November 16, 2022

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Tricia Muehlbauer, Executive Director

 PO Box 7585 Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7585
Telephone: 719-291-5545; Fax: 719-213-2693
Email: director@csea.biz
Website: www.csea.biz

Current Board of Directors: Kim Griffis-President; Brenda Speer Past President; Tara Irons-Vice President; Angie Peters-Secretary;

JP West-Treasurer; Spencer Swann; Dan Adam; Jim Little and Jenn Kolk



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December 7, 2022 (no meeting on Nov. 23 or 30th) WE are in need of a presenter?  Who would like to step to the plate for this great opportunity to spotlight your business? 


Greeters:  Jim Little, Coaltrain and Jenn Kolk, Brightway Insurance (You’re not going to want to miss these greeters!  And don’t come through the back door…
you’ll want to stop and be greeted by them!)


November 16, 2022 Small business cybersecurity breaches are on the rise. It’s not a matter of if, but when your business will be targeted.  In fact you may be breached today and not even know it.  Thank you, Trevor, for bringing this non-technical presentation on the latest information on cybersecurity threats to us today.  Call Trevor/Amnet to find out what you MUST do to protect your company from the growing threats.


Diane Doyle– Dennis Anderson, IT Director at our corporate office (Wendy’s, Golden Corral, Old Chicago)
Carla Wink– Beth Alexander, Living Star Systems
JP West– Brooke Orist, Sasquatch Cookies
Trevor Dierdorff-JonMarc Radspinner
David Horwitz-Susan Horwitz
BIRTHDAYS between Nov. 16 and December 6 since we won’t meet until the 7th:
November 18-Kody Miller, Guaranteed Rate
November 19-Janet Burns, Retired; Christina Sommer, Sunny Vista
November 23-Larry Blevins, American Business Brokers; Dr. Joe Wilson, A Healthy Smile Dental Center
December 3-Paul Hasty, Tint Technologies and Jeff Weinzierl, US Lawns
December 5-Kelly Shaffer, ADD STAFF
DOORPRIZE: Congrats to David Horwitz who won a $25 gift certificate to any Exec’s business.


Notes from your executive director:

At last week’s board of director’s meeting, the board:

  • Opened the category of ‘Window & Gutter Cleaning’ for Jonmarc Radspinner, Cultivate House Detailing.  Jonmarc is sponsored by Trevor Dierdorff.
  • Opened the category of ‘Game and Toy Creator’ for Brenda Speer, Stamford Orange, Ltd.  Brenda will be retiring from law at the end of 2022 and wishes to stay on as a Primary member in this new category with her game ‘Who Did What?!’

Should you know of any best in class companies who might like to compete for these categories, please bring them as a guest and have them apply before the December 14 board meeting.
Please make sure your birthdays (and profiles!) are up to date on our new website. 
Our holiday party is December 1.  You can register at csea.biz (right on the home page—there is a link!)  An RSVP is required by Nov. 23! Or, click here now to register.  

We are continuing to work on the website and are still working out a handful of kinks.  We are aware that the ‘members since’ field is wrong for all of you.  We are trying to figure out how to manipulate the template so that we can update the data.  Please be patient with us as we work through issues like this.  And PLEASE, if you don’t have a photo, add one!  It is easy!
There will not be a meeting on November 23, due to the Thanksgiving holiday NOR the next week, November 30, because we will have our holiday party on Dec. 1.  Please note these on your calendar!

