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Rebecca Tonn has been writing for the Colorado Springs Business Journal, covering banking, finance, small business, entrepreneurialism and other subjects, since October 2007. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and has lived in gorgeous Colorado since 1986. When she’s not calling financial advisers, entrepreneurs or bankers for quotes, she enjoys hiking Barr Trail and the Incline, mountain biking, yoga, reading, and hanging out with her children, family and friends.
Look close by to find corporate fraud

Look close by to find corporate fraud

Whistleblowers find what audits may not Look around you. Whether you’re a CEO, entrepreneur, employee of a small business or a corporate conglomerate, statistics show someone in your office is committing fraud. Perhaps he or she is merely pilfering paper towels or medicine from the supply cabinet, but often the crime is far more severe.… Continue Reading Look close by to find corporate fraud

Tonn: New challenge means leaving CSBJ again

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Death and taxes don’t solely control the market anymore — these days, change has become likewise inevitable, as well as the need to adapt. Much to my surprise, my recent tenure at the Business Journal has ended, as a new opportunity presented itself. If I’ve learned anything in business and life, it would be that… Continue Reading Tonn: New challenge means leaving CSBJ again

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Patke’s passion leads to more affordable housing

Greccio Housing Executive Director Lee Patke grew up in Bryan, Texas. During high school, he worked half the day and attended school the other half, saving money for college. Even as a youth, he did volunteer work: “Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of who I am.” An eight-year member… Continue Reading Patke’s passion leads to more affordable housing

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Burns finds rewards in improving seniors’ lives

Janet Burns, CEO of Sunny Vista Living Center, grew up in Illinois and studied architecture before moving to Alaska, then Hawaii, working along the way as a stockbroker, emergency medical technician, dental assistant and scuba instructor. Later, she earned a bachelor’s of business administration from California State University in Sacramento. When she was in high… Continue Reading Burns finds rewards in improving seniors’ lives

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Vectra forum messages: mixed news, need for sales tax shift

Vectra Bank Colorado hosted its annual Economic Forecast Update breakfast on Wednesday at The Broadmoor’s International Center. As usual, the forum — which featured economists Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder and Phyllis Resnick of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University — attracted more than 200 business owners and community leaders.… Continue Reading Vectra forum messages: mixed news, need for sales tax shift

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No option: Nonprofits must run like business

  Imagine being in fifth grade, still using training wheels on a bicycle — unable to keep up with other kids your age. Through local nonprofit Kids on Bikes, and its Earn-A-Bike program, Jessica, who lives in Colorado Springs, learned to ride without training wheels, leaving her overjoyed. Not only that, but she received a… Continue Reading No option: Nonprofits must run like business

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Neppl leads new RBA efforts

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Neppl leads new RBA efforts

While growing up on a farm in Iowa, raising cattle, Tom Neppl assumed he’d stay involved in the family business as an adult. But after studying industrial electronics in college, he moved to Colorado Springs in 1985. Neppl, who likes to build and create things, was “driven” to work for himself, so he co-founded Springs… Continue Reading Neppl leads new RBA efforts

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Tissue Fusion plans to market UCCS laser device

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Tissue Fusion plans to market UCCS laser device

  A laser tissue fusion device–that will make surgeries faster, simpler and reduce side effects–has moved closer to production with a license agreement between Tissue Fusion LLC and the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. Tissue Fusion President and mechanical and aerospace engineer Michael Larson (also El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation at UCCS),… Continue Reading Tissue Fusion plans to market UCCS laser device

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Kaiser Permanente plans Southern Colorado expansion

Kaiser Permanente Colorado plans to expand services and health plan offerings in Southern Colorado. In the next few years, Kaiser Permanente will begin offering specialty services at its medical offices in Southern Colorado, while also opening its Briargate Medical Offices to all ages, instead of the current 55 and older age restriction. In addition, the… Continue Reading Kaiser Permanente plans Southern Colorado expansion

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Friedman turns battlefield experience into beauty for clients

Halle Friedman grew up watching her dad practice medicine as the only doctor and surgeon in a rural area in Washington. He eventually lost his business because of insurance laws and other factors, and thus Friedman learned compassion for doctors, not knowing what a huge part that would later play in her life. In high… Continue Reading Friedman turns battlefield experience into beauty for clients

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