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by Ed Duffy

All County property management of Colorado Springs is an independent franchise owned by Scott and Tami Glascock. Both are retired NCO's who, like many of us, believe Colorado Springs is a "great place to live and a great place to invest."

As veterans themselves, they've been landlords, tenants and soldiers and want to help the men and women serving at all of our area military bases, retirees and civilians alike, make the most of the opportunities for owning, renting or investing here.

All County Colorado Springs serves the front range from Monument to Pueblo. They currently have between 400 and 500 residences under management from single family homes to 30 unit apartment complexes. They primarily serve the residential market, but do have some commercial and mixed use properties as well.

For a 10% management fee, All County provides full service property management, including marketing, screening, rent collection, property inspections, tenant services and arranging for repairs when needed. They have 3 licensed property managers as well as accountants, maintenance coordinators and "runners" to ensure both owners and tenants are well served.

For the renter, the website makes it easy to pay rent, request maintenance, get information and forms and even links to financial assistance and other resources.

Whether you're an owner or a renter, "We offer the best in communication, transparency and simplicity." says marketing manager Damaris McCowan, who's been with the company since she relocated to Colorado Springs 5 years ago. "We're always on call, 24 hours. Our fees are clearly defined with no surprise upcharges and we strive to keep the experience stress free for all parties."

All County marketing manager, Damarias McCowan


All County Colorado Springs is located at 503 Edison Avenue, 80915. You can reach them at (719) 445-7172, visit them on the web at https://allcountycs.com and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/allcountycs

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Code Wizards, a new business in Colorado Springs that teaches coding and programming to children, is opening in late-May and is taking enrollments for Summer Camps that begin June 3rd. Code Wizards is also offering The Academy, with ongoing, year-round programs.

“We’ve been seeing a need for computer science education for awhile now,” said Chris Rigdon, owner of Code Wizards, along with his wife Misty. “So we created a vibrant place where kids can learn these valuable skills while having fun and making new friends.” 

Before starting the classes, children can go online and get sorted into one of three Code Wizards Houses — Caragore, Dragonfang or Fishorne. They will work on projects and collaborate with other members of their house, plus they will learn at their own pace and advance through 10 stages, from Novice to Code Wizard.

Summer Camps begin in early-June and are for one week each, running throughout the summer. Camp topics include Minecraft, Intro to Robotics, Circuits and Drone Camp, where each student will get their own drone to keep after the camp is finished.

“We want to provide families with a dynamic learning environment where students develop life-changing skills,” added Misty Rigdon. “We think coding and programming are important, no matter what career someone wants — teaching, nursing, science, law enforcement, building — because knowing how to use technology gives someone a real advantage.”start
 
Code Wizards will open in late-May and is located at 11681 Voyager Parkway, Ste. 120, in Colorado Springs. For more information, you can visit their website at www.CodeWizardsAcademy.com, or call 719-418-2811.

 

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By Ed Duffy

Katie Widau, owner of Widau Insurance, an independent insurance agency in Security-Widefield, Colorado, would like you to know they've relocated, but just across the street.



The new office is at 45 Widefield Blvd, in the Fountain Valley Shoppette alongside Back to Eden and Centerpointe Family Medicine.

Katie has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry and as an independent agent is able to offer a wide array of insurance products from a variety of companies, including Liberty Mutual, Safeco, Nationwide, Progressive, Travelers, the Hartford and more. It is her interest in finding solutions for the customer first that lead to her decision to go independent rather than being a "captive agent" (one that represents only one company's products).

Widau Insurance Agency offers Auto, home, RV, rental/landlord and commercial/business insurance products. Learn more at https://widauinsuranceagency.com/. You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/widauinsurance. Office hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. You can reach Widau at 719-896-4447.

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Free Youth Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Willow Springs Ponds, Fountain Creek Regional Park

Get outside and learn to fish at Willow Springs Ponds! This is a free fishing derby for children ages 5 to 15. Enjoy fishing demonstrations, fun prizes, and a hot dog lunch with Commissioner Gonzalez on the grill! Bring your own rod, reel, tackle, and bait. Register online at elpasocountynaturecenters.com, or call 719-520-6977.

