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Legislation to create health insurance exchanges has overcome partisan perceptions and is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. Now the stage is set for the hard work — assembling a nine-member board that will create the exchange blueprint within two years. The exchanges are clearinghouses of information for small business owners and individuals… Continue Reading Insurance exchange bill on its way to Gov.’s desk

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People on the Move – May 6, 2011

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Deb Muehleisen is the new vice president of resource development for the Pikes Peak United Way. She was director of development for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for 11 years and was most recently engaged by the U.S. Census Bureau where she oversaw the establishment of community partnerships throughout southern Colorado to create awareness for the census.… Continue Reading People on the Move – May 6, 2011

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On the Horizon – May 6, 2011

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May 13 Funding Your Business The Small Business Development Center will host a class for businesses looking for money to start or expand their business. Taught by a local banker, topics covered include business loans over $100K, micro loans, and SBA loans. The seminar will also explain the lending process and what lenders are looking… Continue Reading On the Horizon – May 6, 2011

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The $38 billion in federal budget cuts announced by Congress this month will affect a number of Colorado programs, including Colorado Legal Services. The statewide legal service will lose $170,000 of federal aid, and other cuts will probably total more than $500,000, Colorado Legal Services Executive Director Jonathan Asher said. The nonprofit offers free legal… Continue Reading Federal cuts have legal aid cutting service to the bone

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By Amy Angel In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities in many areas of public life, including employment. Effective Jan. 1, 2009, Congress redefined key terms of the ADA The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has now published final regulations to implement the ADA Amendments Act. These… Continue Reading Employers should know about ADAAA regulations

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The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired a consultant to help rev up its marketing strategy. President and CEO Doug Price is scheduled to discuss part of the CVB’s branding strategy during an informal City Council meeting Monday. “The resulting brand platform will provide direction and focus for our advertising, promotion and sales… Continue Reading Hired consultant will help guide CVB three-year strategy

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I know the big, sexy TVs out there are hard to resist, especially now that the manufacturers are talking about “The NFL Live in 3D in your living room.” But I’m going to try to save you a lot of cash (although I suspect you’ll go and buy a new TV anyway). The television itself,… Continue Reading The television moves from dumb box to smart console

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By Nancy Lublin It’s budget time, and you’ve been going over your plans for 2011, just like you do every year when the calendar turns over. And as your eyes sweep over the pages, several words come to mind. Thin. Slim. Small. Cut, slash, eviscerate, butcher, chop and several other euphemisms for painful carving. Also:… Continue Reading Book Review: “Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business”

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Pilates and yoga have replaced dance aerobics. Kettle-bells have replaced dumbbells, and now even the traditional strength machines are getting a modern twist. Sports fitness is experiencing a renaissance, and one Colorado Springs man is capitalizing on the city’s reputation as an amateur sports mecca and his own reputation as a strength equipment designer. A… Continue Reading Springs-made Simplicity machines exercising basic principles

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Major opportunities in the movie world

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My inner nerd is jazzed about the summer movie season. Meanwhile, the economist in me is both excited and concerned about how the digital economy will affect Hollywood. On the nerd front, the summer schedule is crowded with superheroes on the big screen, with “Thor” released on May 6, followed by “Green Lantern” (June 17),… Continue Reading Major opportunities in the movie world

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