So who won the election? Barack Obama became president-elect and John McCain got the consolation prize — a seat in the U.S. Senate! And thousands of other pols and wannabe-pols spent Tuesday night celebrating or mourning. But there were other winners and losers, non-politicians who either profited mightily or slunk away broke and disgraced. And here are some of them — shining examples of American entrepreneurship, and equally shining examples of “what were they thinking?”
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For nearly two decades, we’ve watched as Gold Hill Mesa has developed across its setting south of U.S. 24 between Eighth and 21st streets, where gold processing took place long ago. The ambitious infill development project, a planned community of more than 200 acres with unobstructed views of Pikes Peak...
In today's world of computers, we can measure just about anything. Here is an interesting insight into measuring how happy and optimistic employees are. Why is this important? The more optimistic and confident workers are, the more likely they are to risk leaving an employer to try something...
On my first day of college, my sociology professor began class with the following statement: “Gentlemen, the sexual revolution is over — you missed it.” Kind of a harsh way for a bunch of 18-year-olds to begin their post-secondary studies, but looking back, a slap in the face that we all needed.
We’re always on the lookout for fresh statistics or indicators to give us an idea of how the Colorado Springs area’s economy is doing. Granted, for some observers it can be as simple as keeping up with the city sales and use tax numbers, on the rise for many months....
One of the fastest growing types of phone service is called Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP. In fact, The Forrester Research Group predicts that nearly five million U.S. households will have VoIP phone service by the end of 2006. The biggest draws for the home and business users of VoIP are price and flexibility. VoIP is certainly less expensive than most traditional phone services, and offers many options not available through those services. For example, users have the ability to check voicemail or place calls from a PC outside of one’s home or business.
We're intrigued by local businessman Perry Sanders' plans to renovate three historic downtown buildings and transform them into an upscale boutique hotel.  The structures, which include the Independence Building, the Freeman Telegraph Building and the once-magnificent Mining Exchange Building, are now vacant and gutted, awaiting either spectacular rebirth or, if...
The unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has brought President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan back from the political graveyard, where it had been consigned by the court’s 5-4 decision to suspend it, pending appeals. The plan is aimed at reducing carbon, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions...
What I was really hoping to get was a good quote, maybe something like “Render unto Wal-Mart what is Wal-Mart’s …”
Infrastructure maintenance vital to city Public safety is a core function of local government, but it encompasses much more than the services provided by our Police and Fire Departments. Repairing our city roads, bridges and drainage systems is vital for the safety of the traveling public. Without regular maintenance,...
If you’re unhappy with health care, you’re obviously not alone. For most people, the problem isn’t availability. The problem is cost — cost of treatment, cost of prescriptions, cost of insurance or cost of paying for the uninsured. For more than 60 years, government has tinkered with the way we pay for health care. Unfortunately, when government “solutions” fail, lawmakers rarely admit their mistakes and go back to square one.
Many small-business owners with great ideas, products, or services form a business entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company) and begin operations, but do not have enough capital to fully develop, market, or expand their business. With banks and other financial institutions being subject to heightened scrutiny and increasing government regulation and oversight, […]
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