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Mayor makes selections for Urban Renewal and Housing Authority boards

Mayor Steve Bach announced today the reappointment of Valerie Hunter and appointment of Zachary McComsey to fill two positions on the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board. Additionally, the Mayor reappointed Roland Laning to serve on the Colorado Springs Housing Authority Board.  Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board Valerie Hunter has a background in business,… Continue Reading Mayor makes selections for Urban Renewal and Housing Authority boards

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Veteran-owned small business celebrates 25 years

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Veteran-owned small business celebrates 25 years

Air Academy Associates is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, incorporated in Colorado Springs 25 years ago. A leader in knowledge-based management systems, Air Academy Associates focuses on design and implementing Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma and Systematic Innovation. The company has directly led improvement activities in construction, defense, energy, food services, financial and insurance… Continue Reading Veteran-owned small business celebrates 25 years

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A while back it was asked, “What would you do with a million dollars?” The question came up again recently … what would I do? So I thought I’d challenge myself and come up with some ideas. 1. $500,000 to promote Colorado Springs to Denver and Boulder. Why? To end the extremely short-sighted nature of… Continue Reading How the city could spend $1 million the right way

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Driving the economy via entrepreneurship

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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

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Top trends for business owners to know in 2015

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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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Manufacturers’ group works together

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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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Higher ed should be as critical as defense

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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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