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Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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The Colorado Senate — just like the U.S. Congress — recently adopted the “budget that nobody wanted.” Compromise was needed to keep government running, but neither Democrats nor Republicans were satisfied with the results. “The really good (budgets) are the ones that all people hate,” said Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Co Springs, as reported April 12th… Continue Reading Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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Gold Hill Mesa’s heart beating again

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The scene outside the community center in the center of the Gold Hill Mesa housing development is a bit of a mess — dusty roads busy with workers and filled with the sound of hammers and drills and saws. It wasn’t supposed to be like this right now. It was supposed to be full of… Continue Reading Gold Hill Mesa’s heart beating again

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Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Hospitals and doctors are seeking greater commitments from each other as a way to gain economic security — but don’t call it a marriage yet. Newfound hospital and doctor commitments are likely to take several different forms — joint ventures, partnerships, employment — as the way health care is delivered changes nationwide, thanks to a… Continue Reading Doctors, hospitals reunite over finances

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Charles and Donna Schwers are selling fun. At their newly opened Splash — a downtown Colorado Springs studio that combines group painting lessons and a party atmosphere for $35 a pop — they’re selling opportunity for first dates, girls’ night out, birthday parties and even a little therapy. And people are buying. This painting and… Continue Reading Wine, beer, paint splashing around at downtown business

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A while back, Laddie was approached by a business owner who had the chance to buy another business that would complement the current operation. He was in a quandary because it looked like a great opportunity but it also carried substantial risk that would impact his existing business. He hated to lose the opportunity but… Continue Reading Opportunity might be tempting, but weigh the risks

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Mark Volcheff became executive director of the National Homeland Defense Foundation in March, after the merger of two nonprofits focused on national security and homeland defense. The foundation’s main event is the National Security Innovation Competition, held April 29 at the Air Force Academy. The group seeks to highlight the latest research into national security… Continue Reading Volcheff overseeing homeland’s Security Innovation Competition

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Legislation to create health insurance exchanges has overcome partisan perceptions and is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. Now the stage is set for the hard work — assembling a nine-member board that will create the exchange blueprint within two years. The exchanges are clearinghouses of information for small business owners and individuals… Continue Reading Insurance exchange bill on its way to Gov.’s desk

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People on the Move – May 6, 2011

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Deb Muehleisen is the new vice president of resource development for the Pikes Peak United Way. She was director of development for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for 11 years and was most recently engaged by the U.S. Census Bureau where she oversaw the establishment of community partnerships throughout southern Colorado to create awareness for the census.… Continue Reading People on the Move – May 6, 2011

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On the Horizon – May 6, 2011

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May 13 Funding Your Business The Small Business Development Center will host a class for businesses looking for money to start or expand their business. Taught by a local banker, topics covered include business loans over $100K, micro loans, and SBA loans. The seminar will also explain the lending process and what lenders are looking… Continue Reading On the Horizon – May 6, 2011

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The $38 billion in federal budget cuts announced by Congress this month will affect a number of Colorado programs, including Colorado Legal Services. The statewide legal service will lose $170,000 of federal aid, and other cuts will probably total more than $500,000, Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jonathan Asher said. The nonprofit offers free legal… Continue Reading Federal cuts have legal aid cutting service to the bone

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