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!

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 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 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

AspenPointe Receives Grant from Caring for Colorado Foundation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Caring for Colorado Foundation has awarded AspenPointe TeleCare a one year, $50,000 grant to expand its depression care management (DCM) program to serve uninsured adults.

DCM is a telephone-based program that supports individuals in their efforts to manage depression. It is a voluntary and confidential program that provides professional and compassionate one-to-one outreach, care coordination and ongoing support.

The grant will allow AspenPointe to serve between 90 and 120 uninsured adults during the course of a year. The average length of time a participant is enrolled in the program is about six months.

“This project seeks to expand our depression care program to serve those most in need in our community. Prior to receiving the grant, we were not able to support those without insurance,” said Robin Anderson, program manager for AspenPointe TeleCare. “This is also our first grant from the Caring for Colorado Foundation and we hope to continue the relationship.”

The Caring for Colorado Foundation, based in Denver, makes accessible healthcare a reality for people in Colorado through targeted grants that provide measurable health improvements. It aims to build healthcare capacity, strengthen existing healthcare systems and link people to care.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression affects about 1 in 5 people each year. It estimates that depression costs American businesses $63 billion each year, with $36.6 billion resulting from reduced productivity and increased absenteeism, not the cost of treatment.

AspenPointe TeleCare helps participants better manage their self-care to improve their overall physical and mental health. The added support improves quality of life and helps individuals feel better about themselves at home and in the workplace.

In addition to supporting members directly, AspenPointe TeleCare’s care managers communicate regularly with members’ healthcare providers to provide for optimum treatment.

For more information about AspenPointe TeleCare and the Depression Care Management program, please call (719) 572-6100 or visit

Cottonwood's Veteran's Art Outreach Program update

Thanks to generous community support, Cottonwood Center for the Arts has added 3 new pottery wheels to our community clay room making us that much closer to finishing the clay room for our Veteran's Art Outreach Program. Fans and hoods for our kilns are the next step and should be installed in the next month.

Cottonwood's Veteran's Art Outreach Program will provide a free, supportive, relaxing place for veterans and their families to explore the pleasure that creating art makes possible. Local Colorado Springs artists are donating their time and skills to teach free art classes. Cottonwood and it's community partners are providing all the supplies and instruction. No experience is necessary and classes are informal.

Starting date (depending on construction) is planned to coordinate with Cottonwood's May 27th show "Brothers in Arms", an all media exhibition that examines the camaraderie of those in military service, our brothers in arms who face battle together in the ultimate sacrifice. The theme of this show is about the brotherhood relationship of men and women who battle in service together on behalf of our community.

For more information about our Veteran's Art Outreach Program, please contact Marie David at (719) 520-1899.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Colorado Springs Flames Football - 2011 schedule

The Colorado Springs Flames, semi-pro football club, starts its regular season on May 7th with an away-game in Englewood against the Mile High Grizzlies. The Flames will play their four regular season home games at Cheyenne Mtn High School.

Click here for the complete schedule and more information.

Business After Hours, Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, April 14, 2011

From the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce:

Please join us for the April 14, 2011 Business After Hours this evening!

This BAH is being hosted by Schramek Landscape Materials and begins at 6:00pm. We are joining them at their business located at 7395 Southmoor Drive in Fountain.

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For more details, or to R.S.V.P. call the office at 719/382-3190. Grab your business cards and head on over! Cost is $6 for members, $10 for non-members. Bring a non-member prospect and you get in free!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Free Cancer Screenings, Information and Resources, Colorado Springs

April 16, 2011
Taking Care of Your Girls!
Tea and Mother-Daughter Fashion Show
Hillside Community center
925 S. Institute Street
11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP to Linda at 471.4429

This free event will include a panel discussion on genetics and family history, breast screenings, nutrition and general breast health. There will also be resources booth and education to help women understand and improve breast health.

Saturday May 7, 2011
Community Skin Cancer Screening
Peak Vista Community Health Center
225 S. Union Blvd.
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m
Call to make an appointment

This free event will enable people to come see a dermatologist and get their skin checked for cancer. Additional info/resources will be available to help prevent skin cancer.

FREE Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings for qualifying women.
call 1.866.951.9355 (WELL)
or visit:

Pikes Peak IAAP Seminar and Luncheon 2011

Pikes Peak Chapter IAAP 
Invites you to join us in honoring

Administrative Professionals


Administrative Professionals Day 
Professional Education Seminar and Luncheon
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Crowne Plaza Hotel

2886 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

Morning Seminar Featuring:

Todd Hunt, Motivational Speaker and Humorist

"Communication Bleeps and Blunders in Business"

Registration Begins at 8:00AM

Seminar at 9:00AM

You said one thing; your boss or coworker heard something else. Nobody was wrong, but now everybody's confused... and you have to fix it! Laugh and learn as Todd Hunt shares real-life examples from business, revealing how we can improve our communication with customers and colleagues to become more successful.

