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It might not feel appropriate with sunny days still reaching into the 90s, but this is holiday party planning season. “If you don’t have your venue booked by October, you’re going to really limit your options,” said Donna Vessey, professional party planner and owner of Donna Vessey Events. This is one of her busiest planning… Continue Reading Holiday hoopla: Company events bring business to venues, vendors

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Buying new: Car sales climbing again

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Dealers of new cars in Colorado Springs aren’t using the “recession” word anymore. Instead, they’re busier than they have been in years. Continue Reading Buying new: Car sales climbing again

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Religious liberty in the United States is under siege like never before, says one local attorney who specializes in religion and legal issues. Continue Reading Religious lawsuits fill court dockets

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Bankers are often first to notice when an older adult is being bilked out of savings or retirement money by scammers and swindlers … Continue Reading Quandary: Bankers look for best way to end elder abuse

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On any given night in Colorado Springs, there are people with the entrepreneurial gene working into the wee morning hours on the next big business idea. Continue Reading Startup scene springs to life with many fresh ideas

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Ben Johnson guides people through the memories of their hallways and dresser drawers. He walks with them through their imaginations to the bathroom and through the closets and basements of the homes they’ve lost to fire. “Usually, it’s not something people want to do right away,” said Johnson, a general insurance adjuster for Farmers Insurance.… Continue Reading Insurance claims require recollection of belongings

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With news this week that the Waldo Canyon fire is the most expensive wildfire for insurance companies in Colorado’s history, rumors started to fly about increasing premiums and full coverage becoming harder to get. “I think there’s a concern that there will be an immediate impact to insurance premiums,” said Carol Walker, executive director of… Continue Reading Insurers say Waldo fire not enough to bump premiums

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At the height of the Waldo Canyon fire, the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado website was getting two or three cash donations per minute for fire relief efforts. In the midst of it all, someone sent in $50 for the children’s school “send hunger packing” program, where children get a backpack filled… Continue Reading Money flows into nonprofits; accountants track every penny

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As the tourism industry starts to take stock of the damage from the Waldo Canyon fire, another sector of the Springs economy is bracing for a firestorm of a political nature — sequestration legislation that could cut billions more from aerospace and defense companies. About 45 percent of the Springs’ economy comes from defense contractors… Continue Reading Defense industries track possible budgetary cuts

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When Mike Scialdone took the job as CFO of Memorial Health System four years ago, he said the hospital’s community connection was the attraction. That connection has been at the center of more than two years of debate about the future of the hospital He weathered the controversial exit of CEO Larry McEvoy and was… Continue Reading Scialdone guiding Memorial during uncertain times

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