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Ruskin making economic development comeback

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Bill Ruskin is no stranger to economic development, so he should have no trouble adapting to his new position at The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp.
Ruskin worked with the city for more than two decades, and spent eight of those years in the city’s economic development office. He left his post in 1999 to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors, including running a golf touring business.
Now, he’s getting back into the economic development game at the EDC as a local industry program coordinator. Continue Reading Ruskin making economic development comeback

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Johnson takes cue to lead Billiards Congress

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With 36 million enthusiasts and about $240 million in annual sales, the billiards industry is ranked as the eighth largest recreational sport in the United States.
The Billiards Congress of America, based in Colorado Springs, provides business and marketing support for the industry.
Colorado native Rob Johnson is the organization’s new CEO, and he’s no stranger to Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Johnson takes cue to lead Billiards Congress

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McMillon makes return trip to family business

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Denise Wells McMillon just can’t seem to stay away from Colorado Springs for very long.
She worked in her family’s furniture re-upholstery business, Western Services, but left to test the waters in other parts of Colorado, California and Florida before returning to take the position of general manager. Continue Reading McMillon makes return trip to family business

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Aldaz leading Hispanic Chamber to prominence

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The Hispanic Chamber of Colorado Springs has managed to keep a pretty low profile.
Despite its 13-year history, nearly 200 member organizations and the city’s prominent Hispanic business community, you just don’t hear much about the chamber.
Joe Aldaz wants to change that.
As of Aug. 15, he’s the chamber’s new, and first, executive director. And he has ambitions to take the organization where it’s never been before. Continue Reading Aldaz leading Hispanic Chamber to prominence

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Douglas A. Comstock has a lot to show for his life.
With a portfolio containing more than 3 million square feet of retail and another 7.5 million square feet of hotel/commercial architectural design projects, he has achieved significant heights both in his work and in his 6-foot, 6-inch stature.
Comstock & Associates’ 21-year relationship with Embassy Suites Hotels began when he designed the company’s local facility. Continue Reading The sky doesn’t appear to be a limit for Comstock

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Saccaro building bigger Care and Share pantry

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New Care and Share Food Bank president and CEO Nicholas Saccaro has a lot on his plate.
There are more than 130,000 adults, children and senior citizens in southern Colorado suffering from hunger. Last year, his nonprofit food assistance organization served 82,000 of them, providing 7.3 million pounds of food.
Hunger continued for the rest, while 9 million pounds of food was turned away because there was no place to store it.
That prompted Care and Share to initiate Recipe for Hope, a campaign to raise $6 million to build a 50,000-square-foot warehouse.
So far, the project has raised $1 million in cash and pledges and secured a 6-acre land donation at the southeast corner of Powers Boulevard and Constitution Avenue. Continue Reading Saccaro building bigger Care and Share pantry

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Whitacre showing the way home with publication

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A lot of people want to call Colorado Springs home, and in order to do that, they need to buy one.
That’s the premise on which Paige Whitacre’s business is built.
She’s the publisher of Network Communications’ New Home Group’s magazine “New Home Finder,” a listing of Colorado Springs homes. Continue Reading Whitacre showing the way home with publication

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McCord takes over as Penrose nursing officer

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Kate McCord considers nursing to be her calling. As the new chief nursing officer at Penrose-St. Francis Health System, she is facing a myriad of challenges.
Her first move: to ensure Penrose earns “magnet designation” from the American Nursing Association. The designation is awarded for meeting a series of standards – including quality leadership and quality patient care. Continue Reading McCord takes over as Penrose nursing officer

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Rodriguez builds Vista Foundation

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Rebecca Rodriguez is setting up the structure of the new Peak Vista Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to ensure the sustainability of the health care clinic that focuses on providing primary health services to the uninsured and under-insured population of Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Rodriguez builds Vista Foundation

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It was someone close to Mark Dittrich who persuaded him to become a SCORE counselor — his father.
Dittrich’s dad was an active volunteer with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
When Dittrich saw how much satisfaction his father gained from helping small business owners become successful, he knew he wanted to do the same thing.
SCORE counselors help small business owners plan for day-to-day business and future growth.
SCORE chapters began forming in the 1970s, and today there are 389 chapters around the country. Continue Reading Dittrich helping owners score business successes

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