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Nurses, computers scientists and retail sales people are in demand in Colorado. Those are the top three occupations with the most job listings, according to the Colorado Department of Labor. In Colorado, hospital employment has grown every year for the past 19 years with the most sought employees being registered nurses. And, there does not… Continue Reading Job openings are in health care, computers and retail

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Uncertainty in Washington about the 2012 defense budget — and billions in cuts expected in the next decade — has major defense contractors worried about shrinking contracts and cutting jobs. But smaller businesses in Colorado Springs are cautiously optimistic that smaller contracts might even the playing field. “Smaller companies are more nimble,” said Buddy Gilmore,… Continue Reading Defense budget cuts a bittersweet prospect in Springs

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Where do Colorado Springs jobs come from? It’s true that the city relies heavily on its public sector, employers such as Fort Carson and Memorial Hospital, for roughly 40 percent of the city’s workforce. But it’s the private sector that’s the real backbone of the economy, providing the other 60 percent. Here’s a look at… Continue Reading A look at some of Colo. Springs’ top private employers

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Local bankers say they are eager to make loans to small businesses. Trouble is, not many small businesses are asking. Continue Reading Banks shine a light on why small business lending lags

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Labor law: Beware bullying in the workplace

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If employers have not heard the term “status blind harassment” they should familiarize themselves with the issue, local attorneys and human resource managers say. Status blind harassment is more commonly known as workplace bullying, said Joan Rennekamp, human resources consultant with the law firm Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons in Colorado Springs. Insiders also call it… Continue Reading Labor law: Beware bullying in the workplace

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Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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What difference does a year make? When it comes to the Colorado Springs economy: very little. At this time last year, the city was optimistic about the path forward. Fred Crowley, professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and principal of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, predicted steady recovery. And he… Continue Reading Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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As temperatures rise, the real estate market heats up. Summertime means a surge of real estate activity, which comes as no surprise to Colorado Springs real estate agents. They know it’s home-buying season. “We’re in a challenging market right now because of the recession,” said Joe Clement, broker owner of Remax Properties in Colorado Springs.… Continue Reading Springs’ Realtors in gear for home-buying season

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The city’s traditional shopping malls are facing challenges filling retail space. Anchor tenants are leaving, and vacancies are high. Yet mall managers are trying to put a good face on the matter and insist their vacancy problems are only temporary. The city’s two traditional, shopping malls, The Citadel and Chapel Hills malls, won’t offer statistics… Continue Reading Springs’ shopping malls battling vacancy rates

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Blake Allen, who owns Allen Realty in Manitou Springs, is unfazed by the The Citadel mall’s woes and is buying the vacant Macy’s building in hopes of staging a retail comeback. Investors and retailers, however, aren’t convinced. He has been in the process of buying the building since March and hopes to close at the… Continue Reading Investor holds on to hope for Macy’s building

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission to overturn a 5-percent tax break for Colorado casinos in an effort to save funding for community colleges and historic preservation groups. While the gaming industry argues that the tax decrease will bring much-needed relief after three consecutive years of revenue losses, community colleges… Continue Reading Community colleges ask gaming commission to reconsider the 5-percent tax break

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