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Alicia Archibald, Recycling Education, Safety and Transfer Station Manager for Bestway Disposal, has been appointed by the El Paso County Commissioners to serve as representative for the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board's Assistance Committee. Additionally, Alicia serves as President of the Colorado Springs Chapter, of the Colorado Association for Recycling. 

Alicia has more than 20 years of experience facilitating partnerships and assisting communities throughout southern Colorado in the development of community sustainability initiatives to include: recycling, environmental management, alternative fuels and petroleum reduction, and overall community sustainability planning. 

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Government Industry Resource Group now offers affordable, real-time, project-based software to small- and medium-sized businesses pursuing government contracts.

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Monitoring project costs in real time just became easier for government and commercial contractors in Colorado.

After 18 months of training, Colorado Springs-based govIRG has become the only company in Colorado and the western states certified to offer Unanet software as a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) program provider. Unanet is a real-time, project-based, affordable software for government or commercial contractors.

As a Unanet business process outsourcing (BPO) program provider, govIRG can now provide this software to small businesses in a cost-effective manner with a high return on investment, especially compared to the software most project-based companies are currently using.

The software helps companies remain Defense Contract Audit Agency-compliant, and gives project managers instant access to an integrated financial accounting system, with access to real-time labor costs, cash flow, supply chain and dozens of other metrics.

Project managers can better control their resources and costs by having real-time data for budgeting and forecasting, time and expense reporting, billing and revenue recognition, project management analytics and dashboards, and integrated financials with accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger and cost pool calculations.

Already several govIRG customers have switched to using Unanet to maintain their DCAA compliance and gain the benefits of an integrated system. Among those companies are C-TRAC (Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization), VEDO LLC, and Allied Mountain LLC, companies as small as five people and as large as 200.

“Finally an affordable real-time ERP (enterprise resource planning) system that not only meets our government contracting compliance issues, but allows us to manage our projects and resources in real time,” said Erin Miller, managing director of CTRAC. “Automating our systems in Unanet, instead of using manual QuickBooks processes, gives us better real-time visibility into our numbers and has almost paid for the cost of the software already.”

“We recently transitioned from a manual spreadsheet on the backend of QuickBooks to Unanet, said Bill Clark, president of Allied Mountain. “This transition simplified the management of our internal program metrics and timekeeping so we could monitor, manage, and report in real time, while ensuring we met our government contracting compliance issues, all at a very affordable cost.”

“govIRG is very excited about the growth we have experienced since becoming a Unanet BPO and adding Unanet to our ERP system offerings that we implement and support,” said Kevin Hoskins, founding senior partner of govIRG. “Our new customers, along with our existing customers, who have converted over for one reason or another, are enjoying the ROI on business processes and increased capabilities that the system provides.”

Kevin Hoskins biography

Founding senior partner of govIRG, Kevin Hoskins has served in the government contract industry for over 25 years. Previously, he was chief financial officer for a medium-sized government contractor in Boulder, Colorado, from 1998 to 2006. He has provided consulting services to numerous small- to medium-sized companies in the government contracts industry over the last eight years. Hoskins is a financial management professional with a background in corporate accounting and finance, in both the private and public sectors.

Hoskins possesses technical expertise with Unanet, Deltek GSC Premier and Costpoint, QuickBooks Pro, as well as implementation/operation of various other financial systems and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) compliance.

govIRG moved across the street this week

govIRG is one of the support services partners at Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation. To meet the needs of its rapid expansion, the company opened a new office across the street at 455 E. Pikes Peak Ave. (also part of Catalyst Campus).


Founded in 2010, govIRG provides business solutions for government contractors. With more than 100 years of cumulative experience, our staff members have held the title of CFO, Controller, Contracts Manager, Human Resource Director and Accountant, and they have worked with small- and medium-sized companies. govIRG is the only Unanet business process outsourcing (BPO) provider, west of the Mississippi.

govIRG specializes in

·       Full-Service Government Contract Consulting – Provide guidance and implement the systems that enable small- and medium-sized companies to work with the government, win government contracts, and manage growth.

·       Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) – Implement accounting systems that pass DCAA audits, including Unanet, QuickBooks, Deltek Costpoint, Deltek GCS Premier, and others.

·       Being your staff or training your staff to – Prepare and pass a DCAA audit; implement a DCAA-compliant accounting system; understand Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS); establish or realign your financial system to prepare for growth; provide accounting services.


For more information, visit or call 719-465-7729. govIRG’s new office is located at 455 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

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Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events has promoted Cortney Quintero from Integrated Media Manager to Public Relations Director. In her new role, Cortney will oversee agency operations, business development, and provide creative direction and strategy for a variety of client accounts in the nonprofit, real estate, healthcare, entertainment and hospitality industries.

