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Two-thirds of online retailers said the deadline to place orders for ground shipping with delivery by Christmas is Dec. 18, according to the Shop.org/Shopzilla 2007 eHoliday study. The survey found that most retailers’ free ground shipping offers (76.1 percent) will expire on or before that day. Shop.org’s CyberMonday.com, provides a list of retailers still offering… Continue Reading Deadline for timely delivery of online gifts approaching

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The National Association of Realtors’ prognosis for 2007 and 2008 home sales is a little more optimistic. The NAR revised monthly forecast calls for existing home sales to fall 12.5 percent this year to 5.67 million. Last month, the association predicted 5.66 million existing homes would be sold this year. Still, the revised figure would… Continue Reading Realtors’ housing market outlook a little rosier

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November unemployment rate holds steady

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The nation’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent during November as employers continued to hire at a moderate pace, according to a Labor Department report released late last week. Employers added a net 94,000 jobs to their payrolls during November, down from an unexpected gain of 170,000 jobs during October. The jobless rate has… Continue Reading November unemployment rate holds steady

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8 Denverites on Forbes’ billionaire list

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Don’t hate our neighbors to the north because they’re rich. Eight Denverites made Forbes’ 2007 list of the world’s wealthiest, up from six the previous year. EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen leads the Colorado list, with his fortune growing to $10 billion from $6.7 billion during 2005. Qwest founder Philip Anschutz saw his wealth increase to… Continue Reading 8 Denverites on Forbes’ billionaire list

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Colorado SBA Director retiring

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Patricia Barela Rivera, the state district director for the Small Business Administration, will retire from her post Jan. 3. Region eight administrator Elton Ringsak said Ron Solberg, the Colorado Lead Business Development Specialist, will temporarily fill her position until a replacement is found. The state director is responsible for implementing national SBA programs and dispersing… Continue Reading Colorado SBA Director retiring

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The Colorado Small Business Development Center and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Small Business Conference for Veterans next week. The conference is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Antlers Hilton hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Small business counselors from around the state are scheduled… Continue Reading 3rd annual small business conference for veterans

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Kaiser gives $16 million to fight obesity

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Kaiser Permanente announced yesterday that it will give $16 million to support a statewide anti-obesity program. Kaiser will disperse the money over five years to the nonprofit LiveWell Colorado, a public-private program to fight obesity in the state. LiveWell was established in March by Kaiser, the Colorado Health Foundation and the Colorado Department of Public… Continue Reading Kaiser gives $16 million to fight obesity

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Feed the Children, a nationally known nonprofit organization, will deliver 2,000 boxes of food for families served by the El Paso County Department of Human Services Saturday, Dec.15. Food will be distributed between 9 a.m. and noon at the Department of Human Services, 105 N. Spruce St.

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Business partnership welcomes new members

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The Falcon Business League and the Fountain Valley Chamber have joined the Pikes Peak Regional Business Partnership. The partnership includes Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Black Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber. The two organizations will be recognized at a breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December… Continue Reading Business partnership welcomes new members

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The Colorado Patient Safety Coalition honored Parkview Medical Center for its patient safety record during the 2007 Patient Safety Conference. Parkview was chosen for the award based on the hospital-wide reduction in medication errors using wireless, hand-held devices that allow nurses to capture and document vital sign information. Called the CARE system, the device guides… Continue Reading Parkview recognized for cutting ‘near-miss events’

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