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Assessing 2014: It’s ending on good note

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How will we remember 2014 in regard to the Colorado Springs business community? There’s no single message or theme that stands out, unless you want to continue slamming the unproductive relationship between Mayor Steve Bach and City Council. Of course, we’ve watched that script evolve and worsen since Bach took over as the first “strong… Continue Reading Assessing 2014: It’s ending on good note

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Colorado Springs — are we the world capital of self-flagellation? Sometimes it seems that way as civic leaders trot off to cool cities like Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City and Papeete (they wish!) to gawk enviously at their betters. We in the media love to join the chorus. Woe is us, we write! Unlike (fill in… Continue Reading Think we have troubles? Check Seattle

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Mobolade: Wild Goose expresses community

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Mobolade: Wild Goose expresses community

In just one year, Wild Goose Meeting House co-founder Yemi Mobolade has become an icon among the city’s young entrepreneurs. The downtown coffee shop/restaurant/wine bar/library he started with business partner Russ Ware in November 2013 has enjoyed wild success, which Mobolade attributes to the business’ strong ties to its community. The 35-year-old Nigeria native, a… Continue Reading Mobolade: Wild Goose expresses community

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Palmer Land Trust preserving the past

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Palmer Land Trust preserving the past

By Rhonda Van Pelt It’s appropriate that the Palmer Land Trust’s name pays homage to the visionary who founded Colorado Springs. Gen. William Jackson Palmer would be proud of the work the trust does to enhance life in the Pikes Peak region and beyond. Modern-day visionaries founded the trust in 1977; they started by purchasing… Continue Reading Palmer Land Trust preserving the past

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Stargazers rocks on as Springs icon

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Stargazers rocks on as Springs icon

When John and Cindy Hooton purchased the venue that became Stargazers Theatre and Event Center in April 2008, they saw it as an extension of the hospitality industry they knew so well. Throughout the past 20 years the couple has owned and operated lodging and dining establishments on the city’s Westside, including the Timber Lodge… Continue Reading Stargazers rocks on as Springs icon

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By Jamie Cornehlsen and Ted Schwartz In a culture that widely views wealth as an end in itself, too many Americans are fixated on spending and material acquisition, even as they approach retirement. Yet others view wealth accumulation as the key to achieving other goals, as a means to an end. After working hard with the… Continue Reading Taking a closer look at the real benefits of wealth

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For short-term results, think long term

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By Jon Rose Studies have shown people who write down their goals are 10 times as effective as those without goals. Without written goals, it’s very easy to get buried in the day-to-day demands of our work and home lives and to be distracted by bright, shiny objects. Weeks, months and years can go by… Continue Reading For short-term results, think long term

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2014: North Tejon stands out

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Assuming most readers have waded through our special look-back at the stories and issues that shaped the year of 2014, we felt it would be appropriate to add an unexpected, additional exclamation mark at the end. We always are watching as small businesses come and go, make progress and find their niches. Sometimes, they create… Continue Reading 2014: North Tejon stands out

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Hybl leads Griffis/Blessing’s large operation

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Hybl leads Griffis/Blessing’s large operation

Known by his initials — B.J. — William J. Hybl Jr. is president and chief operating officer of Griffis/Blessing Inc., a leading real estate services and investment firm in Colorado Springs, where he has worked for 15 years. The 46-year-old, who was born overseas but grew up in Colorado Springs, is married to Kristel, and… Continue Reading Hybl leads Griffis/Blessing’s large operation

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Vascular clinic moving to Springs from Pueblo

Early in 2015, the American Vein and Vascular Institute will move its headquarters north, from Pueblo to Colorado Springs. “We wanted to move our corporate headquarters to Colorado Springs because it’s more centrally located,” said CEO Erin Gibbs. “We have a lot of jobs coming.” With clinics in Colorado and Texas, the AVVI opened its… Continue Reading Vascular clinic moving to Springs from Pueblo

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