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Bestway Disposal, Springs-based waste management and single stream recycling company, has expanded their Transfer Station at 543 Air Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80929.

Located east of the main entrance to Peterson Air Force Base, Bestway’s state-of-the-art Transfer Station is a paved indoor dumpsite where Springs residents can drop off extra-large loads of waste.

“Adding a second scale is going to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get the public in and out of the Transfer Station,” said Bestway Disposal’s President Phil Kiemel. “With the equipment expansion, we anticipate that the time it takes to get customers in and out will be cut in half,” said Kiemel.

In addition to collecting solid waste, the Transfer Station also offers a drop-off location for household recyclable items including: newspapers, junk mail, glass bottles and jars, plastics (types #1 - #7), aluminum cans, steel cans, paperboard and cardboard boxes.

The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Bestway Disposal Transfer Station at (719) 574-8989 or visit

About Bestway Disposal
Since 1950, Bestway has been the leader in solid waste collection and recycling for the businesses and residents of the greater Colorado Springs area. The Kiemel name is well known in the waste removal and recycling business, from the early days in Chicago until today, as two fourth-generation garbage men, Tom and Phil Kiemel, still work in the disposal business with the same work ethic and dedication to service as their great-grandfather.

Now, they operate modern equipment and service thousands of residents in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and the Fountain Valley. The Kiemel family has owned Bestway since 1967. Tom and Phil’s father began with three trucks and a few hundred customers. Colorado Springs grew throughout the ’60s and ’70s and Bestway Disposal grew along with the city to become the state-of-the-art rubbish removal and recycling operation that it is today serving more than 10,000 homes each day.

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Since their June opening, WhirlyBall had to close temporarily for repairs due to a defective sprinkler head but the facility is now fully operational and ready to host guests this fall.

• Sunday, September 17 - Family Day: 50% off bowling for families and will receive a free one topping pizza with lane rental.

• Monday, September 18 - Industry Day: Free bowling and 1 game of WhirlyBall per person. 50% off food and beverage. Must show proof of employment with pay-stub or business card.

• Tuesday, September 19 - Military Day: Free bowling and 1 game of WhirlyBall per person. 50% off food and beverage. Must show government ID. 10% off discount any other time.

• Wednesday, September 20 - WhirlyFan Day: Free bowling and 1 game of WhirlyBall per person. 50% off food and beverage. Must show e-blast or LIKE us Facebook for discount.

• Thursday, September 21 - Craft Beer Day: Calling all craft beers fans. All 24 drafts for the entire day at WhirlyBall will be ONLY $3 and FREE bowling for all fans.

• Friday, September 22 - King of the Court Starts at 6 p.m.: Bring your team and challenge others to a game of WhirlyBall. The last team standing will be crowned King of the Court.

Open to all ages and athletic skill-levels, WhirlyBall offers indoor entertainment where guests can bowl, play games of WhirlyBall and watch
sports broadcasted on TV monitors located throughout the space. In addition to activities, WhirlyBall offers elevated food and beverage programs for guests to enjoy while playing in the high-energy atmosphere or for a sit-down meal in the open dining space. WhirlyBall’s chefdriven menu showcases classic American bar fare perfect for sharing with a focus on seasonal ingredients and quality products.

WhirlyBall’s carefully curated beer program offers a unique selection of 24 rotating craft beers on draft featuring local breweries such as Bristol Brewing Company and Pikes Peak Brewing Co. In addition to the introduction of the new sport and venue to the area, WhirlyBall has hired more than 40 full-time and part-time employees for its operations. “Colorado Springs offers a highly-qualified talent pool for our operations,” said Vice President of Strategic Planning, Adam Elias. “We have a great team in place to provide our guests with an outstanding entertainment experience. We can’t wait for the local community to fall in love with WhirlyBall”.

About WhirlyBall

The game of WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill coupled with chance. While maneuvering bumper cars, two teams of five use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to each other – and ultimately at a scoring target. Offering a premium social experience, each WhirlyBall location presents an exceptional food and beverage program, spacious dining areas and private and semi-private event spaces to accommodate groups of any size. From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink offerings, WhirlyBall provides the perfect venue and customizable packages for all ages and events including birthday parties, corporate outings, team building exercises and family gatherings. Owner Sam Elias founded the first WhirlyBall location more than 20 years ago in Lombard, IL and has since opened three other locations in Lombard, Vernon Hills and Chicago. WhirlyBall has expanded with the opening of the first Colorado location in Colorado Springs and plans to continue expansion nationwide with WhirlyBall-owned facilities and
franchise locations.

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