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CS Leadership Institute Class of 2006 chosen

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The Center for Creative Leadership has announced the members of its 2006 Colorado Springs Leadership Institute program.
The five-day program allows attendees to develop their leadership skills in the “context of challenges facing the Colorado Springs community.” Continue Reading CS Leadership Institute Class of 2006 chosen

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In every city across the nation, innovations and other contributions from small businesses are making a major difference in the way we live.
It starts with a dream and develops into one big adventure for a dedicated entrepreneur. Small Business Week, April 10–14, celebrates this dedication and encourages others to take that first step to entrepreneurship. Continue Reading Small businesses, entrepreneurs making big waves

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When are people going to figure out that solicitations promising mega-riches aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on?
If the latest news from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is any indication, not any time soon. Continue Reading Nobody ever went broke overestimating gullibility

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When Colorado and 45 other states settled a lawsuit with the four largest cigarette manufacturers in 1998, many people believed that the tobacco companies were finally paying the price for their ill-gotten gains.
What hardly anyone noticed was that the Master Settlement Agreement really amounted to a protection racket between Big Tobacco and state governments. Continue Reading It’s time to end our Big Tobacco protection deal

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Say goodbye to another tiny bit of personal liberty.
Colorado is joining the ranks of 12 other states in legislating where smokers can and cannot light up.
It appears that our elected officials don’t think that business owners are bright enough to determine whether it is in the best interest of their respective bottom lines to operate smoke-free or smoker-friendly establishments. Continue Reading Politicians again try to show that they know best

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Limited growth supporters have limited vision

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Growth is inevitable. If we are not growing as a region and as a state then we are stagnant. If we are stagnant we are dying.
What business would accept a 1 percent growth rate? I wouldn’t have a job if the Colorado Springs Business Journal was growing at 1 percent.
What are the people thinking who want to put the following on the ballot in November? Continue Reading Limited growth supporters have limited vision

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Caving in to tax hungry city officials and land developers, last June the U.S. Supreme Court gave city hall the OK to condemn your home if private builders target your land for a new, tax-generating office complex.
To block this raid on property rights, Colorado’s elected officials in Denver and residents from around the state have been busy reinforcing property safeguards. Continue Reading Perverse property ruling under siege in Colorado

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I recently cleaned out my closet and discovered an outfit that I last wore to my 10-year reunion. Let’s just say that my 20th has come and gone, so finding that outfit was a surprise.
It then occurred to me, “What can an organization carry in its human resources area that hasn’t been looked at in over 10 years?” Continue Reading It’s about time to clean out your company's closets

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Going hunting for primary employers downtown

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I often wish that I had moved to the Springs 10 years ago so that I would know the history behind some of the issues our community is facing and have a better understanding about why some things are the way they are around here.
Because of my relatively short tenure, I’m often caught asking questions along the lines of “why is it this way?” or “who was behind that decision?” Continue Reading Going hunting for primary employers downtown

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The Pikes Peak United Way has done it again.
This week the organization announced that it had raised a record amount of money, more than $5.5 million, during the 2005-06 campaign. United Way raised $5.2 million in 2004-05.
The money raised by the annual campaign underwrites local programs and services. Last year, 60 programs through 42 agencies were funded. Continue Reading United Way annual fundraising sets record–again

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