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Summer is arriving in the Pikes Peak region, and with it comes the usual hordes vacationing masses — literally numbering in the hundreds of thousands — driving their way to or through Colorado on vacation. We know many plan to stop in the Colorado Springs area, even if this isn’t their primary destination. Most likely… Continue Reading Editorial: We must make room for good ideas

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Laying a business, and dreams, to rest

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Shakespeare’s famous line, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him,” came to mind as I boarded my flight to New York to close my Spanish restaurant Mercat, which is on Bond Street in Manhattan. An authentic Catalan restaurant next to one of the best Italian restaurants in New York and on one of… Continue Reading Laying a business, and dreams, to rest

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What does it take to be wildly successful?

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Are these 10 statements true for your business or do you need to make some adjustments? 1. We know what we sell. We are clear about our products, services, and what we offer. We can explain what we do in 30 seconds or less. 2. We have a plan for our business, and we run… Continue Reading What does it take to be wildly successful?

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Food carts: Eating our way to better times

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Colorado Springs is getting hungry again. I can feel it when I listen to Sandy Vanderstoep passionately advocate for more downtown food carts and I hear the choruses of stomach rumbles behind her. Passion about food carts? Well, you’d understand it if you knew more about Vanderstoep and more about modern food carts. I met… Continue Reading Food carts: Eating our way to better times

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If Broadmoor Chairman and CEO Steve Bartolin wanted to move a shrub on the 3,000-acre hotel and resort complex 20 years ago, he would have encountered a lot of grumbling and questions. Continue Reading Bartolin plots Broadmoor future with eye on the past

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When Mayor Steve Bach was campaigning last spring, his business-friendly platform included vows to create jobs, streamline the development review process and end the business personal property tax. Continue Reading Bach supporters are many, despite stagnation

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To readers of the Business Journal: As of the date on this issue, Friday, June 1, the city’s weekly business newspaper returns to local ownership. It looks the same, which is intentional, and in fact even the company’s name remains intact: Colorado Publishing Co. But the hope is that you’ll notice improvements in the weeks… Continue Reading New era for CSBJ

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It’s exciting to be back at CSBJ! I’ve missed writing about business during the past 18 months. In Colorado Springs, the biggest stories are at the nexus of politics, business and belief — religious or secular. Take the strange and scarcely believable saga of the Banning Lewis Ranch, which in 25 years has gone from… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Prepare for future pitches of progress and prosperity

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Cripple Creek casino operators hope rising revenues will make up for a tax increase the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission approved last week. The commission reversed a 5 percent tax decrease on the gaming industry that cost the commission’s previous members their seats. Casino operators had asked the commission in spring 2011 for a 10… Continue Reading Cripple Creek’s casinos grapple with tax increase

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Tanner Antcliff is surrounded by death.

As owner of Crime and Trauma Scene Cleaners, he shows up when the police, paramedics and firefighters leave. Continue Reading Crime-scene cleanup is a gruesome, risky endeavor

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