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Mark Rohlena has been CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs since the beginning of February. Before that he was a litigation attorney for Holland & Hart in Denver; for the past five years he advised nearly 500 attorneys on ethics issues. Rohlena earned his juris doctorate from the Ave Maria School of Law, then… Continue Reading Lawyer offers new stewardship at Catholic Charities

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A program that has helped almost 1,000 struggling Colorado Springs homeowners renegotiate their mortgages is under threat in Congress this week, but local housing advocates say it is too important to eliminate. The initiative, the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program, has been dogged by administrative and legal problems since its inception two years ago,… Continue Reading Advocates fight to keep Home Affordable Modification Program

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When it comes to government and spending, two quotes from history capture the central problem. John Randolph, a Virginian and early 19th-century member of Congress, observed: “The most delicious of all privileges — spending other people’s money.” Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923-29, added: “Nothing is easier than spending the public money. It does not appear… Continue Reading So many federal programs, and so much duplication

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People on the Move – March 11, 2011

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Deana Hunt has been named executive director of Child Care Connections. She has served as interim director since August and joined the Child Care Connections staff in 2006. Clear Channel Radio has named Glynn Alan as market manager for Colorado Springs. He will be responsible for leading the Colorado Springs radio cluster operations. He joins… Continue Reading People on the Move – March 11, 2011

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On the Horizon – March 11, 2011

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March 11 Peak Venture Group Breakfast The Peak Venture Group will hold a networking breakfast at 7 a.m. March 11 at the Garden of the Gods Club. Call (719) 439-2934 for more information. Women’s Express Network monthly luncheon The Colorado Springs Women’s Express Network monthly luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 11 at the… Continue Reading On the Horizon – March 11, 2011

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Shawna Kemppainen and Lisa Green want what other couples already have: the chance to take care of each other.

Green has multiple sclerosis and is on several expensive medications. Thanks to domestic partner health benefits at Kemppainen’s work, she’s covered by insurance. The two know they’re fortunate. Continue Reading Same-sex partners struggle for health insurance

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Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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It’s easy for businesses to offer domestic partner insurance benefits, as long as they follow a few legal — and cultural — steps. Most insurance companies, for example, offer domestic partner benefits. Kaiser Permanente was one of more than 300 companies to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for its equality efforts. Communication is… Continue Reading Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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Entrepreneurship is for everyone

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I stand corrected. That’s one of the luxuries I have as a university professor. In my profession, we view it as virtuous to be wrong and to admit it. I admit that I was wrong. I do so not to garner any accolades, but rather to give myself the opportunity to advocate for a new… Continue Reading Entrepreneurship is for everyone

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By Wendy Mack and Vinnie Garufi Imagine that your firm has just completed its first employee engagement survey. The results aren’t nearly as good as you would like. What would you do? You could sit in a conference room with other leaders and try to come up with action plans that will lead to improvements.… Continue Reading Real employee engagement means involving everyone

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As El Paso County faces a multimillion dollar shortfall from reduced property taxes next year, officials are realizing, once again, how far the business personal property tax could go in easing their financial woes. El Paso County is the only county in the state that does not levy a business personal property tax, a tax… Continue Reading Business personal property tax eyed as budget shortfall mounts

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