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Personal experience details buying a house

Personal experience details buying a house

Buying a house can be thrilling, a major headache and stressful all at once for an extended period of time. It was all that and more for me, and I closed on my new house two days after Christmas. After all, it’s not every day you plunk down $2,500 in earnest money, much less a… Continue Reading Personal experience details buying a house

New Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. Chairman Doug Quimby doesn’t underestimate the challenges of his new job. Quimby, who also serves as president of Esqueterra Development and heads development of the Cordera housing community, said the economy is making it tough on local economic development efforts. One of his biggest goals, he said, is… Continue Reading Quimby seeks to build support base as EDC chairman

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Recent headlines about tighter residential mortgage and lending requirements might suggest that commercial real estate lending is in the same boat. That’s just not the case, says Terrix Financial Principal Brandon Rogers. “It’s actually loosening quite a bit,” the Denver-based lender said. Rogers said the shift has occurred not only among banks and commercial lenders… Continue Reading Commercial real estate lending market loosening up

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Lazy students. Neglectful parents. School bureaucracies run amok. There’s plenty of blame to go around when you try to figure out why the nation’s education system is in such bad shape. But there’s no greater problem than teachers who’ve given up, or perhaps never cared in the first place. That is the central message of… Continue Reading Don’t wait, go now to see ‘Waiting for Superman’

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A cure for organizational reflux

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Yes, organizations have it, too. Leaders complain about it all the time. They can’t seem to get their people all headed in the same direction, especially at the top. The lack of alignment and ownership of the organization’s core beliefs, principles, vision, and strategy are some of the major defining symptoms of “organizational reflux.” It… Continue Reading A cure for organizational reflux

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Finding profit in pest control

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Tiny, reddish brown bed bugs that feed on human blood are back with a vengeance and for local pest control operators, it means big business. Bed bugs have been catching rides on human travelers from across the country in record numbers. The National Pest Management Association has seen a 71 percent increase in bed bug… Continue Reading Finding profit in pest control

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Jim Morley hit plenty of high notes in his career as a land developer, with more than a dozen housing developments at one point that stretched across the city’s eastside. The depth and duration of the 2008-09 recession, however, put most of those developments on ice. By mid-2008, funding had dried up and lot sales… Continue Reading Developer: ‘We just have to sell what we have’

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Keep Space Foundation tethered to Colo. Springs

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The U.S. Space Foundation is one of the quiet crown jewels of the Pikes Peak region. Founded in Colorado Springs 28 years ago by (among others) Bill Hybl, Bill Tutt and Dick McLeod, the foundation was created to be “an organization that could, in a non-partisan, objective and fair manner, bring together the various sectors… Continue Reading Keep Space Foundation tethered to Colo. Springs

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For the first time in years, Memorial Health System took an in-depth look at its pricing structure — and has decided to propose some room-rate and other changes based on what the competition is doing. The hospital system’s 2011 budget proposal includes price reductions for radiology and other outpatient lab services so that they’re more… Continue Reading Memorial considering price changes to stay competitive

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It’s just days to the election, so it’s time to make a few predictions. As political insiders know, these thoughtfully researched gems have historically been so inaccurate that they’re a kind of reverse guide to the actual results. As always, I encourage comments and predictions from readers — and I’d love to offer a magnum… Continue Reading A few predictions about what November might bring

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