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Coach takes businesses to the next level

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* Name: Chuck Kocher * Organization: ACTION International Business Coaching * Position: President/franchise owner/master business coach * Hometown: Bergenfield, N.J. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: four-plus years * Education: It should never end! B.A. from Rowan University, MBA Penn State, Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program, AA Advanced Academy of… Continue Reading Coach takes businesses to the next level

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Springs foreign trade zone going unused

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In 1984, Colorado Springs established a foreign trade zone near the Colorado Springs Airport. Zone boundaries were later changed to the Interquest Business Park area because foreign trade zone board members felt businesses in that location were more likely to take advantage of it. However, that didn’t happen, and for almost two decades, since its… Continue Reading Springs foreign trade zone going unused

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Consumers are balancing their check books. Retailers are counting their blessings. Analysts are furiously trying to calculate what exactly happened during the 2004 holiday shopping season. Consumers were relatively slow to hit the stores this holiday season. Even as the hype of Black Friday loomed overhead, fewer shoppers than expected set out to purchase holiday… Continue Reading Web surfing and procrastinating in 2004 holidays (7873)

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Construction and development are booming as the city continues to grow. 2004 was quite a year for all those folks in the real estate sector. Dozens of new businesses came to Colorado Springs in ’04, generating activity in the commercial arena as well as in consumer’s wallets. Brokers, buyers, sellers and residents have weathered a… Continue Reading Change and growth for real estate in 2004 (7874)

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Manufacturing community comes together in 2004

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During the past four years, Colorado Springs lost more than 5,000 manufacturing jobs, not inclusive of the 4,000 jobs lost in the high-tech industry. Colorado lost about 50,000 manufacturing jobs during the same period. Since 1999, 2.7 million additional manufacturing jobs have been lost in the United States. Displaced American workers are paying a price… Continue Reading Manufacturing community comes together in 2004

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Banking and technology allowed to mingle

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As time ticks by, calendar pages flip and “business as usual” takes on a different meaning, things will inevitably change. In 2004, Colorado Springs saw a few transformations in the banking sector. The Check 21 program struck fear in the hearts of those folks who habitually write “hot” checks. And as the population of Colorado… Continue Reading Banking and technology allowed to mingle

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In 2004, the retail world in Colorado Springs experienced both highs and lows, from a sales spike brought on by the return of several thousand troops from Iraq to the closing of a downtown institution. Downtown will feel loss of bookseller When the Chinook Bookshop closed June 15, downtown Colorado Springs lost one of its… Continue Reading Retail faces challenges and sees opportunity in 2004

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It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. -Ursula K LeGuin Penrose Main Hospital embarked on a new journey about two years ago with a plan to construct a new medical tower on its North Cascade campus. At the end of this journey… Continue Reading Penrose rings in New Year with East Tower Jan. 10 opening

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Vanden Broecke takes entrepreneurial route

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* Name: Kathleen Vanden Broecke * Organization: Effective Business Solutions * Position: Founder and owner * Hometown: Minneapolis * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Eight years * Education: Bachelor of arts in education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Sales training from the best, including Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Harvey Macay and… Continue Reading Vanden Broecke takes entrepreneurial route

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For most company owners and managers, growing their business is their No. 1 priority. However, for most owners, knowing how to position the company for maximum value as it grows does not come naturally. Based on this need, some local Colorado Springs companies have joined forces and are co-hosting the inaugural conference about growing a… Continue Reading Local companies host event aimed at growing a business

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