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In remarks at an April 8 Southern Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association luncheon Mayor Lionel Rivera touched on the recently-signed water agreement with Pueblo, new financial programs designed to increase access to low-cost housing in Colorado Springs and concerns about financing for a downtown convention center. But his key points centered on a recent local delegation’s… Continue Reading Southwest, Colorado Springs on each others' radar screens

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Suits and ties, dresses and blouses, and wingtips and heels were replaced with flashy shirts, grass skirts and casual coolness as the stereotypical-banker image was shattered for one day last week when First Community Bank celebrated “Not Your Typical Day.” The bank, a division of First State Bank of New Mexico, was showing off its… Continue Reading First Community Bank celebrates in atypical style

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The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has modified its complaint handling procedures to comply with those of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The changes are designed to make the complaint reporting system more concise and consistent. Carol Odell, executive director and chief executive officer of the Better Business of Southern Colorado, said complaints… Continue Reading BBB changes complaint system to benefit patrons

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People on the Move

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C. John Davila has joined the LeBaron Hotel as executive chef. He previously worked as executive chef at the Eugene Hilton in Oregon and at Jimmy Lakeside Bakery and Café in Honolulu. G. Eric Hill has joined the LeBaron Hotel as sous chef. He previously worked as executive chef at Woodmoor Country Club and was… Continue Reading People on the Move

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Colorado’s switch from no-fault automobile insurance to a tort system last summer has some holistic health care practitioners running for the hills – or out of the hills. Some chiropractors have left Colorado, and some acupuncturists, personal trainers and massage therapists are surviving on cash-only customers. Under the former no-fault system’s personal injury protection, auto-accident… Continue Reading Holistic practitioners losing ground with tort system

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Hannigan's focus is advancing philanthropy

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* Name: Michael Hannigan * Organization: Pikes Peak Community Foundation * Position: Executive director * Hometown: Denver * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Off and on since 1971 * Education: Bachelor’s degree in geology from Colorado College; master’s degree in Education from the University of Colorado * A few words about your… Continue Reading Hannigan's focus is advancing philanthropy

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Easter is just around the corner, and consumers are ready to spend more than last year, according to a March survey from the National Retail Federation and sales at local stores. Candy, gift and apparel store owners in Colorado Springs said they are seeing the increase, in large part, because of the return of Fort… Continue Reading Easter spending on the rise nationally, locally

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Downtown merchants and business owners are excited that the Antlers Adam’s Mark is undergoing renovation. Stores, restaurants and event venues foresee an increased business as a result of the changes, which should be completed by the end of the year. The owners of the hotel, Pyramid Hotel Group and the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund,… Continue Reading Merchants look forward to Antlers hotel renovation

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Business survival of the fittest

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The small-business owner is usually the first to settle in a sparsely populated area – some services are needed no matter how transitional the setting. As more people flock to the area, more businesses follow, including the corporate types. In the beginning – an independent pizza joint; later – a Pizza Hut. Thirty years ago,… Continue Reading Business survival of the fittest

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A staff report The Web Marketing Association is accepting entries for its 8th annual WebAward Competition (www.webaward.org), the Internet’s premier award competition that judges website development against an ever increasing Internet standard of excellence and against peer sites within an industry. The WebAward Competition recognizes the individual and team achievement of Web professionals who create… Continue Reading Web Marketing Association prepares for award competition

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