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A bright, young workforce can act as a magnet, drawing entrepreneurial thinkers, risk-takers and innovation — all vital to a city on the move. But it has been hard to keep young people in Colorado Springs in recent years and, so far, efforts to reverse the “brain drain” here are still very much at their… Continue Reading Still at starting line: Drive to stop exodus of young talent

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It may be extreme makeover time for many of the region’s long-established retail centers. Older strip and larger malls that fall into disrepair are struggling to compete against the sparkling new centers that popped up in growing parts of town before the recession. In a report on first-quarter activity in the retail sector, Sierra Commercial… Continue Reading Even in recovery, older shopping centers face tough times

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Fomenting profits: Wine and tourism

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From all across the United States they come to stomp grapes, tour cellars and swirl and sip wines. It’s all part of the wine-tourism trade, a small but steadily growing segment of the hospitality business that has gained increased traction over the past decade in Colorado. Although relatively new to the wine scene, Colorado wineries… Continue Reading Fomenting profits: Wine and tourism

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Decades ago, Colorado Springs was home to many serious artists whose work was enthusiastically supported by local collectors. The arts scene was so vibrant that for decades, from the late 1920s to the 1950s, national attention was often focused upon the city and its artists. Iconic publications such as Time and Life published extensive pieces… Continue Reading Arts scene in rebuilding mode, one showing at a time

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The nation’s export laws could be revamped soon, raising hopes among exporters here and elsewhere pushing for changes to streamline how they do business. The Obama administration announced proposals last week that would essentially remake the export system — replacing a bulky, difficult system with a much leaner, more efficient one. At present, three federal… Continue Reading Businesses hope for streamlined exporting rules

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Graduating golf majors face rough job market

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Whittney Coon first ventured onto the Lusk, Wyo., Niobrara Country Club golf course at the age of 2. It was where locals like her parents and oil-and-gas industry executives met and played. Coon was soon hooked and began playing alongside other members. By her sophomore year in high school, she had landed a summer job… Continue Reading Graduating golf majors face rough job market

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Residents of Colorado Springs may imagine their city, with its sparkling skies, clean streets and mountain air, would be one of America’s greenest cities. After all, the city ranks high on most “best places” lists. It appears, however, that they’re too busy enjoying life here to recycle our trash. Among 100 cities rated for residential… Continue Reading Recycling in the Springs: Mounds of opportunity

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With billions of dollars in play each year, opportunities abound in federal contracting for women- and minority-owned small businesses. There are, however many barriers. Discrimination, glass ceilings and the maze of government contracting rules can all present treacherous hurdles. Kelly Terrien, president and CEO of Colorado Springs’ Summit Technical Solutions LLC, has seen it all.… Continue Reading Female tech contractor fought to gain the upper business hand

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Toyota’s worldwide recall has spawned tales of disaster and panic, causing a public relations nightmare for the company. But just how much damage has been done depends on whom you ask. When the news broke a few months ago that Toyota Prius’ and Camrys were accelerating out of control, killing drivers, it drove Toyota owners… Continue Reading Toyota trying to drive sales against wave of bad publicity

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Savvy employers haven’t waited: Although unemployment remains high in Colorado and elsewhere, they’re already doing all they can to retain their best and brightest. That’s because as the economy recovers, employees are eyeing the door. Retention is key, because the bottom line suffers when employers lose workers and have to spend time and money to… Continue Reading Employers working to sell employees on their jobs

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