience virtuoso handbell ringing and beautiful music at its finest in an event not to be missed!

"Encore!"
20th Anniversary Celebration
Stargazers Theatre & Event Center
10 South Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO
May 15, 2011, 2:30 and 6 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at www.pikespeakringers.com or 719-650-6298. $15/adult, $10 for 12-under and 65-older. Tickets will also be available at the door $20/adult, $15 for 12-under and 65-older.

Recognized worldwide as one of the premier handbell ensembles in North America , Pikes Peak Ringers are releasing their sixth studio CD, "Classics," at our concerts in May. "Classics" will include “Dona Nobis Pacem,” PPR’s track with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released in December 2009 as part of Mr. Ma’s grammy-award-winning CD, “Songs of Joy and Peace.”

With an annual performance schedule that includes several local and out-of-state concerts, they have also been featured at national handbell events and on several promotional recordings, in addition to their own studio CDs, instructional DVD , and a live concert DVD of the world's first-ever classical concerto for handbells and orchestra.

Today, as a non-profit organization that includes two youth choirs, Pikes Peak Ringers continue to uphold McChesney's founding vision: to provide an outlet for advanced ringers in the greater Colorado Springs community, to teach others about handbells through workshops and other venues, and to create vivid performances that showcase the instrument of English handbells with the highest-quality presentation and musicianship. For more information, go to PikesPeakRingers.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.