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Be smart to create smoother road to retirement

The road to retirement should be paved with more than good intentions. Individuals approaching retirement should develop and follow an income plan that balances their current lifestyle with the long term sustainability of their retirement portfolio. There are two critical components for accomplishing this: following a spending policy and focusing on investing in companies that… Continue Reading Be smart to create smoother road to retirement

Small businesses do everything in their power to keep their workplace from burning down in a fire. Most businesses probably have an emergency plan of escape just in case. But many small- to medium-sized businesses are overlooking a critical component in keeping their businesses secure — they are not protected or prepared for a non-physical,… Continue Reading Cybersecurity tips help small businesses

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What do tests really test? This may seem a silly philosophical question, but educators and government agencies are keen to figure this out. My concern here isn’t with education, but banking. Usually the banks do the testing: Are you credit-worthy? What’s your score? Anyone who ever took out a car loan, house mortgage or business… Continue Reading How should America’s banks be tested?

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Central Bank & Trust, a division of Central Bancorp, has provided a $2.5 million SBA 504 loan to The Arena LLC, which is owned by two Colorado Springs residents. The Arena is located at 4003 N. Weber Street in Colorado Springs. It is a 20,000-square-foot athletic training center that includes a 15,000-square-foot indoor turf field, multiple… Continue Reading $2.5M loan given to The Arena

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United Way and Care and Share team up for SNAP

Pikes Peak United Way and Care and Share Food Bank are partnering to provide assistance to residents applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Through the Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 program, those seeking help can now call and speak with a 2-1-1 specialist who will assist with the online application process, according to… Continue Reading United Way and Care and Share team up for SNAP

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Last week, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a lease agreement between the city and the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad for the restoration of Steam Locomotive #168, which is on display in Antlers Park. C&TSRR proposes to remove the locomotive from its current static display, restore the engine to working condition and operate it… Continue Reading Historic Colorado Springs Locomotive to be reborn

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The following brief is adapted from a report by The Economist titled “Competing across borders: How cultural and communication barriers affect business.” Business executives are increasingly aware of the need for harmonious and productive cross-cultural relationships that transcend differences or, at a minimum, leverage polarities. To access new global markets or recruit new talent, members… Continue Reading Business without borders: Avoiding underperformance

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Catalysts spark fire downtown

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It hasn’t quite reached the status of being cliché — yet. But the idea of a development, park or place being “catalytic” is catching steam in the development realm. What does it take to be catalytic? Online dictionary definitions give us the following: “of the action of a substance that increases [the] rate of a… Continue Reading Catalysts spark fire downtown

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Women: How to deal with traumatic transitions

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There are intrusions and unexpected events that take us off our course from moving toward what we want in life. Professionally, we may get a new boss or job, be dealing with declining budgets, go into business for ourselves or retire. Personally, we may be struggling in marriage, with a blended family, dealing with divorce,… Continue Reading Women: How to deal with traumatic transitions

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Results of an analysis conducted by Tourism Economics were presented to the regional tourism industry on Tuesday, March 10. Private donations, along with financial and organizational support from 26 businesses and municipalities, helped commission a study to determine how Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region compares to its competitive set relative to destination marketing investment. Findings:  The… Continue Reading Report: Tourism promotions underfunded in Pikes Peak region

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