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On the Horizon – December 9, 2011

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Dec. 13 Southern Colorado Business Resource Conference The Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center will host its second Southern Colorado Business Resource Conference from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pueblo Convention Center. The event is free and will feature a Resource Exhibit Hall with a variety of community business resources and service providers… Continue Reading On the Horizon – December 9, 2011

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Kudos! – December 8, 2011

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Choral Society names finalists The Colorado Springs Choral Society has named finalists for their annual award in excellence, which recognizes those who “serve the Pikes Peak Region by celebrating the human voice in song and its power to rejoice, console, educate, enrich, unite, and inspire.” This year’s finalists are: Dr. MaryAnn Brilleslyper, Discovery Canyon Campus… Continue Reading Kudos! – December 8, 2011

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People on the Move – December 8, 2011

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Lon Rathmell has joined Pikes Peak National Bank as a commercial loan officer and will work with local small businesses. Rathmell holds an MBA in finance from UCCS and will be located at the N. Academy Branch of Pikes Peak National Bank. He previously held commercial loan officer positions at Washington Mutual, Vista Bank and… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 8, 2011

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John and Margot Lane played a large role in the Colorado Springs community for decades. John was president of Lane Affiliated companies and expanding the family’s Pepsi Cola bottling franchise in Colorado Springs, Arizona and New Mexico. Their son Phil Lane is chairman of the Regional Leadership Forum, an offshoot of the Operation 6035 economic… Continue Reading Lane’s $4 million will fund UCCS/Peak Vista project

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Delegation can be a touchy subject for business owners. They often find it hard to relinquish control but failure to delegate can cause problems. Frequently overworked, they can experience severe burn-out from carrying too many responsibilities, and many of the jobs they’re handling aren’t the best or most profitable uses of their time. Too many… Continue Reading Owners should learn to embrace the ‘D-word’ (delegation)

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Downtown dreams still struggle toward reality

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This is the first in a three-part series about downtown Colorado Springs.
This first story explores ideas about downtown rejuvenation. The following two stories will examine barriers to downtown growth and opportunities for overcoming them. Continue Reading Downtown dreams still struggle toward reality

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Memorial’s new lease might drive up prices

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Hospital systems vying to lease Memorial could end up passing along the millions of dollars of lease costs on to customers through higher costs for care. It’s happened before and could happen here if cost controls aren’t spelled out in the new lease, said Dr. Steve Berkshire, a professor and director of health administration for… Continue Reading Memorial’s new lease might drive up prices

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Inappropriate sexual remarks to co-workers Inconsistent productivity Reduced profit Disparaging comments about the company left on Facebook Taking money from a cash register. These are all real examples that have forced employers to terminate jobs. No business owner wants to be put in the position of having to fire someone or have lay-offs but sometimes… Continue Reading When you terminate an employee, take care to avoid lawsuits

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Retail pessimism dashed away

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Black Friday and weekend holiday sales were strong throughout the country and Colorado Springs was no exception. Traffic was heavy at the city’s shopping malls, and several stores reported higher sales this year than last. Independent shops also saw a surge of activity. Retailers cited several factors they believe created improvements. A strengthening economy, earlier… Continue Reading Retail pessimism dashed away

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Dr. Gary Coulter, a retired Air Force Colonel, has been named director of education for the National Museum of World War II Aviation, a massive project to create the nation’s first museum dedicated to WWII flight. The musem project is a partnership between WestPac Restorations and several local businessmen and pilots. It’s an effort to… Continue Reading Coulter leading WW II Aviation Museum education effort

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