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Ward extols the benefits of the great outdoors

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Even if you’ve never met Hal Ward, you’ve certainly seen his company’s work.
Most of the billboards, bus stops and bench advertisements around the city are the work of Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
Ward is vice president and general manager. Continue Reading Ward extols the benefits of the great outdoors

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Rundgren leads the way in business lending

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He’s nearly made a 14-year run of it.
For 13 of those years, Dan Rundgren has been the No. 1 Small Business Administration lender in El Paso County.
As Wachovia’s Small Business Capital representative for southern Colorado, Rundgren has found success in his field, and the key to that success may be found in the driving philosophy behind his profession.
He considers it his job to give away money.
Rundgren’s banking experience includes positions at a number of Springs’ area financial institutions as well as a stint as a bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Continue Reading Rundgren leads the way in business lending

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Horst seals business-to-business transactions

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Years of managing millions of dollars in corporate America left Barb Horst looking for a new challenge.
Horst wanted to start or purchase her own business, and what she found helped her fulfill her ambitions, as well as helped other people who shared the same goal.
As owner of Sunbelt Business Advisors, Horst evaluates and brokers businesses for purchase or for sale.
She estimates that 99.9 percent of business owners have no idea how much their business is worth, which is a question she specializes in answering. Continue Reading Horst seals business-to-business transactions

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Higher energy prices are just one of the factors likely to make this year’s Christmas spending a little tighter for the average El Paso County resident.
For the county’s low-income families, it’ll be tighter still.
That’s why Bart Givens and the Pikes Peak Community Action Agency are partnering with the Rock Bottom Foundation to coordinate the Miracle on Tejon Street.
The Miracle on Tejon Street will serve a complete Christmas Day meal at Old Chicago to 450 of El Paso County’s low income families.
Givens is the executive director of the PPCAA, which helps low-income families with basic needs and attaining self sufficiency. Continue Reading Givens helping to work a ‘miracle’ this holiday

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Agilent’s Schaefer has the world in his sights

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In a growing age of globalism, it’s becoming more common for corporations down the street from your house to oversee operations around the planet.
Jerry Schaefer works for one of those corporations, Agilent Technologies. He is the director of Agilent Global Financial Services, and keeps an eye on Agilent’s financial offerings around the world from here in Colorado Springs.
When his focus is not on business matters overseas, it’s at home – where he invests time mentoring the city’s young people. Continue Reading Agilent’s Schaefer has the world in his sights

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Calvin practices the art of objective analysis

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Business owners know that a professional, objective, third-person critique about how they run their operation is priceless.
But, that kind of service usually comes at a price – a big price.
Catherine Coulter Calvin specializes in providing analysis to small businesses with a more-affordable fee structure. Continue Reading Calvin practices the art of objective analysis

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Nigbur traded slap shots for premium spirits

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Mark Nigbur has a great job – making Altius Vodka in Colorado Springs.
He and his business partner, Brian Peterson, started Colorado’s first and only vodka distillery business, Pure Distilleries, in August, operating out of a warehouse near Interstate 25 and Circle Drive. Continue Reading Nigbur traded slap shots for premium spirits

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Leinweber expands to net more customers

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David Leinweber is a fisher of men – and women – who need angling supplies.
Leinweber started his fishing supply business, Angler’s Covey, in 1982 and this year moved to 295 S. 21st St. – a storefront that’s hard to miss. Made of giant logs, the building looks more like a mountain lodge than a retail outlet.
Leinweber is hoping the building will lure more fishing aficionados to his business, which offers an extensive line of rods and reels, along with everything else from boats to lip balm. Continue Reading Leinweber expands to net more customers

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Peterson embraces media challenge, change

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Television is one of the most revolutionary inventions of the 20th century, but today it's a common luxury that's taken for granted by most people.
For Charlie Peterson, it's as exciting and vibrant as it ever was, and it's a business she takes seriously. Continue Reading Peterson embraces media challenge, change

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Paulsen always focusing on making the grade

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From the time she was a toddler, education has squarely been in Marijane Paulsen’s sights.
In August, she passed up an opportunity to retire and accepted the position of president and CEO of Colorado Technical University, a job that calls for her to be responsible for the education of 16,000 students on six campuses. Continue Reading Paulsen always focusing on making the grade

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