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Digital Edition – May 17, 2013

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A rebounding real estate market, new home construction and increased auto sales seem to be leading Colorado Springs in an economic recovery, according to a Quarterly Updates and Estimates report from the Southern Colorado Economic Forum. The economy has been slowly growing since 2011, according to the report. The Business Conditions Index stands at 111.72,… Continue Reading Report: New home construction and auto sales leading economic recovery

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Local firm crews, marketing companies, directors and film support companies can now register for the “Colorado Reel-Crew,” an online tool that will allow film industry workforce and support service companies to showcase skills and services to producers who want to film in Colorado. The online tool is part of the Reel-Scout platform, an online software… Continue Reading State’s film office launches marketing tool for local production crews

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The Small Business Development Center will host a free workshop about flood and business insurance from 8 to 10 a.m. tomorrow, May 21, at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs. A lot of business owners have had trouble making sense of the current business insurance environment, especially as it pertains to flood insurance, said Ingrid… Continue Reading SBDC hosting flood insurance workshop

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Springs-area attractions investing in big improvements for tourists

Colorado Springs area attractions and tourist destinations have invested, or plan to invest, almost $134 million in improvements this year. The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau reached out to its members to find out what they had planned. The results provided an impressive list of local attractions planning to invest anywhere from tens of… Continue Reading Springs-area attractions investing in big improvements for tourists

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While the 2013 session of Colorado’s Legislature offered a share of both victories and defeats, the sentiment among the state’s business community is that overall, it was a loss. On one hand lawmakers approved several pro-business bills, including legislation to provide startup incentives, expand Medicaid and protect the small-business health care market. But on the… Continue Reading Business leaders take dim view of Legislature’s work

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Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

At first glance, KC Stark seems an unlikely figure to lead a revolution. A former medical marijuana dispensary owner who now serves as a marijuana consultant, Stark is challenging the Colorado Springs city government’s reticence about recreational marijuana use. He’s opened Studio A64, a members-only cannabis social club, inviting a potential firestorm of criticism from… Continue Reading Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

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The status of a worker as an “employee” or an “independent contractor” continues to be an issue for employers and the IRS. The basis of the issue is how the particular designation affects employers’ payment of employment taxes. For those employers who have incorrectly in the past treated workers who are employees as independent contractors,… Continue Reading Contractor vs. employee: what you need to know

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Good news keeps coming for real estate

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For years, through good and not-so-good times, I’ve provided an eNewsletter twice a month for a mailing list of clients, friends and others. Business Journal readers should recall one of those letters appearing here a few months back, describing how well the local market had performed in February. The next eNewsletter wasn’t scheduled until next… Continue Reading Good news keeps coming for real estate

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State makes smart push for drones

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Just how much influence does Colorado have at the national level? We apparently are on the verge of finding out. As was brought up here last month, a nationwide frenzy has erupted over plans by the federal government to create six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (or, as they’re commonly called, drones) across the… Continue Reading State makes smart push for drones

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