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Homebuilder liability insurance rates soar

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Residential builders in the Pikes Peak region say construction defect lawsuits, especially those being brought in California, are to blame for the fast-rising costs of liability insurance. Chris White is a project manager for Mahler GC, a general contracting company in Colorado Springs. Mahler GC was awarded a contract to build between 200 and 300… Continue Reading Homebuilder liability insurance rates soar

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Have you been asleep at the steering wheel?

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It’s easy for successful businesses to coast – to keep doing what they’ve always been doing. But the world is changing at a breakneck pace and you can’t continue to be successful if you stay the same. Here are some tips to keep you up to speed: Update your marketing materials. I think this should… Continue Reading Have you been asleep at the steering wheel?

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WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush signed legislation Monday that will increase loan authority for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s flagship 7(a) loan program by more than $3 billion. The 30 percent increase in small business loans for the current year will allow the SBA to lift a three-month-old cap of $750,000 on 7(a) loans… Continue Reading Bill boosts small business loans by over $3 billion

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“information technology-no matter how powerful-is ‘merely’ an enabler. You can wire yourself up until you are blue in the face (and broke)&but in the end it’s a people game.” -Tom Peters Technology is here to stay, but it is changing everyday. Whether you are upgrading to XP, switching e-mail programs, bringing new accounting software into… Continue Reading A five-point plan for adopting new technology

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Hybrid automobiles hitting the mainstream

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Contrary to popular belief, they’re not painfully slow nor do they need to be plugged in. Those are only two of the reasons that explain why hybrid vehicles are rapidly gaining popularity across the nation, including here in Colorado Springs. The Toyota Prius and Honda Civic hybrid have been racing off the lots according to… Continue Reading Hybrid automobiles hitting the mainstream

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Investors coming out of hibernation

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Depending on any particular newspaper account or news broadcast, the economy is either still in a slump or on the road to recovery. The truth is with the moneylenders. Many investors took it in the shorts when the high-tech boom bottomed a few years ago, and they have been lying low since. Many moneylenders, rather… Continue Reading Investors coming out of hibernation

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If approved by local officials, the proposed downtown convention center will create 1,200 jobs and contribute more than $90 million annually to the local economy says Ron Butlin, vice president of Classic Companies and project manager for the $168 million hotel-convention center-sport complex initiative. Among the project’s stakeholders, none would profit more than the downtown… Continue Reading Momentum for downtown convention center picking up

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Jiban Shrestha came to the United States from Nepal in 1991. He is now the owner of a downtown restaurant and three import shops. Shrestha, who is 32, worked in his brother’s restaurant in Fort Collins before opening an import shop in Manitou Springs in 1994. “That location was not very good for business,” Shrestha… Continue Reading Nepal native sees retail import business flourish

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When Howard Smith opened the Chef’s Table on West Colorado Avenue in November 1969, he had no clue that the most popular item on the standard-fare menu would be his barbecue ribs. The barbecue sauce, concocted from what Smith said is “sheer trial and error as opposed to some old family recipe,” has been his… Continue Reading Barbecue king advises minority kids to get an education first

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The difference between hiring a good employee and a bad one can make or break small companies. Many businesses require a background information as part of the application process, and even more check with a job candidate’s previous employers and references to determine what type of person the company is considering. The typical U.S. business… Continue Reading Applicant screening saves businesses time, money

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