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A new bad kid on the block

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They pop up on computers all over the country. The ads that often make Internet browsing and research a chore have a way of slowing things down. They want people to click yes to receive a free credit report. They ask for survey participants. They are even the bearers of bad news. When someone receives… Continue Reading A new bad kid on the block

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Franchise or concept?

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Franchised businesses in the United States employed more than 9 million people in 2001 (the last figures available), according to the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation. In the same year, a total of 767,483 franchises, from retail food operations to automobile dealers, spent $229.1 billion in U.S. payroll. The foundation released its findings in March,… Continue Reading Franchise or concept?

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Double dipping has become a standard practice for state employees in Colorado and elsewhere. And it has nothing to do with shrimp and cocktail sauce. Double dipping, as it relates to state employees, is all about retirement and resurgence – public employees who retire, collect their PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association) pensions and then return… Continue Reading Double dipping: bad manners and bad ethics? (7710)

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Commons at Briargate Apartments sold for $19M

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Apartment Realty Advisors represented the Dermot Co. in the sale of the Commons at Briargate to RK Properties in October. The apartment complex, built in 1996, has 194 units, each with a private garage. “It’s one of the few properties in town that has direct access garages,” said Ken Greene, vice president of Apartment Realty… Continue Reading Commons at Briargate Apartments sold for $19M

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Experts weigh in on local economy (7662)

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Traffic congestion. The military. Consumer confidence. All these issues, and more, have received a great deal of attention from area economists. “We truly live in very strange economic times these days,” said Mike Anderson, director of the Colorado Springs office of budget and financial analysis. With about 7,000 troops set to deploy to Iraq in… Continue Reading Experts weigh in on local economy (7662)

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Employment outlook for Colorado Springs

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Survey results released in September by Manpower Inc. revealed prospects for a weak job market in Colorado Springs. Manpower, a company specializing in employment services such as recruitment and training, surveyed employers in number of industries in Colorado Springs. Of the companies interviewed, 23 percent plan to hire more employees during the fourth quarter. Twenty… Continue Reading Employment outlook for Colorado Springs

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The November election is important to the health of the community, according to documents distributed by the Colorado Springs public health initiative committee. If voters say no to the removal of revenue restrictions that prohibit the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment from accepting non-tax dollars, food and water safety and air quality… Continue Reading Healthy economy dependent on the health department

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While state legislators determine ways to mitigate rising health care costs and alarmingly high numbers of uninsured, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce is ahead of the game with a unique-to-Colorado innovative health care program that is saving its members valuable dollars in health insurance premiums. In April, the Springs chamber launched a member… Continue Reading Chamber plans help businesses save money on health insurance

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Diversifying can save a bottom line

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Karen and Bobbie Moore dropped in on the Colorado Springs SCORE office in 2002 to seek advice about the future of their four-year-old company, Mountain Scapes Equipment, a small-engine and commercial-equipment repair business. The drought had severely impacted their business, and their commercial lease was about to expire. They had discussed diversifying their services and… Continue Reading Diversifying can save a bottom line

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Exercise machines are setting the pace for a healthy and fit American lifestyle and a healthy and fit U.S. economy. Body-shaping apparatus such as treadmills, exercise cycles, elliptical machines and free weights topped sporting equipment sales in 2003, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association. Americans’ quest for a good shape amounted to $3.8 billion.… Continue Reading Americans add weight to the sports retail industry

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