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Saunders leaving Chamber of Commerce

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Joan Saunders, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce chief operating and financial officer since 2007, has accepted a job as CEO of Pet Care Services Association, a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit organization. Her departure will be effective July 20. Chamber representatives said they have already begun receiving applications for Saunder’s job.

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Only 5 percent of small business owners polled by the Small Business Research Board said the economy is showing signs of significant recovery. Nearly 36 percent of small business owners believe the economy is just starting to show signs of recovery. About 25 percent said the economy has bottomed out and could begin recovering during… Continue Reading Few small businesses say economy is recovering

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Supreme Court to consider sex-offender law

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of a federal law that permits sex offenders to be kept behind bars after they complete their prison terms.The justices, acting Monday, say they will consider the Obama administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated the law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of… Continue Reading Supreme Court to consider sex-offender law

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Colorado Springs’ economic performance amid the recession ranks No. 41 of the 100 largest U.S. cites, according to a Brookings Institution study about the economic downturn’s impact on urban America. Denver ranked No. 39. In its “Metro Monitor” report, released this week, the Brookings Institute assessed how the recession has affected big-city employment, wages, gross… Continue Reading Springs ranks 41st among nation’s 100 biggest cities

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Regis University will launch a Patient Quality and Safety certification this fall. The certificate is designed to help train hospital staff to identify risk and prevent medication errors. The program will  consist of four, three-credit academic courses that can be completed in two terms. Graduate level academic credit is granted for these courses and facilities’ tuition… Continue Reading New certification program aims to curb hospital errors

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Construction inspired by the faithful

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Construction might have slowed to a recessionary crawl in large urban business districts, at suburban office campuses or in industrial parks, but faith-based work continues to multiply like the proverbial “loaves and fishes.” Continue Reading Construction inspired by the faithful

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The business model for medicine is changing — and the way doctors practice will change with it. Boutique medicine is on one end — and Wal-Mart walk-in clinics are on the other. Working directly for a hospital is somewhere in the middle. “Being part of a large practice associated with a hospital allows you to… Continue Reading Penrose bucking trend of putting doctors on payroll

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Talbots Inc., which paid $517 million for the J. Jill chain of apparel stores during 2006, has agreed to sell the chain for $75 million to Jill Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private investment group. The new owners purchased 204 of the 279 locations and agreed to retain J.… Continue Reading Retail roundup: J. Jill staying in Shops at Briargate

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Colorado’s rural areas are facing a serious shortage of health care providers — but Kaiser Permanente is giving $2.4 million to the University of Colorado at Denver’s Health Science Center to help train more medical professionals who will work in isolated areas the state. The money will establish an Interdisciplinary Rural Training and Service Program,… Continue Reading Kaiser donates $2.4 million to shore up rural care

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Freedom names replacement CEO

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Freedom Communications has named Burl Osborne, former publisher of The Dallas Morning News and former chairman of the board of The Associated Press, as its new CEO. He will take over next month for Scott Flanders, who left the job to take the helm at Playboy Enterprises. Osborne has served on Freedom’s board as an independent… Continue Reading Freedom names replacement CEO

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