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On March 29, 2002, Colorado Springs’ oldest business (founded in 1883), Gowdy-Printcraft Press, acquired its third owners in 120 years. The company’s purchasers bring a wealth of print industry background, state-of-the-art equipment upgrades and a fresh entrepreneurial perspective to the operation located in two facilities on Sierra Madre in lower downtown. President and principal owner,… Continue Reading 100-year-old co. starts next generation of ownership

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When the national media shows coverage of the fire in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, they’re telling people Colorado is on fire – and that just isn’t the case, according to a handful of tourism officials, elected officials, and even the Mayor of Manitou Springs.But, that’s not to say the fire is not devastating… Continue Reading Pikes Peak region tourism not threatened by wild fires

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When Frank Davis, director of facilities at Phil Long Ford, went looking for bids on building maintenance, he interviewed local firms and chose Aspen Diversified Industries (ADI) to do the job. Pretty typical, right? But ADI is not a typical company.In truth, ADI’s chief, Ken Barela, is actually an “executive director”, and the company’s 120… Continue Reading Vocational training company builds lives and business

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Last week I received notice (as did most RCIS members) from Andy Oyler at Grubb & Ellis Quantum Commercial of “wants and needs.” Don’t you love it? Even in a slowed commercial real estate market, there are always clients looking for a diamond in the rough or a good property in a key location. It… Continue Reading Colorado Springs Real Estate Transactions – June 21, 2002

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Marshall Loeb, senior correspondent with CBS Market Watch, is considered by many to be the dean of American financial forecasting following stints as managing editor of both Fortune and Money Magazine, as well as Time magazine’s business and economy editor.In a recent trip to Colorado Springs to address the Greater Colorado Springs Economic and Development… Continue Reading CBS’ Marshall Loeb outlines 10 nat’l developing economic trends at luncheon

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Business Journal reporter Lance Gurwell gets around in Colorado Springs, and sometimes finds, sees or hears things that won’t work in a news story. Periodically, he will air them here. He also has an open ear, so give him a call at 634-3223, ext. 218 if you have an idea.Being a reporter and loving books… Continue Reading Commentary: Book lovers snatch up books; a proud father; and, a quick shower

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Voluntary water conservation isn’t working in Colorado Springs. Since the city recently asked residents to cut consumption by 10 percent, consumption has risen over 30 percent for the same period a year ago. At a news conference, Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace asked residents to be considerate of the voluntary water reduction because of… Continue Reading Colorado Springs mayor seeks water conservation

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Colorado Springs Airport has chalked up good scores in the airport-competition game, and a new marketing effort aims to keep the flights coming. “Airline boardings are critical for us,” said Mary Collins, the airport’s director of marketing. “Airlines go where they can make money. We have to keep the flight service we have and add… Continue Reading CO Springs Airport launches new mktg. effort

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David Chavez loves his work. You can tell by the dozens of autographed photos, baseballs, hockey sticks, basketballs, and caps on his office shelves and walls. Olympic gold medalist, Rulon Gardner; Billy Blanks of Tae-Bo fame; the NFL’s Jamal Anderson; or NASCAR great, Bobby Allison share one thing in common: they’ve all contracted to appear… Continue Reading Local firm succeeds in sports, events promotions

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Local independent retailers will continue to be challenged by consolidation, mass merchandisers, margin pressure, new competitors, less consumer loyalty, and economic uncertainty, but there are ways to effectively compete, according to retail futurist Ryan Mathews, co-author of The Myth of Excellence. Mathews spoke at CBA International’s Future of the Industry conference at the Cheyenne Mountain… Continue Reading National author tells how to compete against giants

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