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Since early 2008, consumers and businesses have become more aware of their financial excesses. Although it’s never too late to rein in one’s excesses, it is certainly overdue for many Americans. “I’ve seen a lot of people going back to basics in the last year and a half,” said June Walbert, certified financial planner practitioner… Continue Reading Best plan: Tackle your credit card debt, step by step

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Furniture retailers Eric and Ann Fetsch will close their Drexel Heritage Home Furnishings and Interior Design business near Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road later this summer. Downtown audio visual retailer ListenUp has purchased the 12,000-square-foot Drexel Heritage retail showroom at 888 E. Woodmen Road and will move its retail operation there. “We’re in the process… Continue Reading Retail Roundup: ListenUp moving into Drexel digs

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As hospitals struggle to meet new budget demands, they are faced with delaying or scaling back information technology projects — despite the fact that technology offers the promise of more efficient, less expensive care. Moving from a paper-based system to an electronic system, prescribing medicine using hand-held devices, checking drug interactions via computers — all… Continue Reading Health care providers facing technology quandary

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People on the Move – July 10, 2009

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Jason Hein has been named senior vice president of sales, marketing and product development for the vascular intervention and lead management businesses at Spectranetics Corp. Renee Boehme has been promoted to vice president of U.S. sales/ lead management for Spectranetics Corp. She previously was director of lead management sales. Anthony A. Frank has been named… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 10, 2009

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Weak retail sales in June raise worries

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NEW YORK (AP) – After yet another weak month, retailers are preparing to fight for their share of crucial back-to-school shopping. But they may have to keep discounting to keep consumers coming in, given escalating job uncertainty. Particularly worrisome in Thursday’s same-store sales reports: Mall-based teen stalwarts like Abercrombie & Fitch were among those hit… Continue Reading Weak retail sales in June raise worries

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Biotechs might compete for business grants

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Legislation passed the House of Representatives this week that will allow companies financed by venture capital to compete for Small Business Innovation Research grants. That’s welcome news for biotech companies, which usually spend decades and billions of dollars on research. If Congress approves the measure, it will mark the first time in six years that the… Continue Reading Biotechs might compete for business grants

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid-off workers filing initial claims for jobless benefits last week fell to lowest level since early January, largely due to changes in the timing of auto industry layoffs. Continuing claims, meanwhile, unexpectedly jumped to a record-high. While layoffs are slowing, jobs remain scarce and the unemployment rate is… Continue Reading Jobless claims at lowest level since January

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You’re smart and avoided the holiday crowds by going on vacation this weekend or next. But while you’re getting the oil changed and checking the air in the tires – don’t sing like a canary and tweet your plans. It’s akin to hanging a sign on the front door: Headed to Vegas, house vacant, have… Continue Reading Social media serving as advertisement for burglars

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The City of Colorado Springs is offering federal grant money to residents who make home energy efficiency upgrades, such as replacing windows or adding attic insulation. Awards vary, and the money is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for the program, property owners must occupy the property, live within the City limits… Continue Reading Grant money offered for home energy efficiency upgrades

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Perry Sanders says that his plan to convert three downtown office buildings into a boutique hotel that would include upscale bars, restaurants, a health club and penthouse suites is ready to move forward. Continue Reading New downtown hotel plans moving forward

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