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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.

Trends in local, national economy

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Psst … here’s, well, not exactly a secret, but at least a marker to look for that signals economic recovery. “Once you see signs that people are going back to work, that’s usually a sign that the recession is winding down,” said Tom Zwirlein, director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum and a professor of… Continue Reading Trends in local, national economy

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Colorado businesses export about $8 billion of manufactured and agricultural products annually, and there are numerous resources and loans for business owners interested in – literally – expanding their horizons. Small business owners considering exporting can find a wealth of foreign market research – by country and sector – on the Internet. Locally, the Office… Continue Reading Options abound for companies seeking financing for exports

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Exporting: time might be right to cast

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Businesses that export increase their competitive advantage, create more jobs, pay higher wages and earn higher revenue. In Colorado, exporting supports about 89,000 jobs. During 2005, businesses exported to 193 foreign destinations, including Canada and Mexico, the state’s top two trading partners. However, according to the World Trade Organization, the volume of world trade will… Continue Reading Exporting: time might be right to cast

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Effective May 15, the City Clerk’s Office will only process private security officer and taxicab driver applications for licensure from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Applications must be submitted to the police department for background investigation by 10 a.m. the day of processing. License applications for private security officers and taxicab drivers were updated this month, and… Continue Reading New hours for security officer, taxi driver applications

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At first glance, the Credit Card Holders’ Bill of Rights seems to protect consumers, because it would ban retroactive rate hikes, double-cycle billing, misleading contract language and issuance to applicants under age 18. But financial industry pundits don’t support all components of the bill because of what it could cost the banking industry. The bill,… Continue Reading Credit card bill hailed by consumers, abhorred by bankers

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Thirty women – or, chicks and their peeps, rather – were trailed Friday night by a red wagon and rubber ducks with “Chick in Charge” name tags, during Manitou Springs’ first Chick Crawl, a retail promotional event to draw female shoppers. And, by most accounts the event was a success. Jewelry was “flying out the… Continue Reading Chicks hit Manitou Friday for retail crawl

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Economist sees unintended consequences

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Next time a proposed regulation sounds good – give it a litmus test before supporting it. “If you want to support legislation, make a list of all the ways people will think to bypass it – legally and illegally – and then, if the benefits outweigh the consequences, then go ahead,” said Dr. Elliot Eisenberg,… Continue Reading Economist sees unintended consequences

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Don’t let the suits fool you

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Mountaineers usually take four weeks to summit 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, including travel time. Flying to Alaska, acclimating, climbing to high camp, waiting for a weather window, summiting, descending and flying in a tiny plane back to Anchorage – it all takes plenty of time. But Chris Blees, CEO of BiggsKofford P.C., isn’t your average mountaineer… Continue Reading Don’t let the suits fool you

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Microeconomics is the study of behavioral changes – including the relationship between changes in price and changes in behavior. Regulatory changes create price changes. Therefore, “using microeconomics, let’s look at behavioral effects due to price changes resulting from regulatory changes,” said Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, senior economist for the National Association of Homebuilders, the keynote speaker… Continue Reading Eisenberg outlines the law of unintended consequences

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British Consul General Kevin Lynch, kept the crowd laughing Thursday, at the Eighth Annual Mayor’s International Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Lynch talked about the economy, trade and investment between the United Kingdom and the United States, and some of the humorous “challenges” that arise in business and cultural relationships between the two countries. Economy “The economic downturn… Continue Reading British consul mixes humor with trade advice at mayor’s luncheon

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