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Press Release

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is pleased to once again partner with the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center to promote the 8th Annual Small Business Week for the Pikes Peak Region which will be held Monday, July 27th through Friday, July 31st. The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado supports small businesses with more than 90% of its Accredited Businesses having 20 or fewer employees and the Pikes Peak SBDC supports 100% of small businesses 35 employees or less.

In lieu of our Annual Food Truck Cook-Off we will be offering the community the opportunity to take a self-guided culinary tour of our local food trucks with “A License to Eat.” Sponsored by WireNut Home Services, this promotional booklet includes a free entrée ($10 value) to be redeemed during Small Business Week, along with discounts valid until April 30th, 2021 when our Food Truck Cook-Off can safely return to the Broadmoor World Arena. To purchase your “License to Eat”, click here or visit:

This year we have restructured the week to be entirely virtual. From Monday, July 27th to Friday, July 31st, there will be several educational events, keynote speakers, workshops, a small business awards ceremony and more. Additionally, the daily workshops will be free for all attendees. Each workshop and session are designed for Small Business Owners, Employees and our Southern Colorado communities. For the complete agenda of the week’s events, including attending the Awards Celebration, click here.

This year’s Small Business Finalists are as follows:

Small Business Person

    Jennifer Farnes
    Renee Green
    Trevor Terrill

Small Business Champion

    Bob Kittridge
    Lola Woloch
    Rodney Gullate

Small Business Young Entrepreneur

    Latrina Ollie
    Tiffany Cox
    Trevor Terrill

Small Business Family Owned

    Bills Plumbing and Drain, Michael Podczervinski
    Day Lily Salon, Rhonda Cicak
    Goldminers Nuts and Candy, Manuel Vasquez

Small Business Veteran Owned

    Hike for Life, Bruce McClintock
    Spice Island Grill, Claudette Hutchinson
    ViewPoints Psychotherapy Services, James Garofalo

Expect great entertainment, special guests, at this highly anticipated annual event.

“We are proud of the small businesses in southern Colorado,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of BBB of Southern Colorado. “Their innovation and dedication to their work is what drives our economy, and it is imperative that we continue to support and encourage small business owners.”

“If someone didn’t know the impact of small business before, they know the impact of small business now. During this week we are celebrating small businesses that unequivocally are the backbone of our economy. They are the influencers on culture, vitality and innovation. We are excited to celebrate our 8th year by highlighting important topics of minority owned business, wellness, and the Olympic and Paralympic Museum impact on tourism and small business. said Aikta Marcoulier, executive director for Pikes Peak SBDC.
U.S. Bank returns as our presenting sponsor, along with Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, Kaiser Permanente, WireNut Home Services, The City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Creative Consortium, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Ent Business Banking, Bryan Construction Inc., The Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, 92.9 Peak FM, Cat Country, KRDO Network, News Channel 13, Pepsi, The Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council, The Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, and Catalyst Campus. Sponsorships still available. Contact (719) 447-3832

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center is hosted by El Paso County Economic Development and is housed at Catalyst Campus. The SBDC’s corporate sponsors include the City of Colorado Springs, Ent Business Banking, Colorado Springs Utilities, Park State Bank and Trust, CenturyLink, VectraBank, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. It offers business consulting and training to maximize the economic potential of existing and new small businesses in El Paso, and Teller counties. For more information about the SBDC and services, visit or call 719.667.3803.

Since August of 1980, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has helped consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado.

BBB of Southern Colorado sets standards for marketplace trust – to create a community of dependable businesses and charities – by encouraging and supporting best practices, educating consumers and businesses, celebrating business role models, and calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior.

BBB of Southern Colorado houses over 23,000 reviews on companies in the region. In 2019, BBB of Southern Colorado processed 1,833 complaints. In 2019, people turned to BBB more than 180 million times for information on businesses all available for free at

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