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The El Paso County Clerk is pleased to announce that as of February 21, 2017, all El Paso County Motor Vehicle offices are offering drivers license services. 

For more information on El Paso County government visit www.ElPasoCo.com

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Submitted by Travis Boak, Denver, CO

As a young person working in the real estate businesses and a budding entrepreneur, I have had to work hard every day for my clients and my company. Working in real estate is not for everyone. Though I couldn’t see myself doing anything else, I find myself often keeping odd hours and staying late many nights to help the company. As a broker in Michigan, I was tested much the same way but my dedication to helping small businesses succeed has kept me going and brought me to Colorado. Over the past decade, many small independent businesses have been absorbed by large corporations or have simply closed their doors in the face of increasing taxes and regulations. Small businesses play a large role in communities in every state in the country. When local businesses leave the neighborhood, the little league baseball team needs a new sponsor, storefronts downtown close, and the overall feeling of community is diminished with every business forced to close.

My success so far working in real estate has hinged on one word: responsibility. In a small business, when an employee needs help, they are treated like family; when the energy costs increase, small businesses tighten their belts rather than penalizing employees; when my personal bills are due, I pay them. Main street businesses don’t have the luxury of expensive lawyers or lobbyists to seek bailouts for business decisions we make, good or bad. That is why it is so frustrating to see large corporations skirt their debt obligations by firing employees, and even cities and towns seek money that will ultimately come from taxpayers to hedge their bad business decisions. The case of the town of Lamar right here in our home state of Colorado is a perfect case in point.

 As every small business knows, if you use debt to expand your business, you must pay off that debt. For every dollar of debt personal or to finance part of a brokerage, I know I will pay that back plus interest, but the city of Lamar apparently does not hold itself to the same standards as a Colorado small business. A dozen years ago, Lamar joined with Holly, La Junta, Las Animas, Springfield and Trinidad, members of the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) to fund an improved power plant fearing rising natural gas prices. To pay for the transition of the power plant from natural gas to coal, Lamar’s city council approved three rounds of bonds along with the five other cities totaling $155 million in new debt. This was a big risk, to be sure, but a risk ARPA members took on their own accord in the same way buying new equipment and hiring a new worker is a risk for our business.

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Consumers report unauthorized recurring charges after purchases are made.

Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) has completed an investigation of a Southern Colorado company, Fan Bling HQ LLC, which is an online retail company.

The company has an address of 80 Mount View Lane, Suite H, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, and a phone number of 877-323-3261. The listed principal for FanBling HQ LLC is Tessa Ottrock and the registered agent is Steven Shideler. The company has also done business under the names of Fan Gear HQ LLC, Fan Shop HQ and Fan HQ Buyers Club.

BBB warns that this is NOT an accredited business. BBB logo

BBB has processed and closed 31 complaints against Fan Bling HQ LLC in the past 12 months. As BBB does not publish complaints until they are closed, the 31 complaints may not be all-encompassing of the complaints received by BBB of Southern Colorado. Additionally, Fan Bling HQ has received 26 negative customer reviews since June 2016.

BBB files indicate that this business has a pattern of complaints concerning product/service, delivery issues and sales practices. Consumers report the business fails to fulfill delivery orders in a timely manner or deliveries are incomplete.

Further, consumers are reporting that after a purchase they are receiving a monthly automatic debit for a membership to a “VIP Fan Club” or “Fan HQ Buyers Club” in the amount of $28.60. When consumers attempt to cancel the subscription, Fan Bling HQ LLC’s customer service team is not available and they are unable to access their account on-line to cancel.

On January 24, 2017, BBB contacted this business in regards to a pattern of complaints. Fan Shop HQ replied requesting more information, which BBB supplied; to date Fan Bling HQ LLC has not addressed the pattern of complaints. BBB has reviewed the “VIP Fan Club” website, fanhqbuyersclub.com, and the content is protected and requires a customer account to access.

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Lauren McKenzie of Red Energy Public Relations was recently appointed to the board for Friends of Cheyenne Cañon.

From www.CheyenneCanon.org "About" page:

The Friends of Cheyenne Cañon (FOCC) were established as a nonprofit in 1992 as one of the first park support groups in the region.

"Our Mission:
The Friends of Cheyenne Cañon with the City of Colorado Springs and our stakeholders preserve the natural resources of North Cheyenne Cañon Park. We raise funds and sponsor park improvements, enrichment programs, community events, and opportunities for citizen and visitor involvement.

Our Vision:
North Cheyenne Cañon Park will remain a community treasure and premier nature destination for future generations."

For more information about Friends of Cheyenne Canon, visit the website above or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tfocc

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Press Release

The commercial portfolio continues to grow in Colorado Springs with the addition of Mountain Shadows Professional Center as Besherit, LLC has chosen Griffis/Blessing, Inc to provide property management services. The 23,948 square foot office building was built in 2000 and is located on the Northwest side of the city at 5731 Silverstone Terrace.
 
The Commercial Property Services Group team of Liz Seeger, RPA, LEED AP, Portfolio Manager, Cortney Brunner, Portfolio Assistant, and Tiffany Koschwitz, Property Accountant, will handle the day-to-day operations.
 
“This is a great opportunity for us to work with an owner new to the area and demonstrate how our management expertise can improve the quality of service for their tenants and the ownership,” says Senior Vice President Richard K. Davidson, CPM®. “We truly appreciate the referral of our services from one of our current partners.”


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Southern Colorado’s largest property manager of commercial and multifamily properties, Griffis/Blessing is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver. The organization currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,300 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.