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Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

Throughout the years, once-unincorporated areas in Colorado have chosen for different reasons to go legitimate and incorporate themselves — but some still have resisted. Among those communities that have chosen time and time again to remain under the jurisdiction of El Paso County are Falcon, just northeast of Colorado Springs, and Security-Widefield, between Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

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Security-Widefield tries to fill vacancies

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Security-Widefield tries to fill vacancies

Carole Jackson of Security Florist used to bring her older flowers to the adjacent Dad’s Kwik Inn Diner at the end of each week. There her colorful contributions would adorn the tables. “We used to get customers often because of them,” she said of the now-vacant building at 385 Main Street in Security. According to… Continue Reading Security-Widefield tries to fill vacancies

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Four Springs companies make Inc. 5000 list

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Four Colorado Springs companies have been listed in the top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses in the nation, according to Inc. Magazine. Themesoft was the fastest-growing of the four, listed at No. 469. Themesoft had a three-year growth of 1,001 percent, comparing 2013 revenue of $23.1 million and 2010 revenue of $2.1 million. Inc. Magazine also honored… Continue Reading Four Springs companies make Inc. 5000 list

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Planting seeds for downtown’s future

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A crowd of more than 100 people stood together last Thursday afternoon on a dirt-covered lot beside South Nevada Avenue, celebrating both a moment and a dream finally beginning to come true. This was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Dot apartment complex, a 33-unit project at 412 S. Nevada, between Costilla and Cimarron streets. Partner… Continue Reading Planting seeds for downtown’s future

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Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

In November 2010, Colorado Springs voters approved a radical change in the City Charter by a 60-40 margin. Issue 300, a citizen-initiated charter amendment, replaced the city manager form of government with a “strong mayor” system. The amendment, supported by an ad hoc coalition of longtime local business leaders, benefited from a sophisticated, heavily funded… Continue Reading Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

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Meadow Muffins sold, may lose name

After three decades as one of Old Colorado City’s most familiar neighborhood bars, Meadow Muffins has been sold to new owners who plan to reconceive it and may not carry on under the same moniker. Todd Delahanty, who purchased Meadow Muffins at 2432 W. Colorado Ave. in 2004, finalized the sale of the bar/restaurant last… Continue Reading Meadow Muffins sold, may lose name

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Hoff & Leigh subsidiary making waves

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Hoff & Leigh subsidiary making waves

A nice neighborhood; cheap property; tenants waiting in the wings. It’s as easy as Eight Nine Ten. Owned by RD and Holly Trinidad and her father Tim Leigh, Eight Nine Ten is a subsidiary of Hoff & Leigh Commercial Real Estate, a Colorado Springs-based, full-service brokerage. Eight Nine Ten has begun renovating its second acquisition… Continue Reading Hoff & Leigh subsidiary making waves

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Tuesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs City Council pivoted mindlessly between farce and tragedy. The meeting started on a lighthearted note, as Jan Martin sought to persuade Council to forward the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Committee’s recommendations for the 2015 budget to Mayor Steve Bach without changes. It seemed like a no-brainer, since Council will… Continue Reading Council sinks to new low over Jones Park

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Five factors for being a ‘bankable’ business

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In the literal sense, every business is “bankable,” but understanding what a bank is looking for from business owners is crucial for the relationship to be successful for both participants. Knowing what it means to be “bankable” will help navigate the waters of applying for a loan and serve as a useful tool in preparing… Continue Reading Five factors for being a ‘bankable’ business

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Is incivility making your workplace toxic?

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The flip side of the “jobless recovery” is increased stress for those who still have jobs. Workers are being asked to do more with fewer resources than ever before. There is a disconnect between what employees need and what employers think they need. Incivility is epidemic. Workplace incivility aggravates every other workplace problem. It is… Continue Reading Is incivility making your workplace toxic?

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