Free Archery Day

Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bear Creek Regional Park, Archery Range (near the tennis courts)

Make a free appointment to try your hand at archery, one of the fastest growing outdoor sports! USA certified archery coaches from the Archery School of the Rockies will walk you through the basics and test your skills; all equipment is provided. Be sure to bring close toed shoes, water, sunscreen, and no long sleeve shirts. Open to Adults and Children ages 6 and older. Pre-registration required: drop-ins will be allowed as space permits. To register, please go to elpasocountynaturecenters.com.

Rainbow Falls Geology Walk

Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rainbow Falls Historic Site

Join Professor Mark Izold, Pikes Peak Community College Geology, and discover the rich geologic history of the Rainbow Falls area. We will see and touch the Great Unconformity and hear about the Cambrian and Ordovician time periods and evidence for life found in the strata of this area.  The paleo-environment in which these animals lived will also be discussed.  $4 per person: pre-registration required.

Homestead Ranch Concert in the Park

June 28, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Homestead Ranch Regional Park

Join us for this special summer concert at Homestead Ranch! Bring your picnic, lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy the energetic music from the 101st Army Country Band and the 101st Army Rock Band.

 
Archery Camps

Join one of the fastest growing outdoor sports! USA certified coaches from the Archery School of the Rockies use a step-by-step approach to develop the individual’s skills at their own pace. Be sure to bring lunch and water! For Adults and Children over 6. All camps are at Bear Creek Regional Park, Mon-Wed, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, $80 per session: pre-registration required.

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August 5-August 8

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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 7th Annual Small Business Week for the Pikes Peak Region which will be held Sunday, May 5 through Thursday, May 9. The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado supports small businesses with more than 80% of its Accredited Businesses having 20 or fewer employees.
The 4th Annual Food Truck Cook-Off will launch Small Business Week; and due to the record-breaking number of attendees last year, there will be a change in location. Last year there were 17 food trucks - this year the event will consist of nearly 40 trucks at the Broadmoor World Arena on Sunday, May 5 from 11am to 4pm. The number of attendees is limited to 3,000. To purchase tickets to attend the Cook-Off, click here.

As for the final event, be sure to join all us at the celebration and awards dinner, where the winners will be announced at 5:30pm on May 9th at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

This year’s Small Business Finalists are as follows:

Small Business Person
•    Stacy Osborne, Beneficent          
•    A.J. Peak, Peak Dental Services  
•    Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works          

Small Business Champion
•    Jackie Gonzalez, American Bank of Commerce   
•    Chelsea Gaylord, City of Colorado Springs             
•    Rodney Gullatte, Firma IT Solutions         

Small Business Young Entrepreneur
•    Justin Knapp, Space Together
•    Lee Haider, Trof
•    Alex Belding, WebriQ Goes Mad

Small Business Family Owned
•    Trevor Dierdorff, Amnet              
•    Jennifer Winters, Young Scholars Academy          
•    Paul Birchman, Axis Business Technology              

Small Business Veteran Owned
•    Rodney Gullatte, Firma IT Solutions         
•    Adrian Hope, HOPE Physical Therapy and Wellness and Levity Float Center           
•    Al Cazares, House Doctors        

Throughout the week, there will be several educational events, keynote speakers, workshops, a small business awards ceremony and more in the days following the cook-off. For the complete agenda of the week’s events, including attending the Awards Banquet, click here.

“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.”

“Small businesses are the creators of community and the number one producers for job growth,” said Aikta Marcoulier, executive director for Pikes Peak SBDC. “We are excited to celebrate our 7th Year Anniversary of this amazing week of events with our partner the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.”
U.S. Bank returns as our presenting sponsor, along with Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, Startup Colorado, The Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, 92.9 Peak FM, 740 AM KVOR, KRDO Network, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Ent Business Banking, Pepsi and a host of Awards Celebration Small Business Sponsors.