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Springs getting first new bank in four years

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Springs getting first new bank in four years

  Colorado Springs is about to get a new bank, led by a few familiar faces. Tim Stack, formerly of Wells Fargo in Colorado Springs, and Steve Ingham, most recently with Kirkpatrick Bank, are leading the effort to break Denver-based Colorado Business Bank into the Springs market. Stack is the bank’s local president, and Ingham… Continue Reading Springs getting first new bank in four years

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AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

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AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost sees the world as a giant math word problem. The new dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy, Armacost focuses on operations research, using math to solve organizational problems. “Effectively, it’s trying to solve the world’s largest word problem,” he says. It’s an approach he put to good use as… Continue Reading AFA dean faces tough budgets, expectations

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Project sows Seeds for better community

One diverse crew of locals hopes to plant the seeds of change in Colorado Springs with their branch of a national community café movement that will soon hit the streets of downtown. Seeds Community Café is scheduled to open in mid-August at 109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., and the folks in charge have a vision… Continue Reading Project sows Seeds for better community

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One on One: Bettis at the helm of Academy Bank

Tony Bettis might be Academy Bank’s new Colorado Springs market senior vice president, but he’s not new to the market. He joined Academy Bank’s holding company, Dickinson Financial Corp., in 1994. He transferred to Colorado Springs in 2003 to work in the company’s national real estate lending group. Academy Bank ran afoul of federal regulators… Continue Reading One on One: Bettis at the helm of Academy Bank

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New branch, loans add up to big year for ANB

ANB Bank Regional President Lonnie Parsons knows exactly which direction his bank is heading — up. Parsons took over the Denver-based bank’s Colorado Springs operations last August, a time when ANB, the Pikes Peak Region’s fifth largest bank with about $400 million in assets, was facing lending challenges and had just endured an exodus of… Continue Reading New branch, loans add up to big year for ANB

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One on One: Turk leads Stratton Home into centennial

Winfield Scott Stratton, a gold miner who struck it rich in 1891, is recognized as one of the most benevolent men in Colorado Springs’ history, and Mark Turk is leading the effort to continue fulfilling Stratton’s charitable vision. Turk is the executive director of the Myron Stratton Home, a palatial estate located at the southeast… Continue Reading One on One: Turk leads Stratton Home into centennial

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Longtime gardening store back in one piece

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Longtime gardening store back in one piece

Rick’s Garden Center Address: 1827 W. Uintah St. Website: ricksgardencenter.com Years in business: 65 Years under current ownership: 28 Name of family: Estes Number of employees: 10-35 (seasonal) The Estes family seems to understand the values of nature and nurture. When Mike and Gail Estes went on a cross-country road trip in the mid-1970s, they… Continue Reading Longtime gardening store back in one piece

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Pinery offers exclusive club overlooking downtown

Still under construction, the Pinery at the Hill now offers exclusive club memberships. The Club at the Pinery at the Hill will sell annual memberships for $2,850, and with that come many “deep discounts,” said owner Mitch Yellen. At least initially, Yellen expects to sell between 100 and 150 memberships. He said the current owners… Continue Reading Pinery offers exclusive club overlooking downtown

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Palmer Lake lives on, without the lake

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Palmer Lake lives on, without the lake

Palmer Lake is a lake no more. The fact that Palmer Lake is now dry has affected some businesses there, they say. But other business owners report business has been good, despite the lack of water. What used to be a reservoir teeming with fishermen in the summer and skaters in the winter is now… Continue Reading Palmer Lake lives on, without the lake

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The world of franchising: It costs more, but with benefits

Franchises — those businesses with recognizable names like McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, Radio Shack and more — have long represented a safe investment for people who want to work for themselves. And that’s as true in Colorado Springs as it is anywhere. The U.S. franchise sector created 27,913 jobs in June alone — the highest monthly number… Continue Reading The world of franchising: It costs more, but with benefits

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