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Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

Michele Hefner has spent half her life working at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings. Now the general manager, Hefner, 39, ruminated recently with the Business Journal about her 20 years working at the popular tourist attraction west of Colorado Springs. How did you arrive at becoming manager of the attraction? Going to college, I got… Continue Reading Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

Contributions to Pikes Peak United Way increased slightly in the fiscal year that ended June 30, said President and CEO Jason Wood. Last year, the nonprofit collected around $5.5 million, he said. This year there is an additional $200,000 in the contribution baskets. “We saw a better level of giving, from corporations to individuals,” Wood… Continue Reading United Way collects more this year

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Today, resale is the new retail

In Colorado Springs, a person can purchase virtually any item, new or used. Standard new and used items — cars and homes — are for sale throughout town. Then there are other things, items like tires you wouldn’t normally see sold used. Even on Craigslist. Several cunning business owners in Colorado Springs have made “resale… Continue Reading Today, resale is the new retail

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St. Francis receives Level III trauma designation

St. Francis Medical Center has been designated a Level III trauma center by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The designation is effective Aug. 1. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. “Designation as a Level III trauma center allows SFMC to provide additional resources and… Continue Reading St. Francis receives Level III trauma designation

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Lawsuit challenging TABOR moves forward

Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit denied the governor’s request to rehear his claim that the plaintiffs’ constitutional challenge to TABOR should be dismissed on procedural grounds. In March, a three judge panel of the 10th Circuit unanimously decided the case should proceed to trial. Tuesday’s ruling upheld that decision. As… Continue Reading Lawsuit challenging TABOR moves forward

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Webinar targets investments

The Colorado Small Business Development Center is offering a webinar titled Colorado Emerging Ventures: Is your business ready for investment dollars? The free webinar will take place Wednesday from 7:30-9 a.m. The webinar will be presented from the Boulder SBDC office. Among others, the webinar will answer the question: What does it really mean to… Continue Reading Webinar targets investments

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Median home price rises in second quarter

Most areas of Colorado experienced additional increases in housing prices during the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013 and compared to the first quarter of 2014, according to Quarterly Market Statistical Reports released this week by the Colorado Association of Realtors. The median price for single-family homes and condominiums-townhouses combined… Continue Reading Median home price rises in second quarter

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When the stock market is high, poised possibly to fail, and when interest rates are at rock bottom, where does a person invest his or her money? “The stock market is up 180 percent from the March 9, 2009 bottom,” said Certified Financial Planner Jeff Jensen. “They remember when they lost 57 percent of their… Continue Reading Investing in volatile times can work

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Economic numbers from early 2014 would lead economists to believe there’s another recession in America. Not so, said Fred Crowley, a UCCS professor of economics, economic consultant and well-known authority on the subject.  In the first quarter of the year, the gross domestic product dropped 2.9 percent, an annualized number, Crowley said. “Normally, if you… Continue Reading Local economy on a slow rebound

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MacVan carries every map imaginable

Bob Stanley used Google Maps on his smartphone once when he was delivering maps in Denver from MacVan Publishing, where he works as general manager. “I didn’t know Denver well and my smartphone took me out of the way,” Stanley said. “I was doing things I shouldn’t be doing — not practicing what I preach.… Continue Reading MacVan carries every map imaginable

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