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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.

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority has rolled out a new program that reduces a homeowner’s federal tax. First-time homebuyers may use the Mortgage Credit Certificate program if they finance with a long-term fixed-rate mortgage. And homeowners who purchased a home that was financed with an adjustable-rate mortgage between Dec. 31, 2001 and Jan. 1,… Continue Reading New program reduces homeowners’ federal tax

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As soon as entrepreneurs buy or start up a business, they should have an exit strategy. Reality, however, is that many business owners only realize this much farther down the road — say, about the time they realize they don’t want to run a company every single day for the rest of their lives. Trekking… Continue Reading Truth be told, there really is no easy exit strategy

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For many people in the Pikes Peak region, the poor economy has hit a little too close to home. Laid Off Camp-COS – a free seminar, job fair and networking event for the unemployed – is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m., July 16 at 1160 Lake Plaza Drive. The event is open to job-seekers,… Continue Reading Local Laid Off Camp an opportunity for job seekers

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Military spending vital to Springs economy

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Despite continued worries about the economy, one thing is certain — the economic impact of the military is vital to the well-being of the Pikes Peak region.

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June job cuts the lowest in 15 months

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National job cuts during June were the lowest in 15 months. At 74,393, the announcements dropped below 100,000 for the first time since September, and were 33 percent lower than the 111,182 layoffs announced during May. These layoffs were the fewest since March 2008, when 53,579 were announced. Historically, job cuts decline in the second… Continue Reading June job cuts the lowest in 15 months

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Great Western Bank makes debut

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After a busy weekend changing signage and logos, First Community Bank opened yesterday as Great Western Bank. Although the acquisition has strengthened the bank’s position, there was a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make the transition. After closing Friday as First Community, employees and bankers at the downtown branch at 121 S. Tejon St. spent… Continue Reading Great Western Bank makes debut

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Statewide food drive launched

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Twelve percent of Colorado families are concerned about having enough food. To help alleviate some of those concerns, 15 credit unions along the Front Range and Western Slope are collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items at branch locations for a statewide food drive. The food will be donated to food banks in Colorado Springs,… Continue Reading Statewide food drive launched

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About 19 percent of the U.S. population has some type of disability, according to the Census Bureau. Of adults — ages 21 to 64 — with disabilities, only 46 percent are employed, compared to 84 percent of adults without disabilities. Many people have children, family members or loved ones who are disabled and need financial… Continue Reading Disability financial planning takes extra thought, care

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Colorado’s Front Range lies within two volatile pathways known as “Hail Alley” and “Tornado Alley.” The state also tied with Florida last year for the most lightning casualties in the nation. Two summers ago, golf-ball sized hail battered north Colorado Springs and Pueblo, causing $59.6 million in insured damages to residences and automobiles. Prior to… Continue Reading The rage of Mother Nature vs. the right insurance coverage

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Among the hail, lightning and wildland fires, the summer season also carries many risks – and reasons to update insurance policies.
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