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Health care costs are quickly outpacing income at almost every level for residents of Colorado. A series of workshops throughout the state will address the findings of an affordability study conducted by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiatives. The groups will be in Colorado Springs at 6 p.m.… Continue Reading It’s not just the poor who can’t afford health care

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Proposals in Congress to increase access for Small Business Innovation Research grants have garnered both accolades and aspersions. One bill that has passed the House of Representatives would allow all companies that receive venture capital funding to be eligible to compete for the grants. A bill being considered by the Senate caps venture capital at… Continue Reading Helping hand for V.C. firms, or windfall for big companies?

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Shop Act wouldn’t mandate coverage or create government competition Small businesses have spoken out vociferously against the health care reform plan being considered by Congress — and they’re throwing their support behind an alternative proposal — the Shop Act. The current legislation calls for employer mandated health insurance, a value-added tax and public programs that… Continue Reading Small businesses backing alternative health care legislation

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State retirement association seeking help from legislature to ensure solvency The CEO of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association now admits that his organization cannot continue to meet its obligations without “sweeping legislative changes.” Testifying on Monday before the Legislative Audit Committee, Meredith Williams painted a bleak picture for the lawmakers. “We can’t invest our way… Continue Reading PERA worse off than predicted

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No need to cut training

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State, federal money  available for businesses When times get tough, creative business owners seek solutions to bolster their bottom lines — but cutting training budgets shouldn’t be one of them. Although companies in El Paso and Teller counties received $506,000 in grants during fiscal year 2009, $200,000 in state grant money went unclaimed last year.… Continue Reading No need to cut training

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While U.S. apartment vacancies rose to their highest level in 22 years, Pikes Peak region apartments were filling rapidly.
The Springs’ overall vacancy rate dropped to 8.47 percent during the second quarter for complexes of 50 units or more. That was down from 9.9 percent during the prior quarter. Continue Reading Local multifamily listed among the nation’s best

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Hundreds of visitors to the Marian House Soup Kitchen were treated to free pizza as they were welcomed by a visit from the Little Caesar’s Love Kitchen as it rolled through Colorado Springs today. The Love Kitchen, a corporate food service operation on 18-wheels that travels the United States and Canada has fed more than… Continue Reading Little Ceasar’s delivers to Marian House Soup Kitchen

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Airline job cuts affect Colorado Springs

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US Airways is cutting 600 ground jobs this fall as it continues to struggle with the slow economy – and some of those losses will impact Colorado Springs this fall. The airline said yesterday that the biggest cut will be the elimination of 340 customer service positions. Those agents will lose their jobs on Sept.… Continue Reading Airline job cuts affect Colorado Springs

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Grant makes new Falcon library possible

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Thanks to a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the first Pikes Peak region library east of Powers Boulevard will be built. The Pikes Peak Library District received a $500,000 grant from the department to aid construction of the High Prairie Library Branch, part of a $23.2 million awarded for construction, infrastructure and… Continue Reading Grant makes new Falcon library possible

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One World 2 You closing Aug. 2

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One World 2 You, an Indian export warehouse, is closing Aug. 2, after two years in business. The company, owned by Jacquelyn Lundquist, is closing because the building owner decided not to renew her lease on the space at 101 S. Sahwatch a new national tenant was found who would sign a longer term lease. “They… Continue Reading One World 2 You closing Aug. 2

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