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New buzz and energy in the commercial real estate market has some local brokers cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of better times, but others in the industry remain skeptical. “There’s definitely activity,” said R.D. Trinidad, president and managing broker at Hoff and Leigh. “We’re having more positive inbound calls than we’ve had in… Continue Reading Commercial real estate energy could forecast 2012 recovery

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It’s been almost a year since the city established its first public recycling program in partnership with New Jersey-based for-profit company Greener Corners. Continue Reading Greener Corners sees recycling growth in first year

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Middle market businesses could win big this year in the game of mergers and acquisitions as companies with deep pockets come out of stalemate and make a move to buy innovative firms. Private equity firms have $1 billion they’ve been sitting on for the last three years and are now looking for middle market investments… Continue Reading Business transitions: Navigating your way through a business sale

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Sky Sox baseball is all about the game — but it’s not the game you might expect. Sure, it’s America’s favorite pastime, rich with history of the iconic dugout, mound and diamond where minor-league players hustle toward a shot of getting called up to the big leagues. But it’s also a business game, an effort… Continue Reading Colorado Springs Sky Sox winning the business game

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Thousands of U.S. troops decide to stay in Colorado Springs when they leave the military, and the franchise industry sees that as a big opportunity. Continue Reading Franchising a natural fit for Springs’ military veterans

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Insurance companies will be watching the Supreme Court arguments about the Affordable Care Act closely next month, because it could mean they can get rid of some of the reforms they consider onerous. The Supreme Court will be ruling on the constitutionality of the health care reform act, popularly known as Obamacare. If the law… Continue Reading Insurance industry eyeing health reform turn-around

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In Colorado Springs, about 100 attorneys are working on a project that aims to provide legal access to people who in their wildest dreams could never afford to hire an attorney. Under the umbrella of the El Paso County Bar Association, a new nonprofit organization has formed, the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project. And, “the… Continue Reading Attorneys’ program allows poor to approach the bench

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Stressed borrowers ought to be given the opportunity to pursue loan modification remedies before the lender forecloses on their home. That is the heart of Colorado Senate Bill 71, proposed by Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo. Under her legislation, lenders would need to work with a borrower “to effectuate a cure for default rather than move… Continue Reading Banks would foot the bill to buy homeowners more time

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UCCS architecture reflects campus goals

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In the last decade, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has evolved from a humble commuter school to a hilltop university… Continue Reading UCCS architecture reflects campus goals

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Stories of Enron and Bernie Madoff’s financial frauds and scheming grab headlines, but small businesses across the country are quietly being ripped off to the tune of millions every year … Continue Reading Forensic accountants are balance-sheet detectives

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