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I know the big, sexy TVs out there are hard to resist, especially now that the manufacturers are talking about “The NFL Live in 3D in your living room.” But I’m going to try to save you a lot of cash (although I suspect you’ll go and buy a new TV anyway). The television itself,… Continue Reading The television moves from dumb box to smart console

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By Nancy Lublin It’s budget time, and you’ve been going over your plans for 2011, just like you do every year when the calendar turns over. And as your eyes sweep over the pages, several words come to mind. Thin. Slim. Small. Cut, slash, eviscerate, butcher, chop and several other euphemisms for painful carving. Also:… Continue Reading Book Review: “Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business”

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Pilates and yoga have replaced dance aerobics. Kettle-bells have replaced dumbbells, and now even the traditional strength machines are getting a modern twist. Sports fitness is experiencing a renaissance, and one Colorado Springs man is capitalizing on the city’s reputation as an amateur sports mecca and his own reputation as a strength equipment designer. A… Continue Reading Springs-made Simplicity machines exercising basic principles

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Major opportunities in the movie world

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My inner nerd is jazzed about the summer movie season. Meanwhile, the economist in me is both excited and concerned about how the digital economy will affect Hollywood. On the nerd front, the summer schedule is crowded with superheroes on the big screen, with “Thor” released on May 6, followed by “Green Lantern” (June 17),… Continue Reading Major opportunities in the movie world

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Much of the existing advice on change assumes that the people who are leading a change are the same people who conceived it. Unless you work in a very small organization, that is usually not the case. Think about your own experience with leading change projects. How often were you the originator of the idea?… Continue Reading Clarifying roles is critical when cascading change

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Profiting from your mistakes

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Nobody likes making mistakes but we’ve all made them. You can’t run a business without making mistakes and we’ve sure made our share. Over the years, we’ve bought things we shouldn’t have bought, misjudged the direction of opportunities, failed to conduct adequate research before jumping into something, and made unfortunate hiring and partnership choices. If… Continue Reading Profiting from your mistakes

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Westside B&B owners making a neighborly move

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After 25 years of sharing their home with thousands of guests from around the world, Sallie and Welling Clark are about to move into a space of their own. But, the owners of the Holden House Bed and Breakfast Inn near the Old Colorado City district are not going far. In 2009, the couple bought… Continue Reading Westside B&B owners making a neighborly move

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B.J. Scott has seen Peak Vista Community Health Centers through a time of tremendous growth — and incredible challenge as the worsening economy led more people to seek services at the safety net clinic. Peak Vista is a private, nonprofit health center that has treated patients in the Pikes Peak region since 1971. The clinic… Continue Reading B.J. Scott making the move to Peak Vista Foundation

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On the Horizon – April 29, 2011

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May 2 Final Mayoral Debate The final mayoral debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 2 at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 Cascade Ave. Doors open 5 p.m. Reception for candidates and new council members will follow. Open seating tickets are available through TicketsWest (www.ticketswest.com), the Pikes Peak Center and the World Arena box office,… Continue Reading On the Horizon – April 29, 2011

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Apartment hunters in Colorado Springs have had it pretty easy the last 10 years — low rates, big incentives and lots to choose from. Not anymore. The Colorado Division of Housing released quarterly apartment vacancy statistics last week, which confirmed what people in the industry already knew — vacancies are at an all-time low. Colorado… Continue Reading Military, foreclosures shaping apartment rental market

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