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Survey: Local businesses face obstacles

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Almost any survey of the Colorado Springs business community will produce a mixture of positive and negative results. Given that basic assumption, nobody in a crowd of about 75 local leaders should have been too surprised last week when Summit Economics unveiled its third biennial Pikes Peak Region Business Climate Survey. Just as in 2009… Continue Reading Survey: Local businesses face obstacles

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Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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Ten of Colorado Springs’ most creative minds tried their best Tuesday night to sell the merits of what they do — without actually concentrating on what they do best, which would’ve been simply performing. They shared a different mission this time, making five-minute presentations at the second Ignite Colorado Springs event of 2013, educating 300… Continue Reading Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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New partnership brings out best in local scene

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Early this year, the first informal conversations about a possible collaboration started among the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center. Sometime around June, those talks began taking on more substance and focus. Tuesday, top staff and board members of the three… Continue Reading New partnership brings out best in local scene

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Cities are not born by accident. New York, San Francisco and New Orleans began as seaports, gateways to a vast, unsettled country. Heartland metropolises such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Denver were commercial hubs that sprouted from the growth and prosperity generated by the industrial revolution. No one individual created any of those cities.… Continue Reading Pikes Peak still can turn rocks into revenue

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Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Ron Brasch remembers reading a newspaper article about 15 years ago, shortly after he had moved to Colorado Springs. The article was anything but flattering about our city and its appeal to outsiders who might consider moving here. In particular, the piece sent a critically negative message about the local arts scene and its shortcomings,… Continue Reading Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Gambucci shows what staying can produce

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Andy Gambucci came to Colorado Springs in 1949, leaving his hockey-crazy hometown of Eveleth, Minn., to further his education and play sports at Colorado College. Little did Gambucci know at the time where his career path would lead, both in athletics and the business world. He certainly excelled at hockey, and Gambucci played on the… Continue Reading Gambucci shows what staying can produce

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My drive to work each day brings me down West Colorado Avenue, through Old Colorado City and into downtown. Every morning I notice the Goodwill property that hopefully now will become a candidate for revitalization with mixed-use development. Look at it, imagine the possibilities and you can’t help but wish you had the money to… Continue Reading Mixed-use solutions: They’re all around us

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Don’t forget Crowley’s theme

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Fred Crowley moved to Colorado Springs 15 years ago from the Northeast, ready in his late 40s to step away from his life as an economist. He arrived here in 1998, amid the best times for Colorado Springs and its local economy. Soon, Crowley was turning his planned early retirement into a second career, first… Continue Reading Don’t forget Crowley’s theme

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The digital economy is getting hammered with advanced cyber attacks. As a business executive your awareness of this issue grows daily and cyber security is now weighing on your mind. You are not alone. After interviewing 588 C-suite and Board-level executives, the Lloyds’ 2013 Risk Index reported that cyber risk is considered the third-highest risk… Continue Reading Three mindsets about cyber risk: Which one will resonate?

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