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In formation: Homegrown venture capital operation

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I’m not sure what made me queasier: too much of the cheese or my conversation with the weary lawyer pining for a return of deal flow that would allow him to send his kids to the college of their choice. It was Monday evening and I was at the 2010 Excellence in Local Industry Awards,… Continue Reading In formation: Homegrown venture capital operation

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Perhaps now they wish they would have pushed harder. I’m talking about any of the various business interests in town that are scrambling to find a venue for their expositions and conferences now that the Phil Long Expo Center is closing its doors. Finding adequate space isn’t their only issue. Just try asking The Broadmoor’s… Continue Reading Let’s increase the hospitality tax and build a convention center

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Lazy students. Neglectful parents. School bureaucracies run amok. There’s plenty of blame to go around when you try to figure out why the nation’s education system is in such bad shape. But there’s no greater problem than teachers who’ve given up, or perhaps never cared in the first place. That is the central message of… Continue Reading Don’t wait, go now to see ‘Waiting for Superman’

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There’s plenty happening right here on the political front at the moment to keep us distracted. But I noticed something in the Florida governor’s race this week that has relevance to a civic debate in the Springs. Rick Scott, who’s running as the GOP candidate in the Sunshine State, has been busy defending himself in… Continue Reading Here’s what we should do with Memorial hospital

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Cost-cutting and greater efficiency in government. What’s not to like about that, especially in these times? Nothing, of course, unless the people in charge flub it. Which is pretty much what happened over at the Defense Department after the Obama administration announced it was going to start in-sourcing some of the work typically awarded to… Continue Reading Defense Dept. in-sourcing should come to an end

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Morrison: Keeping a close eye on insurers

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Women of Influence and the gender gap

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I ran into Jane Young last week and let it slip that she had been selected as one of the Business Journal’s Women of Influence this year. The recognition doesn’t come easily, so landing on the list is a fairly high honor and requires a lot of hard work at the office and in the… Continue Reading Women of Influence and the gender gap

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Jim Morris, the president of the Indianapolis Pacers, made several good points about the business of sports at a lunch this past week sponsored by the Economic Development Corp. and Sports Corp. What he left out of his remarks was also pretty compelling. Primarily, his speech was about reminding Colorado Springs that its amateur sports… Continue Reading Growing Springs’ sports economy will cost money

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The idea that an infant born to a foreign mother in the United States should be entitled to instantaneous U.S. citizenship is outdated, unworkable and costing American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. It’s time to make a change in our birthright laws. Many others already have. In fact, we’re one of the… Continue Reading Make birthright law fix part of U.S. immigration reforms

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How about this for multiculturalism? Mother born in Casablanca, Morocco; father hails from Bucharest, Romania. Birthplace of their progeny? Israel. That would be me, which makes me a crossbreed of sorts. While both of my parents are of Jewish extract, they came from such vastly different parts of the world, their union was scorned by… Continue Reading Diversity and inclusion: Critical to region’s vitality

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