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Oil imports to the United States steadily decreased from 2005 through 2011, with U.S. exports steadily increasing by lots more. Current-trend projections show the U.S. will be a net oil exporter by around 2017. Incredible. That has to be a shock for those who chant “Drill, Baby, Drill” and “Drill Here, Drill Now,” thinking more… Continue Reading Reality about oil imports, exports might surprise you

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The average person likely has never heard of the Federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729 — 3733). Yet, it probably will touch the lives of most Americans directly or indirectly at some point. The FCA, which imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud governmental programs, is widely used in the context of… Continue Reading Deal with the government? Take care with submissions

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In the fall of 1990, my wife and I sat in Terry Sullivan’s office. Terry was the CEO of the Colorado Springs Visitors and Convention Bureau, and we were looking for support for our planned 1991 road bicycle stage race. Terry showed us a draft of the bureau’s mockup of the cover for their 1991… Continue Reading Setting the stage for more cycling focus in Springs

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During the Cold War, there was the threat of nuclear attack. In the Internet Age, there is the threat of cyberattack. Cheyenne Mountain and the North America Aerospace Defense Command once were targeted by the Soviets, and by extension Colorado Springs was considered a “collateral damage” casualty. The continued importance of NORAD was demonstrated just… Continue Reading City could become Ground Zero of a cyberwar

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One thing we can all agree on after our highly charged presidential election is the need to improve the American economy. One of the best paths to follow is the entrepreneurial trail that has made our great nation the envy of the world. It is clear that we need to get our fiscal house in… Continue Reading Financial cliff: How the medical device tax affects us

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Springs must avoid falling victim to panhandlers

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Growing up in New York, I learned early in life how to get along in a city where street life is active and diverse. A primary element of learning street smarts was knowing which areas to avoid. Now, as an adult and business owner, I am dismayed to see this lesson being learned in my… Continue Reading Springs must avoid falling victim to panhandlers

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Symphony orchestra management is a strange career choice, but I’m pretty sure it’s the best job in the world. And a darn good challenge. Imagine an enterprise built on a century-old business model with four distinct constituencies, high fixed costs, a highly skilled and unionized workforce, strictly held traditions, and a mission to perform music… Continue Reading Philharmonic’s success starts with artistic planning

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Advice: Provide disclosure when raising capital

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Many small-business owners with great ideas, products, or services form a business entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company) and begin operations, but do not have enough capital to fully develop, market, or expand their business. With banks and other financial institutions being subject to heightened scrutiny and increasing government regulation and oversight,… Continue Reading Advice: Provide disclosure when raising capital

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Watching the Drake Power Plant and Colorado Springs Utilities debate from afar, it seems to this outsider that the most important issue is missing in action. First, the debate seemed to focus on whether to engage Neumann Systems Group to develop and install supposedly cheaper pollution controls on CSU’s existing coal units to meet the… Continue Reading There’s a missing issue regarding Drake’s future

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It’s difficult to believe that I have been residing in Colorado Springs for nearly two years. I am proud to call this community home and excited with what has been accomplished during my tenure. I’m pleased as I look ahead to 2013, especially after the challenges faced in 2012. After my hire at the Colorado… Continue Reading CVB appreciates having the trust of Colorado Springs

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