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Detective demand growing

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Financial detectives are the new crime fighters in a world where they are looking for patterns and weaknesses in the financial spreadsheets. Forensic accounting goes back to the days of Al Capone, a bootlegger and leader of many sorted illegal activities, brought down for tax evasion. Today, every forensic TV show has made their field,… Continue Reading Detective demand growing

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Politicians love to talk about expanding exports as an economic plus. But growth in at least one kind of export is a clear negative: people. Individuals, including entrepreneurs and investors, follow economic opportunity. If that opportunity is being restrained or squashed by costly public policies, then chances are pretty good that a state will be… Continue Reading Bad economic lessons from New York and California

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Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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I supported the strong mayor initiative and wrote favorably about the “Jenkins’ Proposal” that made it happen. I also supported Richard Skorman out of loyalty and a belief that with a new structure in place, experience would count. A strong mayor is essential, and I now believe that Mayor Bach is the right man for… Continue Reading Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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It only took surgery on my rotator cuff, putting me in a sling for a month, to discover just how uncivil we have become. The most typical response from people was to ignore my bulky black sling that led me into public places. Some had no awareness of the sling and would bump into my… Continue Reading Workplace civility needed in a time of incivility

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Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Election-year tension and redrawn legislative districts could make the 2012 session of the Colorado General Assembly more contentious than usual. Continue Reading Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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When the Colorado legislature convened this week, local organizations were already keeping an eye on possible new requirements … Continue Reading Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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Economic vitality chief facing an uphill battle

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Steve Cox, the city’s new economic vitality manager, has a long to-do list. He isn’t daunted by the size of the task or by his lack of business experience. A public servant of sorts for most of his career, Cox has served as fire department chief, interim city manager and deputy city manager. The economic… Continue Reading Economic vitality chief facing an uphill battle

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Austin Stubaus loves taxes. The Air Force retiree has built a $100-million-a-year business buying delinquent property taxes and he’s looking to grow it to $5 million in the next few years. “I’m not joking,” Stubaus said. “I love taxes.” Stubaus and his business partner Erik Carlson founded their company, LienLogic in 2008. They spent the… Continue Reading LienLogic takes on tax liens, properties for profit

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At the start of every year, many of us tend to think of the next 12 months as a blank slate, full of opportunity and promise. We take stock of ourselves and resolve to improve in various ways. This is a good thing because there’s always room for improvement. If we want to improve our… Continue Reading If you want to improve your business, keep learning

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On the Horizon – January 13, 2012

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Jan. 19 2012 Economic Forecast Vectra Bank hosts a 2012 Economic Forecast breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Ted Mossman, market president, Pikes Peak Region,; Thomas Zwirlein, professor of finance, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,; and George Feiger, CEO, Contango Capital Advisors, discuss challenges, bright spots and unknowns for the coming… Continue Reading On the Horizon – January 13, 2012

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