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Jeff Hulsmann has been in the restaurant business for more than two decades — and now he’s creating the perfect recipe to turn the sleepy town of Palmer Lake into a dining mecca. The ingredients are already there, a collection of independent restaurants with diverse menus: steak and burgers at O’Malley’s Pub; Italian cuisine at… Continue Reading Palmer Lake recipe could lead to a restaurant cluster

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Local politics might lead to a different future

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It was an eventful year in politics and government — nationally, regionally, and locally. In fact, 2012 may have been a watershed year, one in which the comfortable assumptions of the past were overturned and the future became cloudy and uncertain. Elections First came the party primary elections on June 26, notable locally on two… Continue Reading Local politics might lead to a different future

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Getting bills in the mail is never fun. But getting a collection notice you know isn’t yours is downright scary. I visited my parents’ house a few weeks ago and my mom pointed to an open envelope sitting on the counter addressed to me. “That’s a bad letter,” she said. Mail for me doesn’t usually… Continue Reading It’s not me: How it feels to have your identity abused

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Home sales up heading into slow, winter season

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Home sales up heading into slow, winter season Rising sales and an available-home-supply decline caused U.S. home prices to rise in most major cities during October compared to a year ago Higher prices show the housing market is improving even as it moves into the slow winter-sales period. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller national home price… Continue Reading Home sales up heading into slow, winter season

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Chipotle ad named among top five of 2012

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Colorado-based Chipotle Mexican Grill has received a national nod from the Wall Street Journal. The Journal named the burrito chain’s first-ever national TV commercial one of the five best ads in 2012. The two-minute animated spot, titled “Back to the Start,” promotes the restaurant’s use of environmentally-friendly foods. The commercial, which also features singer Willie… Continue Reading Chipotle ad named among top five of 2012

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When Nathan and Melissa Liljestrand’s remodeling business, Custom Creations, needed a bottom-line makeover, they took it to the Small Business Development Center’s Leading Edge class. The couple’s business plan has advanced to a state-level competition, where it will compete against the business plans submitted by 14 other SBDCs for a cash prize. The SBDCs 13-week Leading… Continue Reading SBDC program growing, sending local plan to state competition

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Retailers hopeful despite tight spending forecast

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As retailers enter the final stretch of the holiday shopping season, they’re hoping shoppers will open wide their pocketbooks, despite lackluster spending predictions. Overall holiday sales are expected to increase, though shopper sentiment is still on a downward trend. Consumer confidence fell in December to a five-month low, according to a Dec. 21 report from Reuters/University… Continue Reading Retailers hopeful despite tight spending forecast

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Colorado had 10 mass layoffs in November, down from the 16 last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A mass layoff involves at least 50 workers from a single employer. Colorado employers laid off 992 workers  in November compared to 1,358 in November 2011. Nationally, the manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent… Continue Reading Colo. mass layoffs drop from 16 to 10, manufacturing sees most

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Digital Edition – December 21, 2012

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People on the Move – December 21, 2012

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Jeff Beauprez and Fred Wolfe have been named to the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s board of directors. Beauprez is president and CEO of eVanics and Colorado Networks, Inc. Previously, he was European market manager for a Hewlett-Packard product line. Wolfe is a construction executive at GE Johnson Construction Company. Prior to that position,… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 21, 2012

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