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North Pole still has same lure

When Santa Claus needs to get away, he vacations in Cascade. That’s been the case since 1956, when the North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, was created by Wesley Spurry. Following the model of a park in Lake Placid, N.Y., Spurry and investors Art Herzberger and George Haggard brought the Christmas-themed concept to the foot… Continue Reading North Pole still has same lure

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When Colorado Springs voters go to the polls to elect a new mayor next April — only about 140 days from now — there will be at least three well-qualified candidates to choose from, four if incumbent Mayor Steve Bach chooses to run for a second four-year term. Bach, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, John… Continue Reading Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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If you read the Business Journal last week, you saw detailed reporting from Cameron Moix on the latest strong signal that positive changes are in the air for downtown Colorado Springs. The story covered local entrepreneur Kevin O’Neil’s latest aggressive venture — buying the Homburg Center complex of buildings, also known as the restored Atchison,… Continue Reading Downtown news may be the true Catalyst

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To be able to market using your reviews and testimonials, you need to figure out what your Gems are. Gems are the “why people buy” phrases. These are your sound bites, one-liners, selling points. This is the content that hooks a potential customer or client. A Gem is more than a compliment. A testimonial saying… Continue Reading Gems help market reviews, testimonials

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Rest assured, in numerous meetings and conversations already, those people who put two-plus years into the campaign for stormwater, which became the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority and Ballot Question 1B in the recent election, have been talking about what happens next. They don’t have a lot of answers for how they might have done… Continue Reading Stormwater vote could be costly

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Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

For years, there has been an ongoing discussion in this country about the state of STEM education and the viable workforce it produces — and why so few women are part of it. According to U.S. Department of Commerce data gathered in 2009, women comprise only 24 percent of the workforce employed in fields of… Continue Reading Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

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Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

Leacia Brilliant hails from Sugarland, Texas, just outside the Houston area, and when she started her Colorado Springs commercial construction company with her father, Wayne Burke, she wanted to make sure she didn’t forget her roots. “We’re Brazos Builders, and that refers to the Brazos River in Texas,” Brilliant said of her company’s name. Brilliant,… Continue Reading Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

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Chandler heads RBA, managed DaVita/CSHP deal

Debbie Chandler has a 30-year career in health care management so far, her most recent post as chief operations officer of Colorado Springs Health Partners. She manages more than 650 employees and an annual budget in the high $70-million range. Most recently, Chandler worked to create the sale of physician-owned CSHP to DaVita HealthCare Partners,… Continue Reading Chandler heads RBA, managed DaVita/CSHP deal

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Region offers robust resources for businesswomen

Whether you’re a woman looking to return to the workforce, enter the workforce for the first time or start a business from scratch, the Pikes Peak region is brimming with success stories and support. “We’ve definitely seen a steady flow,” said Melissa Marts, executive director of the Women’s Resource Agency. “We serve 1,200 women and… Continue Reading Region offers robust resources for businesswomen

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Nov. 14 Defense luncheon Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance defense industry luncheon, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Antlers Hilton, Vice Admiral James D. Syring is the keynote speaker, $40. To register, coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com and click on Events. 884-2929. Nov. 17 Job search From job loss to job search workshop, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, from 2-4 p.m., PPWFC,… Continue Reading On the Horizon – November 14, 2014

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