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Manitou enjoying 100 percent occupancy rate

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Don’t discount Manitou on account of its free-spirited reputation. It’s a thriving retail center with heavy traffic and a lot of appeal Continue Reading Manitou enjoying 100 percent occupancy rate

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The recession isn’t over for a lot of businesses but many others have come through the storm and are still standing. Citing American Express, the Wall Street Journal reported on April 15 that “the nation’s small businesses are now looking to grow, with capital spending and hiring plans up.” On May 4, the WSJ reported… Continue Reading Lessons that the recession should have taught us

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As foreclosures have fallen, so have the El Paso County Trustee’s staffing needs. Trustee Tom Mowle said the workload in his office dropped 18 percent between the end of the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011. And that prompted him to cut his staff by 10 percent, from 10 employees to… Continue Reading Fewer foreclosures mean fewer trustee’s office jobs

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Manitou’s parking solutions

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A three-story parking garage next to the Stagecoach Inn on the eastern end of Manitou Springs was one of the most popular ideas presented during a meeting about how to solve the city’s parking issues last week. The three-tier parking structure would cost an estimated $4.2 million to construct, would need $340,000 a year in… Continue Reading Manitou’s parking solutions

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According to Packaged Facts, the pet industry was $55 billion strong in 2010. To put this amount in perspective, the Colorado state budget in 2009 was $18.9 billion. We spend a lot of money on our pets, whether it is food and food supplements, grooming, toys, and of course veterinary care. Dogs and cats are… Continue Reading If pets can be put to sleep, why not people also?

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Springs’ lobbyist has little to report

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Business leaders say work is just beginning as lobbyist lays groundwork, eyes money Colorado Springs’ new federal lobbyist has yet to produce any tangible monetary benefits to the city, but the broad coalition of business leaders that hired her aren’t concerned yet. “It takes months and months,” said Stephannie Finley, president of government affairs for the Greater… Continue Reading Springs’ lobbyist has little to report

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Sometimes the old clichés are valid and it’s time to cut your losses, throw in the towel, pull the plug and call it quits. This may sound negative but it’s actually a positive concept because the goal in business is to constantly improve. Determining when it’s time to end something that was once an important… Continue Reading Knowing when to call it quits is not an easy call to make

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After spending his career serving in the Air Force, Jim Faber wanted to continue his record of public service and that’s how he went on to become CEO of the nonprofit Pikes Peak Action Agency. “We like to say we’re the largest nonprofit helping the most people that you’ve never heard about,” Faber said, referring… Continue Reading Faber strengthening society through Action Agency

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Lawyers took drastic measures to keep profit up during the recent recession, including cutting staff, reducing overhead, using contract lawyers and even outsourcing work. But, it appears to have paid off. Gross revenue in most firms grew last year, according to the Altman Weil’s annual Law Firms in Transition survey. Josh McDowell, a senior partner… Continue Reading Law firms seeing business pick up as recession tapers

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Bobby Cotten, president and CEO of EcoFoam/Insulutions in Colorado Springs, knows there is nothing sexy about insulation. For years Cotten and his business partner Tripper Gott have installed insulation in businesses and homes in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. And, for years they had one of the least exciting booths at trade shows. “You see… Continue Reading EcoFoam Insulutions shooting for market expansion

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