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We have come to a critical juncture in our city and county. After years of tax cuts and budget shortfalls our city and county governments cannot provide the necessary services at a level that residents of the Pikes Peak region deserve.<br>
The proponents of lower taxes and less government have had an easy time getting taxes lowered and placing constraints on elected officials. Continue Reading We can do a better job of taking care of community

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You started your small business, rented space, hired a manufacturing or sales staff, stocked your inventory and are ready to open the doors. Aren’t you forgetting something? Who’s going to do the bookkeeping?
As the business owner, you plan on doing the bookkeeping yourself, so you head to the local office supply store and purchase QuickBooks, Microsoft Small Business Accounting or some other accounting package. Continue Reading Outsourced bookkeeping: Is it better than doing it yourself?

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Whenever it rains I look out my front door and watch buckets of water pour off my large sloped roof, join more buckets on the driveway and merge into the small rivers forming in the street.
The same thing happens at every other house in my neighborhood.
Living on the south side of Colorado Springs, fairly close to Fountain Creek, I realize that by the time my water joins the creek, it will already be flowing heavily because the same thing is happening all over town. Continue Reading Why support the stormwater fee? Because we’re urban

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There is no doubt about it; the last few weeks have had everyone in the business world holding their breath.
Most of us in the baby boomer generation have watched our retirement funds melt before our eyes, while we have resigned ourselves to working far into the future. On the bright side, the opportunity to contract with the government for the delivery of goods and services is ever present. Continue Reading SBA rule changes for women-owned small businesses

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Just having the numbers crunched isn’t enough

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Consider these scenarios:
You just received a notice from the government agency that regulates your business saying that the audit of your company didn’t meet required standards. The notice uses threatening language to spell out the negative consequences of not complying. What went wrong? Continue Reading Just having the numbers crunched isn’t enough

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Why ethics should matter to members of Congress

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Congress will never regain the faith of ordinary Americans until members of Congress win their trust. This appears to be a long way off.
I see no other way to read the results of a poll by the Center on Congress at Indiana University. When it asked 1,000 people whether members of Congress are “honest people of good character,” a rather stunning 42 percent said that most are not. Continue Reading Why ethics should matter to members of Congress

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Green not a passing fancy

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The main topic of today’s issue of the Colorado Springs Business Journal is “Go Green for Green.” One growing area of interest is the concept of green building, which people also call sustainable construction.
Green building is the design, construction and operation of buildings in order to minimize environmental impacts. Green building not only can help save the environment, but can save money for those owning or operating a building. Continue Reading Green not a passing fancy

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Brightly colored decorated “parking” meters will soon be seen around Colorado Springs. The new meters aren’t some creative marketing plan to make paying for parking more enticing — they are part of a new program to help the homeless.
Five meters are already decorated and are presently on display at City Hall. Continue Reading City offering new alternative for helping the homeless

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As chief of the Colorado State Patrol and a motorcycle rider for the past 14 years, I know there is nothing like the freedom and exhilaration of riding a motorcycle in our beautiful state.
But with that freedom comes responsibility and certainly some danger. Continue Reading Labor Day wish: ride free, ride further, ride sober

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The kids are back in school, summer vacations are a fading memory and the fall elections are moving ever closer.
For a moment, let’s turn our attention to tax planning. I know, it’s not December and you have other things to do. Humor me.
You could reduce your taxes and will certainly reduce surprises at filing time. Continue Reading Are you properly prepared for the new tax environment?

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