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The Small Business Administration will host an online chat at 11 a.m. tomorrow about how small companies can cash in on the economic stimulus legislation. SBA Associate Administrator Eric Zarnikow will host the chat. Participants can go to www.sba.gov and click on the Online Business Chat icon. Questoins can be submitted there. As a result… Continue Reading SBA stimulus chat tomorrow

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O, say can you sing?

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The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are looking a few good singers. They’ll host Star Spangled Banner vocalist auditions from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 at Security Service Field. Soloists, duets, trios and quartets are invited to audition for. Singers should simply show up at Security Service Field and check in at the… Continue Reading O, say can you sing?

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Colorado had the 10th-highest level of residential mortgage fraud during 2008, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The No. 10 spot is up from the state’s 2007 ranking of No. 17. The state was No. 8 on the list during 2006, No. 6 in 2005 and No. 3 in 2004. Rhode Island was No. 1… Continue Reading Colorado ranks 10th in nation for mortgage fraud

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Contractors and highway construction companies should mark April 9 on their calendars. That’s when Colorado Department of Transportation officials will give project and bid information about the area’s stimulus-package-funded projects. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Region 2 CDOT offices, 1480 Quail Lake Loop. CDOT will host three other information sessions in… Continue Reading Stimulus project bid information meeting April 9

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The Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs and the city are floating the idea of extending downtown parking meter fee hours to include weekday and weekend nights to raise money to save the free downtown shuttle. While no plan is certain yet, the idea was born of the downtown partnership’s desire to continue service of the… Continue Reading Downtown parking meter fees at night?

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The Downtown Development Authority is giving away money – but only if it’s going to be spent to improve the downtown landscape. The authority has up to $150,000 in grant money – to be given away in amounts varying between $2,500 and $25,000 for projects that will enhance downtown. Last year, the DDA awarded 18… Continue Reading Free money for downtown development

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Colorado Springs’ neighbor to the west has updated its streetscapes, attracted new retail shops and expanded its Cliff House Hotel, but it’s come up short on places for its many visitors to park. To address the problem, the Manitou Springs Parking Authority has released two community surveys soliciting comment about how residents and commercial building… Continue Reading Manitou seeking solution to city’s longtime parking issues

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Colorado healthy, at peace with self

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Colorado ranks fourth in the nation in terms of well being, according to a national analysis of 350,000 interviews conducted in 2008. Only Utah, Hawaii and Wyoming rank higher, with Michigan, Tennessee and Oklahoma having the lowest well-being ratings, according to the Gallup Healthways WEll-Being Index, one of the largest survey of its kind. The… Continue Reading Colorado healthy, at peace with self

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Consumers and investors are anxious about the economy and the stock market, but loans are still being made and return on investment is still possible at Colorado banks, says the president¬†of the Colorado Bankers Association. “Public perception is that there isn’t any credit available,” said CBA President Don Childears, “but banks chartered and headquartered in… Continue Reading Bankers Association president: don’t believe the hype, Colorado banks healthy

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Refinances boost loan origination projections

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Projections for U.S. home financing this year have increased $400 billion. An increase in conventional refinances is responsible for the bright outlook, according to www.MortgageDaily.com. First-quarter residential originations are expected to reach $430 billion, Freddie Mac said in its March Economic and Housing Market Outlook. Estimated U.S. production is 46 percent higher than estimated fourth-quarter… Continue Reading Refinances boost loan origination projections

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