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When the Phil Long Expo Center closed in October, many feared it would mean the loss of dozens of expositions and trade shows in the city. Local event centers, hotels and other venues, however, are picking up shows that had gone to the center. One of the more versatile local venues — the Norris-Penrose Event… Continue Reading Venues vie to cash in on closure of expo center

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As senior vice president of Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Pam McManus juggles the needs of a staff of more than 630 doctors, nurses and administrators at 18 outpatient clinics. Peak Vista provides primary care services to low-income, uninsured working families from all over the Pikes Peak Region. What are the biggest challenges facing Peak… Continue Reading McManus helps direct Peak Vista growth, partnerships

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Springs Salsa firming up its bottom line

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Dorie and Mark Wexler danced into the Colorado Springs fitness scene five years ago with a saucy Latin-inspired dance workout called “Zumba.” They shook their hips in karate studios and high school gymnasiums — any place in southern Colorado, really, where a group could get their merengue on — and in 2006 they opened Springs… Continue Reading Springs Salsa firming up its bottom line

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In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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It’s a new year, and as I checked in with family, friends, and colleagues, there seemed to be a higher than usual prevalence of illness, from the common cold to surgeries. Looking for reasons, I learned that it was due to more than the fact that people are just working harder than ever before. It… Continue Reading In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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There’s good and bad news for the health care reforms passed last year (and which Republicans hope to decimate this year). First the good: Thanks to the law, a record amount of money was recovered from fraudulent Medicare claims last year. The Department of Health and Human Services recovered a total of $4 billion last… Continue Reading Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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A major contributor to the Great Recession of 2008-2009 was the decline in home prices. For the average household, the equity in their home is their largest asset, comprising a significant portion of their wealth. Wealth dropped an unprecedented $17.5 trillion over the seven quarters between mid-2007 and early 2009. We are beginning to see… Continue Reading Housing market shows consumers are ready to spend

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“What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly” by Paco Underhill c.2010, Simon & Schuster $25, 214 pages, includes index “Go ask your father.” Yeah, there’s a good chance you heard that a time or two during your childhood. Or this: “Just wait til your father gets home.” And though your mother uttered those two sentences… Continue Reading Book Review: “What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly”

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One of the more interesting trends of the downturn saw those with discretionary income begin to buy “experiences” to create memories, rather than purchasing yet another flat-screen TV or some other material item. One of the regional tourist attractions that benefited from this shift in the consumer psyche was The Royal Gorge Route Railroad in… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Railroad steams ahead despite downturn

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People on the Move – January 28, 2011

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The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families, has named Christopher J. Flynn as its new president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining PenFed, he was president and chief executive officer of Primary Bank in Peterborough, N.H. The Better Business Bureau… Continue Reading People on the Move – January 28, 2011

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