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On the Horizon – February 4, 2011

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Feb. 9 Building relationships to build your business The Small Business Development Center will host a class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 about how to develop a strategic approach to attaining business goals, the basics of social networking and relationship marketing and how to develop a plan to achieve social networking success.… Continue Reading On the Horizon – February 4, 2011

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The unemployment rate is one of the most closely watched, yet least understood pieces of economic data. On the surface it appears simple: in December the Colorado Springs unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, while Pueblo’s was an even higher 10.3 percent. Doesn’t that mean that around 10 percent of adults in southern Colorado who wanted… Continue Reading The real jobs numbers aren’t where you think they are

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Technology at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is helping Jill Wirthlin regain her life one step at a time. Wirthlin, a mother of four children under the age of 7, suffered a major heart attack and subsequent brain damage just before Thanksgiving. Doctors kept her in a medically induced coma for three weeks, and a few days… Continue Reading Tech, toys helping rehabilitation patients in recovery

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Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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Dr. Toni Green finds it hard, impossible really, to maintain any distance from her patients. A surgeon who recently opened a new practice associated with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Green specializes in the type of surgeries that breast cancer patients undergo. “I chose this type of surgery because it allows me to build a relationship… Continue Reading Toni Green: Snowboarding cancer surgeon

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Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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By James Moore The recent City Council decision to defer a vote on the future of Memorial Health System is prudent and one the board of trustees of Memorial supports. There are many misunderstandings about Memorial Health System and what an ownership change would really mean for our community. To be fair, health care is… Continue Reading Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Less than two years ago, the Colorado hospital fee passed with much fanfare and to the great relief of the state’s hospitals. The fee is expected to bring in more than $800 million for Medicaid to provide insurance for the state’s poor and indigent. It would allow thousands of children to be seen by doctors… Continue Reading Foes target Colorado’s new hospital fee

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Giving tourism industry the respect it deserves

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We’re all just getting to know Doug Price, the new chief of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, but I’ve discovered something about him that should resonate with many: Several years ago, while still living and working in Washington, D.C., Price was in the Springs on a business trip and, as he tells it, was walking… Continue Reading Giving tourism industry the respect it deserves

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Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

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It all sounds so good, so promising, so bright. But there are two big problems with the south Academy Boulevard redevelopment plans that were released last week: They’re unrealistic and misguided. While there’s little argument that the 6-mile retail district along Academy Boulevard between Drennan and Maizeland roads is not what it used to be… Continue Reading Academy Boulevard plans should be reworked

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CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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Targeting tourists, conventioneers After struggling through deep budget cuts last year, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has put its marketing efforts into high gear. To pull it off, the CVB increased its marketing budget by 32 percent, from $895,606 to $1.18 million. It was able to do so because its share of the… Continue Reading CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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American Electric ready for next level

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A Palmer Lake battery company is transforming itself into an electric vehicle design shop in hopes of grabbing a share of the fast-growing industry. American Electric Vehicles has already developed and designed an electric “micro-bus” that it hopes will catch on with schools and others. AEV says it has the technological know-how, the product and… Continue Reading American Electric ready for next level

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