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A flurry of frozen yogurt businesses have blown into town during the last few months, expanding not only the city’s desert options but its teen job market as well. The city’s burgeoning frozen yogurt industry, eight shops in all, will add about 100 jobs in Colorado Springs before the third quarter of 2011 is over.… Continue Reading Yogurt fad blankets city with shops, teen jobs

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People on the Move – July 8, 2011

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Kumar & Associates has hired Phil Jackson as a staff engineer in its Colorado Springs office. Jackson graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Kumar & Associates, Inc. is a consulting engineering firm specializing in geotechnical engineering, environmental sciences,… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 8, 2011

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On the Horizon – July 8, 2011

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July 12 Chamber University – Social Media The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a class about social media from 8 to 9 a.m. July 12. The following topics will be discussed: Social Media 101: tour of the trade tools Engage & Interact: Why opening a Facebook Page isn’t enough Playing by the Rules:… Continue Reading On the Horizon – July 8, 2011

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5 Star Bank is providing the financing for The O’Neil Group’s purchase of 6 N. Tejon St.,the former Chase Bank building. It’s one of the largest deals for the local bank, and CEO Mike League hopes that it is only the first of many between his bank and defense companies. “We’re dependent on the Department… Continue Reading 5 Star Bank staking its claim on defense contractor loan business

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As temperatures rise, the real estate market heats up. Summertime means a surge of real estate activity, which comes as no surprise to Colorado Springs real estate agents. They know it’s home-buying season. “We’re in a challenging market right now because of the recession,” said Joe Clement, broker owner of Remax Properties in Colorado Springs.… Continue Reading Springs’ Realtors in gear for home-buying season

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There’s a man who has been calling Judy Hardwicke, a deputy at the El Paso County Treasurer’s Office, for months asking why he keeps getting the tax bill for a property he lost in foreclosure more than a year ago. “I’ve been watching it since February,” Hardwicke said. “The foreclosure sale was in March, 2010.”… Continue Reading Tax bills mount when deeds aren’t transfered

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Memorial is our very own golden goose

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If we allow common sense rather than rhetoric to govern our decisions, Memorial Hospital should remain a municipal entity, with the minimal governance it has endured for years. It’s not simply that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” or that conservatives like the status-quo, or that the older we get we fear change, but… Continue Reading Memorial is our very own golden goose

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The U.S. Supreme Court mixed things up at the end of its annual term with a decision on video games. A 7-2 Court majority struck down a California law barring the sale of violent video games to minors, requiring the packaging of such games to be labeled with “18,” and imposing a fine up to… Continue Reading Video games, parents and the First Amendment

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Best practices for changing a culture

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If you have moved from one organization to another anytime in your career, you know that every company has its own unique culture. Culture is defined as the beliefs, values, norms, and attitudes that form a group’s patterns of thought and action. Put another way, culture can be thought of as “unwritten rules about the… Continue Reading Best practices for changing a culture

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Editor’s note: The Young Professional One on One is a new feature. Each week the Business Journal will interview an up-and-comer from the Springs business community. Know someone who should be featured? Send suggestions to editorial@csbj.com. Etienne Hardre spent years working in several large accounting and finance businesses, where he honed his financial management and… Continue Reading Success and stability have Hardre staying put

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