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Forum evaluates stocks in favorable tone

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Jovial best describes the mood of the audience and Tom Naughton, Southern Colorado regional president, at a recent U.S. Bank Economic Forum breakfast at the Antlers Hilton. Norman Alvis, senior portfolio manager for the bank, zipped through an investment outlook that kept people on the edge of their seats. Some highlights: Markets move in phases.… Continue Reading Forum evaluates stocks in favorable tone

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Employers: Pay the piper, now or later

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Another order needs to be shipped stat, a client drops by, Internet service just went down, and an IRS notice arrives — your employee tax withholdings were miscalculated. Now you owe a hefty fine. Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. Back in the day, someone would become inspired, start a company doing what he… Continue Reading Employers: Pay the piper, now or later

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Local economy gears up to climb

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Once wrecked, then patched up for several years, the economy locally continues to improve, rolling along at a modest pace. Not that the region — or the nation, for that matter — ought to expect robust growth any time soon, if ever. “The new normal” of economic growth, as Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at… Continue Reading Local economy gears up to climb

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Repair regulations set to affect small biz

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Burying your head in the sand won’t make the new federal repair regulations go away. In fact, avoidance will only make things worse. With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on what your business needs to know about — to remain in the good graces of the Internal Revenue Service. Effective Jan. 1, these tangible… Continue Reading Repair regulations set to affect small biz

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IRS offering break for Colorado flood victims

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IRS offering break for Colorado flood victims

The Internal Revenue Service will provide tax relief to individual and business taxpayers affected by, flooding, landslides and mudslides in Colorado. The IRS announced this week that some taxpayers in the counties of Adams, Boulder, El Paso, Larimer and Weld will receive tax relief, and other locations may be added in coming days following additional… Continue Reading IRS offering break for Colorado flood victims

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Venture capital attracts minds to share ideas

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Entrepreneurs wanting venture capital should have an articulate “elevator pitch” primed for any moment of opportunity, several investors said at a venture capital event last week at The Broadmoor. Venture capital provides seed money for budding businesses. The event brought investors from California to Texas together with Colorado Springs start-up companies and business leaders here.… Continue Reading Venture capital attracts minds to share ideas

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Credit card delinquencies drop nationwide

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Credit card delinquencies drop nationwide

The national credit card delinquency rate (the ratio of borrowers 90 or more days past due) decreased to 0.57 percent in the second quarter of 2013 from 0.63 percent in the second quarter of 2012, according to TransUnion, an international credit information firm. In Colorado Springs, the 90-day credit card delinquency rate fell from 0.57… Continue Reading Credit card delinquencies drop nationwide

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CB&T still tops in local SBA loan market

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CB&T still tops in local SBA loan market

In the latest indication that Central Bank & Trust continues to dominate the local Small Business Administration loan market, the bank has received the SBA’s statewide “Small Lender Award for 2013.” So far this year, CB&T has completed 16 SBA-backed loans in El Paso County, totaling $9.2 million, far more than any other locally based… Continue Reading CB&T still tops in local SBA loan market

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Springs getting first new bank in four years

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Springs getting first new bank in four years

  Colorado Springs is about to get a new bank, led by a few familiar faces. Tim Stack, formerly of Wells Fargo in Colorado Springs, and Steve Ingham, most recently with Kirkpatrick Bank, are leading the effort to break Denver-based Colorado Business Bank into the Springs market. Stack is the bank’s local president, and Ingham… Continue Reading Springs getting first new bank in four years

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New branch, loans add up to big year for ANB

ANB Bank Regional President Lonnie Parsons knows exactly which direction his bank is heading — up. Parsons took over the Denver-based bank’s Colorado Springs operations last August, a time when ANB, the Pikes Peak Region’s fifth largest bank with about $400 million in assets, was facing lending challenges and had just endured an exodus of… Continue Reading New branch, loans add up to big year for ANB

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