Business News Colorado Springs, Security, Widefield, Fountain, Colorado

Colorado Springs City Council approves reduced business license fees

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Colorado Springs City Council approved today the second and final reading of a new proposal to modernize, streamline and standardize the processes and fees for general business licenses* in Colorado Springs.  The proposal will pave the way for the creation of an online application and renewal system.

Nineteen ordinances were reviewed and updated in order to make the City of Colorado Springs more business-friendly.   All general business license fees are being reduced, and application requirements are being simplified. Six business license types that are no longer necessary were completely eliminated.  (For complete details, view the City Council agenda documents.)

“Business owners and organizations including Thumbtack.com have recognized Colorado Springs as being a top business-friendly city.  This is another step forward in creating an even better environment for owning or starting a business in Colorado Springs,” said City Clerk Sarah Johnson.

 *Liquor and Medical Marijuana licenses are not included in this review or proposal because they involve a dual state/local licensing process with defined requirements and fees by the State of Colorado.

Colorado Springs annexes Marksheffel property

City of Colorado Springs annexes locally-based manufacturing company to pave the way for expansion and hiring of quality manufacturing employees

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Today City Council, on second reading, approved the annexation of the property located at 3445 Marksheffel Road which is home to one of the largest global providers of products and services for the oil and gas industries, Weatherford International. Weatherford sought the annexation to enable Colorado Springs Utilities to provide new and upgraded utility service necessitated by an expansion of its existing facility. The annexation will further enhance Weatherford’s expansion and the hiring of 84 manufacturing employees. 

“We are grateful to Weatherford for making this investment in our community and for adding 84 quality manufacturing jobs to the city. This is a great example of collaboration among Weatherford, Colorado Springs Utilities, City Planning, City Economic Vitality, City Planning Commission, and City Council," said Mayor Steve Bach.

Headquartered in Switzerland, Weatherford International is one of the largest global providers of products and services that span the drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention cycles of oil and natural gas wells.  It operates in more than 100 countries across the globe and employs more than 58,000 people. Weatherford International has operated in the Pikes Peak region since 2001 to manufacture piping to serve the oil and gas industry.

Caring Transitions of Colorado Springs, senior relocation and estate liquidation services.

Press Release (Kellie May, PR Specialist)

Patrick McCombie is looking forward to bringing senior relocation and estate liquidation services to the area through his new small business, Caring Transitions of Colorado Springs.

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market. This local franchise, Caring Transitions of Colorado Springs, serves the Colorado Springs and Monument areas as well as the surrounding communities.

“I saw two aunts go through relocations and it was a struggle. Trying to pack, have garage sales and get someone resettled is an extremely stressful situation and I thought, there has to be a better way. So when I came across Caring Transitions, I knew it would be perfect,” McCombie said. “I want our customers to know that I’ll treat them the way I want to be treated and the way I want my family to be treated.”

Whether your situation is planned or unexpected, Caring Transitions offers a streamlined support system to help facilitate a less stressful transition or clear out a home. The company’s services are perfect for seniors moving in with family or into a safer living situation as well as for families clearing out the home of a loved one who has passed. Caring Transitions can work with estate planners, movers and real estate agents to designing a functional and comfortable floor plan and serve as family advocates.

“Trying to relocate a senior or liquidate an estate is difficult for families. Caring Transitions is a caring company with an appreciation for what our clients are going through. We’re putting together an excellent team and we want your move or liquidation to be successful and stress-free,” McCombie said.

McCombie also is a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist, a designation bestowed by an independent organization that evaluates providers of senior relocation services. He and his team are trained, bonded and insured.

Caring Transitions is a trusted and highly respected national company leading the way in senior relocation, household liquidations and estate sale management in more than 150 locations across the United States. Caring Transitions is part of the International Franchise

Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran.

For more information about Caring Transitions of Colorado Springs, call (719)208-7969, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.caringtransitionscoloradosprings.com/.

About Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions, founded in 2006, is the first national franchising concept specializing in Senior Relocation and Transition Services. With locations throughout North America, Caring Transitions provides clients with expert advice plus a well-executed transition plan beginning with the initial sorting of personal belongings through packing, shipping and selling of items to the final clearing and cleaning of the property. For more information, visit www.caringtransitions.com.

James Proby joins Pikes Peak Workforce Center

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The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) today announces that Mr. James Proby has joined the Center as the Team Lead for the Business Relations Group.

In his new position, Mr. Proby is responsible for business services and connecting business with resources to assist them in hiring top talent and value-matched human capital.

Mr. Proby is a native of Colorado Springs and has had a strong impact on the local economy and employment during his tenure with: New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Everest College, The Urban League, and as a managing partner of Sticks Billiards.

James is a visionary leader with the ability to connect businesses and individuals to valuable community resources for synergistic performance. He is a passionate graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, and The Community Leadership Program at Center for Creative Leadership. Mr. Proby is committed to the success of the Pikes Peak region and volunteers or collaborates with several nonprofit organizations including: The El Pomar Foundation, School District #11, The N.A.A.C.P. and Community Advancing Public Safety (C.A.P.S.)

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.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters, in joint venture with Hip Brand Development, launch new Colorado-made moonshine whiskey

Colorado Sun ‘Shine™ will be available in early November

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h i p Brand Development, Inc., a leading beverage branding, development and marketing company based in Denver, Colorado has announced today that they have signed a joint venture agreement with Colorado’s own Big Head Todd and the Monsters (BHTM) to launch a unique new White Whiskey (a/k/a Moonshine) product.  Colorado Sun ‘Shine™ is born and made in Colorado, and brings an amazingly smooth higher proof (52.80 Alc% / 105.6 Proof) unaged white whiskey to a market that is currently dominated by lower proof and fruity, sweet offerings that originate mostly from the eastern United States.

HIP Brands CEO Jim Watson commented, “We were in development of Sun ‘Shine for about six months, and actually accelerated the process earlier this year due to what we saw as a distinct need in the market for a ‘true’ high proof ‘shine, that’s smooth but without all the fruit and sugar infusion.  The fact that we’ll be the first product in this category that’s Colorado made and branded is only a plus.”  Mr. Watson then explained the events that led up to the JV with BHTM.  “A friend of mine, who happens to be long time friends with the guys in BHTM, had a chance to try some of our very first production-ready sample batches.  He loved it, mentioned it to BHTM’s management about a week later and the next thing we know we’re meeting with the Band.”  Watson said the rest is history.  “After meeting with the guys, we knew and they knew it was a great fit.  As their fans in Colorado and around the country know, these guys are not only extremely talented musicians but also very solid, Colorado people.”

Colorado Sun ‘Shine should be available in and around the Denver metro area by November 1st and in most parts of Colorado by the end of the year.  For more information visit www.getCOshine.com.    

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Now Open, Smoke Shop +, Colorado Springs

Smoke Shop + is now open at 468 Murray Blvd, across from the Walgreens at Bijou and Murray.

The Smoke Shop + offers tobacco products, pipes, hookahs, smoking accessories, e cigarettes and supplies a well as convenience items, snacks and more.

They’re open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 7:30pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm and they say if you mention this article on SouthSideBusiness.com, you'll get 10% off your purchase. 

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