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As Pinery business grows, so do Fish Market plans

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The Pinery’s full-service wedding and event business in Black Forest has grown so dramatically over the last three years that one executive says the economic collapse saved the business from expanding too little, too soon. In August 2008, The Pinery purchased the old Fish Market building that is perched atop the hill at 775 W.… Continue Reading As Pinery business grows, so do Fish Market plans

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A client recently gave us the book Delivering Happiness: A path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. It’s a great book and one story particularly stood out to us. Hsieh talked about how he developed his poker-playing skills through study and practice. He went on to illustrate similarities between poker… Continue Reading Be sure to take a seat at the best possible business table

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iComply to host medical cannabis forum

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iComply is hosting a medical cannabis forum Nov. 11 to discuss the economic impact of medical marijuana, the science, politics and laws of the industry. Medical cannabis is not just about patients anymore, said Mark Slaugh, CEO of iComply, an organization that works on compliance and regulations with medical marijuana businesses. The $1.7 billion medical… Continue Reading iComply to host medical cannabis forum

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A group of Colorado Springs manufacturers say that if the city waived a use tax on big ticket equipment items it would serve as an incentive to attract and retain business, especially manufacturers that spend millions each year on heavy equipment. Some say the use tax is a double burden because businesses are already taxed… Continue Reading Personal property tax still shackling manufacturers

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Good, bad or ugly — owner sets the example

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Remember the movie “The Christmas Story” and the scene where Ralph drops the F-bomb while helping his dad change a tire? His mother is stricken and certain he must have learned that word from a friend. But the grown-up Ralph narrator says he learned it from his father, who used it all the time. We… Continue Reading Good, bad or ugly — owner sets the example

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Book Review: “We Are All Weird”

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by Seth Godin, performed by the author The writing on the package couldn’t have been more succinct: One Size Fits All. And as you pulled the garment from the packaging, you wondered: were the manufacturers serious? The garment you were holding with two fingers was miniscule. It was fashion-doll size. It was crumpled and woefully… Continue Reading Book Review: “We Are All Weird”

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The Five Whys

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There is one enduring principle of business: problems will occur, things will break, and sh*t happens. When problems do appear, the temptation is to blame others or external events. But the root cause often lies closer to home. When trying to solve a problem, it helps to begin with the end in mind (the presenting… Continue Reading The Five Whys

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Clinical trial business in growth phase

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Brigitte Klaib knew Colorado Springs was prime territory for a clinical drug trial facility because her job as a pharmaceutical consultant never required that she travel here. “I probably flew 300,000 miles a year all over the country and not once in 15 years did they ever send me to Colorado Springs,” Klaib said. Her… Continue Reading Clinical trial business in growth phase

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Fifteen years ago Jim Wittenburg was new in town from Silicon Valley and he wanted to start a business in Colorado Springs. “Everyone I went to was willing to talk to me,” he said. Now, he’s retired. And, he’s willing to talk to any entrepreneur in need of help. Wittenburg is a volunteer at Service… Continue Reading SCORE looking to increase volunteers, double its clients

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Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the Blue Star Recyclers plant in Colorado Springs Thursday saying he needs to get out of Denver and see what is going on in the rest of the state. Blue Star was founded in 2008 to recycle electronics waste: old computers, keyboards, printers and televisions. In May, the company transformed itself… Continue Reading Hickenlooper gets out of Denver, visits Springs’ businesses

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