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If Memorial Health System makes it onto the November ballot, and if voters choose to turn it into a nonprofit, it will need a new board of directors. The task force charged with studying the change is considering recommending new board members. Memorial’s board is six members short of the limit of 15, so even… Continue Reading Memorial task force turns attention to board’s future

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Where do Colorado Springs jobs come from? It’s true that the city relies heavily on its public sector, employers such as Fort Carson and Memorial Hospital, for roughly 40 percent of the city’s workforce. But it’s the private sector that’s the real backbone of the economy, providing the other 60 percent. Here’s a look at… Continue Reading A look at some of Colo. Springs’ top private employers

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The Colorado Division of Housing reported last week that Colorado Springs average rental rate hit an all-time high in the second quarter of 2011 at $759 a month. But whether that’s really an all-time high and what that says about the market depends on whom you ask. Division of housing spokesman Ryan McMaken said median… Continue Reading Apartment vacancy rates prompt differing analysis

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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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