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Cruiser Accessories, a Monument-based company that sells chrome license plate frames, has sued and been sued. It has dissolved partnerships, bought out former employees and was nearly sold a few years back. But, through the saga and the court battles, Cruiser has remained king of the license plate frame business, edging out the competition with… Continue Reading Cruiser defending its sales link to the auto industry

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“Blockbuster Files for Bankruptcy!” Variations of this headline were all over the news last fall, and our neighborhood Blockbuster, along with many others, recently closed, bringing a sad ending to our longtime habit of stopping after work on Fridays to pick up a date night movie. Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 protection last September, and… Continue Reading Change, it can be your friend or it can be your foe

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Anyone involved in the Colorado Springs Arts scene knows Kat Tudor. She and her husband Bob have made numerous contributions to the arts locally, including their latest project, Marmalade at Smokebrush. Kat Tudor took some to talk to the CSBJ about Marmalade and local arts in general. What is Marmalade? Marmalade is the newest incarnation… Continue Reading Tudor’s Marmalade bringing together art, healing

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Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “bottom-up” economic plan isn’t rocket science, but local economic development officials are pinning their hopes on the plan’s ability to revive Colorado’s faltering economy. Dwayne Romero, newly appointed executive director of the state’s Office of Economic and Development and International Trade has spent his first months on the job traveling more than… Continue Reading E.D. Chief Romero wrapping up state’s ‘bottom up’ plan

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A high school civics education program created by Fourth Judicial District judges is catching the eye of other educators and moving forward with a goal of statewide implementation. More than 2,000 students in the Pikes Peak region have participated in the program, called Judicially Speaking, Judge David Shakes said. The program is designed to inform… Continue Reading Local judges’ education program could go statewide

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Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane. Think way back to 2006 with me, the dark ages before the iPhone and social media. Remember when a phone was just a phone, and a computer was a computer, and so on? Fast-forward to today, where users can customize the interface for any device or website… Continue Reading Continue to customize, but be aware of security needs

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People on the Move – May 13, 2011

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Home Front Cares has announced a number of new board member positions, including Lt. Gen. Edward Anderson (Ret.) board chair and Al Batey as board vice chair. Other board members include John Radcliffe, John Sikora, Elizabeth Stolfus, Duane Jansen, Andy Cain, Tom Daschbach, Alan Gregory, Jan Murphy and Michelle Rau. Advisory board members include Keith… Continue Reading People on the Move – May 13, 2011

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On the Horizon – May 13, 2011

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May 13 Funding Your Business The Small Business Development Center will host a class for businesses looking for money to start or expand their business. Taught by a local banker, topics covered include business loans over $100K, micro loans, and SBA loans. The seminar will also explain the lending process and what lenders are looking… Continue Reading On the Horizon – May 13, 2011

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There’s an electricity and excitement on stage at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic that CEO Nathan Newbrough said he feels growing. The orchestra has gone through some dark times financially. “And we’re not out of the woods yet,” Newbrough said. “We still have a lot of work to do.” But the organization is bigger and stronger… Continue Reading Philharmonic focusing on financial performance

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A medical marijuana bill that drew a warning from a U.S. Attorney appears set to pass both chambers of the General Assembly in the waning days of the session. But whether it helps the fledgling industry — or threatens it — is open to debate. House Bill 1043 loosens some restrictions on the state’s medical… Continue Reading Marijuana industry undaunted by federal threats, regulations

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