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

Colorado jury verdict reaffirms CTI’s trade secret protection in ink industry

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Jury rules in favor of company that makes cans turn blue when beverage is Cold
Press Release (Merit Media Relations)
cti ink
Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) today announced that a Colorado court jury found that four former CTI employees misappropriated company trade secrets and business information in an attempt to copy the company’s proprietary technology.

CTI is the inventor of the ink that turns cans a color when the beverage is cold.

The jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that SilverFox Innovations LLC of Colorado Springs, Colorado and its “partners,” identified as:

        Eric Cathie
        John L. Davis
        Jacob Melcher
        Robert Ugianskis

misappropriated CTI’s trade secrets and that their actions were attended by circumstances of fraud, malice or willful and wanton disregard of CTI’s rights.

The jury verdict was handed down on June 5, 2015 in the El Paso County District Court in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A Preliminary Injunction has been issued prohibiting further misappropriation of CTI’s trade secrets by the defendants.

“CTI has spent 21 years innovating with chemistry that helps brands alert, protect and surprise their customers,” said Lyle Small, CTI’s founder and president.
            “We are continuing to investigate the matter. We take our intellectual property very seriously and will protect it,” Small added.
CTI is the world’s largest manufacturer of thermochromic materials for packaging, and exports to 52 countries.   CTI has also been recently awarded new patents for thermochromic ink for metal decoration and the company’s new Ice Writer™, which provides children with a unique drawing device featuring a frozen pen and an erasable mat which can be colored and reused. Details on this new product from CTI will be released in the future.

Now Open - Mobility Bikes, Fountain, Colorado

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Mobility Bikes and The Bike Doctor are now open in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center, 5664 S. Hwy 85/87, next door to Dollar General and Allstate.

Mobility Bikes offers fun to ride, cruisers, cargo bikes, pedi-cabs and bikes for folks who thought they couldn't ride bikes.

They also offer bicycle repair through The Bike Doctor. The Bike Doctor can work on all kinds of bikes and offers free estimates. Pick up and delivery are also available.

Mobility Bikes is open from 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and from 8am to 4pm Saturday.

You can reach them at 719-391-BIKE (2453),

Fountain Valley Quarter Auction kicks off this weekend

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There's a new trend on social pages like Facebook and this one actually involves something productive as well as real life interaction; auction pages. 

Auction pages are simple auction sites where people can buy and sell items according to the specific page's rules. At the end of the cycle (usually a week), buyers and sellers all meet up on the same day at the same place, conduct their transaction and go. 

Rules can vary, but in the case of the Fountain Valley Quarter auction, which begins this evening at 8pm, members can begin posting auctions tonight. All auctions start at 25¢ and bidding is in 25¢ increments. You simply post your bid in the comments section. You post your auctions start and end time in the original post.  There are no "reserve" prices, so you must be willing to part with whatever you post for as little as 25¢. 

Auctions must last at least 72 hours unless someone takes the BIN (buy it now) option. The latest one can post an auction for the week is Tuesday at 7pm. Sellers have the option of giving buyers a BUY IT NOW price. List your BIN price and anyone wishing to purchase the item at the price simply replies BIN. This immediately ends the auction and the BIN price is the final cost. 

You can see a complete list of rules on the Fountain Valley Quarter Action Facebook page

Other Colorado Springs area Facebook auction pages include $ Auction Colorado Springs Area and Colorado Springs Drama Free Dollar Auction.

A Facebook search for "Colorado Springs auction" will bring up dozens more. 

Free dance camps at Fountain Arts Center

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Press Release

Fountain Arts Center is offering free dance camps to the children of the Fountain Valley Area and Southern Colorado Springs. Children love to dance and parents are always looking for fun activities in the Summer for their children so Fountain Arts Center is filling the needs of both parents and children with their free dance camps.The free camps will be held on August 8. Join us for one or two camps in various dance styles to include ballet, jazz, hip hop and preschool dance. Camps are open to children ranging in age from two years old to twelve years old. Children will have fun learning and making friends while attending camp.

There is no registration fee, however, those wishing to participate must pre-register to attend as space is limited. To hold your child’s spot in camp  - please visit our website at or call the studio at 719-205-7909.

Fountain Arts Center offers dance, music and karate classes to children ages two years through adult. For more information on how you can experience what Fountain Arts Center offers and their more than just great dancing philosophy, contact Fountain Arts Center at 719-205-7909 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vectra Bank promotes Aileen Berrios to Market President and commercial banking team leader; Shawn Gullixson to Vice President

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Press Release (Dougherty Relations)

Vectra Bank Colorado announced today that it has promoted two long-time Colorado Springs market leaders. Aileen Aileen BerriosBerrios has been promoted to Colorado Springs Market President and Commercial Banking Team Leader and Shawn Gullixson to Vice President and branch manager of the Academy and Tejon branches.

Berrios is a long-time resident of Colorado Springs and 30-year veteran in the financial services industry. An active Vectra Bank community representative for a decade, Berrios serves as a board member of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Finance Committee and is the co-founder of the Southern Colorado Government Contracting Forum. She is also involved with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council and the Winter’s Night Club. Berrios was also recognized in 2011 as a Woman of Influence by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

Also as part of the leadership changes, Shawn Gullixson was promoted to Vice President and will now manage both the Academy and Tejon branches in Colorado Springs. The focus of this team will be to ensure consumers, small businesses, government and commercial entities all will continue to receive banking products and services tailored to their unique needs.

Shawn GullixsonAs the second largest metropolitan area in the state, Colorado Springs presents an important community in which Vectra Bank serves a diverse clientele of families and businesses. Berrios’ and Gullixson’s new leadership roles will drive more interaction and engagement within the region to better serve the community.

With assets of more than $3 billion, Vectra Bank Colorado is a proactive, customer-focused organization dedicated to real relationship banking. Part of the Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) family of banks, Vectra serves Colorado’s small, middle-market and corporate business clients with 39 locations throughout Colorado, and one in Farmington, N.M. The bank’s website address is Member FDIC.

New Fountain Walmart open for business

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The new Walmart opened a few weeks ahead of schedule today in an area recently annexed to the City of Fountain.

Although the address is 4425 Venetucci Blvd, the entrance is off South Academy Blvd, across from Pikes Peak Community College. In fact the new shopping center, which will include a Sam's Club scheduled to open in early August, is called South Academy Highlands.

The Walmart is expected to employ around 300 people. The current Fountain Walmart, on Hwy 85/87 will remain open, however the current Sam's Club a bit farther north on South Academy, will close after the new one opens.

If you head out there today, be aware, the entrance is still labelled "Construction Entrance". I had to do a U-turn and go back to it once I realized (and later confirmed with a Walmart employee) that the "Construction Entrance" is the only entrance.

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