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Book Review: “Against Thrift”

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By James Livingston The bill for the holiday spending spree came the other day, delivered by an industrial-sized forklift. Okay, not quite, but it sure seemed like it. That bill was thick, it had too many numbers to the left of the decimal point, and you’re feeling somewhat ashamed. You should be saving money, not… Continue Reading Book Review: “Against Thrift”

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We’ve really enjoyed both of the recent Sherlock Holmes movies and Laddie has read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on his Kindle. The fictitious Holmes is a genius at solving mysteries, seemingly with ease. A famous quote attributed to him is “Elementary, my dear Watson,” but it turns out his character apparently never said that.… Continue Reading “Elementary, my dear Watson” — back to business basics

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Debt collection might be one of the most maligned professions in the country, but it’s one that manages to keep thousands of small businesses afloat and pumps billions of dollars into the economy each year. It’s easy to see why debt collectors get such a bad rap. Whether they are third-party guns for hire or… Continue Reading Springs’ debt collectors comfortable with their calling

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Apt. builders brush off overbuilding concerns

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Despite fourth quarter apartment vacancy increases and rental-rate declines, Colorado Springs real estate insiders say the market is still on the upswing and will be able to support new development. Year over year, fourth quarter vacancies in Colorado Springs apartments were down, according to two reports — a statewide report from the Colorado Division of… Continue Reading Apt. builders brush off overbuilding concerns

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Spending, marriage like a horse and carriage

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In the post-holiday shopping lull, retail businesses are already counting on future holiday sales, but those in the wedding industry are counting something else — phone calls, tours, consultations and sales. Continue Reading Spending, marriage like a horse and carriage

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On the Horizon – February 10, 2012

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Feb. 13 EPIIC Night El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization hosts EPIIC Night with Mark Ciccone, president of MAC Associates based in Boston, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Upper Lodge, on University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus. MAC works with companies in the area of “go-to-market” innovation, marketing, branding sales and supply chain. He… Continue Reading On the Horizon – February 10, 2012

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February tourism hoisted by skating figures

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Once again, Colorado Springs will be in the international sports spotlight when more than 100 of the world’s best figure skaters descend on the city next week for the 2012 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Continue Reading February tourism hoisted by skating figures

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Managers need to hold employees accountable

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If you’ve been a business owner for any length of time and have employees, you’ve most likely had this scenario occur: You asked someone to do something, thought you had made your instructions clear, and expected it to be done. But it wasn’t done correctly or at all. You felt frustrated, annoyed and maybe downright… Continue Reading Managers need to hold employees accountable

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Food and safety industries at odds over bill

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The state’s Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved a bill that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to sell food from their homes. Continue Reading Food and safety industries at odds over bill

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On the far north end of Colorado Springs, where city roads give way to county grasslands, a luxury residential real estate development is growing, despite the financial drought of the last four years. Continue Reading Flying Horse endures, regains its building stride

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