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On the rise: Homebuilders and developers see major spike in sales activity

The numbers tell the story of a sudden boom in business for area homebuilders and developers. And most are optimistic the growth will continue. There were 680 new single-family building permits issued in the first quarter of 2013 in El Paso County, almost 40 percent more than in the first quarter of 2012 and the… Continue Reading On the rise: Homebuilders and developers see major spike in sales activity

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Hospitals brace for sequestration-related cuts

Hospitals across the state are bracing for billions in financial losses, thanks to sequestration and a series of other federal budget cuts. While some cuts were expected and planned for, sequestration was not – and hospitals are struggling to figure out how to deal with the loss of revenue. For example, sequestration cuts Medicare provider… Continue Reading Hospitals brace for sequestration-related cuts

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Tweeting, pinning and blogging — tourism industry’s new tactics

At 6 a.m., Chelsy Murphy rolls out of bed and logs on to Pinterest, a social-networking site that allows users to “pin” up photos. As communications director at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Murphy knows that early mornings and late nights are when most of the site’s users, 80 percent of whom are… Continue Reading Tweeting, pinning and blogging — tourism industry’s new tactics

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Millennials: Young adults could become next generation of dominant investors

Leading-edge Millennials now have become young adults in their early 30s. They are starting their careers and families. And there are a lot of them — 76 million. As the Baby Boomers transition from wealth accumulators to wealth distributors, Millennials — those born between 1981 and 2000 — already are being described in financial circles… Continue Reading Millennials: Young adults could become next generation of dominant investors

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Launch pad: Resources make Springs a better location to start a business

If a person has the idea, the nerve and the cash, Colorado Springs is not a bad place to start a small business. In fact, Colorado Springs earned an A+ in a recent survey of business owners who gave the city high marks for not having a lot of red tape. Experts who counsel small-business… Continue Reading Launch pad: Resources make Springs a better location to start a business

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Fire lesson: Full knowledge of policies stands out as the toughest business insurance hurdle

Steve Mack, who owns the Lone Duck Family Campground in Cascade, still is sorting out his business insurance claim after the Waldo Canyon fire. His residential insurance was straightforward and easy to understand. He said his insurer worked with him and explained the policy and volunteered information about what Mack and his family needed to… Continue Reading Fire lesson: Full knowledge of policies stands out as the toughest business insurance hurdle

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Behind the numbers: When it comes to female CPAs, statistics are not black and white

At first blush the numbers seem alarming: 40 percent of all CPAs are women, but only 21 percent make it to the level of partner in their firms. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance both stress the importance of firms having more women shareholders and partners. But… Continue Reading Behind the numbers: When it comes to female CPAs, statistics are not black and white

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Companies put billions into cyber warfare

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Companies put billions into cyber warfare

Ten years ago, cyber attacks were public displays of power, mischievous and destructive ploys designed to wreak network havoc and interrupt services. Not anymore. Today’s cyber criminals are stealthy, clever and ruthless — thieves who slip in the back door unnoticed to steal information and money. The fight against cyber crime has evolved, and the… Continue Reading Companies put billions into cyber warfare

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Silent boom: Baby Boomers and Silent Generation selling same types of homes, but for different reasons

As aging members of the Silent Generation struggle to pack up their memories and move into smaller houses and assisted-living centers, Baby Boomers are still buying real estate. “There’s no easy way to define what a senior is,” said Adrian Reed, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Properties. “I certainly can’t say. I think AARP… Continue Reading Silent boom: Baby Boomers and Silent Generation selling same types of homes, but for different reasons

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Building a manufacturing pipeline

Companies and educators are working to connect people with manufacturing jobs As 2013 kicks off, so has an initiative by El Paso and Teller county teachers, employers and workforce specialists to ensure that when manufacturers put out a “Now Hiring” call, there will be skilled workers ready to answer. Those working in the manufacturing sector… Continue Reading Building a manufacturing pipeline

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