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Obama signs 1st major patent law change since 1952

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President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a major overhaul of the nation’s patent system, a measure designed to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. “We can’t afford to drag our feet any longer,” the president said. Passed in a rare display of congressional bipartisanship, the America Invents Act is… Continue Reading Obama signs 1st major patent law change since 1952

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The Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp.  and Peak Venture Group are accepting nominations for the 2011 Excellence in Local Industry and Celebrate Technology Awards. The EDC Excellence in Local Industry joins the Peak Venture Group for its Celebrate Technology Awards for one combined event, which will be Nov. 9 at The Broadmoor. EDC awards are… Continue Reading Industry and technology award nominations underway

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Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs

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Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs Apple fans and would-be customers seemed to agree that while Steve Jobs’ charisma and innovative genius is one-of-a-kind, the company he built will survive without him. After he resigned as CEO of the iconic gadget maker, Jobs was not the topic of conversation. On the display computers… Continue Reading Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs

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City Councilman Tim Leigh has a lot of ideas. Some are wild — like getting Colorado Springs Utilities to build kayaking rapids in Fountain Creek. Some are big — like building a downtown, Olympic-themed sports arena. And some are just plain unconventional — like using money from the lease for Memorial hospital’s assets to pay… Continue Reading Tim Leigh: A visionary or just eccentric?

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Colo. fee holiday for out-of state businesses

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Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is offering a fee holiday for out-of-state businesses. For three months starting Sept. 1, the Secretary of State will temporarily reduce fees from $125 to $1. The Secretary of State’s office is almost exclusively funded through business filing fees, but he says his office can absorb the fee reduction… Continue Reading Colo. fee holiday for out-of state businesses

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Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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For several years Payroll City was a one-woman show run by its owner Kathleen Fox. She had about a dozen Colorado Springs clients and was zipping through their payroll needs. But, she grew frustrated when she couldn’t find a computer program that produced all the spread sheets and kept the data the way she wanted.… Continue Reading Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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Peak Venture Group wants to hear your pitch

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Peak Venture Group is launching a new program this month that aims to tap into the hearts and spirits of budding entrepreneurs. The group, which has provided mentorship to up-and-coming entrepreneurs since 2000, is hosting a series of “Pitch Nights” – non-threatening nights where people with business, invention or product ideas can come, make a… Continue Reading Peak Venture Group wants to hear your pitch

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The drug testing business is booming, and local drug-screening company Conspire2Hire is set to expand into four states by year’s end. Conspire2Hire, which began selling franchises in 2010, sold its second franchise to an operator in Fort Worth, Tex., which is scheduled to open Sept. 1. The Texas drug-testing business will open in an industrial area,… Continue Reading Local drug-testing business eyeing 200 nationwide franchises

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Small businesses could be held legally responsible if customers use Wi-Fi internet access for illegal downloads. That’s the word from the National Federation of Independent Business, which noted that record labels and movie studios struck a deal this month to issue warnings to Internet providers whose accounts are used to steal content. Small businesses that… Continue Reading Business could be responsible for customers’ Wi-Fi use

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SpectWare owners Eric and Tabitha Skinner were en route to the biggest construction expo in the country and their stomachs were in knots. They were about to debut their new crane inspection management software, SpectWare Pro, to 120,000 experts in the crane and rigging industry at the March 2011 ConExpo in Las Vegas. Everything they… Continue Reading Crane software sees lift in national business

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