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Springs Salsa firming up its bottom line

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Dorie and Mark Wexler danced into the Colorado Springs fitness scene five years ago with a saucy Latin-inspired dance workout called “Zumba.” They shook their hips in karate studios and high school gymnasiums — any place in southern Colorado, really, where a group could get their merengue on — and in 2006 they opened Springs… Continue Reading Springs Salsa firming up its bottom line

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In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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It’s a new year, and as I checked in with family, friends, and colleagues, there seemed to be a higher than usual prevalence of illness, from the common cold to surgeries. Looking for reasons, I learned that it was due to more than the fact that people are just working harder than ever before. It… Continue Reading In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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There’s good and bad news for the health care reforms passed last year (and which Republicans hope to decimate this year). First the good: Thanks to the law, a record amount of money was recovered from fraudulent Medicare claims last year. The Department of Health and Human Services recovered a total of $4 billion last… Continue Reading Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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A major contributor to the Great Recession of 2008-2009 was the decline in home prices. For the average household, the equity in their home is their largest asset, comprising a significant portion of their wealth. Wealth dropped an unprecedented $17.5 trillion over the seven quarters between mid-2007 and early 2009. We are beginning to see… Continue Reading Housing market shows consumers are ready to spend

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“What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly” by Paco Underhill c.2010, Simon & Schuster $25, 214 pages, includes index “Go ask your father.” Yeah, there’s a good chance you heard that a time or two during your childhood. Or this: “Just wait til your father gets home.” And though your mother uttered those two sentences… Continue Reading Book Review: “What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly”

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One of the more interesting trends of the downturn saw those with discretionary income begin to buy “experiences” to create memories, rather than purchasing yet another flat-screen TV or some other material item. One of the regional tourist attractions that benefited from this shift in the consumer psyche was The Royal Gorge Route Railroad in… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Railroad steams ahead despite downturn

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People on the Move – January 28, 2011

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The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families, has named Christopher J. Flynn as its new president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining PenFed, he was president and chief executive officer of Primary Bank in Peterborough, N.H. The Better Business Bureau… Continue Reading People on the Move – January 28, 2011

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WWII Aviation Museum needs your support

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A group of businessmen and pilots, some from Colorado Springs and some from across the country, are hoping to build The National Museum of World War II Aviation in our fair city. It’s an ambitious — glorious, really — undertaking that deserves our support. Minneapolis businessman and aviation buff Jim Fry chose Colorado Springs for… Continue Reading WWII Aviation Museum needs your support

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As illustrated in various businesses over the past century, labor unions tend to serve the short-run interests of their members quite well. But unionized industries and consumers don’t fare so well. Consider unions and major league sports. The potential exists over the coming two years that consumers — that is, sports fans — will suffer… Continue Reading Labor unions and sports: It’ll be the fans who suffer

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