Traveling to the Middle East is a little like visiting the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of commerce. It’s a mix of the modern and the ancient — with glass-and-steel office buildings intermingled with forms of trade that date back centuries. In the narrow, winding alleyways of the Mutrah...
If there’s one lesson we can all learn from the political debates, rallies and rhetoric during this political season, it’s this: It pays to separate people based on their race, their economic status, their religion, their “other-ness.” It’s what Donald Trump stakes his presidential run on — tapping into people’s...
Earlier this week, readers of the Colorado Springs Business Journal received an email that looked — at first glance — like a request to update their email address. In reality, it was a message designed to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues and the threat to all businesses, and to let...
In 1914, houses didn’t have central air conditioning; most people didn’t have cars, and routine air travel was still a thing of the future. And under certain cybersecurity scenarios, the right kind of attack could knock the nation right back to 1914. Electrical grids could go dark; long-distance communication would...
Exploring regional business concerns, learning how to raise personal and business capital and discovering the role philanthropy plays in business — all are topics that will be discussed at programs presented by the Middle Market Entrepreneurs during the coming fall, winter and spring months. Among other activities, MME hosts this...
“The arts inspire us, soothe us, provoke us, involve us and connect us. But they also create jobs and contribute to the economy.” — Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. Thanks to small nonprofit art galleries tucked away in the corners of the city, to...
Here’s the scenario:  Out there  somewhere, someone is trolling your social media pages, finding out how you talk to your family, to your friends, to your employees. After gaining enough information online, the person creates a fake email address — within a few characters of your business email — and...
John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, suggested building a wall to keep out Catholic immigrants. Founding father Benjamin Franklin fretted about German immigrants. “Few of their children in the country learn English ... The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages ... Unless...
At a recent CSBJ event, Mary Fagnant, the outgoing Qualtek Manufacturing CEO, was asked: What’s the biggest challenge for manufacturing companies in Colorado Springs? Her answer: Getting suppliers and deliveries here. El Paso County has no industrial sites, no industrial switches for rail service. And it’s a reason why 35 companies...
Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer — and it means more than just the kids going back to school and cooler temperatures. For many Pikes Peak region businesses, it marks the end of their busiest season. Restaurants might see fewer people; the North Pole is looking forward to...
As the General Assembly wraps up its work for 2017, the fate of three bills that stand to change the fiscal and business landscape are still unknown. One bill could provide builders some protection from lawsuits, creating more affordable housing across Colorado. Another could ease concerns of rural and urban hospitals...
When it comes to small business and health insurance costs, there’s not much good news. A family of four is paying about $18,000 out of pocket for health insurance premiums in 2018, and that’s expected to rise another 6 percent next year. The annual cost increases are unsustainably high, a...