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A fraud scheme making the rounds through Internet chat rooms and auctions sites, in e-mail messages and over the telephone is costing victims in the United States time, money and not-so-pleasant chat with bank and law enforcement officials about passing counterfeit postal money orders. According to U. S. Postal Inspectors, the counterfeit money order scam… Continue Reading Consumer Alert: Postal inspectors warn about counterfeit postal money orders

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Parking structure design a group effort

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Arguably the hardest part about being an architect is finding a design solution that makes the client happy on a budget the client can afford. But DLR Group, a national firm with an office in Colorado Springs, and Denver-based Anderson Mason Dale Architects seem to have succeeded. No small feat, considering the client to be… Continue Reading Parking structure design a group effort

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Construction and commercial real estate news

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Editor’s note: The following is from Stephanie Cline’s real estate column which is published every other week in the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Further development for Westech Business Campus The high-tech neighborhood near Garden of the Gods is growing. Construction on the Westech II building, 4260 Buckingham Drive, began in October. The exterior of the… Continue Reading Construction and commercial real estate news

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Applying the principals of lean manufacturing to production processes could save jobs in America. Diane Morrissey, a manufacturing consultant and the owner of PMB Solutions, said the lean principals won’t eliminate offshoring or its total effects, but the principals can “mitigate some of the problems related to offshoring” – like job loss. Mitigating problems related… Continue Reading Lean and clean: maintaining America's core industry

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Building relationship-based partnerships

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* Name: John Ferguson * Organization: Strategic Financial Partners * Position: President and chief executive officer * Hometown: Independence, Mo. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Nine years * Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing, Agency Management Training Council graduate, Certified Fund Specialist, Chartered Life Under-writer and… Continue Reading Building relationship-based partnerships

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The fives in 5S apply to every industry

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The 5S program isn’t rocket science, but lean manufacturing in general “eliminates the waste and finds the hidden factory,” said Diane Morrissey, consultant and owner of PMB Solutions. The 5S program embodies five concepts: sort, set, shine, standardizing and sustain. Sort means eliminating clutter, getting rid of what isn’t needed, especially those “just in case”… Continue Reading The fives in 5S apply to every industry

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Marketing pairs client dollars with results

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In January 2004, a Los Angeles Times reporter wrote a front-page story about the city’s probe into the hourly rates and billing methods of public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard. The article led to the demise of the agency’s $3.6 million contract with the city of Los Angeles, and shortly after Mayor Jim Hahn canceled all public… Continue Reading Marketing pairs client dollars with results

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Civic leaders get involved and stay involved

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Since 1997, the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute has been sending its graduates out into the real world. The graduates, about 16 each year, undergo an intensive course that involves team-building exercises, goal-setting and self-assessment. No, it’s not a program for new leaders, but rather, a five-day course that focuses on honing the skills of established… Continue Reading Civic leaders get involved and stay involved

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Twenty Frightening Facts You May Not Have Known

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Excerpted from The Lawsuit Lottery: The Hijacking of Justice in America n More than 70,000 lawsuits are filed every day in the United States. n With more than 20 million tort cases a year, “going to court” has been adopted as the weapon of choice for solving civil disputes. * The litigation war in America… Continue Reading Twenty Frightening Facts You May Not Have Known

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The Colorado Springs Manufacturing Task Force has released a directory of manufacturers in the Pikes Peak Region. The purpose of the directory is to promote the variety and excellence of manufacturing in the Pikes Peak Region to the national and international marketplace, said Darl Hartnett, task force member and account manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.… Continue Reading Directory of manufacturers promotes manufacturing excellence in the Springs

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