Sky Sox and CenturyLink Announce New Small Business Spotlight

By Colorado Springs Sky Sox | February 27, 2014 1:05 PM ET

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are proud to announce today a new partnership with CenturyLink that will showcase local small businesses. The new joint venture has been named the "Small Business Spotlight" and is designed to help small businesses in the Colorado Springs area. In the current economic environment, many small businesses are working harder than ever to meet their budgets and grow their business. CenturyLink wants to provide these companies with an opportunity to market themselves at Security Service Field during the Sky Sox 2014 season free of charge. In addition, CenturyLink has partnered with the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center to help supply consulting and training to existing and new businesses.

View the 2014 Small Business Application

Through their partnership with the Sky Sox during the 2014 baseball season, CenturyLink will provide small businesses in Colorado Springs the opportunity to market themselves through the "Small Business Spotlight" at one of 35 Sky Sox home games. The selected businesses for the game will receive a tremendous marketing package provided free of charge by CenturyLink that includes:

  1. A marketing table in the main concourse to showcase their organization
  2. Four tickets to the game and VIP Parking
  3. Public address announcement and live in-game scoreboard recognition
  4. A ceremonial first pitch
  5. On-air recognition during the Sky Sox broadcast on AM 1300 "The Animal"

Any small business wishing to be considered for the "Small Business Spotlight" can apply online at where a nomination form will be posted. Members of the community can nominate their own business or someone else's.

To Nominate a Small Business, Send Application to Alyce Bofferding at

"CenturyLink is proud to sponsor the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, and will be partnering with the SBDC this upcoming season for the CenturyLink Small Business Spotlight," said CenturyLink Market Development Manager Mark Bittle. "CenturyLink provides the technologies and communications services that businesses need, and the SBDC provides resources to existing and new businesses to help them grow. This opportunity is a great way to show our appreciation to the small businesses within the Pikes Peak region. CenturyLink and the SBDC look forward to providing recognition to these small businesses by providing them big league exposure and an opportunity to showcase their products and services."

"The Sky Sox are honored to partner with CenturyLink to provide this excellent program", said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor. "These businesses are the backbone of Colorado Springs and we are proud to lend a helping hand in this effort."

For media inquiries please contact Mike Hobson at or (719) 304-5610 and for information on applying for the Small Business Spotlight please contact Alyce Bofferding at (719) 304-5625 or at


About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit

About Colorado Springs SBDC

The Small Business Development Center is hosted by El Paso County and sponsored by the Small Business Administration, City of Colorado Springs, UCCS College of Business, and CenturyLink. It offers business consulting and training to assist existing and new small businesses in El Paso, Park and Teller counties. For more information about the SBDC and services it offers, visit or call 719.667.3803.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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