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The Pikes Peak United Way maintains a Web site listing more than 130 local nonprofit organizations that might need volunteers. Created by United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in 2006, the database provides residents with the ability to match their skills to a nonprofit. During 2009, the site had 36,737 unique visits, resulting… Continue Reading United Way lights the path to volunteerism in Springs

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Colorado Springs residents are dedicated volunteers, giving millions of hours to their schools, churches, synagogues, charitable organizations and nonprofits of every kind. Without volunteers, most local nonprofits would either collapse or curtail their activities. More than 32 percent of people in Colorado volunteer on a regular basis each year, according to the Colorado Springs Center… Continue Reading Coloradans big on volunteerism of all types

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Businesses in El Paso County aren’t threatened by earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados or mudslides. But that doesn’t mean disaster isn’t lurking. Frozen water pipes, lightening, circuit sparks, electrical outages, overflowing sinks, sewage back-ups and wayward automobiles that plow into storefronts are just some of the very real, though unforeseen, threats to local business owners. That’s… Continue Reading Parkmoor building fire refines disaster planning approach

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It’s all about the planning: Recovery begins up front When disaster hits, what’s the best way to minimize damage caused by water, fire, mold or hazardous chemicals — and to get a business operation back up and running? Any business owner faced with an emergency call needs an emergency plan — or at least a… Continue Reading Crucial steps toward recovery happen before accidents

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Once small business owners provide a product or service — it’s time to mail out the bill. As soon as a bill is past due, the odds of ever collecting on it decrease rapidly. On the due date, there is a 94.9 percent chance of collecting the amount due. By 90 days, it decreases to… Continue Reading Delinquent bills adding up to a debt-collection boom

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The medical billing field has been affected by the recession and higher unemployment, which means more people using emergency rooms are opting to self-pay — without insurance. During 2009, the self-pay population increased from 25 percent to 30 percent at ATD Resources LLC in Lakewood, a medical billing company that specializes in billing for 60… Continue Reading Lack of health insurance means more bad medical debt

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ESOPs: Not just an exit strategy anymore

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Not many business owners are aware of what an employee stock ownership plan can do for their corporation. For years, ESOPs have been used as a way to create incentive among employees, which has been shown to increase a company’s profitability. And ESOPs have garnered attention as an exit strategy — but they can be… Continue Reading ESOPs: Not just an exit strategy anymore

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Founded 15 years ago by French-Iranian computer programmer Pierre Omidyar, eBay has revolutionized the auction business. Often described as the “the world’s marketplace,” eBay created and still dominates Internet-based auctions throughout the world. Accounts of eBay’s origin vary. One popular myth has it that Omidyar created the site to sell his then-girlfriend’s collection of Pez… Continue Reading EBay opens auction markets as well as windows to the past

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If eBay and other Internet auction sites have made traditional auction houses obsolete, that’s news to Bill Neal. “If anything, they’ve helped us,” he said. “There are a lot more people who think of themselves as dealers, so they buy here and resell on eBay. We’re just part of the sales chain.” Bill and Paula… Continue Reading Offline business steady for city’s auction houses

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Both the city of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities moonlight as auctioneers. The Colorado Springs Police Department auctions impounded vehicles on the third Saturday of each month at CSPD’s impound lot, 2725 East Las Vegas St. There may be some good deals available, but these auctions are clearly not for the unsophisticated or unwary… Continue Reading Even the public sector dabbles in the auction business

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