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Bipartisan legislation that would make health insurance less expensive for small businesses is in jeopardy because of its perceived association with national health care reform law, dubbed Obamacare. Senate Bill 200 would be the first step toward creating a clearing house of information, known as a health insurance exchange, for small business owners and individuals.… Continue Reading ‘Obamacare’ association likely to kill exchange bill

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People on the Move – April 15, 2011

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John Dunker has joined Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. as a volunteer to serve as project manager of Operation 6035 Industry Teams and will lead the effort to assist EDC in crafting marketing messages for the plans industry targets: Aerospace & Defense, Cleantech, Data Centers, Health Information Technology, Medical Device Manufacturing and Sports. Irina… Continue Reading People on the Move – April 15, 2011

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On the Horizon – April 15, 2011

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April 18 Minding Your Business The Pikes Peak Library District will host a class about electronic databases and websites for business use. This class covers competition, vendors, target markets, industry outlook, financing, advertising and marketing. Call (719) 531-6333 for more information. April 21 Goodwill 50th Anniversary Dinner Goodwill will celebrate 50 years of improving lives… Continue Reading On the Horizon – April 15, 2011

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In a shocking turn of events for local housing advocates, a bill that had the potential to ease the state’s foreclosure crisis was killed in committee last week. That will leave housing counseling agencies scrambling for resources and could have a broad effect on operations designed to keep people in their homes. “We don’t have… Continue Reading Foreclosure councilors facing cuts as need grows

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A local agency is bringing together contractors and community members to build new homes for low-income families in the region. No, ABC is not filming an episode of Extreme Home Makeover in Colorado. Rather, it’s another unique loan program from the US Department of Agriculture that offers home ownership to the working poor while building… Continue Reading Govt. housing loans call for do-it-yourself building

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A surprising hotspot for angel investing

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I recently attended the Angel Capital Association Summit in Boston. It was the fourth time I’ve been to the event, and I must admit that I’ve seen remarkable growth and maturation of the event and the ACA over the years. The Boston Summit was by far the best attended, with more than 300 participants filling… Continue Reading A surprising hotspot for angel investing

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Bring strategic plan to life

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The other day I overheard a business owner utter the classic lament, “We spent so much time and effort developing our strategic plan, and it’s pretty good, too, but we just can’t seem to make it stick.” Breathe life into your strategic plan by designing a blueprint to support it. Create an operating plan that… Continue Reading Bring strategic plan to life

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GPS a map to aerospace revenue streams

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Global positioning satellites kept the aerospace industry — and Colorado Springs companies — aloft in 2010. The aerospace economy grew 7.7 percent in 2010, reaching a record total of $276.5 billion, and the industry as a whole has grown 48 percent since 2005, thanks in large part to the boom in GPS products. Nowhere is… Continue Reading GPS a map to aerospace revenue streams

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With the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open less than three months away, tournament Executive Director Doug Habgood is beginning to think he’s got a record-breaker in the making. “The 2005 U.S. Women’s Open in Denver set the (women’s attendance) record with 131,000,” Habgood said. “I think it’s about time for a new record.” Scheduled for July… Continue Reading Anticipation builds as U.S. Women’s Open approaches

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Stingy. Overly conservative. Flush with money but not willing to help the average business owner. These are common remarks we hear about banks. Most of these comments come from a common misconception that banks are in the risk-taking business. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Making loans is simply the process of renting… Continue Reading Want a small business loan? Think like a banker

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