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With nearly 350 homes burned to the ground and potentially thousands more in need of cleaning and repair, local home builders, remodeling and construction companies stand to see big increases in business. Continue Reading Builders, contractors anticipate post-fire business

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The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC rallied business leaders, city and county officials, utility representatives, and bankers to form a rapid response team for businesses affected by the fire. Continue Reading Groups rally to support businesses in recovery

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A group of small business owners with a desire to give — coupled with the power of social media — turned a Colorado Springs T-shirt project for wildfire relief into a fast-growing phenomenon. Continue Reading Charity T-shirt sales ride wave of social media

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Health care leaders applaud court decision

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Mere minutes after the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, politicians from both sides of the aisle started offering their opinions for and against the health-care reform law. Continue Reading Health care leaders applaud court decision

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When you sit down with Hal Littrell, also known as “Mr. Rodeo” in Colorado Springs, you are an immediate captive of his stories and adventures. Littrell, 81, worked his way from bank teller at Colorado National Exchange Bank to bank president, to bank owner/chairman and CEO of Air Academy National Bank in 1986. All the… Continue Reading Longtime banker, volunteer joins Rodeo Hall of Fame

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As the tourism industry starts to take stock of the damage from the Waldo Canyon fire, another sector of the Springs economy is bracing for a firestorm of a political nature — sequestration legislation that could cut billions more from aerospace and defense companies. About 45 percent of the Springs’ economy comes from defense contractors… Continue Reading Defense industries track possible budgetary cuts

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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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