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Barrett plans to revamp BBB’s role

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Barrett plans to revamp BBB’s role

Matt Barrett jumped into the Colorado Springs business scene about seven years ago when he took a job with the UCCS Small Business Development Center — and he’s been a major part of the business community ever since. He left SBDC early in 2011 to take a job as COO of Graham Advertising, but announced… Continue Reading Barrett plans to revamp BBB’s role

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Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

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Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

In a matter of months, the Pinery at the Hill has transformed from a blighted empty old building atop West Bijou Street into a behemoth two-story structure where couples soon will wed in front of a downtown Colorado Springs backdrop. The 24,000-square-foot, $13 million facility will specialize in full-service, all-inclusive weddings and events. Parties are… Continue Reading Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

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Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

Colorado Springs business leaders and retired generals have been waging a public-relations campaign, suggesting the military might cut back assets here if City Council doesn’t ban retail sales of marijuana, now permitted under Amendment 64. That’s news to the Pentagon. “I wouldn’t think so,” said Department of Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Crosson. “Military personnel… Continue Reading Pentagon allays fears about local marijuana

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Power in numbers

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Power in numbers

Colorado Springs’ young professionals are forming groups to share their backgrounds and needs Save the Date What: Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit When: Oct. 24-26, Colorado Springs Why: breakout sessions, trade show and networking Want to help plan? Email Sandy Wenger at swenger@conspire2hire.com The sleek, modern downtown offices of fuseSPORT are headed up by one… Continue Reading Power in numbers

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Carlos’ tale: riches-to-rags-to-riches story

Carlos’ Bistro Address: 1025 S. 21st St. Phone: 471-2905 Average entrée price: $50 Years in business: Nine Carlos’ Bistro is a brown, single-story building surrounded by parking spaces on 21st Street just south of U.S. Highway 24. Hundreds of cars pass by its simple, stucco façade every day, but few know that inside is one… Continue Reading Carlos’ tale: riches-to-rags-to-riches story

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One on One: Husak holding reins of many entities

Peter Husak is a man about town. He’s CEO of the locally based office furniture company, OfficeScapes, but he’s also active in several fundraising and business groups, so you might see him at an Antlers breakfast and then again at a Broadmoor luncheon later that same day. He serves on the board of governors for… Continue Reading One on One: Husak holding reins of many entities

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Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

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Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

With gambling numbers improving and a pervasive sense of hopefulness, Cripple Creek is beginning to make bigger investments in itself. “I think we’re all cautiously optimistic,” said Maria Cunningham, marketing and events manager for the historic Teller County town. Cripple Creek casino revenue ticked up 0.5 percent year-over-year in 2012, which was a good sign.… Continue Reading Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

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CVB looks to educate outsiders

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CVB looks to educate outsiders

Tourism is a tough business. There’s no way to determine success, no way to tell whether the message is resonating with the target audience, no way to measure the return on the millions invested in advertising, marketing or other publicity. Tourism experts use a bunch of different messages and a lot of different media, hoping… Continue Reading CVB looks to educate outsiders

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Builder makes most of two tragic situations

Colorado Rock ‘n’ Logs Number of employees: 1 Address: 2700 Robinson St. Mitchell Dillman is combining two tragedies — one professional, one personal — to create a business out of the destruction caused by wildfires. Dillman was a framing contractor who built custom log homes in the mountains, but when the Great Recession hit the… Continue Reading Builder makes most of two tragic situations

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Schools face certain cuts from sequestration

While the defense industry seems to be weathering the sequestration storm, for the city’s educators, the cuts are dramatic and serious. Local Head Start programs were cut by $550,000, which means 142 preschool children won’t have seats next fall. There’s no summer program this year, and low-income parents counting on Head Start will have to… Continue Reading Schools face certain cuts from sequestration

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