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The mountain states ended the year by maintaining their position above neutral growth in a series of economic indicators, according to the Goss Institute of Economic Research monthly economic report. And, looking ahead six months, the economic optimism of supply managers is climbing. “An improving national economy and upturns in residential housing pushed business confidence… Continue Reading Supply managers optimistic about 2013 for job and economic growth

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ISS named top 100 job creators by Inc. Magazine

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Colorado Springs companyIntelligent Software Solutions has made the top 100 “Hire Power ” list in  Inc. magazine. It’s the first time the company’s given the award, and ISS was number 67, with 347 jobs created last year. Jay Jesse, owner of ISS, said the company has doubled in size and has opened offices in Denver… Continue Reading ISS named top 100 job creators by Inc. Magazine

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The fiscal cliff is looming larger, and the country actually might endure a series of draconian cuts and tax increases — something that was never supposed to happen. When Congress passed a law in August 2011 requiring $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts — half from the Department of Defense — it was supposed to serve… Continue Reading Fiscal cliff cuts start with defense but could go deeper

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Fiscal cliff worries small business owners

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Small business owners are worried about the so0called “fiscal cliff” and they don’t want any potential solution to interfere with job creation. The looming questions over whether Congress will act before the year-end deadlines has small business owners trying to plan for varied scenarios. In Colorado Springs, 80 people attended a recent seminar “The Fiscal… Continue Reading Fiscal cliff worries small business owners

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Housing construction is up, consumer confidence is up and more than 21,000 new cars are expected to be sold in the county by year’s end. These are the biggest changes in this latest quarter in El Paso County from one year ago and mark some of the county’s strongest performance since bottoming out in February… Continue Reading El Paso County housing, auto sales and confidence up, UCCS report says

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Travel industry leading in job growth

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The travel industry is cruising into economic recovery, creating jobs 16 percent faster than other sectors, the U.S. Travel Association reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics October report shows unemployment at 7.9 percent and that the economy added 171,000 jobs last month. Of those jobs added, 6,000 were travel jobs. David Huether, senior vice president… Continue Reading Travel industry leading in job growth

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As far as post recession recoveries go, the country is right on track. Never mind the screaming headlines that predict the end of the world, said Jim Paulsen, Wells Capital Management chief investment strategist. “I just think there are high odds that (the world) won’t end,” he said. Paulsen, who has been named a top… Continue Reading Economy tracking toward recovery; local outlook not as rosy

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Weekend no longer means break from work

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Just because its Saturday, doesn’t mean workers are taking a break. According to a Right Management survey, more than one-third of workers get regular weekend emails from their boss that they have to respond to, and another one-third occasionally get those kinds of emails. “The convenience of workplace technology is matched by its pervasiveness and,… Continue Reading Weekend no longer means break from work

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Mac McClung was working Tuesday in his Woodland Park shop, Bad Rock Automotive, when a mini flash mob surrounded him and began taking pictures. The group, from Pikes Peak Area Rotary Clubs, surprised him with a check for $2,000. It was a collective business hug and the group gave out two that day and has… Continue Reading Rotary Club members surprise small businesses with $2,000 checks

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Construction and energy in Colorado helped push up the overall business conditions for the Mountain States region for the 34th straight month. The overall index, or Business Conditions Index, which ranges between 0 and 100, advanced to a healthy 59 from 56.1 in July, according to the August Mountain States economic report released today. An… Continue Reading Construction in Colorado helping business conditions, but jobs still lag

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