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New Online Application for SBA's 8(a) Program

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has an electronic online application that will make it easier, faster and less expensive for small companies to apply for 8(a) Business Development and Small Disadvantaged Business certification directly from SBA’s Web site. SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto said the automated application will substantially reduce the time and cost burdens… Continue Reading New Online Application for SBA's 8(a) Program

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The loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States is intensified by what the Colorado Springs Manufacturing Task Force refers to as “the decrease of U.S. preeminence in technology” and the number of students seeking engineering and science degrees. According to the August task force summary, in 1999, there were 220,000 bachelor’s degrees conferred in… Continue Reading Manufacturers must market their business and products

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Economic forecasters don’t have a crystal ball nor do they predict the economic ebb and flow with tarot cards. They rely on a bit of common sense and plenty of what they refer to as “economic indicators.” And 2005 economic indicators appear to be a mixed bag, with a few clouds lingering amid bluer skies… Continue Reading Economic forecast '05: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Task force aims to revive manufacturing

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In the past four years, Colorado Springs has lost more than 5,000 manufacturing jobs, which doesn’t include the 4,000 jobs lost in the high-tech industry. Colorado has lost about 50,000 manufacturing jobs during the same period. Since 1999, 2.7 million additional manufacturing jobs have been lost in the United States. The average salary in the… Continue Reading Task force aims to revive manufacturing

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E-newsletters keeping businesses informed

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In mid-August, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, with Gov. Bill Owens’ blessing, launched the first of an ongoing series of bi-monthly e-newsletters that inform Colorado business people of economic-related issues and connect them to statewide resources. More than 34,000 Colorado business owners and consultants received seven e-newsletters, covering the following: tourism,… Continue Reading E-newsletters keeping businesses informed

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People on the Move

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Diane Wengler attended the Republican National Convention in New York. She has been working for the past year with the Republican National Committee’s major donor program and was deputy chairwoman of the RNC’s 2004 Presidential Gala in Washington, D.C. Shane Netherton has joined the Colorado Springs office of BKD LLP as a staff auditor. He… Continue Reading People on the Move

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HBA/nonprofit collaborate for homeless teens

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In two months, homeless teenagers in Colorado Springs will have an opportunity to trade living on the streets and in makeshift shelters for a warm bed, a hot shower and regular meals in a real dining room. THE (transitional housing experience) Place is scheduled to open to homeless youth ages 15 to 21 on November… Continue Reading HBA/nonprofit collaborate for homeless teens

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Investment banking for middle market companies

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* Name: John L. Graaff * Organization: Core Capital Group (CCG) * Position: Founder & CEO * Hometown: Des Moines * Lived in Colorado Springs: 24 years * Education: BSEE – University of Minnesota, Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) – International Business Brokers Association and private pilot. * A few words about your company: CCG was… Continue Reading Investment banking for middle market companies

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Hands off: State cash funds should be off limits

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If the state treasurer gets his way, legislators will have to find a way to balance the state budget that doesn’t include transferring money from cash and trust funds. The money in cash and trust funds will be off limits to raids by state lawmakers in future years if a new constitutional measure developed by… Continue Reading Hands off: State cash funds should be off limits

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Traditional crime has drifted to the Internet, and business owners who in the past worried about robberies, employee theft and plagiarism can now add commercial criminal intrusion acts to their portfolio of entrepreneurial anxieties. Disgruntled or overly ambitious employees who hack a company’s network to steal client lists can affect the bottom line. What would… Continue Reading Cyber crime: from the filing cabinet to the hard drive

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