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Driving the economy via entrepreneurship

I was surprised and excited when the Business Journal asked me to write about efforts to boost the entrepreneurship sector of our community. The topic has become my passion since leaving my 35-year law practice. Rather than going into retirement, I decided to create an encore career focused on helping stimulate investments in local and… Continue Reading Driving the economy via entrepreneurship

Most workdays can feel like a whirlwind of emails, meetings and calls. Even my best-laid plans can be altered by a beep from my phone. So believe me when I say that as a business owner I understand the difficulty of planning for tomorrow when you’re busy tackling today. However, as the new year begins,… Continue Reading Top trends for business owners to know in 2015

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For the past couple of years, a small group of manufacturing professionals has been meeting to work on initiatives designed to boost our regional manufacturing industry. About a year ago we reached out to more companies, increased participation and expanded the discussion, then formed the Pikes Peak Manufacturing Partnership. Current members range from very small… Continue Reading Manufacturers’ group works together

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Choosing a health  insurance policy either from Colorado’s shopping exchange or an agent selling on the open market is nothing less than a tough, unwelcome chore most of us could do without. The task for shoppers is about to get even more complicated as tax time approaches. Since most people must carry insurance or face… Continue Reading Health insurance brings new tax headaches

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By Carrie Arnold As a higher education professional, I have the opportunity to work with students from various academic, economic, social and demographic backgrounds. As a board member of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, I often consider the global implications of education and where our students fit into the larger global paradigm. Many individuals… Continue Reading Higher ed should be as critical as defense

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Lawmakers working to help state economy

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After being re-elected to serve a third term as state representative from House District 18, I turned my focus to the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 7.  I have been meeting with constituents, visiting schools, going to public meetings, talking with stakeholders about bills and attending pre-session hearings in Denver. The incoming House Speaker,… Continue Reading Lawmakers working to help state economy

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Wish for 2015: mindful common sense

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When CBS’ 60 Minutes covers the benefits of meditation for business creativity and productivity (at Google), we know mindfulness has gone mainstream. So much so, that on every self-respecting urban corner you can find a yoga studio or meditation center. The Americanization of Eastern practices comes at a price. Gone are the philosophical commitments and… Continue Reading Wish for 2015: mindful common sense

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Gift that should keep giving in ’15

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Gift that should keep giving in ’15

By Tom Binnings Thanks to the general aviation businesses and new leadership at the Colorado Springs Airport, our region received a gift in 2014 that should keep giving well into the future. With the support of Mayor Steve Bach, Council President Keith King, most of City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and other regional… Continue Reading Gift that should keep giving in ’15

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Palmer Land Trust preserving the past

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Palmer Land Trust preserving the past

By Rhonda Van Pelt It’s appropriate that the Palmer Land Trust’s name pays homage to the visionary who founded Colorado Springs. Gen. William Jackson Palmer would be proud of the work the trust does to enhance life in the Pikes Peak region and beyond. Modern-day visionaries founded the trust in 1977; they started by purchasing… Continue Reading Palmer Land Trust preserving the past

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By Jamie Cornehlsen and Ted Schwartz In a culture that widely views wealth as an end in itself, too many Americans are fixated on spending and material acquisition, even as they approach retirement. Yet others view wealth accumulation as the key to achieving other goals, as a means to an end. After working hard with the… Continue Reading Taking a closer look at the real benefits of wealth

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