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Better Business Bureau The possibility was frightening to cell phone customers. By creating a 411 directory assistance service for cell phone numbers, cell numbers could get in the hands of telemarketers. Just like that the urban myth was born. The urban myth went out over e-mail. One claimed that beginning January 2005 all cell phone… Continue Reading Consumer Alert: Cell phone users fall for urban myth e-mail

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SBA's loan programs receive significant boost

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President George W. Bush has signed legislation making more than $21 billion available to small businesses through the Small Business Administration’s two main loan programs. The legislation also reauthorizes the agency’s programs and provides a $580 million budget for fiscal year 2005. The SBA’s flagship 7(a) loan guarantee program was boosted to a $16 billion… Continue Reading SBA's loan programs receive significant boost

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has implemented a new policy that enables the federal government to more accurately monitor contract awards when a small business is purchased or merged with a large business through the process of novation. The new policy requires a business to recertify itself as small for federal contracts transferred to it… Continue Reading SBA implements new small business contracting policy

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Better Business Bureau Want to get less junk mail in 2005? It’s just a click or a phone call away! A new Web site and phone number brought to the BBB of Southern Colorado’s attention may worry careful consumers, but in fact it is legitimate. The Web site, www.optoutprescreen.com, put out by the Consumer Data… Continue Reading Web site for 'Opt-Out' of junk mailings is legitimate

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Identifying and securing tournament sponsors

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By John K. Darling Founder, SeniorFriendlyGolf Today’s article is the sixth in a series that explores how to conduct a successful golf tournament for non-profit, charity, corporate or any other non-professional golf event. In-depth information will be presented at golf tournament planning seminars to be held during the next two months at Colorado Springs area… Continue Reading Identifying and securing tournament sponsors

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IRS simplifies unemployment filing schedule

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The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will require federal unemployment tax (FUTA) deposits only when employers’ accumulated FUTA taxes exceed $500. The prior threshold had been $100, requiring substantially more frequent deposits. Since the maximum annual FUTA tax liability per employee is only $56, employers with eight or fewer employees will be relieved… Continue Reading IRS simplifies unemployment filing schedule

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People on the Move

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John D. Runkle, a broker with Realteam Real Estate and Mortgage, has opened a branch office in Colorado Springs. He has been the in the real estate business for the past 20 years and has offices in Nevada, California, Idaho and Colorado. Robby Dale Nelson, CLU, ChFC, has joined Strategic Financial Partners as a financial… Continue Reading People on the Move

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Decker leery of Social Security system

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* Name: Michael J. Decker * Organization: Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging * Position: Director * Hometown: I was born in Greeley, my mother and my grandfather were born in Brush. My father is from Nebraska. Colorado Springs is my real home town * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 10 years.… Continue Reading Decker leery of Social Security system

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Airport beefing up volunteer programs

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With the relentless surge of people, the voices on the loudspeakers and flight delays, the airport can be a pretty stressful place. For travelers who are new to Colorado Springs, or for anyone looking to learn more about the city, the information booth at the Colorado Springs Airport will soon be able to provide a… Continue Reading Airport beefing up volunteer programs

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Build and they will come. It’s an old saying that is questionable to some – arguable to many. However, create and build from a vision that embraces the heart and soul of the land and its history, and they will come – quickly. Chuck Englund personifies the architect and contractor who blends the past with… Continue Reading Somewhere over the rainbow … is a brand new Manitou

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