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Idea Accelerator Podcast of Colorado Springs

For tips and shortcuts to successfully starting your business in Colorado Springs, check out the Idea Accelerator Podcast at www.IdeaAcceleratorPodcast.com. Also available on YouTube, iTunes, and Facebook.

Lauren Collier is the Idea Accelerator. A Colorado Springs business owner, author, and philanthropist, Lauren works with the business community to forward the success of business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs. On the Idea Accelerator Podcast, she interviews experts across all fields of interests to learn their shortcuts and strategies for succeeding in business in Colorado Springs and beyond.

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Around Town

We want to help connect you with the Colorado Springs community! Here a few of the best ways to experience Colorado Springs. Click on any business name below to visit their webpage:

Restaurants

Fine Dining

Late Night Dining

European Food

East Asian

Southeast Asian

Tex-Mex/Mexican/Latin American

Caribbean/Jamaican

Seafood/Southern

Special Diet

Local Institutions

Pizza/Burgers/Family Friendly

Libations

Breweries/Tap Houses

Wine

Craft Distilleries/Cideries

Upscale Bars

Sports Bars

Family Fun

Art

Theatre

History

Sports

Pikes Peak Region Bragging Rights

#1 ”The most desirable place to live in the U.S.A.”
2018
U.S. News and World Report

#1 ”City for Millennial Growth”
2018
Brookings Institute

#1 ”Hottest Housing Market”
2019
Trulia

#1 “Big Cities to Live In”
2017
Money

#1 “Lowest Unemployment rate in the country”
2017
US Bureau of Labor and Statistics

#1 “Best Town”
Outside Magazine

#1 ”Best Places to Live for Vets (Large Cities)”
2019
Military Times: Reboot Camp

#1 “America’s Most Pet-Friendly City”
Forbes

#1 “Best Cities for Dogs”
Men’s Health

#1 “Santa’s Top 10 Favorite Cities”
Zillow.com

#1 ”Mid-sized American Cities for Human Growth and Capital”
2018
fDi Intelligence

#2 ”Best Places to Live”
2018
US News and World Report

#2 “Best Pet Cities”
Livability

#2 “The Best Places to Live for Women”
Women’s Health

#2 “Cities of Convention Wisdom”
MSN.com

#2 “Cities for Veterans”
Livability

#2 “Safest City in the United States”
InsuranceProviders.com

#2 ”Best Places to Retire”
2018
Forbes

#3 “Most Innovative School – Colorado College”
US News and World Report

#3 “Fitness-Focused Cities”
Hellawella

#3 “Best Places to Live”
2019
US News and World Report

#3 “Best Places to Live”
Earth Day Network

#3 “Top 10 Best Drivers’ Cities”
Car and Driver

#3 “Best Southwest City for Defense Jobs”
FedSmith

#4 “Small Business Friendly City”
2018
Thumtack.com

#4 “Cities Ranked and Rated”
Frommer’s Travel Guide

#5 “Best Cities for Jobs”
2019
US News and World Report

#5 “Most Affordable College Town”
2018
Move.org

#5 “Best Cities to Live, Work and Play”
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

#6 “Millennial Share of the Population”
2018
Brookings Institute

#6 ”6th out of 300 metro areas nationwide in a survey of hot housing markets”
2018
Realtor.com

#6 “Best Weekend Getaway”
U.S. News & World Report

#6 “America’s Most Wired Cities”
Forbes

#6 “Top Ten Alternative Fueled City Fleets”
SustainLane

#7 “Top Housing Markets of 2020″
2019
Realtor.com

#7 “Cleanest U.S. Cities”
American Lung Association

#7 “Best Places to Raise an Outdoor Kid”
Backpacker Magazine

# 7 Amazing City You Should Live In
2016
Huffington Post

# 8 Intellectual Hub
2014
WalletHub

# 8 “Best City for Young Adults”
2011
Forbes

#8 “Best Places to Start Over”
Business Week

#8 “Fittest City in the West”
Sunset Magazine

#9 “Hotness Index of top 20 cities”
2018
Realtor.com,

#9 “America’s Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities”
Forbes

#9 “Best Downtown”
Livability.com

#10 “Top 10 most popular attractions in the US – Garden of the Gods”
Trip Advisor

#10 “Best Places for Business and Careers”
Forbes

Top 10 – “Best Big Cities for Active Families”
Outside Magazine

Top 10 – “Green Places to Retire”
U.S. News and World Report

Top 10- “Best Teeth”
Men’s Health

Top 10 – “The 10 Coolest Small Towns – Manitou Springs”
Budget Travel

#10 Least Obese Metro Area
2012
GALLUP

#11 “The 20 Fittest Cities in America”
2019
Men’s Health

#11 “Best Places to be a Kid on Christmas Morning”
University of Toronto

#11 “Best Places to Relocate”
ERC & Primacy Relocation

#11 “Best Places to Build a Data Center”
The Boyd Company

#11 “Best Places for Business and Careers”
2018
Forbes

#11 “Gayest City”
The Advocate

#12 “52 Places to Go in 2020″
The New York Times

#12 “America’s Healthiest Cities”
Cooking Light Magazine

#14 “Safest Cities in America for 2010”
FreeBackgroundChecksUSA.com

#15 “America’s Top 25 Smartest Cities”
Portfolio Magazine

#15 “Best City for Families”
Partenting.com

#17 “Most Secure Places to Live”
Farmer Insurance Group

#17 “Top 100 Places to Live”
RelocateAmerica

#18 “Happiest City in America”
2018
National Geographic

#18 “America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities”
Bicycling Magazine

