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State legislation could expand community college degree offerings

Colorado’s Legislature is not only filled with measures aimed at increasing the flow of funding to all of the state’s higher education institutions, but also to those that prepare to expand the offerings of a select few. Introduced by Colorado Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, Senate Bill 14-004 concerns “the role and mission of community colleges”… Continue Reading State legislation could expand community college degree offerings

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Focus: 10 companies to watch in 2014

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Focus: 10 companies to watch in 2014

In a perfect world, every company would be smart enough, fleet-footed enough and wily enough to be a top performer—without capitalism being compromised, clients suffering, or revenue declining. In reality, competition in the business world ranges from reasonable to ruthless, and success may arguably hinge half on sheer force of will and half on serendipity. In… Continue Reading Focus: 10 companies to watch in 2014

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Blakely speeds up with autos

From their new downtown office on the second floor of the historic Hibbard & Co. building, Camille and Kyle Blakely overlook a couple of skyscrapers and America’s Mountain. Spectacular views, however, aren’t all they command. With core clientele including UCCS, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, City of Cripple Creek, City of Manitou Springs, Rocky… Continue Reading Blakely speeds up with autos

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Exelis gears up with Mission Systems

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Exelis gears up with Mission Systems

In 2014, Colorado Springs will see the transformation of a longtime division location into the largest publicly traded company in the metropolitan area. Virginia-based aerospace giant Exelis Inc. announced early last month the spinning off of its Exelis Mission Systems division to create an entirely autonomous company by this summer. Mission Systems, which currently operates… Continue Reading Exelis gears up with Mission Systems

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Platinum culture fosters communication, growth

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Platinum culture fosters communication, growth

The Platinum Group was assembled in 2005 by eight real estate brokers looking for a change of pace and a niche of their own — and nine years later it seems they’ve found it. “We were really looking for something different,” said Ed Behr, partner/owner and managing broker. “We just wanted to create an environment… Continue Reading Platinum culture fosters communication, growth

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Oculieve seeks to alleviate pressure in the eye

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Oculieve seeks to alleviate pressure in the eye

Dr. Mike Wilcox studied biology of the eye for 30-plus years, leading him to develop Oculieve, a device to reduce pressure that causes blindness in patients with glaucoma. Neither preventable nor curable, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Aqueous Biomedical Inc., developers of Oculieve, seeks to “provide the world’s safest,… Continue Reading Oculieve seeks to alleviate pressure in the eye

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Hoff & Leigh expands nationally, with ‘unique’ proposition

Founded in 1987 by Colorado Springs real estate brokers Bob Hoff and Tim Leigh, Hoff & Leigh Inc. has survived the ups and downs of the Colorado Springs commercial real estate market for almost 30 years. Bob Hoff retired several years ago, leaving a management triumvirate of Tim Leigh, his daughter Holly Trinidad and son-in-law… Continue Reading Hoff & Leigh expands nationally, with ‘unique’ proposition

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ANB renovating, building multiple banks

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ANB renovating, building multiple banks

Not many bank executives can say they’re razing a structure and building a bank from the ground up. But Lonnie Parsons, regional president of ANB Bank, will raze two buildings and build two new banks in about 16 months, making it one of 10 companies to keep an eye on this year. This year, the… Continue Reading ANB renovating, building multiple banks

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Silicon Valley is closer than many may realize, and one local software company is creating a more apparent relationship between Colorado Springs and the tech world. Cherwell Software LLC has seen consistent growth and profitability since breaking into the market with its service desk and information technology services in 2007, and CEO Vance Brown says… Continue Reading Cherwell lands venture cap, grows ‘organically’

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Hiding in plain sight

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Hiding in plain sight

ConcealFab likes to tell potential customers that it hides things in plain sight. As its name suggests, the company conceals things. Things like 4GLTE towers and military communication towers. It’s a 2014 company to watch, among other things, because it is grooming itself now to work with AT&T and Verizon cell service companies on a… Continue Reading Hiding in plain sight

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