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North Pole still has same lure

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North Pole still has same lure

When Santa Claus needs to get away, he vacations in Cascade. That’s been the case since 1956, when the North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, was created by Wesley Spurry. Following the model of a park in Lake Placid, N.Y., Spurry and investors Art Herzberger and George Haggard brought the Christmas-themed concept to the foot… Continue Reading North Pole still has same lure

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Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

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Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

For years, there has been an ongoing discussion in this country about the state of STEM education and the viable workforce it produces — and why so few women are part of it. According to U.S. Department of Commerce data gathered in 2009, women comprise only 24 percent of the workforce employed in fields of… Continue Reading Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

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Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

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Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

Leacia Brilliant hails from Sugarland, Texas, just outside the Houston area, and when she started her Colorado Springs commercial construction company with her father, Wayne Burke, she wanted to make sure she didn’t forget her roots. “We’re Brazos Builders, and that refers to the Brazos River in Texas,” Brilliant said of her company’s name. Brilliant,… Continue Reading Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

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Chandler heads RBA, managed DaVita/CSHP deal

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Chandler heads RBA, managed DaVita/CSHP deal

Debbie Chandler has a 30-year career in health care management so far, her most recent post as chief operations officer of Colorado Springs Health Partners. She manages more than 650 employees and an annual budget in the high $70-million range. Most recently, Chandler worked to create the sale of physician-owned CSHP to DaVita HealthCare Partners,… Continue Reading Chandler heads RBA, managed DaVita/CSHP deal

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Region offers robust resources for businesswomen

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Region offers robust resources for businesswomen

Whether you’re a woman looking to return to the workforce, enter the workforce for the first time or start a business from scratch, the Pikes Peak region is brimming with success stories and support. “We’ve definitely seen a steady flow,” said Melissa Marts, executive director of the Women’s Resource Agency. “We serve 1,200 women and… Continue Reading Region offers robust resources for businesswomen

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Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

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Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

By Rhonda Van Pelt Many of us recycle paper, cans and bottles, and feel proud of ourselves. Blue Star Recyclers is waaay ahead in the “something to be proud of” sweepstakes — this nonprofit recycles people. CEO Bill Morris likes to say he was one of the first to benefit from the program he co-founded… Continue Reading Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

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City tries to bring back what it had

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City tries to bring back what it had

How does a city replace what it once threw carelessly away? From 1960 to 1980, downtown lost approximately 1,000 residential units. Many buildings that contained them have long since disappeared, as has the downtown culture that supported them. The long process of demolition and change was carefully recorded by local photographers Helen and James McCaffery.… Continue Reading City tries to bring back what it had

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Academy cadets absorb a $1 million lesson

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Academy cadets absorb a $1 million lesson

Justin Fenchel and his business partners asked for only $200,000 for 10 percent of their company, BeatBox Beverage. They walked away an hour later with a $1 million pledge in exchange for 33 percent. It became the perfect transaction during a surreal experience on national television. Fenchel made his venture capital pitch on the popular… Continue Reading Academy cadets absorb a $1 million lesson

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University Village: prosperous property

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University Village: prosperous property

Five years have passed since part of a fledgling urban renewal project in north-central Colorado Springs began a journey to become a shopping and dining mecca. In those five years, University Village Colorado — an 80-acre property once peppered with derelict motels and blight — has become a major source of both employment and tax… Continue Reading University Village: prosperous property

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CSBJ honors Women of Influence

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CSBJ honors Women of Influence

They come from a variety of backgrounds, not to mention professional careers. Together, the 13 members of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence make a statement about the apparently endless supply of remarkable women across the area. The winners, selected by a committee of past honorees from a pool of more than… Continue Reading CSBJ honors Women of Influence

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