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In a survey of Colorado technology firms; revenue, profits, employment and outside funding increased in the last six months of 2004. The survey, conducted by the Colorado Software & Intern Association and ccintellect, a marketing, design and research company in Denver, also found that technology firms were 57 percent satisfied with doing business in Colorado,… Continue Reading Panelists tout Colorado technology environment

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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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People on the Move

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James Steeples has been named president of the Denver Metro Area for First Community Bank. He previously served as vice chairman and president of Colorado State Bank and Trust. Douglas Woods has been named president of the Colorado Springs Area for First Community Bank. He previously served as senior vice president and regional business banking… Continue Reading People on the Move

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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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Eliminating waste – a boon to any business

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All the categories in waste elimination are applicable not only to manufacturers but also to administrative personnel, engineers, the health care industry – the list is endless and industry wide. Identifying and eliminating waste is vital to achieving “continuous flow,” said Diane Morrissey, consultant and owner of PMB Solutions. “In the world of lean, there… Continue Reading Eliminating waste – a boon to any business

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Colorado College will feature two outstanding writers in March as part of its Visiting Writers Series. Barry Lopez, National Book Award-winning environmental writer, will read from and sign his works at 7 p.m. March 2 in Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall. The reading is free. Lopez, essayist, short-story writer and international traveler,… Continue Reading Decorated wordsmiths Lopez, Whythe to speak in Springs

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Are you sue-worthy?

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Special to the Business Journal In an increasingly litigious and greedy society, you don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to be sued. You might not think that you’re a juicy target for a lawsuit. While you might have a few assets, or a thriving small business, or a home that’s nice but far from ostentatious,… Continue Reading Are you sue-worthy?

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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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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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