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A surprising hotspot for angel investing

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I recently attended the Angel Capital Association Summit in Boston. It was the fourth time I’ve been to the event, and I must admit that I’ve seen remarkable growth and maturation of the event and the ACA over the years. The Boston Summit was by far the best attended, with more than 300 participants filling… Continue Reading A surprising hotspot for angel investing

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Bring strategic plan to life

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The other day I overheard a business owner utter the classic lament, “We spent so much time and effort developing our strategic plan, and it’s pretty good, too, but we just can’t seem to make it stick.” Breathe life into your strategic plan by designing a blueprint to support it. Create an operating plan that… Continue Reading Bring strategic plan to life

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GPS a map to aerospace revenue streams

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Global positioning satellites kept the aerospace industry — and Colorado Springs companies — aloft in 2010. The aerospace economy grew 7.7 percent in 2010, reaching a record total of $276.5 billion, and the industry as a whole has grown 48 percent since 2005, thanks in large part to the boom in GPS products. Nowhere is… Continue Reading GPS a map to aerospace revenue streams

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With the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open less than three months away, tournament Executive Director Doug Habgood is beginning to think he’s got a record-breaker in the making. “The 2005 U.S. Women’s Open in Denver set the (women’s attendance) record with 131,000,” Habgood said. “I think it’s about time for a new record.” Scheduled for July… Continue Reading Anticipation builds as U.S. Women’s Open approaches

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Stingy. Overly conservative. Flush with money but not willing to help the average business owner. These are common remarks we hear about banks. Most of these comments come from a common misconception that banks are in the risk-taking business. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Making loans is simply the process of renting… Continue Reading Want a small business loan? Think like a banker

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Larry Barrett is president of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to educate the community about international affairs. For anyone unfamiliar with the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, how did the organization start and what are some of its guiding principles? We’ve been around for 31 years now. It… Continue Reading Barrett seeks to make city residents global citizens

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Early next month, property owners in El Paso County will receive reappraisal notices from the assessor’s office, and the damage done to property values in the region from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2010 will be starkly apparent. Just seeing those dates on paper is enough to make most property owners cringe, and it’s… Continue Reading Assessor expects 7% drop in commercial valuations

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Voters this week elected six new members and one incumbent to the Colorado Springs City Council. The new council will be responsible for confirming the mayor’s appointees, appointing the Memorial Health System board of directors, overseeing Colorado Springs Utilities and fielding citizen complaints, among other duties. Here’s a look at where the new city council… Continue Reading City Council: Where members stand on city issues

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When Dave Blivin wanted to move the Global New Energy Summit from Santa Fe, N.M., where it had been for two years, Denver was his first choice. But a stop in Colorado Springs on his way to the state capital changed his mind. The two-day seminar, scheduled for April 17-19 at The Broadmoor, brings together… Continue Reading Global New Energy Summit takes root in the Springs

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On the Horizon – April 8, 2011

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April 8 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 – April 8, 2011

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