Wayne Heilman

Business Reporter

  • Colorado Springs faces tough question: Where have all the workers gone?

    Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    the surface, the numbers are encouraging: The Colorado Springs area's unemployment rate declined by nearly a third, from 7.8 percent in October 2013 to 5.4 percent in October of this year. But dig a little deeper, and a bleaker picture emerges. Nearly half of the drop in the jobless...

  • Colorado Springs businessmen app-ly themselves to helping parents, foster and otherwise

    Updated: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    Foster parents spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting while their foster children are at appointments. Waiting while the kids are visiting their birth parents. Jon Bell and Mike Ruman want to help foster parents spend that time doing something more productive than surfing the web...

  • Colorado Springs entrepreneur seeks inventors

    Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Stan VanderWerf believes three-dimensional printing will change the way inventors get products ready for market, and he aims to use his expertise and 3-D equipment to help them avoid the delays and costs of getting prototypes manufactured. The Colorado Springs entrepreneur started...

  • Minimum wage rising for Colorado workers starting Jan. 1

    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Colorado's minimum wage workers will get a 23-cent-an-hour raise starting Jan. 1, thanks to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2006 that requires their pay to keep up with inflation. The minimum wage for workers who don't receive tips increases to $8.23 an hour,...

  • Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance ready to launch CEO search

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    A nine-person committee headed by former Ent Federal Credit Union CEO Charles Emmer plans to start its search this week for a new CEO for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The committee, which met for the first time Monday, expects to post a job description and seek...

  • Colorado Springs mining company's new lease boosts stock price

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Gold Resource Corp. announced Thursday that it has leased additional mining claims in south central Nevada with an option to buy. The Colorado Springs-based company leased five mining claims from Nevada Eagle LLC in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt. The land is adjacent to other claims...

  • Report: Occupancy at Colorado Springs area hotels falls in November

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    There was plenty of room at the inn in the Colorado Springs area during November as the area's hotel occupancy rate fell compared with the same month a year earlier for the first time since April, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. The 46.6 percent occupancy rate was down...

  • 200-person call center in Colorado Springs to close

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Corinthian Colleges Inc. said Wednesday it will close its 200-employee call center in Colorado Springs on Feb. 28 - the result of an agreement it reached last month to sell most of its campuses to a nonprofit group. Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian said the center, run by its...

  • Marketing effort boosts passenger numbers at Colorado Springs Airport

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Passenger numbers at the Colorado Springs Airport in October jumped from a year ago by the biggest percentage in nearly seven years as a marketing campaign aimed at leisure and business travelers in Houston, Seattle and Illinois paid big dividends. Passenger traffic for the month was...

  • A refund for Colorado Springs taxpayers? Better times for city make it one possibility

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    The city of Colorado Springs may have to issue refunds to taxpayers or ask voters to keep revenue above limits set in the city's charter if sales and use tax collections continue to surge at double-digit rates, the city's chief financial officer said Tuesday. City officials are...