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Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

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Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

On the Westside of Colorado Springs exists a portal into the minds of others. The Chavez Gallery is a curious place filled with nostalgic glimpses into the combined psyche — memories, curiosities and ideals — of married couple Kris and Liese Chavez. Kris, primarily an enamel jewelry-maker, and Liese, a painter, opened the 500-square-foot gallery… Continue Reading Otherworldly whimsy fills Chavez Gallery

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While I was driving across the Colorado Avenue bridge into downtown the other day, a billboard caught my eye. “Less Government, More Freedom,” it proclaimed, touting the candidacy of a local political hopeful. That’s a common campaign theme for Republicans and Libertarians. It sounds plausible — who among us hasn’t railed at the inefficiencies, incompetence… Continue Reading Consider this: More government, more freedom

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Some downtown icons still stand

Do commercial buildings learn? If they want to avoid the wrecker’s ball, they’d better be like enduring businesses — carefully conceived, solidly built, well located and open to change. Just as businesses that fail to evolve fall by the wayside, so do aging buildings that can’t be profitably reimagined. Can you predict which buildings will… Continue Reading Some downtown icons still stand

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Computer antidote: Complete PC Support

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Computer antidote: Complete PC Support

Tucked into a small space in an office strip mall off North Powers Boulevard is a tiny computer repair shop, Compete PC Support. Its physical space defines small business. Its owner, Harvard graduate Vince Johnson, wants to keep the space small to maintain low overhead and keep prices lower for his customers. Large technology stores… Continue Reading Computer antidote: Complete PC Support

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Escalating war: Local companies battle cyber crime in new ways

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, the latest victim of a high-profile data breach that took place last summer, compromised the accounts of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. The attack, one of the largest intrusions on record, joins a growing list of cyber crises for major corporations in just the past year, including Target,… Continue Reading Escalating war: Local companies battle cyber crime in new ways

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Much like the shift from employer pension plans to 401(k) retirement plans not so long ago, we are now seeing an accelerating shift in our health care system from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model with many employers. This is impacting every facet of the industry including employers, employees, brokers, agents and… Continue Reading Great shift: Defined benefit to defined contribution

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Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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Every businessperson knows there isn’t enough time to think through decisions, that time for reflection isn’t usually scheduled during a hectic week. The Jewish High Holidays are just that kind of time, asking us to stop and reflect, in a span of 10 days, on what happened last year and what we hope to accomplish… Continue Reading Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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Area newcomers lifting us higher

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Two major community events this week are sending fresh signals that the Colorado Springs business community should feel encouraged about the future. First, on Tuesday, was the seventh annual Business & Arts Luncheon, put together as usual by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The audience… Continue Reading Area newcomers lifting us higher

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Solti back home as AFA’s top scientist

U.S.Air Force Academy graduate Jim Solti, Ph.D., retired last year after 30 years in the Air Force. During his career he moved around the country, but despite being born and raised in Ohio, he found that the Academy and Colorado Springs still felt like home. At the time of his retirement, the Academy posted a… Continue Reading Solti back home as AFA’s top scientist

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Technology in manufacturing: still strong

The golden years of Colorado Springs manufacturing may seem for many to have come and gone — as such times of splendor do. Since its peak in 2001, the local manufacturing industry lost more than half its jobs when companies like HP and Intel chose to abandon their Colorado Springs operations. That seems to have… Continue Reading Technology in manufacturing: still strong

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