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SBA heralds Veterans Small Business Week

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From Monday to Nov. 11, the  U.S. Small Business Administration hosts Veterans Small Business Week, an initiative to reach out to veteran entrepreneurs and small business owners. Veterans Small Business Week is part of SBA’s work to ensure the nation’s veterans have the tools and capital they need to start or grow a business. “Our nation… Continue Reading SBA heralds Veterans Small Business Week

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Springs listed as No. 4 U.S. military boomtown

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Colorado Springs came in at No. 4 among America’s top 10 military boomtowns, according to a list compiled using U.S. Bureau of Statistics data from 2009 to 2011. The list, compiled by Texas-based tech startup SpareFoot Inc., showed that Colorado Springs has seen average annual population growth of 2.3 percent and an annual per-capita income… Continue Reading Springs listed as No. 4 U.S. military boomtown

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Serious talk on sequestration

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Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, knew his mission on a recent night at The Broadmoor. He was the guest speaker for The Home Front Cares’ annual fundraising dinner, helping the 10-year-old nonprofit in support of local military members, particularly those families affected by deployment. Shelton… Continue Reading Serious talk on sequestration

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Military recalls many, not all

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Military recalls many, not all

The partial shutdown of government functions became temporary Monday, when thousands of federal employees were invited back to work in Colorado Springs and across the nation. Local military bases and the Mountain Post were similarly affected, according to sources who work there. Although no one has yet calculated the economic loss to the city of… Continue Reading Military recalls many, not all

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Time for city to realize aerospace’s value

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We think we know everything that’s going on around us. We think we fully understand the details, the priorities and the needs of our military and its related high-tech presence. Whether we are business leaders, elected officials or media observers, we try to keep up, try to pay close attention, and most of us feel… Continue Reading Time for city to realize aerospace’s value

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Intecon sworn to secrecy, U.S. success

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Intecon sworn to secrecy, U.S. success

In a time of shifting military operations, breaches in governmental secrecy and federal sequestration, one local defense contractor is working to bolster America’s bottom line. Intecon, a Colorado Springs-based information technology company that provides networks, cyber support and security as well as other related services for the military, has found its niche as a veteran-owned… Continue Reading Intecon sworn to secrecy, U.S. success

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AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

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AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost sees the world as a giant math word problem. The new dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy, Armacost focuses on operations research, using math to solve organizational problems. “Effectively, it’s trying to solve the world’s largest word problem,” he says. It’s an approach he put to good use as… Continue Reading AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

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Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

As the U.S. Army prepares to cut 80,000 military members — a 14 percent reduction in active-duty personnel — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came to Fort Carson last week and assured soldiers that the cuts are an opportunity for a more nimble fighting force. Fort Carson will lose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part… Continue Reading Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

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Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

Colorado Springs business leaders and retired generals have been waging a public-relations campaign, suggesting the military might cut back assets here if City Council doesn’t ban retail sales of marijuana, now permitted under Amendment 64. That’s news to the Pentagon. “I wouldn’t think so,” said Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson. “Military personnel… Continue Reading Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

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Cuts still uncertain for Defense, contractors

Sequestration was predicted to be an economic disaster — affecting nearly every aspect of government across the nation, costing tens of thousands of jobs and bringing some government services to a halt. In the first two months, that hasn’t been the case — at least in Colorado Springs, and at least for the defense sector… Continue Reading Cuts still uncertain for Defense, contractors

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