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While the Pikes Peak region didn’t make the Forbes.com “Best Places to Get Ahead” top 10 this week, it fared better than most Colorado cities. Based on data collected by the online giant’s researchers, small and large metropolitan areas were ranked on three separate criteria tracked from 2000 to today. They included: cost of doing… Continue Reading Colorado Springs fares well on “get ahead” list

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State settles pharmaceutical suit

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Attorney General John Suthers announced today the settlement of a civil law enforcement action against drug company Barr Pharmaceuticals. The suit charged Barr Pharmaceuticals and Warner Chilcott with antitrust violations that prevented generic versions of a prescription oral contraceptive, Ovcon, from reaching the marketplace. The lawsuit was filed jointly by thirty-three other states and the… Continue Reading State settles pharmaceutical suit

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New Penrose COO on the job

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Jamie Smith starts today as the Chief Operating Officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. He succeeds Andrea Coleman, who resigned Jan 25. Smith has been working at the Centura Health Service Center as vice president of operations since June 2007. Prior to coming to Centura, he spent five years in hospital management as vice president… Continue Reading New Penrose COO on the job

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Small business day at the capitol

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Colorado’s small business owners are invited to Small Business day at the capitol to learn about legislation this year that could affect their businesses. The National Federation of Independent Business will host the event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 11. The cost to attend for both NFIB members and nonmembers is $15… Continue Reading Small business day at the capitol

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Seeking vendors, volunteers for Dem conventions

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Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak is hosting a free seminar for businesses and individuals interested in being vendors or volunteers at the Democratic State Convention and the Democratic National Convention. The seminar is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pikes Peak Center, Studio Bee, 190 S. Cascade Ave. For more information… Continue Reading Seeking vendors, volunteers for Dem conventions

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Starbucks closing – for three hours

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For three hours this afternoon, Starbucks will shut down every one of its 7,100 company-operated stores to allow it’s nearly 135,000 employees to participate in coffee brewing training. Executives said the training seeks “to energize partners and transform the customer experience.” Among the various lessons that will be re-taught include how to wipe the steamer… Continue Reading Starbucks closing – for three hours

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The Colorado Supreme Court this morning reversed a lower court order that prevented Amendment 41, the ethics law and gift ban enacted by voters in 2006, from going into effect. Denver District Judge Christina Habas granted the preliminary injunction to suspend Amendment 41 in May. The injunction was sought by a group of elected officials,… Continue Reading Colorado Supreme Court gives gift-ban law the go ahead

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The Small Business Administration’s new online assessment resources are intended to help hopeful entrepreneurs evaluate their readiness for starting a small business. “Small Business Readiness” and the “8(a) Business Development” assessment have been used by 125,000 budding entrepreneurs during the past three months. Based on the results, entrepreneurs are directed to the SBA training resources… Continue Reading SBA offers online assessment tools for entrepreneurs

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Visa plans largest public offering in history

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The Associated Press Visa might raise as much as $17 billion in what would be the biggest U.S. initial public offering as the largest credit-card network tries to replicate the success of MasterCard, which has quintupled since its initial offering two years ago. Visa plans to sell 406 million Class A shares for $37 to… Continue Reading Visa plans largest public offering in history

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Humana makes acquisitions

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Humana plans to increase its offerings as a result of two recent acquisitions: Comp Benefits and KMG America. The two additions to the Humana portfolio increase the non-medical products the insurance provider offers. The addition of CompBenefits expands Humana’s dental portfolio, which now includes dental HMO and dental EPO products. It also gave Humana a… Continue Reading Humana makes acquisitions

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