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City Attorney Chris Melcher knew he might have to defend a no-solicitation ordinance in court, but he was surprised by how swiftly the American Civil Liberties Union filed its lawsuit. “I understand it was just two hours after the City Council voted,” Melcher said. On Nov. 27, Colorado Springs City Council approved a no-solicitation ordinance… Continue Reading City responds to ACLU’s no-solicitation law suit

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When local music engineer John Stewart sat at his computer to re-master a classic mash-up album, he had no idea his late-night project would strike a worldwide chord. The 25-year-old Stewart was listening to one of his favorite albums, “The Grey Album” — the 2004 Danger Mouse mash-up album that combined vocals from Jay-Z’s “The… Continue Reading Forbes gives nod to remake of Jay-Z, Beatles’ mash-up ‘Grey Album’

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Colorado took an unprecedented stance in the November election, legalizing recreational use of marijuana. City leaders still are working through many unanswered questions before the amendment goes into effect. “At this point, there are still more questions than answers,” said City Attorney Chris Melcher, who will discuss options for regulations inside city limits at the… Continue Reading News analysis: City trying to sort out Amendment 64 issues

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Shop specializes in guns for women

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Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, minutes before the store actually opens, there’s already a line at Tri-Lakes Shooters Supply in Monument. One guy wants advice about the gun to carry for his job as an armored-car driver. A soldier needs his rifle repaired. A third customer is looking for Christmas ideas for his wife.… Continue Reading Shop specializes in guns for women

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You have an office — or a restaurant, a retail store, a hotel or a hospital. You design it, build it and get ready to open the doors — but wait a minute. The place looks dreary and bare. You need something to liven it up, make it pop, engage the eye and delight your… Continue Reading Original or not, art adds to local business scene

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Why an $8/month web host costs you thousands

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It happened twice this week — corporate websites that I was working with (not ones I manage or host, mind you) were hacked into and disabled, seemingly at random. Was it random? I think not. Invariably, when I look into the hosting packages for these sites, they are hosted on shared “low cost” servers. You… Continue Reading Why an $8/month web host costs you thousands

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Buy business equipment now for tax write-offs

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With all the “Bah, humbug” talk of the so-called fiscal cliff and worry over whether tax increases will be coming in 2013, some small-business owners may have forgotten about a tax deduction provision that could help with this year’s tax bill. Known as Section 179 Deduction in the tax code, it’s not sexy and has… Continue Reading Buy business equipment now for tax write-offs

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Advice: Provide disclosure when raising capital

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Many small-business owners with great ideas, products, or services form a business entity (such as a corporation or limited liability company) and begin operations, but do not have enough capital to fully develop, market, or expand their business. With banks and other financial institutions being subject to heightened scrutiny and increasing government regulation and oversight,… Continue Reading Advice: Provide disclosure when raising capital

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People on the Move – December 7, 2012

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Jessica Harper has been promoted to senior loan officer at First Mortgage Company. She has been in the mortgage lending business for more than 18 years. First Mortgage Company has in-house underwriters, processors and closers. Joyce Martin, RN, has been named general manager of Visiting Nurse Association of Colorado, a provider of home care, hospice… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 7, 2012

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Kudos! – December 7, 2012

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CenturyLink recognizes teachers with cash prizes CenturyLink is sponsoring a “Leadership in Education” program by recognizing teachers. Each month, one teacher will be recognized as an outstanding Colorado educator and will win $1,000 for their school plus a chance to win $4,000 if they are chosen as the Grand Prize recipient. Teachers will be chosen… Continue Reading Kudos! – December 7, 2012

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