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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.

Stimulus tax-break deadlines loom

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides numerous tax breaks and incentives. But, many have expiration dates. To deduct state and local taxes on the purchase of new cars, light trucks, motor homes and motorcycles under the new vehicle purchase incentive, the vehicles need to be purchased before the first of the year.… Continue Reading Stimulus tax-break deadlines loom

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The 50 million American workers who labor each day in cubicles without office doors to shut might have a new tool to help avoid interruption. Instead of fantasizing about duct taping coworkers’ mouths shut, they can install a CubeGuard Cubicle Message Barrier, a retractable message banner that can be mounted across an office doorway or cubicle with messages… Continue Reading CubeGuard could help avoid office interruption

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Dozens of job seekers spent the afternoon networking, attending interactive workshops and learning about how to start-up a business at Laid Off Camp-COS on July 16. Co-hosted by Croke-Schoenherr & Associates and The Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Laid Off Camp offered consultations, mock interviews and seminars about such topics as protecting intellectual property, using social… Continue Reading Springs job seekers network at Laid Off Camp

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Flair for international biz?

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Sometimes it’s nice to hold all the power. The British are fairly pleading with American businesses to apply for contracts for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Pardon the pun, but it’s a golden opportunity to make some cash — the Brits have a $12 billion budget for Olympic games-related contracts, including direct procurement… Continue Reading Flair for international biz?

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No need to cut training

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State, federal money  available for businesses When times get tough, creative business owners seek solutions to bolster their bottom lines — but cutting training budgets shouldn’t be one of them. Although companies in El Paso and Teller counties received $506,000 in grants during fiscal year 2009, $200,000 in state grant money went unclaimed last year.… Continue Reading No need to cut training

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Yesterday, President Barack Obama proposed the American Graduation Initiative, to increase college graduation rates, a prospect Pikes Peak Community College President Dr. Anthony Kinkel called the most efficient use of tax-payer dollars. “I can guarantee that if Congress can pass this initiative,” Kinkel said, “the return on investment with community colleges will be higher than… Continue Reading PPCC’s Kinkel applauds Graduation Initiative plan

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Tech job cuts both ways

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Job cuts in the technology sector declined significantly during the second quarter, possibly signaling a turnaround for an industry that has been impacted heavily by the recession.  Planned layoffs announced by employers in the computer, electronics and telecommunications industries totaled 33,891 during the quarter ending June 30, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.  That… Continue Reading Tech job cuts both ways

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Alphabet soup sometimes spells help

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Because of the recession and multiple bailouts, acronyms have been bandied about like cotton candy at the county fair. But there are so many new programs that it can be confusing to consumers on Main Street. Two of the main programs have similar-sounding acronyms, but are administered by different federal agencies. The Term Asset-Backed Securities… Continue Reading Alphabet soup sometimes spells help

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Since early 2008, consumers and businesses have become more aware of their financial excesses. Although it’s never too late to rein in one’s excesses, it is certainly overdue for many Americans. “I’ve seen a lot of people going back to basics in the last year and a half,” said June Walbert, certified financial planner practitioner… Continue Reading Best plan: Tackle your credit card debt, step by step

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You’re smart and avoided the holiday crowds by going on vacation this weekend or next. But while you’re getting the oil changed and checking the air in the tires – don’t sing like a canary and tweet your plans. It’s akin to hanging a sign on the front door: Headed to Vegas, house vacant, have… Continue Reading Social media serving as advertisement for burglars

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