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We recently met a business owner who was telling us about her company. After about 10 minutes she left and, by the blank look on both of our faces, it was clear that we had no idea what her business did. Worse yet, neither did she. We would like to say this only happens occasionally… Continue Reading A business strategy has to be crystal clear to work

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Recycler can prosper better as nonprofit

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At the end of 18 months in business, Blue Star Recyclers has reached a crossroads. The Colorado Springs company was founded to recycle electronics waste: old computers, keyboards, printers and televisions. But each month it has come up about $9,000 short in covering expenses. Investors Tony and Mary Fagnant, owners of Qualtek Manufacturing, have covered… Continue Reading Recycler can prosper better as nonprofit

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With the commercial real estate market depressed and lending standards tight, few commercial developers qualify for loans these days. Competition between banks is fiercer than ever. It might come as a surprise, then, that two competing local banks, 5 Star Bank and Central Bank and Trust, are collaborating to finance a $3 million redevelopment project.… Continue Reading Competing banks find common ground at Ivywild

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Why would a credit union executive from Colorado Springs willingly spend two nights at Denver International Airport? The answer: Just in case military dependents arriving from Japan needed financial assistance. And it’s all part of the job. As vice president of corporate communications for Security Service Federal Credit Union, which is Fort Carson’s only on-post… Continue Reading Security Service on hand for tsunami evacuees

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Kathryn Young, Colorado Springs’ longtime city clerk, is weathering an unusually contentious campaign season. The Business Journal asked for her thoughts. How long have you been city clerk? How has the job changed since you’ve been there? I was appointed city clerk in May 1994. The duties of the job have remained consistent. The city… Continue Reading City clerk dealing with voters’ changing expectations

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New bill complicates Memorial’s future

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A last-minute bill introduced last week in the General Assembly adds a new wrinkle to the debate about the future of Memorial Health System. Senate Bill 202, introduced by Sen. Bill Cadman and co-sponsored by Rep. Bob Gardner, had to get special approval to be introduced. If passed, it stands to change the way hospitals… Continue Reading New bill complicates Memorial’s future

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The $880 million, 62-mile Southern Delivery System pipeline that will move water from the Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs has survived the past eight City Councils and carries the support of virtually every political heavyweight in the region. But there’s a nightmare possibility for Colorado Springs Utilities: What if voters elect a Council next week… Continue Reading CSU mounts pre-election media blitz to promote SDS

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People on the Move – April 1, 2011

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Marilyn Bosenbecker has been awarded the Lillian Wald Service Award from the Public Health Nursing Section for her exemplary public health nursing career. Jack Frank of Monument has been named to Modern Woodmen’s 2010 President’s Club for his achievement in life insurance sales. Michael J. Basla was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general last… Continue Reading People on the Move – April 1, 2011

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On the Horizon – April 1, 2011

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April 2 Fashion to the Rescue The Women’s Resource Agency will present the 8th Annual Fashion to the Rescue event at 6 p.m. April 2 at the Antlers Hilton hotel. The event will include cocktails, dinner, a live auction and a fashion show featuring Colorado Springs firefighters and local volunteer models. Tickets are $75 per… Continue Reading On the Horizon – April 1, 2011

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Book Review: “Dig This Gig”

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by Laura Dodd, ©2011 Citadel Press, $14.95/272 pages You suppose you should be happy. At a time when unemployment flirts with double digits, you have a job — though it’s not the job you wanted, dreamed about having or even expected. It’s just a job. It pays the bills, and that’s about it. You often… Continue Reading Book Review: “Dig This Gig”

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