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This web-based or mobile application connects pilots and aircraft owners to hangar owners to create a safe place to store aircraft overnight at any U.S. airport.

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A group of pilots and commercial real estate experts has launched Hangar TonightTM— a web-based and mobile application that connects pilots who temporarily need hangar space for their aircraft as they fly across the country.

In the United States, there are nearly 225,000 general aviation aircraft in use, and those pilots need a place to house their aircraft when they arrive at their destination. Additionally, the U.S. has more than 19,000 general aviation airfields.

Instead of searching multiple websites or making numerous calls, pilots can use this app or website to book up to 29 nights for their aircraft in cities around the nation.

This service offers asset protection to aircraft owners, as well as additional income for hangar owners with spare capacity.

“I started Hangar TonightTM because I saw a need for short-notice hangar options for pilots and owners as they fly to different airfields throughout the USA. I witnessed firsthand the damage that extreme weather and the environment can do in a very short space of time,” said Brendan Clarke, founding owner.

Hangar TonightTM targets hangar owners who realize they can capitalize on their spare space to gain extra income by providing a short-term solution to pilots and aircraft owners who are transiting their airfield. As many hangar owners are also pilots, they understand they may require similar services when they travel to other destinations.

“I believe there are opportunities for pilots to protect their aircraft in a hangar overnight at minimal costs and for hangar owners with spare capacity to generate a little income,” Clarke said.

Founder Brendan Clarke’s Biography

Founding owner of Hangar TonightTM, Brendan Clarke is also a Certified Commercial Institute Member (CCIM) and principle and founder of Clarke Real Estate Group, specializing in aviation commercial real estate and attracting new aviation-related businesses to the region. Prior to that, he was managing director of Cushman & Wakefield in Colorado Springs.

Clarke served with both the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot for 22 years. Afterward, he became an international airline pilot for Air New Zealand on the Boeing 777 aircraft. He has flown more than 8,500 hours in 11 different types of aircraft during his aviation career.

He has owned, managed and consulted on investment and commercial real estate both in New Zealand and more recently, Colorado, after relocating to Colorado Springs with his wife and family in 2013.


Protect your plane anywhere you land.

Hangar Tonight™ is owned and operated by a small group – including a seasoned military fighter pilot, international airline pilot and commercial real estate experts – that focuses on aviation properties.

Having witnessed millions of dollars in aircraft damage from a brief but intense hailstorm with tennis ball-sized hail at the Colorado Springs airport on July 28, 2016, they wished that pilots had known of the empty hangars on the airfield at the time.

They created Hangar Tonight™ to provide an easy solution to accommodate aircraft and to enable hangar owners to link directly to aircraft owners and pilots via a simple web-based or mobile platform. Users enter the airport, radius, aircraft type, dates/times, and then the algorithms show hangars that are available of the correct size to accommodate the aircraft.

Three quick, easy steps:

·       Search – at the airfield and within a selected radius;
·       Chat – directly with hangar owner and/or fixed base operator;
·       Book – immediately online and receive confirmation.
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Ace Hardware Corporation and The Grommet, today announced that Ace Hardware has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in e-commerce startup, The Grommet.

The Grommet operates an e-commerce website that markets and sells new and innovative products created by independent entrepreneurs, also known as Makers. It has discovered and launched dozens of now household brand names, including FitBit, IdeaPaint, OtterBox, SimpliSafe and SodaStream. To date, The Grommet has launched more than 2,500 innovative consumer products and amassed a community of more than three million early adopters and supporters.

Ace Hardware and The Grommet first began working together in 2016 as part of a collaboration to bring new, unique and otherwise undiscovered products from independent Makers into select Ace stores.

“We both stand as strong advocates for the underdog. From the very beginning we have appreciated our alignment in support for and advancement of the independent maker,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware Corporation. “Under Ace’s ownership, I believe The Grommet can offer our customers more of that which fuels global economies and makes America special - the unbridled creativity of the local entrepreneur.”

“The Grommet has often been called a ‘general store for innovation,’ and Ace is a trusted destination for the goods and services homeowners need to take care of their homes. That is a powerful combination,” said Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. “Both companies have a deep heritage of helping local businesses thrive so our values are uncannily compatible. And how fitting is it that our company is named after a humble piece of hardware? There is some destiny at work here.”

Ace Hardware is now the majority, controlling owner of The Grommet, however, both of the company’s original founders, Joanne Domeniconi and Jules Pieri, and their employees, will continue to have some equity ownership of the company. Ace intends to provide considerable autonomy to The Grommet and has no plans to change the company’s strategic direction.

“Ace’s expansive supply chain and network of 5,034 stores coupled with The Grommet’s innovative product discovery platform combine to give dreamers, inventors, innovators and Makers a sustainable, high quality path to meaningful growth, without having to bow down to the altar of Amazon,” Venhuizen said.

Retail analytics from Ace Hardware stores demonstrate significant value in aligning both physical stores with a digital discovery platform. Current customers of The Grommet visit Ace over 50 percent more times than the average Ace Rewards customer and spend 2.8 times as much.

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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.