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A piece I wrote in last week’s Business Journal, in which both mayoral candidates and political operatives agreed that an effective campaign would cost as much as $500,000, left one question unanswered: Where would the money come from? In past years, candidates vied for endorsements from four powerful business groups: the Pikes Peak Association of… Continue Reading Who’ll put up all that money for mayoral campaigns?

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Big decisions will be made in the health care industry in 2011, both on the local and national stage. Locally, voters will decide the future of Memorial Health System. The City Council is moving ahead with plans for an April ballot issue that will create an independent, nonprofit instead of a municipally owned hospital system.… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A decision, finally, on Memorial Health System

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Charitable contributions at some nonprofits are up; at others, it’s down. That’s why the 2011 forecast for the nonprofit arena is mixed. Demand for services has increased — especially at organizations that help low-income or unemployed people. At Pikes Peak United Way, for instance, demand is higher than it’s ever been at the 2-1-1 Call… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: Some cautious optimism at nonprofits

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Manage, mentor, counsel or coach?

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“The hottest trend in management today!” “A state-of-the-art management tool employed by the most productive managers.” Management book shelves are full of new books that speak about managing, mentoring, counseling and coaching employees. Unfortunately, alongside this flood of new books has also come confusion about the differences between all four, with some authors claiming that… Continue Reading Manage, mentor, counsel or coach?

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Al White has been a state lawmaker for years but the spotlight is about to get even brighter for the Republican from Hayden. As I reported online earlier this week, the tourism and hospitality industry is excited about the news that Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper has appointed White as director of the Colorado Tourism Office. Until… Continue Reading State tourism chief expected to create ‘single voice’

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I’m writing this on the Sunday before Christmas and thinking about my wish list for this holiday season. After all of the turmoil and tumult of the past few years, it’s sometimes hard to believe the Springs made No. 1 on Money magazine’s 2006 “Best Places to Live” rankings. It hasn’t made it back to… Continue Reading Springs’ image makeover and other holiday wishes

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Mayoral race could cost up to $2 million

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Who will win and whether a runoff will be needed remains to be seen, but one thing seems sure about the April mayoral election: It will easily eclipse every previous fundraising record by political candidates in Colorado Springs. In 2003, four incumbent council members sought to succeed Mary Lou Makepeace as mayor. Collectively, they raised… Continue Reading Mayoral race could cost up to $2 million

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The state’s trucking industry appears to be on the upswing, offering one of the clearest indications of an economic recovery. The trucking industry in Colorado, which provides 146,000 jobs and total wages of $7.1 billion, is an important bellwether because economic slowdowns show up first in the manufactured-goods sector. Customers cut back or cancel orders,… Continue Reading Recovery gaining traction, trucking firms picking up speed

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Incubator ‘graduates’ few, far between

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Despite the help they get, few make it on their own The Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, where fledgling companies are nurtured as they learn to make their way into the world, has graduated three companies in its nearly 10-year history. Two more are readying to leave the nest next year. If those sound like small… Continue Reading Incubator ‘graduates’ few, far between

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Trio finds success in being great, not big

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Two days after Randy Culver, Mark McMillen and Sean Conway were fired from Real Time Logic — a company two of them founded — they started Amergint Technologies, a firm that specializes in space system equipment. They didn’t have a single customer, but eight people from their former company quit and joined their new company,… Continue Reading Trio finds success in being great, not big

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