Colorado Springs has what Mayor John Suthers terms “monumental financial problems,” including finding a way to pay for stormwater infrastructure without affecting city services like police and fire. That’s one reason he says he enjoys participating in the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s annual Mayors Panel, a forum discussion with mayors...
Getting more people involved in elections, reforming the initiative process and finding ways to solve the state’s fiscal conundrum are the big issues a statewide bipartisan group has set out to solve. And if the issues weren’t complicated enough, they’ve set an ambitious timeline: to have all three solutions on...
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...
Everything I know about business, I learned from my family — from a number of patriarchs in business whose entrepreneurial offspring spawned even more businesses, created hundreds of jobs and kept people working even during the most severe downturn since the Great Depression. My brother runs a company; so does...
Three weeks ago,  I received a letter from Experian, the credit bureau. It seems their system was compromised and cyber thieves took my personal information — driver’s license number, Social Security number, bank accounts, address — pretty much everything they needed to steal my identity and wreck my credit. Experian was very apologetic and offered […]
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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...
Next Thursday, the Colorado Springs Business Journal will come back from the printer ready to be mailed and distributed — just like always. And the editorial, advertising and production staffs will be preparing for the Oct. 6 edition — just like always. We’ll interview sources, talk to clients, plan...
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...
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...
It started with Google. Then Apple got on board. Locally, USAA’s Colorado Springs office is routinely recognized for its efforts. And now, Bryan Construction and Navakai are competing to see who’s the best. All the cool companies now have workplace wellness programs. Do you? If you don’t, you certainly should. Workplace...
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...