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‘Barriers’ block downtown redevelopment

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Ideas about how to make downtown Colorado Springs a lively, fun, beautiful and enticing place for residents and tourists alike has been at the center of city discussions piece for more than 30 years. Continue Reading ‘Barriers’ block downtown redevelopment

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Commercial market’s pulse returns

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The commercial real estate outlook is a little rosier for 2012, thanks in large part to Wal-Mart and nonprofit organizations. Although office vacancies remained unchanged this year, retail and industrial vacancies dropped some, according to Sierra Commercial Real Estate. Throughout the city, office vacancies are about 17 percent — but that number trends higher in… Continue Reading Commercial market’s pulse returns

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Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. Over the next few weeks, we want to discuss some areas of assessment that should be considered as you begin to plan for next year. Next week we’ll look… Continue Reading Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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The start of the crucial holiday shopping season in November helped fuel the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-buying Americans spent more on clothing and electronics, and sales of autos and furniture also rose. Still, the overall gain was the smallest since June. Consumers pulled back on some purchases unrelated to holiday shopping,… Continue Reading Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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Maj. John Bennett leads The Salvation Army in El Paso County. Those who volunteer to serve in the army teach the Bible and work to meet basic human needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Each holiday season, those servants ring the bells that call attention to The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles, and call… Continue Reading The Salvation Army’s Bennett ringing in the sheaves

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People on the Move, December 16, 2011

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William H. Lange, former executive director of Covenant Village of Colorado, has been named executive project director of Ontrac Management Services a business unit of Covenant Retirement Communities based in Skokie, Ill. Lange will be responsible for program development and overall direction of projects that include retirement community development and turnaround operations. BBVA Compass appointed… Continue Reading People on the Move, December 16, 2011

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On the Horizon, December 16, 2011

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Jan. 5 Business tax class The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a three-hour business tax class 1 to 4 p.m. on the laws of state sales and use taxes. This class is for new businesses in Colorado, taxpayers considering opening a business in Colorado, tax preparers consulting with Colorado clients on this topic or those… Continue Reading On the Horizon, December 16, 2011

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Happy Hacknukka and Merry Credit Card Fraud

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be much mistletoeing, and hearts will be glowing when credit fraud comes near… yes you heard me correctly. While the rest of the world has sugar plums dancing in their heads, phishing and credit card scammers are keeping network security defenders up all night every night.… Continue Reading Happy Hacknukka and Merry Credit Card Fraud

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A summer of big events filled hotel rooms, had people spending money in local restaurants and stores and helped the Colorado Springs tourism industry gain some upward traction in 2011. Local attractions had record-breaking crowds in June and July and special events, which brought in at least a half million spectators and participants to town,… Continue Reading Big events boosted region’s tourism industry in 2011

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by Susan E. Reed Your customer base is changing. You’ve been noticing it for the past few years: the face of your average client isn’t what it used to be, not surprisingly. These new customers are savvier, they’re men and women of all age groups, they’re smart about where they shop, and they look like… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Diversity Index: The Alarming Truth About Diversity in Corporate America… and What Can Be Done About It”

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