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County to consider budget cuts

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed mandates and balancing options to the county’s revised 2008 budget when it meets Thursday. Earlier this month, the board voted to furlough more than 100 county employees during the weeks of Christmas and Thanksgiving after a shortfall forced it to shave $4.1 million to balance… Continue Reading County to consider budget cuts

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SBA extends award nominations deadline

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The Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to submit Small Business of the Year award nominations. Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 14. There are 10 award categories, including the Small Business Person of the Year Award. To receive a nomination package, e-mail christopher.chavez at sba dot gov or call 303-844-0501. The Colorado Small… Continue Reading SBA extends award nominations deadline

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Construction work a little safer last year

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Construction workers across the nation worked more but were injured less often last year. The non-fatal injuries and illnesses case rate decreased from 6.3 cases per 100 workers during 2005 to 5.9 percent last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Construction injuries and illnesses totaled 412,900… Continue Reading Construction work a little safer last year

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Lodging group reports increased bookings

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The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association is reporting that year-to-date 66.4 percent of Colorado hotel rooms have been occupied, compared to 64.6 percent a year ago. The statewide average daily room rate during October was $115.93, compared to $105.72 one year ago. Colorado Springs’ average daily room rate for October hit $86.68, down from August’s… Continue Reading Lodging group reports increased bookings

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Young professionals in Colorado Springs don’t have a very bright outlook about the future of their careers here. Results from a joint survey [800Kb pdf] between The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. and the Colorado Springs Young Professionals show young up-and-comers believe there’s a lack of professional career opportunities in Colorado Springs. Even though 58… Continue Reading Young professionals all dressed up with no where to go

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Be careful how you smile around the office – it says a lot about your professionalism. Raise your eyebrows with a smile and your flirting. Curl up the edges of your mouth while your brow is furled and could be perceived as condescending. That’s what Patti Wood, self-proclaimed body language expert and author of Success… Continue Reading Is your smile sending the wrong message?

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Gov. Bill Ritter will give the keynote address during the Colorado Counties, Inc. 100th Annual Conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. The conference will be held Nov. 27 and 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2888 S. Circle Drive. Gov. Ritter is expected to discuss healthcare, transportation and education. On Nov. 28, there will be… Continue Reading Gov. Ritter, Colorado Counties Inc. conference in Springs this week

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Low income energy bills to rise 23%

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Energy Outreach Colorado is anticipating that energy bills for low-income families will increase 23 percent this year, thanks mostly to a reduction of federal money for assistance. Last winter, between Nov. 1 and April 30, the nonprofit organization said low-income people in Colorado paid about $608 for heat and electricity. This winter, the figure is… Continue Reading Low income energy bills to rise 23%

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No work, all play on Cyber Monday

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Shhh. Don’t let your boss know it’s Cyber Monday – the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday that Americans go to work and do their holiday shopping online. Even though the management might frown on it, more and more people appear to be using the day to shop while on the company dime. This year, 68.5… Continue Reading No work, all play on Cyber Monday

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Put that in your kettle

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The Salvation Army announced today that it has received a $100,000 Daniels Fund grant to support The Salvation Army’s R.J. Montgomery New Hope Center, the organization’s downtown homeless shelter at 709 S. Sierra Madre St. “This gift will enable us to continue services to those most in need in Colorado Springs,” said Major Don Gilger,… Continue Reading Put that in your kettle

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