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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

For more information, visit BBB of Southern Colorado, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or like us on Facebook.

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Housed within Walmart Distribution Center, Loveland academy will train associates from 23 DCs across the U.S.


Press Release (Business Wire)

Today, the Loveland Walmart Distribution Center, in operation at 7500 Crossroads Blvd. since 1990, celebrates yet another grand opening — this time as one of the retailer’s first supply chain training academies in the U.S.

“I’m proud to work for a company that’s putting this much time and effort into bettering its associates”

The Loveland Walmart Supply Chain Academy is just the third of its kind (Sanger, TX and Washington Courthouse, OH opened in recent months) and patterned after the 200 Walmart Academies that have trained more than 1 million store associates around the U.S. since 2016. Academies like the one in Loveland, however, are designed specifically to train supply chain associates on the topics of leadership, safety, supply chain foundations and area-specific issues — as well as create a clear path to career advancement.
“This is a big Walmart initiative and a significant investment in our associates, so we’re honored for Loveland to play such an instrumental role in bringing it to life,” said Jack Hale, Loveland Academy Manager and an associate at the Loveland Walmart Distribution Center for 30 years. “This academy will positively impact the careers of Walmart associates across the country and that’s a responsibility we take very seriously.”

Along with its grand opening, the Loveland Walmart Supply Chain Academy today celebrates its first graduating class of 53 managers, all from the Loveland DC. The academy will now open its doors to train managers and associates from 23 similar-format Walmart general merchandise DCs across the country. For the well-being of associates during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Loveland academy is equipped to offer virtual training and even virtual reality, but will transition to on-site training as well when it’s deemed safe to do so.
The retailer plans to expand the program to more supply chain facilities (distribution centers and fulfillment centers) in the coming months and years. Walmart operates the largest non-military supply chain operation in the U.S. Its 200 supply chain facilities employ 100,000 associates, including more than 9,500 drivers for its private fleet of trucks.

All academies follow the retailer’s belief that growing and succeeding as associates and as a company in today’s changing world require new skills to meet the needs of customers who have more shopping choices than ever before.
“I’m proud to work for a company that’s putting this much time and effort into bettering its associates,” Hale said. “We’re giving them the tools and resources they need to not only serve customers, but create better lives for themselves and their families. I’ve always found Walmart to be the kind of place where the opportunity exists to help you go as far as you want. This is another example.”

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A group of 20 local craft breweries have come together to create a delicious way to get to know your Colorado Springs area pubs. They enlisted Easy Street Designs to print up a booklet full of great deals.

The new coupon book features savings at each of the participating brewers.

Purchase one for just $25 at: Atrevida, Black Forest, Brass Brewing, Dueces Wild, Elizabeth Brewing, FH Beer Works, Goat Patch, Gold Camp, Jaks, Local Relic, Lost Friend, Nano 108, Peaks N Pines (both locations), Red Leg, Rocky Mountain, Story Book, Trinity and Whistle Pig.

They make great gifts, but don’t wait until Christmas. Coupons are good until December 31, 2020.

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Press Release (Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently adopted a rule change, requiring all visitors 18 or older to possess a valid hunting or fishing license to access any State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This new rule will be in effect beginning July 1, 2020.

“Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages over 350 State Wildlife Areas and holds leases on nearly 240 State Trust Lands in Colorado, which are funded through the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses,” said Southeast Regional Manager Brett Ackerman. “The purpose of these properties is to conserve and improve wildlife habitat, and provide access to wildlife-related recreation like hunting and fishing that are a deep part of Colorado’s conservation legacy.”

Because these properties have always been open to the public, not just to the hunters and anglers that purchased them and pay for their maintenance, many people visit these properties and use them as they would any other public land. As Colorado’s population - and desire for outdoor recreation - has continued to grow, a significant increase in traffic to these SWAs and STLs has disrupted wildlife, the habitat the areas were acquired to protect, and the hunters and anglers whose contributions were critical to acquiring these properties.

Because funding for these properties is specifically generated by hunting and fishing license sales and the resulting federal match, requested options such as “hiking licenses” or “conservation permits” would not allow for the maintenance and management needed. Any funding from one of these conceptual licenses or permits would reduce the federal grant dollar for dollar and thus fail to increase CPW’s ability to protect and manage the properties.

“This new rule change will help our agency begin to address some of the unintended uses we’re seeing at many of our State Wildlife Areas and State Trust Lands,” said CPW Director Dan Prenzlow. "We have seen so much more non-wildlife related use of these properties that we need to bring it back to the intended use - conservation and protection of wildlife and their habitat."

“We do anticipate some confusion based on how the properties are funded, and the high amount of unintended use over time in these areas. We plan to spend a good amount of time educating the public on this change,” said Ackerman. “But in its simplest form, it is just as any other user-funded access works. You cannot use a fishing license to enter a state park, because the park is not purchased and developed specifically for fishing. Similarly, you cannot use a park pass to enter lands that are intended for the sole purpose of wildlife conservation, because a park pass is designed to pay for parks.” State law requires that the agency keep these funding sources separated.

CPW is a user-funded agency and, unlike most government agencies, receives very little money from the general fund. The new rule requires all users to contribute to the source of funding that makes the acquisition and maintenance of these properties possible. But the activities that interfere with wildlife-related uses or that negatively impact wildlife habitat don't become acceptable just because an individual possesses a hunting or fishing license. Each SWA and STL is unique and only certain activities are compatible with each property. 

Many questions on the new rule are answered through our State Wildlife Area Frequently Asked Questions document. Visit for additional information on agency projects and funding.

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The section Venetucci Blvd that runs past the S. Academy Highlands shopping center (anchored by Sam's Club and Walmart, right across from Pikes Peak Community College) now runs through to B Street.

This provides easy access from and to Fort Carson as well as back to Highway 85/87, and may ease congestion on S. Academy Blvd.