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Graduating golf majors face rough job market

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Whittney Coon first ventured onto the Lusk, Wyo., Niobrara Country Club golf course at the age of 2. It was where locals like her parents and oil-and-gas industry executives met and played. Coon was soon hooked and began playing alongside other members. By her sophomore year in high school, she had landed a summer job… Continue Reading Graduating golf majors face rough job market

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Residents of Colorado Springs may imagine their city, with its sparkling skies, clean streets and mountain air, would be one of America’s greenest cities. After all, the city ranks high on most “best places” lists. It appears, however, that they’re too busy enjoying life here to recycle our trash. Among 100 cities rated for residential… Continue Reading Recycling in the Springs: Mounds of opportunity

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With billions of dollars in play each year, opportunities abound in federal contracting for women- and minority-owned small businesses. There are, however many barriers. Discrimination, glass ceilings and the maze of government contracting rules can all present treacherous hurdles. Kelly Terrien, president and CEO of Colorado Springs’ Summit Technical Solutions LLC, has seen it all.… Continue Reading Female tech contractor fought to gain the upper business hand

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Toyota’s worldwide recall has spawned tales of disaster and panic, causing a public relations nightmare for the company. But just how much damage has been done depends on whom you ask. When the news broke a few months ago that Toyota Prius’ and Camrys were accelerating out of control, killing drivers, it drove Toyota owners… Continue Reading Toyota trying to drive sales against wave of bad publicity

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Savvy employers haven’t waited: Although unemployment remains high in Colorado and elsewhere, they’re already doing all they can to retain their best and brightest. That’s because as the economy recovers, employees are eyeing the door. Retention is key, because the bottom line suffers when employers lose workers and have to spend time and money to… Continue Reading Employers working to sell employees on their jobs

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Legislation would mandate maternity coverage

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Lawmakers are reconciling two bills that require insurance carriers to cover pregnancy in the individual market. Colorado’s House and Senate passed different versions of House Bill 1021 — the House version requires all plans to cover prenatal and birthing costs, while the Senate bill only requires companies to offer it in a majority of plans.… Continue Reading Legislation would mandate maternity coverage

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Lawyer one who knows the rules of the road

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Eleven-mile mountain road jobs don’t come along every day for highway construction firms. This one would be worth millions of dollars to the winning bidder, Colorado Springs-based Schmidt Construction. The project was completed on time and on budget in 2001, but within a few weeks the county officials who awarded the contract called, accusing the… Continue Reading Lawyer one who knows the rules of the road

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Foreclosure filings in Colorado’s largest counties increased 6.5 percent last month compared to February of last year, according to a report this week from the Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing. However, the counties with the largest decrease in filings during the period were El Paso and Larimer counties. Foreclosure sales at auction rose… Continue Reading Colorado foreclosure filings up 6.5 percent in February

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Two years ago, the mortgage business nearly drowned in the torrent of the financial meltdown. The end seemed near. “We saw our (credit) conduits drying up,” said Barbara Pattee, president of Springs Mortgage Inc. “We had built up a niche of banks to do business with that went out of business.” It was 2008, and… Continue Reading Mortgage business beginning to show signs of new life

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SBA extends incentive period

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Incentives for Small Business Administration loans have been extended until March 28. The Temporary Extension Act of 2010 provides funds to eliminate or reduce fees on SBA 503 loans and temporarily restores the 90 percent guarantee on SBA 7(a) loans. Signed by President Obama, the extension authorizes higher guarantee levels. The fee relief is available… Continue Reading SBA extends incentive period

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