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What would it take to spruce up downtown’s Acacia Park? More chairs, benches and tables? More trees and flowers? A café? An ice skating rink? It’s a question that Springs-based HB&A Architects has been asking the community, and they’ve gotten some creative answers The firm is leading a project to get the community to imagine… Continue Reading Community dreaming up ideas, plans for Acacia Park

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I am often asked to assist people in the evaluation of an entrepreneurial opportunity. A prevailing belief is that entrepreneurs are good at identifying and exploiting market opportunities, as if such opportunities somehow exist with or without the entrepreneur. A related belief is that if one simply improves at recognizing opportunity then one can become… Continue Reading Opportunity can be stifled by ‘analysis’

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What is the future of education?

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Developments from three places across the nation provide important information about the challenges and opportunities involved in bringing about real change in primary and secondary education. The bad news came out of Sag Harbor, N.Y. It was announced in early May that Stella Maris Regional Catholic School — the oldest Roman Catholic school on Long… Continue Reading What is the future of education?

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Though miles away from Washington, we, too, have something to contribute to the proposals for budget cuts. We are fortunate to host defense installations here — Army, Air Force, and homeland security — and therefore how the national budget goes, so goes Colorado Springs. We are constantly reminded by city leaders and the Chamber of… Continue Reading Let’s close AFA golf course

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One of the most difficult tasks any senior leader has is to manage the internal dynamics of their senior team. I have heard countless times, “I’m tired of being the kindergarten teacher — they just don’t play nicely together.” And for business effectiveness, they must. So why do senior leaders have to play the role… Continue Reading Going beyond being the kindergarten teacher

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Memorial Health System’s precipitous drop in patient volume is due to its uncertain future, the hospital’s officials say. Patient volumes are down 13.4 percent from the first quarter 2011 projections, said CFO Mike Scialdone. Volumes are also lower than for the same time period last year. Scialdone says it’s a direct result of uncertainty about… Continue Reading Memorial: Indecision is costing market share

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Cruiser Accessories, a Monument-based company that sells chrome license plate frames, has sued and been sued. It has dissolved partnerships, bought out former employees and was nearly sold a few years back. But, through the saga and the court battles, Cruiser has remained king of the license plate frame business, edging out the competition with… Continue Reading Cruiser defending its sales link to the auto industry

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“Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy!” Variations of this headline were all over the news last fall, and our neighborhood Blockbuster, along with many others, recently closed, bringing a sad ending to our longtime habit of stopping after work on Fridays to pick up a date night movie. Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 protection last September, and… Continue Reading Change, it can be your friend or it can be your foe

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Anyone involved in the Colorado Springs Arts scene knows Kat Tudor. She and her husband Bob have made numerous contributions to the arts locally, including their latest project, Marmalade at Smokebrush. Kat Tudor took some to talk to the CSBJ about Marmalade and local arts in general. What is Marmalade? Marmalade is the newest incarnation… Continue Reading Tudor’s Marmalade bringing together art, healing

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Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “bottom-up” economic plan isn’t rocket science, but local economic development officials are pinning their hopes on the plan’s ability to revive Colorado’s faltering economy. Dwayne Romero, newly appointed executive director of the state’s Office of Economic and Development and International Trade has spent his first months on the job traveling more than… Continue Reading E.D. Chief Romero wrapping up state’s ‘bottom up’ plan

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