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Let’s learn lessons from Raso’s fate

When the email arrived last Tuesday afternoon announcing Joe Raso’s resignation as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, it came as no surprise whatsoever. For the past several months, speculation had built that Raso would be leaving soon, until the rumors suddenly rose in volume and specific detail during the last… Continue Reading Let’s learn lessons from Raso’s fate

If you read the Business Journal last week, you saw detailed reporting from Cameron Moix on the latest strong signal that positive changes are in the air for downtown Colorado Springs. The story covered local entrepreneur Kevin O’Neil’s latest aggressive venture — buying the Homburg Center complex of buildings, also known as the restored Atchison,… Continue Reading Downtown news may be the true Catalyst

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CSBJ honors Women of Influence

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CSBJ honors Women of Influence

They come from a variety of backgrounds, not to mention professional careers. Together, the 13 members of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence make a statement about the apparently endless supply of remarkable women across the area. The winners, selected by a committee of past honorees from a pool of more than… Continue Reading CSBJ honors Women of Influence

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Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

In the aftermath of the 2014 election in El Paso County, we come away with some clear messages from voters and priorities for local leaders going forward. We already knew that the Pikes Peak region would go virtually all in with the nationwide Republican tidal wave. That much was obvious from the U.S. Senate race,… Continue Reading Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

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RBA honors Murphy as Business Citizen of the Year

Chuck Murphy, who has had a major impact on the Colorado Springs economy as well as historical preservation in the area for a half-century, won an honor Saturday night that recognized his lifetime of efforts and achievements. Murphy was named Business Citizen of the Year for 2014 by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, capping… Continue Reading RBA honors Murphy as Business Citizen of the Year

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Space Command in humble hands of Hyten

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Not often in life do you have the chance to sit down with a four-star general who grew up in Alabama, proudly graduated from Harvard, couldn’t become a pilot because “I’m legally blind” and yet has worked his way up to the top of the Air Force Space Command. It simply doesn’t happen. Even before… Continue Reading Space Command in humble hands of Hyten

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Business Journal moves

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Business Journal moves

Changes are coming to the Colorado Springs Business Journal, even as you read this. But we’re hoping you won’t notice them — at least not in print. After many years at 31 E. Platte Ave., we’re moving to the opposite corner of downtown. Our new home will be at 235 S. Nevada Ave., which also… Continue Reading Business Journal moves

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Buses to Denver open door for marketing

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The most encouraging local economic news this week didn’t come in the form of a company expanding or moving to Colorado Springs. In fact, most folks probably didn’t even think of the story as being relevant to the business community. But it certainly could be. Make that should be. As reported this week by the… Continue Reading Buses to Denver open door for marketing

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Sports can revitalize city’s attitude

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Two noteworthy events in the past week could signal a better diagnosis for Colorado Springs. And no, they don’t have anything to do with adding jobs or attracting new businesses. First, last Saturday night, Air Force football awakened from a long slumber and laid a 28-14 whipping on heavily favored Boise State. It was arguably… Continue Reading Sports can revitalize city’s attitude

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We have a developing crisis in a segment of the local small-business community, and it has nothing to do with the region’s economy, our endless political skirmishes or consumer behavior. But it’s a direct result of the disastrous fires that struck El Paso County the past two summers, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest… Continue Reading Post-fire insurance woes taking hold

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