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On the Horizon – August 9, 2012

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Aug. 15 Bestway recycling center tour Colorado Springs Office of Innovation and Sustainability hosts a lunch-n-learn at Bestway Recycling’s material recovery facility from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. at 4005 Interpark Drive. Close-toed shoes are required. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches. Attendees have a chance to win a door prize tote bag made from… Continue Reading On the Horizon – August 9, 2012

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Bud Shepard: a modern-day pioneer

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When the news came this week, not many residents of Colorado Springs heard about it or comprehended its meaning. They had no way of knowing how much Omer “Bud” Shepard, who passed away in Arizona at the age of 82, influenced this city’s evolution from a small, sleepy town beside the mountains to a thriving… Continue Reading Bud Shepard: a modern-day pioneer

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Winning your gold

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As we watch the amazing feats of athleticism performed by thousands of dedicated Olympic athletes from all over the world, I wonder how many people devote Olympian time, energy, discipline, and focus to their passions, their dreams, or their businesses. What can business leaders learn from Olympic athletes? 1. Get great advice. Listen to smart… Continue Reading Winning your gold

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Mandatory service

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Years ago one of my daughters thought she wanted to become a politician. When asked what would prepare her, she confidently answered that she’d need to enlist in the military. If I’m going to approve funding for wars, she said, I should know what it’s like to fight in one. Perhaps she was influenced by… Continue Reading Mandatory service

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Fountain getting the added commerce it wants

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South of Colorado Springs and cheek-to-cheek with Fort Carson, plans are brewing for a new commercial development on more than 100 acres in Fountain. The proposed center could take off quickly in the quiet suburb that’s eager to grow up. Fountain’s commercial centers have been a flurry of activity with intense growth even through one… Continue Reading Fountain getting the added commerce it wants

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Lower rents changing downtown tenant mix

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When Kati Brewer started looking for a downtown storefront for her Pure Nutrition shop earlier this year, she was blown away by the affordability off Tejon Street. Continue Reading Lower rents changing downtown tenant mix

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Crowdfunding’s rapid evolution

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Crowdfunding has become the new frontier for adventurous entrepreneurs looking to finance their budding businesses. Continue Reading Crowdfunding’s rapid evolution

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If you think the Chamber will be different following its merger with the EDC, it will. The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, which champions small businesses, is now married to an organization that champions large-scale and manufacturing businesses, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. And like any marriage, there’s going to be compromise.… Continue Reading Chamber’s marriage to EDC still taking shape

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Tucked away in a downtown alley off Tejon Street is a simple, quiet workshop where one of the region’s few formally trained luthiers brings violins and cellos to life. Continue Reading Hidden treasure: Musical mystery resides in alley

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El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman leaned back in his chair and chuckled. “We get a lot of people coming in here to complain that their assessment is too high,” he said. “I don’t think that we’ve ever had anyone complain that it was too low.” Lowderman and his chief appraiser, Mark Blucher, were addressing… Continue Reading Here’s how a property’s value can fluctuate wildly

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