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At a recent City Committee presentation to City Council candidates, one of the presenters stressed the importance of being a lightly regulated, aggressively business-friendly city. Candidates were reminded that we compete with scores of cities better able to offer generous incentives to relocating companies, so we’d better make sure that city policies (including low electric… Continue Reading Broken record for business – when will we ever learn?

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B Lab: State benefit corporation bill flawed

Proposed legislation in Colorado to create the legal framework for benefit corporations is opposed by the nonprofit originally responsible for the idea. A benefit corporation — as defined by the 13 other jurisdictions that provide for them — is a business that puts the environment and society ahead of the bottom line. In Colorado’s version,… Continue Reading B Lab: State benefit corporation bill flawed

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NeuStream controversy won’t stop

Neumann Systems Group insists rising criticisms are unwarranted It seemed like a good idea at the time. Dave Neumann, a defense contractor with a proven track record, approached Colorado Springs Utilities in 2007 with a pilot project: a clean-coal scrubber using innovative technology that would require less water than dry scrubbers , less space and… Continue Reading NeuStream controversy won’t stop

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City candidates show different strategies

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City government went to the dogs — or rather the dog — Tuesday morning. Mayor Steve Bach gave a Spirit of the Springs award at his news conference to Swagger, the Old English sheepdog which beat out 2,720 competitors to win reserve best-in-show at Westminster. The pooch belongs to Colton and Heather Johnson, part of… Continue Reading City candidates show different strategies

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Fire lesson: Full knowledge of policies stands out as the toughest business insurance hurdle

Steve Mack, who owns the Lone Duck Family Campground in Cascade, still is sorting out his business insurance claim after the Waldo Canyon fire. His residential insurance was straightforward and easy to understand. He said his insurer worked with him and explained the policy and volunteered information about what Mack and his family needed to… Continue Reading Fire lesson: Full knowledge of policies stands out as the toughest business insurance hurdle

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CoPilot app swoops in on Incline hype

Some stories about the Manitou Incline are like big-fish-that-got-away tales. Someone knows a guy who knows a gal who climbed the Incline in less than 20 minutes, in the heat, with a pack and without breaking a sweat. No one can be sure whether the stories are true or just part of the competitive lore… Continue Reading CoPilot app swoops in on Incline hype

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Silos: Silver. Red. Multi-colored. Often standing alone or in pairs. All across America. Perfect for a farm. Not so, when conducting marketing in your business or nonprofit. Here are some examples of what I mean: You give a presentation to tell people about your organization, event or issue, but you do not mention your own… Continue Reading Silo marketing – not a good idea for your business

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Startups: Turn hard work into hard cash

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Starting a new business is exciting! But an emotional rush into action can muddy your path and blind your vision. When you stop and get your bearings, there’s a clearer path with road signs to let you know if you’re getting where you want to go. Driving fast is fun, yet even more fun is… Continue Reading Startups: Turn hard work into hard cash

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Scary sequester ride begins

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For months, we’ve been publishing stories in the Business Journal warning of possible consequences from the federal spending sequester for the Colorado Springs-area economy. Political leaders on both sides in Washington stayed upbeat as long as possible, saying the sequester was too damaging — and too indiscriminate — to become reality. Surely, even in the… Continue Reading Scary sequester ride begins

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Move to de-automate web content

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I saw the announcement this week at LinkedIn: On March 15, the professional networking site will discontinue support for RSS feeds in its groups. And as the manager of several trade groups on LinkedIn, I had to sigh with disappointment, but also nod in agreement. This move marks the trend toward de-automating content on the… Continue Reading Move to de-automate web content

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