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Old Town thrives on simple priorities

Old Town Bike Shop Address: 426 S. Tejon St. Website: oldtownbikeshop.com Years in business: 37 Number of employees: 10 John Crandall doesn’t have a business model, just a philosophy: Treat others right, take care of the environment and sell quality products and services. When the 70-year-old enthusiast started Old Town Bike Shop 37 years ago… Continue Reading Old Town thrives on simple priorities

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One on One: Preston steps up to take KCME baton

Last month George Preston became general manager of local classical music station KCME 88.7 FM, and he believes his new mission is not only to grow a listening audience but also to bring the community together through Mozart and Beethoven. Preston replaces Jeanna Wearing, who left the general manager post after 18 years but will… Continue Reading One on One: Preston steps up to take KCME baton

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Local coffee shop ain’t talkin’ no jive

Jives Coffee Lounge Address: 16 Colbrunn Court Website: jivescoffeelounge.com Years in business: 3 Motto: “Coffee music life” Colorado Springs transplant Randy Fair believes his coffee shop has it all. The 45-year-old software developer — and father of 10 — has tasted drinks and eats from hundreds of mom-and-pop shops in states and countries around the… Continue Reading Local coffee shop ain’t talkin’ no jive

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Black Forest businesses deal with losses

A month after the Black Forest fire blackened thousands of acres of forest lands, sending businesses and homes alike up in flames, charred trees and ash-covered ground somberly fill the landscape, and the sound of backhoes and chainsaws fills the air. For some, it’s business as usual, or maybe even a little busier than usual.… Continue Reading Black Forest businesses deal with losses

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Tough adjustment: Health care providers having trouble with TriCare referrals

Three months ago, UnitedHealthcare took over the TriCare contract from TriWest Healthcare Alliance for the 21-state western region. But after that change took effect April 1, few providers were prepared for what happened next: lack of referrals, slow payments, new billing codes, new requirements and reduced services. In Colorado Springs, Alpine Autism Center says UHC… Continue Reading Tough adjustment: Health care providers having trouble with TriCare referrals

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City still must provide more detail for plans

Colorado Springs’ application for state funding of four projects under the provisions of the Colorado Regional Tourism Act was duly filed this week with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, finally going public with details that had been kept secret for months. Officials thought to be involved in the process had repeatedly claimed… Continue Reading City still must provide more detail for plans

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Tech trailblazer: Local company ISS pushes university research, technology transfer

Most small business innovation research never sees commercial use — ending up in what technology experts call the “valley of death, where good research goes to die.” The problem: Federal funding gives small businesses the help needed to take the new technology from the idea stage to reality. But lack of capital investment in the… Continue Reading Tech trailblazer: Local company ISS pushes university research, technology transfer

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Helping customers drives Springs Hosting

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Helping customers drives Springs Hosting

Springs Hosting www.springshosting.com 1205 Shasta Drive, 393-9266 Employees: 23, 12 full-time Years in business: Seven The business model of Springs Hosting is simple, and customer service is the key. It’s clear that the local web-based startup is doing something right in an effort to provide Colorado residents and businesses with technological support that the company… Continue Reading Helping customers drives Springs Hosting

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Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

As the U.S. Army prepares to cut 80,000 military members — a 14 percent reduction in active-duty personnel — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came to Fort Carson last week and assured soldiers that the cuts are an opportunity for a more nimble fighting force. Fort Carson will lose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part… Continue Reading Hagel’s visit highlights defense budget’s uncertainty

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Damaging or smart, gun laws still reality

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Damaging or smart, gun laws still reality

Some say that July 1 marked the dawn of a new era in Colorado gun-control policy, but one local gun shop owner says it amounts to a business setback. “What we did is create a useless law that hurts Colorado business and has no effect whatsoever on the crime rate,” said Paul Paradis, who owns… Continue Reading Damaging or smart, gun laws still reality

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