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People on the Move – December 23, 2011

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Ann Van Orsdel, vice president of business development at Vladimir Jones, is the newest member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies Western Region New Business Committee. The committee meets once a quarter to address agency search guidelines, Request for Information and new business trends for advertising, marketing and digital agencies. Joel Gheen has joined… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 23, 2011

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A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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The holidays are fast upon us, and as we huddle up for yet another recessive year-end, the thought of lavish corporate celebration is far from our minds. Yet it’s still important to thank clients and strategic partners for their business. Oh! I have it! Let’s make an E-Card. Stop right there. Just stop it. News… Continue Reading A holiday e-card just for me? (yawn)

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Memorial Health System Respiratory Therapist Rick Weaver was recently honored for mentoring other therapists and encouraging activity in the American Association for Respiratory Care. Respiratory therapists work with lung-disease and lung-injuries patients, but Weaver has made it his mission to look out for not only his patients, but also his fellow therapists as well. Weaver… Continue Reading Weaver’s practice is to look after patients and colleagues

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. In last week’s article we looked at how to complete an assessment on your overall business. In this week’s column we want to address one topic — making money.… Continue Reading Year-end Part 2: Are you any good at making money?

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Interior designer Christine D’Alessio has a deep-seeded belief that every “thing” matters. There is no one thing or item in a room that should be thoughtlessly left as clutter. Every element of a space should contribute to a feeling, mood or sense of comfort. She has operated according to that philosophy since he founded D’Alessio… Continue Reading Market shift forces D’Alessio to design new strategies

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‘Barriers’ block downtown redevelopment

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Ideas about how to make downtown Colorado Springs a lively, fun, beautiful and enticing place for residents and tourists alike has been at the center of city discussions piece for more than 30 years. Continue Reading ‘Barriers’ block downtown redevelopment

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Commercial market’s pulse returns

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The commercial real estate outlook is a little rosier for 2012, thanks in large part to Wal-Mart and nonprofit organizations. Although office vacancies remained unchanged this year, retail and industrial vacancies dropped some, according to Sierra Commercial Real Estate. Throughout the city, office vacancies are about 17 percent — but that number trends higher in… Continue Reading Commercial market’s pulse returns

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Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. Over the next few weeks, we want to discuss some areas of assessment that should be considered as you begin to plan for next year. Next week we’ll look… Continue Reading Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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The start of the crucial holiday shopping season in November helped fuel the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-buying Americans spent more on clothing and electronics, and sales of autos and furniture also rose. Still, the overall gain was the smallest since June. Consumers pulled back on some purchases unrelated to holiday shopping,… Continue Reading Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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Maj. John Bennett leads The Salvation Army in El Paso County. Those who volunteer to serve in the army teach the Bible and work to meet basic human needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Each holiday season, those servants ring the bells that call attention to The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles, and call… Continue Reading The Salvation Army’s Bennett ringing in the sheaves

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