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The Woodland Park of the future could look considerably different, as Sturman Industries’ model for city-building seems to be catching fire. Earlier this year the Business Journal profiled Sturman Industries’ invitation for like-minded companies to relocate to Sturman’s 400-acre campus in the mountains around Woodland Park. The industrial applications firm hired a team of developers,… Continue Reading Woodland Station to fill hotel, meeting space void

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A bill that could lead to universal health care has cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Senate, but it has received scant support from local and state health care groups. Senate Bill 168, sponsored by Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, seeks to create the Colorado Health Care Authority, a group appointed by the… Continue Reading Single-payer health care bill clears committee

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Ric Denton has worn several hats during his career: international physics professor, company owner and business consultant. When he moved to Colorado Springs in 2004, he decided against a full time job and instead started working at the Service Corps of Retired Executives, or SCORE. Now, Denton has come out of retirement to help new… Continue Reading Denton bringing business wisdom to tech incubator

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Book Review: “Moonwalking with Einstein”

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by Joshua Foer, c.2011, The Penguin Press$26.95 / $33.50 Canada320 pages Maybe your mother was right. When she said you’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached, she might’ve been onto something. You completely missed an important meeting yesterday. You’ve left vital documents at home on the counter (lotta good they’ll do there), you filed… Continue Reading Book Review: “Moonwalking with Einstein”

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Having bought a strong mayor, what now? The mid-term elections last year brought some of the fringe radicals on all sides to illustrate how open a society we are, and how sometimes it is better to stay focused on local issues and worry about our own financial and social wellbeing. When the local Chamber of… Continue Reading Mayor’s job calls for accountability and leadership

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Who deserves the big bucks?

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When I teach lessons in business and economics, a few people, even among MBA students, will express frustration or annoyance about who actually makes the big bucks in our economy, and who, according to those expressing outrage, should earn the big dollars. Some are annoyed by CEOs of large businesses making so much more than… Continue Reading Who deserves the big bucks?

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“Look up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s….” a bright shiny object — the next program of the month designed to save the company from the perils of the market or the organization’s culture. Whether it is another restructuring, a performance improvement program, business process re-engineering, or the latest guru’s… Continue Reading Beware of bright shiny objects, or next projects

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Strong mayor candidates on business issues

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Although seven people are running for the office, the Business Journal chose to survey the top five candidates, based on campaign contributions. A brief bio of each candidate and their answers to four questions pertinent to the business community are listed below. Continue Reading Strong mayor candidates on business issues

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Strong candidates for strong mayor

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Walking away from the mayoral candidates’ forum for business leaders last week, it was easy to feel optimistic about the direction the city will be taking with the new strong mayor. Most of the candidates appeared to be focused on the right things, the city’s image and economic health, and they readily admitted there are… Continue Reading Strong candidates for strong mayor

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When Hunt Hodgkins needs inspiration while designing digital characters, he rides a scooter around the office to visit his colleagues or joins them for Nerf dart-gun battles. “The atmosphere here is so open, and everyone’s available for communication between teams. It allows us to work together and be more creative,” he said. Since 2009, Hodgkins… Continue Reading Companies believe having fun at work is serious business

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