#18 “The Best Destinations”
2010
TripAdvisor, Travelers’ Choice

#20 “Top Tech Towns”
Association for Information Technology Professionals

#23 “Best Cities for Biking”
People for Bikes

#24 “Funniest Cities”
The Daily Beast

Top 20 “Top Cookout Capitals”
Blue Rhine

Top 25 “Mid-Sized U.S. City Art Destination”
American Style

Silver Award – “Bicycle Friendly Community Award”
League of American Bicyclists

#1 Best Big City in the Mountains
2016
Money Magazine

#1 Number of Women Owned Businesses
2016
HubWallet

#1 “Best Place to Live”
2009
Outside magazine

#1 ”Hottest Market”
2020
Realtor.com

#1 Friendliest City for Small Businesses
2014
Thumbtack.com

#1 Golf Resort in North America: The Broadmoor
2014
Golf magazine

#1 Most Romantic City in America
2014
Wall Street Journal

#1 Best Park in the U. S. – Garden of the Gods
2014
TripAdvisor

#1 Most Pet Friendly City
2007
Forbes

#2 Most Educated State
2016
24/7 Wall Street

#2 Most Desirable Place to Live
2016
U.S. News & World Report

#2 Best Place for Military Veterans and Their Families to Call Home
2011
Livability

#2 Greatest Public Place: Garden of the Gods
2011
American Planning Association

#2 Safest City
2012
InsuranceProviders.com

#2 Best City to Be a Tech Worker
2014
SmartAsset.com

#2 “Fittest City in America”
2009
Men’s Fitness Magazine

#2 Green Buildings per Capita
2012
US Green Building Council

#3 “Best City to Live in the U.S.”
2008
MSNBC.com

#4 Happiest State
2016
Gallup

#4 “Best Value City”
2011
Kiplinger

#4 “Fittest City”
2010
Gallup

#5 Best State for Innovation & Economy
2016
WalletHub

#5 Best Zoo in the U.S.: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
2014
TripAdvisor

#5 “Best Place to Live”
2012
MoneyRates.com

#5 Best Place to Live
2016
U.S. News & World Report

#5 “Great Cities for Young Adults”
2011
Kiplinger

#5 “Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play”
2008
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

#5 “Great City for Young Adults”
Kiplinger

#6 “Best Cities for Veterans to Live”
2019
WalletHub.com

#6 Best Weekend Getaway
2012
U.S. News and World Report

#6 Best Big City for Active Families
2014
Outside Magazine

#6 Most Energy Star Schools
2012
Energy Star

#6 “Most Wired City”
2010
Forbes.com

# 8 Healthiest State in the Nation
2011
United Health Foundation

# 8 “US City Where Residents Feel Safest”
2015
Gallup-Healthways

#8 “Best City to be a Driver”
2015
WalletHub

#9 Best Downtown
2016
Livability

#9 “America’s Best Midsize Metropolitan Areas”
2010
MSNBC

#9 “Cleanest Air”
2013
American Lung Association

#9 “Best City for Families”
2016
WalletHub

#9 “Best City to Retire”
2015
Bankrate.com

#10 Best Place to Find a Job in Technology
2016
U.S. News & World Report

#10 “Best Place to Be a Woman”
2009
Women’s Health magazine

Top 10 – “Least Obese Metro Areas”
Fox News

Top 10 – “Great Cities for College Grads”
Kiplinger

Top 10 – “Best Big Cities for Active Families”
Outside Magazine

Top 10 – “Least Obese Metro Areas”
Fox News

Top 10 – “Great Cities for College Grads”
Kiplinger

#12 Most Generous City in the US
2014
nerdwallet.com

#12 “Best Places for Business and Careers”
2010
Forbes.com

#13 Best City to Start a Business
2016
CNBC

#15 “Best Place to Raise a Family”
2011
Parenting Magazine

#15 “Best City for Families”
Partenting.com

#17 “Most Secure Places to Live”
Farmer Insurance Group

#18 “Friendliest Bike City in America”
2010
Bicycling magazine

#20 Best City in the Nation for Quality of Life
2014
NerdWallet

#27 “Most Literate City”
USA Today

Top 10 – “10 Best Places to Retire”
2013
CNN Money

Age Friendly City
2016
AARP

One of the 16 Best Places to Retire
2011
Forbes

National Winner “Cultural Diversity”
2010
National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials

A Great American Defense City
2016
The Association of Defense Committees

Top 10 Beer Towns with a Biking Problem
2014
Singletracks.com

One of the top 35 Cities for People Under 35
2013
Vocativ.com

Lauren is host of the Idea Accelerator Podcast of Colorado Springs. Listen any time for great advice and tips on what to do in Colorado Springs, how to get involved, and how to succeed locally!

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