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Gonzalez leads fresh outreach effort at Red Cross

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Tom Gonzalez has been CEO of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross since April. Prior to that, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America for 17 years. How did the economic downturn affect the ability of the Red Cross to raise money? The Red Cross is affected in two ways when… Continue Reading Gonzalez leads fresh outreach effort at Red Cross

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High-end market could be the hot spot of the year

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Last week, industry insiders and local business leaders gathered for the 20th annual Institute of Real Estate Management Economic Forecast Breakfast. The presenters shelled out their best takes on what to expect for Colorado Springs real estate in the year ahead, which begged the question: Is it technically a forecast if you predict that nothing… Continue Reading High-end market could be the hot spot of the year

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Reborn Stargazers sets its sights high

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After an all-night rock concert featuring confetti-shooting cannons at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, owners John and Cindy Hooton and a team of 20 were up in the wee hours with leaf blowers and garden rakes cleaning up 10 inches of the stuff. Within hours, the theater was transformed into casino night with game tables,… Continue Reading Reborn Stargazers sets its sights high

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In El Paso County, Wells Fargo’s loan volume skyrocketed over the prior year during the Small Business Administration’s first fiscal quarter, which ended Dec. 31. Last year, in the county, the total SBA 7(a) first-quarter loan volume for Wells Fargo’s 19 banks was $166,000, representing just two loans. This fiscal year’s first quarter, the bank… Continue Reading Wells Fargo loan volume signals El Paso County uptick

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Employment data aren’t quite as opaque as the unemployment rate that we discussed last week, but there is still room for lots of confusion. Take the December data that were released for Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago. We learned: Employment, at 275,400 jobs, was unchanged from November, but 4,500 jobs lower than December… Continue Reading Why the local jobs picture is so hard to figure out

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While Congress delays, defense contractors fret

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It’s four months into the fiscal year, and Congress has not passed the defense budget. That inaction has CEOs of the major defense companies, many of which have offices and employees in Colorado Springs, a little nervous. The Department of Defense is operating at 2010 budget levels, which bans starting new programs and limits production… Continue Reading While Congress delays, defense contractors fret

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People on the Move – February 11, 2011

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Infront Webworks has hired Dale Warner as its Internet marketing director. He will develop online marketing strategies for Colorado Springs businesses and nonprofit organizations. BiggsKofford has hired Wendy Rowe as a senior associate. She previously worked as an internal auditor for Atmel. Rowe is a graduate of Husson University, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.… Continue Reading People on the Move – February 11, 2011

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On the Horizon – February 11, 2011

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Feb. 15 Logo Design Basics­ The Small Business Development Center will offer a class about business logo designs from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 at the SBDC offices on the UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. The class fee is $30. Call (719) 255-3844 to register. Feb. 16 Making ethical business decisions The Small Business… Continue Reading On the Horizon – February 11, 2011

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Much has been written about the 33 Chilean miners whose rescue from their underground prison of 70 days we all witnessed on TV. They were a truly inspiring team of ordinary workers who have much to teach us about how to lead in these trying times. Crises can unite us or destroy us. They can… Continue Reading Key lessons from Chile’s spectacular mine rescue

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Labor unions: From political winners to losers

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Even in politics, things can change pretty darn quickly. Consider the recent ups and downs of labor unions in the political arena. During the 2008 presidential campaign, labor unions went all in on Barack Obama. He was on board with most of their legislative agenda. Make it easier to unionize a workplace? Expand opportunities to… Continue Reading Labor unions: From political winners to losers

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