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Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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Every businessperson knows there isn’t enough time to think through decisions, that time for reflection isn’t usually scheduled during a hectic week. The Jewish High Holidays are just that kind of time, asking us to stop and reflect, in a span of 10 days, on what happened last year and what we hope to accomplish… Continue Reading Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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By Tatiana Bailey Southern Colorado Economic Forum The state of Colorado stands out as one of the superstars in the otherwise prolonged and anemic recovery. Colorado is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the “State Economic Activity Index” from 2012 to April 2014, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, and is almost tied with… Continue Reading Let’s build on the state’s momentum

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What I like to call The Great Cost Shift in American health care marches on with the approach of this year’s insurance enrollment season. That’s when all of us who get coverage from employers, the new state exchanges, Medicare Advantage plans or from a Medicare prescription drug plan are likely to find that choosing drug… Continue Reading Insurers shift higher generic prices to patients

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Run the right race if you want to win

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In a village long ago lived a young boy who loved nothing as much as competing in athletic contests. Because he was fit and strong, he usually triumphed, and he grew to love the adulation he received from the villagers around him. One day he challenged two other youths to a race from one end… Continue Reading Run the right race if you want to win

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SBA continuing to zero out fees and help vets

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Small Business Administration In an announcement Wednesday from Washington, D.C., the U.S. Small Business Administration revealed that fee relief on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less implemented last year and originally slated to expire on Sept. 30, will be extended through fiscal year 2015. SBA also announced that fee relief measures for SBA Veterans Advantage… Continue Reading SBA continuing to zero out fees and help vets

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Manitou wraps up a successful summer

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Manitou wraps up a successful summer

By Jeanne Davant Pikes Peak Bulletin Manitou Springs’ economy is coming back strong from the downturn of the past two years and appears to be on pace for a record-breaking summer. “The July numbers were the best I’ve ever seen,” says Finance Director Becca Davis. “All in all, I think we’ve made a strong recovery.”… Continue Reading Manitou wraps up a successful summer

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Suppose someone approached you and said, “If you buy the investment I have in mind for you, you can get good returns — but you won’t be able to access your money for 10 years without a substantial penalty.” And then what if someone else said to you, “I can get you the same returns… Continue Reading Weigh the downsides of tying up your money investing

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The ‘other’ side of the NFL’s story

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While the airwaves and print media recycle their outrage over the revelations of domestic violence perpetrated by Ray Rice against his fiancee and Adrian Peterson against his 4-year old son, the focus has shifted from the alleged crimes themselves to the NFL’s cover-up. Reminiscent of U.S. presidents’ cover-up stories that ended in impeachments and the… Continue Reading The ‘other’ side of the NFL’s story

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Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County! Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, all brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region’s long-standing, complex flooding and stormwater management problem. This is no small accomplishment. Stormwater management is… Continue Reading Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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List is long of those needing affordable housing

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More than 4,000 names are on a list to obtain affordable housing (2013 Quality of Life Indicators). A few years ago, Martha (not her real name) and her granddaughter lived in a dangerous neighborhood in El Paso County, with high crime and drugs. She feared for her grandchild’s safety, well-being and her education. Martha’s name… Continue Reading List is long of those needing affordable housing

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