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Nonprofits must brace for hard times

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Every natural disaster has its obvious victims — those who lose their lives, their homes, perhaps their businesses or their jobs. We’re seeing that now with the Waldo Canyon fire, which has stabbed the Colorado Springs area in any number of ways. And those wounds will continue to surface in the weeks and months ahead,… Continue Reading Nonprofits must brace for hard times

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While everyone agrees that The Waldo Canyon fire was a terrible ordeal, it might serve to offer small business owners a valuable lesson, to back up their data at an off-site location. A panicked client called me last Tuesday night after the fire lunged at Colorado Springs and devoured 350 homes. He wanted to know… Continue Reading Let this fire be a warning for your business

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Fires and human nature

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The great Waldo Canyon fire affecting Colorado Springs is different from other wildfires in the West because of its proximity to a large metropolitan area. This fact brings to light human generosity in the face of disasters. Western traditions have held to one of three competing views of human nature: We are either good by… Continue Reading Fires and human nature

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If enthusiasm about downtown revitalization survives fire devastation, city leaders will have to balance a downtown renaissance with rebuilding the scorched northwest side of town. Continue Reading Downtown suggestion: start with residential

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When Mike Scialdone took the job as CFO of Memorial Health System four years ago, he said the hospital’s community connection was the attraction. That connection has been at the center of more than two years of debate about the future of the hospital He weathered the controversial exit of CEO Larry McEvoy and was… Continue Reading Scialdone guiding Memorial during uncertain times

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A local dentist is offering dental assistant classes through a national program — bringing the “Assist to Succeed” curriculum to Colorado Springs for the first time. Dr. Ken Gasper said he became part of the national program because he’d hired dental assistants without the right skills to do the job. It was, he said, a… Continue Reading Dentist makes it easier for assistants to be certified

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As late as Tuesday afternoon, the optimism that typically surrounds us in Colorado Springs was holding up fine against those ominous flames and smoke looming in the mountains west of the city. We would get through this. The firefighting crews would win. There would be damage in the Pike National Forest, and tourism might endure… Continue Reading Editorial: Fire creates an immediate turning point in Colorado Springs’ history

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The University of Colorado Hospital is a success story — and Colorado Springs is hoping a lease agreement and partnership with UCH will make Memorial Health System into one, too. UCH’s list of successes is long. It’s a $900 million-a-year enterprise, employing 4,100 people, ranked among the top 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals for… Continue Reading UCH brings run of recent successes into MHS lease

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Unsuspecting mom births major business

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CJ’s BUTTer and CJ’s Unique Boutique Owners: CJ and Mark Miller 107 N. Tejon St. 344-9867 cjsuniqueboutique.com There are wildly ambitious entrepreneurs in Colorado Springs who have always known they would start their own business. CJ and Mark Miller are not those people. “Three years ago, CJ was a stay-at-home mom,” Mark said. She never… Continue Reading Unsuspecting mom births major business

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Re: Goodwill takes heat over wages

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I’m writing to present the perspective of local advocates for people with disabilities. I appreciate that your story included comment from Chris Danielsen of the National Federation of the Blind. For 73 years, the NFB has been the leading catalyst for change in the area of civil rights, rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities.… Continue Reading Re: Goodwill takes heat over wages

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