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On the dimly lit stage at Johnny’s Navajo Hogan bar and restaurant, Al Ortiz stepped up to the mic and cleared his throat. He wasn’t there to tell jokes or sing karaoke. It was “Pitch Night” and he had five minutes to convince the audience that his idea about an auto parts inventory web site… Continue Reading Entrepreneur ideas still starving for dollars

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Alliances can be beneficial or troublesome

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A client recently asked for advice about the opportunity to partner with a larger company. The arrangement looked promising on the surface and the other company was pushing for it, insisting it could be a strong union and a win-win situation. But there were also red flags, warning that this particular alliance carried considerable risk… Continue Reading Alliances can be beneficial or troublesome

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An unlikely partnership between a group of attorneys, a development and investment company and a Julliard-trained musician has created a little corner of art in downtown Colorado Springs. The celebrated Colorado Springs Conservatory, a private, performing arts prep school, has taken up residence in an 18,600-square-foot building at the corner of Cimarron and Sahwatch streets… Continue Reading Weise, O’Neil perform business duet to move Conservatory downtown

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Colorado Springs youth making feet fashionable

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Two years ago Natalie Merrill had an idea for a small business. She searched online to see if anyone had already come up with her idea. “There wasn’t anything there,” she said. So, she launched Buttons ‘R Knots – it’s fashion for feet, she said. She was 10-years-old. Today, Natalie is 12, a student at… Continue Reading Colorado Springs youth making feet fashionable

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Springs, Pueblo share manufacturing focus

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There is talk around town about waking the sleeping giant that once was manufacturing. After years of silence about the decline of the El Paso County manufacturing sector, alarms appear to be sounding, starting with the Economic Development Corp.’s Local Industry Council, the Southern Colorado Business Partnership and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce… Continue Reading Springs, Pueblo share manufacturing focus

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Amy and George Whitesell are doing their best to keep the music live. The duo owns A Music Company, Inc. and books more than 200 musical acts in the Springs area each year from bluegrass, to blues to rockabilly. No one is bringing in more national acts. “They definitely influence the music scene,” said Steve… Continue Reading A Music Company setting stage for Springs’ live music

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Build business value now for sale down the road

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Like many people, you may invest in the stock market. But the people in charge of Target or Ford or Chesapeake will probably never call you to ask your opinion on how to operate those companies. Go figure. Therefore, aside from deciding when to buy or sell, you have no control over the value of… Continue Reading Build business value now for sale down the road

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Successful negotiation skills

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We all negotiate — all of the time. We negotiate with our employees, with clients, with salespeople, with our children, with car dealers, and on and on. Most of what you read on negotiating skills makes it sound like you have to be a certain type of person to be a good negotiator. But the… Continue Reading Successful negotiation skills

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Graner Music is expanding its store to include a third music studio, a café and a recital hall. The long-time Colorado Springs music store, which outfits schools with music instruments in nearly the entire Pikes Peak region, is making space to showcase local musical talents, said Charlotte Baker, owner. “Colorado Springs needs a place for… Continue Reading Graner Music store adding recital hall, third studio

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Advertising sales executive Conor McCluskey wished he could clone himself. That would have solved his problem of having too many clients to personally meet each month — something he felt strongly about in order to cultivate and maintain relationships. Instead, he thought he would video tape himself with a personalized message and e-mail it to… Continue Reading Video e-mail ignites explosive growth for BombBomb

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