Downtown’s vagrant presence has reached such proportions, business owners are digging into their own pockets to hire extra security. Also, an effort by a cadre of women business owners has led to police placing more emphasis on the problem. Downtown business owner and investor Kevin O’Neil says he’ll commit $20,000 to hire around-the-clock security to […]
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You probably never have spoken to Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz — but chances are, he’s spoken to you. His Foundation for a Better Life sends inspirational messages that reach more than a billion people every year — billboards, television commercials and digital messages at stadiums, arenas and convention centers. His movies send a similar message. […]
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By the Associated Press The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, […]
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Colorado Springs has studied its downtown and come up with ideas for improving it. Now, city leaders are hoping one more study will show them how to implement those ideas.
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(Editor’s note: Next week, the CSBJ will discuss what the future holds for the Regional Business Alliance.) The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. merged to become the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance early this year. But changes to the organization went deeper than the merger and […]
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Throughout the expansive room inside Library 21c, interested people gathered in clusters, listening to others, asking questions and receiving answers. The crowd estimated at 250 to 300 might not have been fully united, but on this Tuesday evening, even the known cynics kept their confrontational instincts in check. The event was billed as a “different” […]
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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance continues to flex its political muscle with further candidate endorsements and a strong “no” recommendation for the ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession in Colorado.   The alliance is endorsing the following slate of candidates:   • Mark Scheffel, State Senate District 4 • Owen Hill, State Senate District […]
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Five and a half years ago, Yemi Mobolade and Russ Ware had an idea for a small business. They wanted to open a café that could serve as a place for creative people, students and professionals to connect and create a unique community. “We asked lots of questions and did our best to avoid all […]
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In an effort to spur economic and business activity, Mayor Steve Bach has created a standard set of economic “accommodations” for new and expanding companies, as well as a Commercial Aeronautical Zone for the Colorado Springs Airport. Saying the accommodations – essentially economic incentives – would be available for a “limited time only,” Bach said […]
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Joe Raso started his job Monday as the first CEO of the newly merged Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corp. — and he has his work cut out for him.
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Colorado Springs’ small businesses are frustrated over the lack of available capital and some say a lack of qualified workers is a problem too. The issues were identified in the 2011 Pikes Peak Region Business Climate Survey, released today by Summit Economics. Overall, the Colorado Springs business climate is about the same or worse than […]
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The Colorado Springs Rising Professionals have decided to break away from the Regional Business Alliance and function as their own independent organization. “It feels like we’ve hit the ceiling with the Business Alliance,” said Rising Professionals Chairman Shawn Gullixson, 33, a branch manager at Vectra Bank. “We were aligned with the Business Alliance on some […]
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