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Like it or not, the 2012 presidential election season is well under way. With the first Republican primary coming in January — a little more than five months away — candidates already have been raising money, and crisscrossing key early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Heck, the first debate among GOP candidates… Continue Reading The early outlook for President Obama’s re-election effort

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Let’s look outside the military for brand

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We all have strengths and weaknesses, and we all try to capitalize on our strengths. Colorado Springs has plenty of strengths, but I’m not sure we’re capitalizing on the right ones. City officials and economic development gurus in our town have for years clamored to attract and promote military installations and their subcontractors after realizing… Continue Reading Let’s look outside the military for brand

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What do you think is the chance that in the next 12 months customers will raise the bar and demand more from companies they do business with? And what is the chance that during this same period our employees will expect a raise after so many years of cuts and salary freezes? The result will… Continue Reading Competitive advantage begins with customer focus

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Remember the 1979 tune, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles? Here’s round two: the smartphone is well on its way to killing the laptop. Everyone’s talking about it, venture capitalists, users, developers. It’s happening. I started noticing the reality of this trend when I saw an iPhone app that I could use to… Continue Reading Laptop being replaced by a younger, thinner model

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by Douglas Edwards c.2011, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The meeting is at 4. You’re giving a presentation. It’s not done. But you know what to do: you go online, type a few words into a rectangular box, hit “enter” and — ta da! — find what you need and save your own bacon. Oh, and you… Continue Reading Book Review: I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

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On the Horizon – August 5, 2011

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Aug. 8 Minding Your Business Starting or growing a business? Learn how to do research on your competition, vendors and target market from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Learn everything you need to know to write a business plan, find financing, marketing, demographics and more. Register online at… Continue Reading On the Horizon – August 5, 2011

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People on the Move – August 5, 2011

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Susan R. Vervaeke has joined Erickson, Brown & Kloster P.C.’s audit team. She has 28 years of accounting experience, most recently as the CFO of the Humane Society. Matrix Design Group, Inc. named Greg Severance as director of energy. Severance joins Matrix after decades of experience in public works, including energy and traffic engineering. Severance… Continue Reading People on the Move – August 5, 2011

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On the Horizon – July 29, 2011

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Aug. 2 Excel I class Learn how to create, manipulate and format a basic spreadsheet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Prerequisite: Word I or strong familiarity with the Microsoft Word program. Call 389-8968 to register. Aug. 3 CRP networking, espresso style The Chamber’s Rising Professionals will host a… Continue Reading On the Horizon – July 29, 2011

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People on the Move – July 29, 2011

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Sharon Siedler has been promoted to national director of sales and Marketing for John Q Hammons Hotels and Resorts. Siedler will represent 78 hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. She has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Stockman Kast Ryan + Co., a locally-owned certified public accounting firm, announces two promotions:… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 29, 2011

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Dr. Lance Bolton is the new president of Pikes Peak Community College. The position has sat vacant since September, when former president Tony Kinkel resigned unexpectedly. Bolton will now oversee the second largest community college in the state, which offers 150 degree, career and technical programs through its four campuses. This year, the college has… Continue Reading New PPCC president Bolton in sync with business needs

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