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Wong fires up ceramic art business in Manitou

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On the back patio of Penrose House, a small crowd gathers around Mark Wong, as he fires a ceramic vessel in a portable kiln. It’s a dark — but not stormy — night, and Wong’s firing is part of a celebration of the arts organized by Christina McGrath, who heads the Cultural Office of the… Continue Reading Wong fires up ceramic art business in Manitou

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Final look at 2012: Health care industry in flux

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Health care is poised to change dramatically in years to come, but in 2012 those changes got under way — preparing for the 2014 full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. From consolidations of health groups to partnerships with former competitors, hospitals sought to create economies of scale in the face of… Continue Reading Final look at 2012: Health care industry in flux

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Mobile businesses — throwback to yesteryear

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In a high-tech world where mobile apps and mobile Internet are the talk of the town for small businesses, there are a few in Colorado Springs who embrace the retro meaning of mobile, delivering their services right to the customer’s door. They have wheels, and will travel — mobile hair stylists, dog groomers, car detail… Continue Reading Mobile businesses — throwback to yesteryear

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Central Bank earns top status with SBA

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When the numbers rolled in for 2012 about Small Business Administration-backed loans in El Paso County, no one at Central Bank & Trust was surprised that their bank ranked in the top echelon. The bank approved $11.3 million in SBA 7a loans — the most in dollar amount for the county in fiscal year 2012.… Continue Reading Central Bank earns top status with SBA

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Food franchises find home in Springs

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When journalist Eric Schlosser chose to base his 2002 book Fast Food Nation in Colorado Springs, restaurants were opening here at a faster rate than in any other part of the country. The city perfectly illustrated Schlosser’s vision of a fast-food nation with McDonald’s, Burger Kings and strip malls popping up all over town as… Continue Reading Food franchises find home in Springs

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Synergy Realty Group 7606 N. Union Blvd. Employees: 21 Other branches: Synergy Property Management with new in-house maintenance. Years in business: 1 In his first year as a broker owner, Charles D’Alessio has seen his Synergy Realty Group grow from the six agents he opened with to more than 20. He started with 2,200 square… Continue Reading Synergy Realty Group grows a different idea

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On the Horizon – December 14, 2012

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Dec. 15 Computer class An Excel II class will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Penrose Library. Participants will learn more complex formatting, charts, formulas and sorting of an Excel worksheet. Prerequisites: completion of Excel I. Dec. 18 CC transportation study Colorado College hosts a working group meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at… Continue Reading On the Horizon – December 14, 2012

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Editorial: The big story that wasn’t in 2012

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Many of us in the newsmedia business like to sit down, individually or with our staffs, in December and engage in some wide-ranging analysis, looking back at the past 12 months and forward at what to expect in the year ahead. We’ve already begun doing that at the Business Journal, as you can see in… Continue Reading Editorial: The big story that wasn’t in 2012

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Entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Springs

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When Colorado’s entrepreneurial superstar Brad Feld told a group of Colorado Springs entrepreneurs it would take 20 years to create a thriving entrepreneurial community, they didn’t flinch. They got to work. Nearly two years later, there is movement and friction in Colorado Springs’ entrepreneurial community. Angel and venture capitalists are taking a good look at… Continue Reading Entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Springs

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Amendment 64 is now officially state law, allowing adults to grow up to six plants at home and possess small amounts of marijuana without fear of state criminal prosecution. But that’s about the only clear conclusion from the news earlier this week that Gov. John Hickenlooper certified the Nov. 6 election results. It’s not clear… Continue Reading News analysis: City examines local options for retail marijuana

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