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Hail, not fire, to blame for insurance rate hikes

After the Waldo Canyon fire tore through Colorado Springs, burning 346 homes and threatening hundreds more, homeowners were certain they’d see their insurance premiums increase. And they are, but not because of the fire. It’s because of the growing number of what the insurance industry defines as “catastrophes,” which has been mostly hail in recent… Continue Reading Hail, not fire, to blame for insurance rate hikes

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NASA urged to return to its roots

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NASA urged to return to its roots

“The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.” — author Robert Heinlein. The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation agrees, and wants NASA to return to its exploration roots. The foundation issued a report in December that not only points out the problems that plague… Continue Reading NASA urged to return to its roots

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CS tech startup moving to Denver

Growing tech startup Prosperent will move to Denver in March. The company, which manages pay-per-sale online advertising for companies like REI, QVS and Zappos told the Business Journal in November that it was having trouble finding talented web programmers to hire in Colorado Springs. Mike Christensen, company co-founder and president, said employment issues were the… Continue Reading CS tech startup moving to Denver

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An unmarked door into the basement of a small commercial building in the Ivywild neighborhood seems more likely to contain dusty storage bins and cobwebbed boxes of forgotten relics than a modern, wildly artistic and growing business. But somehow, the tiny 340-square-foot basement space is a fitting location for a start-up business with industry roots… Continue Reading Distillery 291 planning move into Bristol’s location

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It’s a new year, and time for new thinking and taking new approaches to the way you hire while attracting a diverse workforce [that includes people with disabilities]. A number of resources are available that can aid you in doing just that, and some, such as customized employment, are provided at no cost to businesses.… Continue Reading Let’s consider accessing the untapped workforce

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Colorado Springs is no stranger to divisiveness and segmented thinking. This mentality goes all the way back to when Gen. William Palmer founded the city in 1871 away from the existing settlements, as he did not like the “rough-and-ready” saloon-populated area now known as Old Colorado City. This divisiveness in our region has continued for… Continue Reading Our challenges start with vision and leadership

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City can’t ignore BRAC wakeup call

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In all likelihood, some readers of the Business Journal will not react strongly after they check out the Focus story in this issue by staff writer Amy Gillentine, extensively describing the potential threat facing Colorado Springs in the military’s next Base Realignment and Closure process, expected to begin in 2015. Calm down, you’re just trying… Continue Reading City can’t ignore BRAC wakeup call

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The time is now: Other cities already ahead of Springs before next BRAC process

It’s never too early to start planning for the next Base Realignment and Closure round of military cutbacks. But for Colorado Springs, it already could be too late. Years ago, other states started investing heavily in commissions and reports to address the upcoming BRAC process, which likely will occur in 2015 and be implemented in… Continue Reading The time is now: Other cities already ahead of Springs before next BRAC process

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Kudos! – January 25, 2013

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McCloskey named auto dealer of the year Joe McCloskey, owner of McCloskey Motors in Colorado Springs, has been named the 2012 Colorado Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s Dealer of the Year. McCloskey represents CIADA by service to the industry, outstanding business operations, and community service. As of September 2012, McCloskey Motors (which opened in 1989) has… Continue Reading Kudos! – January 25, 2013

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On the Horizon – January 25, 2013

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Jan. 29 Minding Your Business Learn how to research starting or growing a business or how to find a job in a class from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sand Creek Library. This class covers print sources, electronic databases and websites to help find information on industry, competition, vendors, financials and more. Pikes Peak Regional… Continue Reading On the Horizon – January 25, 2013

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