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Sixteen percent of venture capitalists surveyed nationwide named the Rocky Mountain region as one of the next regions — outside Silicon Valley, New York and New England — poised for growth. That’s not a huge percentage, but it still struck me as significant. So I asked Tom Duening, the El Pomar chair for Business and… Continue Reading Angel, venture capital investment trends moving West

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Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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I have had the privilege of both living in Colorado Springs for most of my life and practicing medicine here for nearly 28 years. We are extremely fortunate to have two competing, but collegial hospital systems in our city that are mission driven to provide care to all, regardless of financial status. I have been… Continue Reading Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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“SuperFreakonomics (Illustrated Edition)” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Wm. Morrow, $40, 304 pages Your budget is connected to your income. The income’s connected to a sales goal. The sales goal’s connected to the economy. The economy’s connected to consumer spending. And consumer spending’s connected to the ankle bone. Flow-charts, studies, old songs,… Continue Reading Book Review: “Superfreakonomics (Illustrated edition)”

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Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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Hank was puzzled. As CEO, he had been running an annual town hall meeting in January for 12 straight years. In the past, his employees would listen respectfully while he enumerated the past year’s successes and laid out strategic priorities for the coming year. At this month’s town hall, things were different. Half of the… Continue Reading Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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State to assume oversight of advisers

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The burden of regulating mid-size investment advisers will shift from federal to state agencies this year, a time when state budgets have been slashed and resources are limited. The Dodd-Frank financial reform act mandates this regulatory shift for midsize investment advisers, or those who have between $25 million and $100 million in assets under management.… Continue Reading State to assume oversight of advisers

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The fate of the proposed Copper Ridge shopping center in northern Colorado Springs will in part hinge on how El Paso County Commissioners interpret the state Constitution. County Attorney Bill Louis is working with the developer, Northgate Properties owner Gary Erickson, on a proposal that would allocate future sales tax revenue from the shopping center… Continue Reading Road-funding question threatens Copper Ridge plans

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Tom Daschbach is president and CEO of TD Support Services, a government contracting, medical staffing and security services company. He served in the Air Force for 27 years, and served as vice president of business and Industry development for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce for six years before starting his business. You started the… Continue Reading Daschbach’s military, civilian senses drive TD Support

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News this week that the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association landed a new spot for its home show served as a reminder that the Phil Long Expo Center will no longer be available for trade shows. The Springs Church purchased the building in October, and has already begun services at the 90,000-square-foot space. The… Continue Reading Volunteers help turn Phil Long center into sanctuary

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By John McGuire What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list for the new year? If you’re like most leaders today, you have many problems to solve and a host of complex, unwieldy dilemmas that seem beyond solution. Challenges that defy easy answers are everywhere — finding the right business models in shifting markets,… Continue Reading Gaining competitive edge by slowing down, listening

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The Colorado General Assembly convenes Wednesday, and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce has listed its top priorities for the session. Among them: raising the Springs’ profile among lawmakers, advocating for the military and the addition of Fort Carson aviation brigade, improving K-12 education, bolstering the local sports scene and reducing regulatory burdens on small… Continue Reading Military tops chamber’s legislative priorities

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