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Health care growth expected locally in ’14

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Leaders of the health care industry in Colorado Springs foresee great growth ahead, according to conversations with representatives of Penrose-St. Francis Hospital, Memorial Health Systems and Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Peak Vista Some of the growth was announced late in 2013, including the merger between Peak Vista and Plains Medical Center. This merger will… Continue Reading Health care growth expected locally in ’14

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New political year looks similar, but it’s not

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose — or, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As we entered 2013, the Denver Broncos were 13-3 and hopefully bound for the Super Bowl. The Pikes Peak region was recovering from a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes, the local economy was enjoying… Continue Reading New political year looks similar, but it’s not

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Local real estate forecast healthy for 2014

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Local real estate forecast healthy for 2014

A key indicator of economic vitality in any metropolitan area is the health of its real estate market, and Colorado Springs is no different. The incoming year, while as unpredictable as any, is shaping up to be positive in that regard, according to commercial and residential real estate experts. Every prediction, forecast or outlook is… Continue Reading Local real estate forecast healthy for 2014

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Compassion fatigue has impact in ERs as well

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Compassion fatigue has impact in ERs as well

Caregivers may experience compassion fatigue when they are continually exposed to traumatic injuries, often seen during war, and also inside hospital emergency rooms. Memorial Hospital Nurse Kathleen Flarity also works as a commissioned colonel in the Air Force Reserves. She has studied compassion fatigue since being deployed to Afghanistan. “I just finished 33 years in… Continue Reading Compassion fatigue has impact in ERs as well

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Key performance indicators: Any company, no matter how small, can benefit from monitoring KPIs

All too often, accounting becomes an afterthought — a nuisance that must be cranked out quarterly or at the end of the year. A different perspective, however, could change that attitude and boost business performance. In reality, accounting — by way of key performance indicators (KPIs) — ought to be a daily part of business,… Continue Reading Key performance indicators: Any company, no matter how small, can benefit from monitoring KPIs

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Springs could test drones if FAA includes state among six locations

With Jeff Bezos’ announcement this week that online retailer Amazon.com is developing an unmanned-shipping service to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, it’s apparent that the world has entered a new era of aviation technology — a world in which Colorado has potential to play a key role. Earlier this year, a team of… Continue Reading Springs could test drones if FAA includes state among six locations

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Clever marketing first defines core values

Marketing needs to start internally, first, before one ever goes public with a message. And that impetus should come from the top. A CEO or owner needs to know why the company exists — before he or she can share a core message, which goes far beyond a mission statement saying that Company XYZ intends… Continue Reading Clever marketing first defines core values

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Strategy: Create, plan, protect assets

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Strategy: Create, plan, protect assets

Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rises and falls akin to ocean waves, even occasionally crashing as breakers. The Nasdaq composite index and Dow Jones industrial average do much the same, although stock markets have been remarkably resilient lately, despite political turmoil. One characteristic stays certain — investing in one’s future remains necessary, regardless of market… Continue Reading Strategy: Create, plan, protect assets

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Local market cools, but still holding up

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Local market cools, but still holding up

Following a summer full of home sales hype, both the local and national residential real estate markets cooled off in September for the first time in months. Although the Colorado Springs market may be on the decline until the new year, local experts say it is faring better than most. After hitting the highest level… Continue Reading Local market cools, but still holding up

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Symposium addresses future of work, tech in aerospace industry

Many representatives of Colorado’s robust aerospace industry agree that their beloved field and its future are marked with tinges of both promise and uncertainty. “I’m excited to say that the day is dawning, particularly at UCCS but throughout the nation, where we’re beginning to see new opportunities — exciting ways ahead in the fields of… Continue Reading Symposium addresses future of work, tech in aerospace industry

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