Membership Presentation:
11:00AM – 11:30AM

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Diane Dillinger

"Mind Reading is Not a Form of Office Communication"

Registration Begins at 11:30AM

Lunch and Program at Noon

The key to successful communication involves a lot more than just talking and keeping your ear lids open. Learn some creative and practical ways for getting and giving messages in the business world.

Luncheon program with special guest Emcee, Craig Coffey of Fox21 Morning News,
will include honoring: 

Executive of the Year, Administrative Professional of the Year, Pikes Peak Member of the Year, 
and Pikes Peak Chapter Scholarship Award Recipient.


Garden Fresh Greens with Cucumbers & Cherry Tomatoes served with Ranch or Raspberry Vinigrette Dressing, Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and a Bouquet of Vegetables, Assorted Dinner Rolls, Dessert, and Coffee, Hot Herbal Tea or Ice Tea.

Entree Selections:

Sliced London Broil with Teriyaki Glace,
Fresh Herb Roasted Chicken Breast or
Pesto Pasta Primavera

Deadline for Registration is April 18, 2011. 
**No Refunds after that date**

To register, please see our website at

Friday, April 8, 2011

French Elementary Fundraiser, Saturday April 9th

10am to 2pm
at French Elementary School,
5225 Alturas Drive, Colorado Springs

Come support the school and enjoy crafts,
games, prizes, food and family fun.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Colorado Springs Marketing Group seeks challenges

press release

Got a marketing problem? Challenge Colorado Springs Marketing Group
Colorado Springs Marketing Group’s innovative Challenge Tuesdays provide cost-effective growth strategies for small businesses—and lunch is free.

Colorado Springs, CO – Go ahead. Challenge Colorado Springs Marketing Group. A full-service marketing consortium, CSMG is offering a limited number of small and medium-sized businesses an opportunity to participate in Business Challenge Tuesday. Continuing a tradition of innovation to help small and medium-sized businesses survive and thrive, Colorado Springs Marketing Group came up with the idea of a free, one-hour forum with its expert consultants, marketing strategists and business development experts. Afterward, the ideas continue to flow at lunch—and that’s free, too.

The Challenge: Generate ideas to help businesses find new opportunities in difficult times. The Winners: Everyone. After more than a dozen successful Challenge Tuesdays, this forum has generated novel ideas and solutions for a law firm, three software companies, two realty-industry firms, a publisher and small businesses like these:
A recent guest was worried about his customer base, which had dried up after several quarters of marketing cutbacks. Colorado Springs Marketing Group helped him repurpose old leads, content and strategic partnerships—a plan that yielded results within a record-breaking 48 hours.
The owner of a start-up Web site was concerned about how to build ad revenue before the site had generated enough traffic to support advertising. Colorado Springs Marketing Group pointed the way toward a sales and lead generation strategy as well as marketing to drive traffic to the site.
A financial services client needed to find new leads and improve sales workflow. Colorado Springs Marketing Group suggested ways to achieve 30% open rates and project a 20% conversion rate through a newly categorized prospect database.

“Business Challenge Tuesday is the latest way in which Colorado Springs Marketing Group is breaking the mold when it comes to marketing,” says Tom McClintock, Vice-President of Colorado Springs Marketing Group. “Our business model is different.
We want to get to know you, and for you to get to know us.”

Owners of small and medium-sized businesses are invited to apply for Business Challenge Tuesday. If accepted, owners will meet with Colorado Springs Marketing Group’s marketing experts to draw upon their knowledge and ideas ranging from
Website design and optimization to lead generation and social media strategy.

About The Colorado Springs Marketing Group Colorado Springs Marketing Group is something truly unique in Southern Colorado – a group of collaborative, high-powered
marketing companies focused on a variety of marketing disciplines, co-located under one roof. The advantage – speed, easier to work and meet with, quality of final product due to collaborative and innovative atmosphere.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fountain to get a Denny's

Fountain City Council gave final approval to construction of a new 5,000 square foot Denny's Restaurant on the southwest corner of Fountain Mesa Rd and Mesa Ridge Parkway.

The restaurant will feature an awesome view of Pikes Peak and the front range. City of Fountain Economic Development Coordinator, Lisa Cochrun also hopes it will help attract more hotels to the area.

The restaurant will be owned and operated by High Country Restaurant Holdings and will employ up to 30 people.