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Colorado Springs Utilities engineer Steve Doty has been called the Galileo of energy management, and he has used that expertise to create a degree program at Pikes Peak Community College. The Energy Management Technology Program, leading to a two-year associate’s degree, trains students to take on the field work resulting from design and analysis needed… Continue Reading New PPCC program to develop conservation specialists

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The push and pull of business mediation

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In the case of small business vs. disgruntled customer, the courts cannot rule on hurt feelings. Continue Reading The push and pull of business mediation

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No budding entrepreneur wants to go down in flames over a misunderstanding of the tax code. But, it happens, local experts say. CPA Etienne Hardre, owner of Next Exit Advisors, watched a startup company go bankrupt because its owner made a fatal payroll tax mistake when it classified workers as independent contractors instead of employees.… Continue Reading Entrepreneurs: Beware costly, even fatal, tax mistakes

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If Al Capone were alive today, he wouldn’t need a gang of armed thugs, only a computer, an Internet connection and a couple of good hackers in order to sock away millions in stolen cash and credit cards. He would also get away with a few patents, copyrights and inventions. The international cyber mafia has… Continue Reading Cyber thieves targeting small, large businesses

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Home builders are emerging from the recession with some of the strongest sales and activity figures they’ve seen in years. Continue Reading Spike in new-home sales is welcome news for builders

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Commercial loan strength returning

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Commercial loans were up 40 percent during the first two months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Land Title Guarantee Co. Manager Randy Slaybaugh, who tallied the numbers, said they are a blend of new commercial loans and refinanced and modified loans, Slaybaugh said. Industry insiders say a combination of market… Continue Reading Commercial loan strength returning

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Editor’s note: This story is part of an occasional series about the business of aging. Baby boomers will change the look of Colorado Springs’ workforce during the next five years, and that will present a host of challenges for human resource professionals. Either the workforce will look grayer as boomers opt to stay in their… Continue Reading Human resource execs grappling with aging workforce

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Smart homes employ intelligent design

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Imagine you get up to make popcorn and the movie you’re watching automatically pauses. You walk into the kitchen and, sensing your presence, the lights adjust to your preferences. Continue Reading Smart homes employ intelligent design

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Unemployed job seekers could get some extra help in learning new skills under a bill lawmakers are considering. House Bill 1272 seeks to use money — about $8 million that has already been identified in the unemployment insurance trust fund — to aid workers in learning new skills or to help them start their own… Continue Reading Job training bill, though expensive, brought back to life

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For gerontology professors and students at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Palisades at Broadmoor Park is a living research lab … Continue Reading UCCS, Palisades at Broadmoor Park create unique partnership

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