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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):
  1. Need some really cool gifts for your customers or employees? How about some gift baskets from Coaltrain?! They can include wine, liquor, cheeses, meats, glassware, wine accessories, napkins, etc. You name it; we can incorporate it into a basket. Come see us! (JIM LITTLE)
  2. RATE RELIEF!! Yes, it’s true…rates have come down. Please let me know if you have questions! (KODY MILLER)
  3. JetEx will match or beat any name brand ink and toner cartridge. Call or email me for a quote. 719-578-5533. kristine.simon@jetexinc.com. (KRISTINE SIMON)
  4. The weather is cold and the snow is falling. Christy Sports has all you need to have fun in the snow. (MIKE LLOYD)
  5. We offer a 10% discount for Execs on holiday parties and dinners. (KATHY DREILING)
  6. We are looking for a new delivery driver.  Apply with me, David.  Call 719-502-6075.  (DAVID HORWITZ)
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  1. The First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will perform two free concerts on Dec. 2nd and 4th. More information: www.fumc-CS.org/music. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
DIRECT LEADS (when you yourself do business w/ a member or someone you referred to a member does business with that member) AND REFERRALS:
  1. Direct lead to KCME. We’ve sponsored Coaltrain does Coltrane for many years. (JIM LITTLE)
  2. Direct lead to Coaltrain for ‘coffee sweetener’. (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Direct lead to Kody Miller; I referred a co-worker for home financing. (MARK ROHN)
  4. Direct lead to Christy Sports, Mike Lloyd. Thanks for helping my husband with ski boots and socks. (BRENDA SPEER)
  5. Direct lead to Ent Credit Union (line of credit). (BRENDA SPEER)
  6. Direct lead to Chris Peloso. (ALLAN TODD)
  7. Direct lead to InFront WebWorks. (ALLEN TODD)
  8. Direct lead to Brightway Insurance. (KODY MILLER)
  9. Direct lead to Furry Friends, Inc. I switched my pups to better quality products from your store! (LESLIE CARTER)
  10. Direct lead to David Horwitz at COS Cleaning Supply. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  11. Direct lead to Christy Sports. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  12. Direct lead to Picnic Basket for catering our Focus on the Family Thanksgiving Staff feast! (DIANE INGOLIA)
  13. Direct lead to JP West…thanks! (JOE WILSON)
  14. Direct lead to Coaltrain for holiday wine. (DON MOON)
  15. Direct lead to potential member Jon Marc for window cleaning. (JENN KOLK)
  16. Direct lead to JP West. (KEVIN GUTTMAN)
  17. Direct lead to Adam & Son for my broken Subaru. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  18. Direct lead(s) to Brightway Insurance. (DIANA THATE)
  19. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (JOSH MIDDLETON)
  20. Direct lead to Spencer for a vehicle wrap (SUBLIME HEATING). (KAREN HEUN)
  21. Direct lead to Mark Rohn; I referred a member. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  22. Direct lead to Coaltrain. I purchased a gift card last week to spread the love! (MAT LAFLEUR)
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  1. Speaking of pie…3.14 pie bar here in COS is a finalist in the Good Morning America ‘best pie in the country’ contest. They do have great sweet and savory pies. (TARA IRONS)      
  2. Congrats to Coaltrain for ‘Gold’ in all categories. (KATHY DREILING)                    
  1. Thanks to John GATTO for the No Trespassing signs. (SPENCER SWANN)
  2. Thanks Brenda…Who Did What?! (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Thanks Trish for the ‘Ports of Call’ memory. (SPENCER SWANN)
  4. A big thank you to Dr. Joe Wilson and his staff for their excellent service! (KRISTINE SIMON)
  5. Thank you David Horwitz for your recent purchase for your Brother printers! It’s always a pleasure working with you! (KRISTINE SIMON)
  6. Thank you again to Palmer High School (District 11) for your business! (KRISTINE SIMON)
  7. Thank you for the wonderful cookies-JP-tell her thank you since she doesn’t get the newsletter!! (DIANE DOYLE)
  8. Thanks to JP West for the referral. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  9. Thanks to Chris at American Printing and Copying for the new business cards. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  10. A HUGE thanks to Sheriff Joe Roybal for sending an amazing deputy to speak at CRC’s Women’s Safety night! (LISA COE)
  11. Thanks to El Paso County Sheriff’s office for supporting The Colorado Running Company’s Women’s Night, Running Safely! (JEFF TARBERT)
  12. Thanks Brenda! (MIKE LLOYD)
  13. Thank you Mark Rohn for squeezing me into your schedule. (DOUG BERWICK)
  14. Picnic Basket says thanks to the COS Indy readers for voting us #1 caterer. (KATHY DREILING)
  15. Thanks to Focus on the Family for trusting the Picnic Basket with your holiday party. (KATHY DREILING)
  1. Grants set to open for employers to hire apprentices, start programs! Starting Nov. 18, Colorado employers can apply for new grants that will help them register their own apprenticeship program or join an existing registered apprenticeship program. See link below: https://www.csbj.com/news/grants-set-to-open-for-employers-to-hire-apprentices-start-programs/article_95a45162-6473-11ed-b5b5-2f7e2df18c12.html?vgo_ee=RdKaZstsl4V6PtNBscCkANkBqtMdkgnbEz852ehkQ0 . (JIM SMITH)
  2. Happy Birthday Execs! (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Happy Thanksgiving to all Execs! (BRENDA SPEER)
  4. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  5. Beware of firmware updates on your printers. These updates will disable any remanufactured cartridge, and you’ll be forced to purchase OEM (name brand) cartridges only! (KRISTINE SIMON)
  6. Happy holidays Execs! (MICHAEL GARNER)
  7. Happy birthday Execs! (TARA IRONS)
  8. Happy Thanksgiving to all fellow Execs and your families. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  9. Happy Birthday Execs. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  10. Please call me on your thoughts about creating a fund to offset the cost of the Execs holiday party for next year. Our association needs to have a fund so we do not have to put out more money to celebrate our business relationships. My number is 719-960-6829. (KEVIN HOLT)
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  1. A new Whataburger is coming to 5905 Constitution Ave. (JESSY SNOUWAERT)
  2. Sun Country Airlines is expanding to COS with nonstop service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, starting June 8th. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  3. Another Whataburger outlet opens Friday at 5905 Constitution Ave. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  4. Groome Transportation began offering eleven shuttle trips daily between the COS and Pueblo airports. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  5. Five Below is opening a 2nd local store at Citadel Crossing. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  1. Great information! Thanks. (JIM SMITH)   
  2. Interesting Trevor. Thanks for the info! (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Great presentation Trevor! (KODY MILLER)
  4. Thanks Trevor. Scary program on a scary subject. (CATHY D’AGOSTINO)
  5. Very informative program. (DIANE DOYLE)
  6. Great program, Trevor! (DEWEY REINHARD)
  7. Great program-very informative. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  8. Thank you for a great, if not scary presentation, Trevor! (BRENDA SPEER)