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Flow Patterns and Boat Races

Saturday, August 15, 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Rainbow Falls Historic Site

Why do some objects float and others sink? Construct and decorate a boat from different materials. Race your boat down the stream and pick the best spot along the starting points to launch your boat, based on what you learn about the water flow patterns and velocity. For kids ages 8-12, $5 per person, pre-registration required. 

Rainbow Falls Clean-Up Day

Saturday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Spend a morning giving back to your community by helping clean up Rainbow Falls. Be sure to dress appropriately, bring a water bottle and work gloves if you have them. All are welcome: call 719-520-6977 to RSVP or register online.

Yoga at Rainbow Falls

Saturday, September 5, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Rainbow Falls Historic Site

Grab your mat and enjoy this special yoga class at Rainbow Falls with the calming sounds of the waterfall in the background. Instruction provided by City of Manitou Springs Pool & Fitness Center.  $10, pre-registration required due to limited class space.

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Fox Run Regional Park

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day will include a skills clinic, guided trail rides, trail etiquette information, and a free raffle. All ages are welcome: from tots on stride bikes to teens. Riders just need a working bike and helmet to participate. Pre-Registration required and participants are asked to wear face masks. Free!

First Aid, CPR, AED Classes

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Fountain Creek Nature Center

This American Red Cross course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. This blended learning course includes an online portion that you complete on your own and an instructor-led classroom skill session. Participants must be 16 years or older: $75: pre-registration required.

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Boom Supersonic, a Colorado based aerospace company building the world's fastest civil aircraft, and leading industrial technology company, Rolls-Royce, today announced an engagement agreement to explore the pairing of a Rolls-Royce propulsion system with Boom's flagship supersonic passenger aircraft, Overture.

The goal of the new agreement is to work together to identify the propulsion system that would complement Boom's Overture airframe. The engagement will involve teams from Boom and Rolls-Royce collaborating in engine-airframe matching activities for Boom's flagship supersonic passenger aircraft, Overture. The teams will also examine certain key aspects of the propulsion system. The teams will investigate whether an existing engine architecture can be adapted for supersonic flight, while Boom's internal team continues to develop the airframe configuration.

"We've had a series of valuable collaborations and co-locations with Rolls-Royce over the past years to lay the groundwork for this next phase of development," said Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO. "We look forward to building on the progress and rapport that we've already built with our collaboration as we work to refine Overture's design and bring sustainable supersonic transport to passenger travel."

The priorities of this engagement are informed by Boom and Rolls-Royce's shared commitment to sustainability. Both companies recognize that supersonic passenger travel has to be compatible with a net-zero carbon future, and the two teams will work together to address sustainability in Overture design and operations. Overcoming the technological challenges of supersonic flight provides a unique opportunity to accelerate innovation sustainably.

"We share a strong interest in supersonic flight and in sustainability strategies for aviation with Boom," said Simon Carlisle, Director of Strategy, Rolls-Royce. "We're now building on our valuable experience in this space as well as our previous work together to further match and refine our engine technology for Boom's Overture."

As a result of this collaboration, Boom and Rolls-Royce expect to make significant progress towards finalizing Overture's aircraft configuration and propulsion system.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet's vital power needs.
Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
Annual underlying revenue was £15.45 billion in 2019, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.
In 2019, Rolls-Royce invested £1.46 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

About Boom
Boom Supersonic is redefining commercial flight by bringing supersonic flight back to the skies with Overture. This historic commercial airliner is designed and committed to industry-leading standards of speed, safety, and sustainability. Boom's vision is to bring families, businesses, and cultures closer together through supersonic travel and make the world dramatically more accessible. Boom is the first commercial airplane manufacturer to commit to a carbon-neutral flight test program and to build sustainability into its entire aircraft program. The company is backed by world-class investors and has 30 aircraft on pre-order. Founded in 2014, Boom has assembled a team of over 140 full-time employees who have made contributions to over 220 air and spacecraft programs. For more information, please visit

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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.