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Tax breaks intended to energize economy

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Sitting down with your accountant isn’t always a cause for celebration, but small business owners have reason to be grateful for small mercies as they file their 2010 taxes. That’s because of the Small Business Jobs Act passed in September. The biggest temporary change is an increase in bonus depreciation for assets purchased from 50… Continue Reading Tax breaks intended to energize economy

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Painting business back in broad strokes

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When Greg Unseth started his painting business in 1981, his wife Kathy and their kids waited in the car while he gave estimates to potential customers. “We just crossed our fingers,” Kathy Unseth said. “He would come back to the car, and I’d say, did you get a down payment?” These days, Greg and Kathy… Continue Reading Painting business back in broad strokes

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People on the Move – March 18, 2011

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Lori Ondrick has joined Grubb & Ellis|Quantum Commercial Group as a broker specializing in retail leasing and Investments. Before joining Grubb & Ellis, she was a retail broker associate with Sierra Commercial Real Estate. She brings with her more than 7 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience. Deana Hunt has been named executive director… Continue Reading People on the Move – March 18, 2011

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On the Horizon – March 18, 2011

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March 19 Minding Your Business A free class about the resources that Pikes Peak Library District has to help start or grow your business is scheduled from 8:30 — 10 a.m. on March 8 at the Penrose Library downtown. March 22 Mayoral Forum (may include ballot measures) A mayoral candidate forum is scheduled from 5:30… Continue Reading On the Horizon – March 18, 2011

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There’s no better time to be generous. The 2010 Tax Relief Act, signed Dec. 17, temporarily raised the tax-exemption threshold for gift and estate giving. The law was set to revert to a $1 million threshold this year, with a maximum tax rate of 55 percent. Instead, the estate tax exemption was increased, during 2011… Continue Reading Still time to take advantage of estate-tax gift threshold

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The Woodland Park of the future could look considerably different, as Sturman Industries’ model for city-building seems to be catching fire. Earlier this year the Business Journal profiled Sturman Industries’ invitation for like-minded companies to relocate to Sturman’s 400-acre campus in the mountains around Woodland Park. The industrial applications firm hired a team of developers,… Continue Reading Woodland Station to fill hotel, meeting space void

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A bill that could lead to universal health care has cleared its first hurdle in the Colorado Senate, but it has received scant support from local and state health care groups. Senate Bill 168, sponsored by Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, seeks to create the Colorado Health Care Authority, a group appointed by the… Continue Reading Single-payer health care bill clears committee

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Ric Denton has worn several hats during his career: international physics professor, company owner and business consultant. When he moved to Colorado Springs in 2004, he decided against a full time job and instead started working at the Service Corps of Retired Executives, or SCORE. Now, Denton has come out of retirement to help new… Continue Reading Denton bringing business wisdom to tech incubator

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Book Review: “Moonwalking with Einstein”

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by Joshua Foer, c.2011, The Penguin Press$26.95 / $33.50 Canada320 pages Maybe your mother was right. When she said you’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached, she might’ve been onto something. You completely missed an important meeting yesterday. You’ve left vital documents at home on the counter (lotta good they’ll do there), you filed… Continue Reading Book Review: “Moonwalking with Einstein”

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Having bought a strong mayor, what now? The mid-term elections last year brought some of the fringe radicals on all sides to illustrate how open a society we are, and how sometimes it is better to stay focused on local issues and worry about our own financial and social wellbeing. When the local Chamber of… Continue Reading Mayor’s job calls for accountability and leadership

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