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Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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Denver businessman Brent Harl, who helped grow Bruegger’s Bagels in Colorado during the 1990s, has bought the Colorado Springs Lawn Doctor store, making it his 17th location in the state. Harl bought his first Lawn Doctor franchise, which specializes in fertilization, weed and insect control, in 1998. Since then he’s purchased existing Lawn Doctor businesses… Continue Reading Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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Jeff Hulsmann has been in the restaurant business for more than two decades — and now he’s creating the perfect recipe to turn the sleepy town of Palmer Lake into a dining mecca. The ingredients are already there, a collection of independent restaurants with diverse menus: steak and burgers at O’Malley’s Pub; Italian cuisine at… Continue Reading Palmer Lake recipe could lead to a restaurant cluster

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Local politics might lead to a different future

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It was an eventful year in politics and government — nationally, regionally, and locally. In fact, 2012 may have been a watershed year, one in which the comfortable assumptions of the past were overturned and the future became cloudy and uncertain. Elections First came the party primary elections on June 26, notable locally on two… Continue Reading Local politics might lead to a different future

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Getting bills in the mail is never fun. But getting a collection notice you know isn’t yours is downright scary. I visited my parents’ house a few weeks ago and my mom pointed to an open envelope sitting on the counter addressed to me. “That’s a bad letter,” she said. Mail for me doesn’t usually… Continue Reading It’s not me: How it feels to have your identity abused

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People on the Move – December 21, 2012

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Jeff Beauprez and Fred Wolfe have been named to the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s board of directors. Beauprez is president and CEO of eVanics and Colorado Networks, Inc. Previously, he was European market manager for a Hewlett-Packard product line. Wolfe is a construction executive at GE Johnson Construction Company. Prior to that position,… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 21, 2012

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Kudos! – December 21, 2012

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50 teddy bears donated to Memorial Hospital Foundation Mike and Sharon Bonicelli, lifelong Colorado Springs residents and owners of Nevada Auto Sales, donated a busload of giant teddy bears to Memorial Hospital Foundation. The teddy bears will be given to underprivileged children who are born at Memorial Hospital. Nevada Auto Sales is celebrating 45 years… Continue Reading Kudos! – December 21, 2012

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Top 10 real estate deals of 2012

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The biggest real estate deals of 2012 had a common theme. Seven of the 10 were apartment complexes. As Nor’wood Development Group and a few others started construction on some of the first new apartments in Colorado Springs in the past decade, investors knocked on brokers’ doors looking for existing properties to buy. Continue Reading Top 10 real estate deals of 2012

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One thing we can all agree on after our highly charged presidential election is the need to improve the American economy. One of the best paths to follow is the entrepreneurial trail that has made our great nation the envy of the world. It is clear that we need to get our fiscal house in… Continue Reading Financial cliff: How the medical device tax affects us

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Springs must avoid falling victim to panhandlers

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Growing up in New York, I learned early in life how to get along in a city where street life is active and diverse. A primary element of learning street smarts was knowing which areas to avoid. Now, as an adult and business owner, I am dismayed to see this lesson being learned in my… Continue Reading Springs must avoid falling victim to panhandlers

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Colorado Springs, as we’ve documented more than a few times, knows how to plan for the future. Over the years, our city has developed an endless fascination with studies, assessments, projections and long-range plans. At some point, though, we have to move beyond this romance with the future. We have more than enough ideas and… Continue Reading Museums can be first short-term goal

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