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The Obama administration has been responding to questions about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the $787 billion stimulus program since the president signed the bill at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science back in early 2009. But the wheels of the government grind slowly, and perhaps the administration’s response should have been: just… Continue Reading Government-sponsored green programs keep sprouting up

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People on the Move – December 3, 2010

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The Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce has named nine new members to its board of directors. New members include: Patricia Barela-Rivera, president and owner of PBR Solutions and director of community relations for Solera National Bank. She is the former Colorado district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Damon Barry, vice president of business… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 3, 2010

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For a while, it seemed as though regulatory red tape would prevent Central Bancorp from opening a local bank branch. Central already had wealth management, mortgage, title and insurance operations at its downtown office, but had long wanted to add full-service banking to its array of services. Although the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. wouldn’t authorize… Continue Reading One year later, Central Bank and Trust is on a roll

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Business community should pick candidate now

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Come April 6, Colorado Springs will have a new “strong mayor.” The push to change the city’s governance structure to a strong-mayor form was led by some of the most prominent leaders in the business community, namely Nor’wood Development Group’s father-son duo Dave and Chris Jenkins. They pushed to get the charter change question on… Continue Reading Business community should pick candidate now

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The importance of next April’s mayoral election to the business community can hardly be overstated. Whoever fills the office will wield unprecedented power, able to single-handedly decide issues of crucial importance to business. Despite such high stakes, the business community is unlikely to unite behind a single candidate. Although some prominent business figures, led by… Continue Reading Business may remain on sidelines in mayoral race

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New twist on health care: concierge doc

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A local doctor has joined the ranks of a national medical group that some see as the future of health care but which also is being closely watched by U.S. government officials and medical ethicists. Dr. John Norton is now part of a practice with MDVIP, a group headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., that requires… Continue Reading New twist on health care: concierge doc

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Incoming CVB chief seen as a pioneer

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Business was lagging at Marriott Corp. Meeting planners had become reluctant to book conventions at its hotels, and management couldn’t figure out what the problem was. So they asked Doug Price for help. Price, an executive with Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C., will succeed Terry Sullivan as CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention… Continue Reading Incoming CVB chief seen as a pioneer

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A group of business leaders is in a race against the clock to win Colorado Springs a spot in a federal pilot program that would allow homeowners to obtain low-interest loans for energy-efficiency improvements. The program, its advocates say, has the potential to stimulate economic growth and brand the city as a bastion of green-energy… Continue Reading Loan program aimed at creating jobs, saving energy

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EDC set to unveil new ‘Think Local’ campaign

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The Regional Economic Development Corp., responding to pressure from area businesses, is about to roll out a “Think Local” campaign to help companies land more government contracts. Adopted by the city and El Paso County governments, the program will begin in January. The “Think Local” resolution encourages governments as well as businesses and consumers to… Continue Reading EDC set to unveil new ‘Think Local’ campaign

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Cooking up profits at GOG Gourmet

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Garden of the Gods Gourmet has created a vibe around food that has whisked it from the blended seasonings business five years ago to a multi-faceted enterprise bringing in more than $1 million a year. The company caters, run a small market, offers cooking classes, host dinners with its chef and throws monthly community meals… Continue Reading Cooking up profits at GOG Gourmet

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