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Detective demand growing

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Financial detectives are the new crime fighters in a world where they are looking for patterns and weaknesses in the financial spreadsheets. Forensic accounting goes back to the days of Al Capone, a bootlegger and leader of many sorted illegal activities, brought down for tax evasion. Today, every forensic TV show has made their field,… Continue Reading Detective demand growing

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SDS still offering contracts

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The Southern Delivery System could mean big business for local contractors, even though major portions of work have already been promised to out-of-state firms. Continue Reading SDS still offering contracts

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The space industry is planning to make giant strides in commercial space travel, space exploration and satellite technology during 2012. Continue Reading Space industry to go where few men have gone before

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A perfect storm of declining sales, increasing claims and no way to recoup investments during a down economy has hit the property and casualty insurance industry hard this year. That will mean increased rates for businesses and a buyer’s market left blowing in the wind. It’s humbug news for 2012. “It won’t go up dramatically… Continue Reading Insurance barometer on the rise for businesses in 2012

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2011’s biggest real estate deals

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The state of the U.S. economy played a definitive role in the Colorado Springs region’s top real estate deals this year. Investors swooped in to buy bank-owned properties at discount prices. Local and out-of-state apartment-management companies bought several complexes to capitalize on apartment demand, which is at a 10-year high. And large nonprofits with deep… Continue Reading 2011’s biggest real estate deals

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The faces that shaped 2011

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From business to politics, the military to athletes, below are some of the Colorado Springs faces who shaped the year… Continue Reading The faces that shaped 2011

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If small business owners take some time this month to review their 2012 business and tax plans, it could mean a little more money in their pockets next year. Local accountants and small business specialists are offering a few end-of-year tax tips. Stockman Kast Ryan accountant Cheryl Solze says keep first things first. “No matter… Continue Reading Accounting, small business experts offer yearend tips

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Predictions about the effects of the Congressional supercommittee’s failure to reduce the federal deficit are dire. The smallest Air Force in history. The smallest Army since 1940. The least number of Navy ships since 1915, and the loss of thousands of civilian jobs — all thanks to the automatic Department of Defense budget cuts of… Continue Reading Defense industry bracing for supercommittee impact

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Every time someone used a credit card to pay for a drink at Westside coffee shop Agia Sophia, credit card companies charged the business up to 50 cents, plus a percentage of the sale, just to make the transaction. “When someone is charging a $3 cup of coffee, that’s a lot,” said owner Kristin Kennedy.… Continue Reading Card-swiping accessory replacing credit card machines

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Renovation business framing a doorway to recovery

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The local commercial construction market is emerging from dark days, thanks in large part to remodeling and renovation projects. While projects are nowhere near the volume they were in 2007 and 2008, commercial contractors are breathing deep sighs of relief because their phones are ringing again. “We’re probably a $400-million-a-year-company,” said G.E. Johnson CEO Jim… Continue Reading Renovation business framing a doorway to recovery

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