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Early next month, property owners in El Paso County will receive reappraisal notices from the assessor’s office, and the damage done to property values in the region from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2010 will be starkly apparent. Just seeing those dates on paper is enough to make most property owners cringe, and it’s… Continue Reading Assessor expects 7% drop in commercial valuations

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Voters this week elected six new members and one incumbent to the Colorado Springs City Council. The new council will be responsible for confirming the mayor’s appointees, appointing the Memorial Health System board of directors, overseeing Colorado Springs Utilities and fielding citizen complaints, among other duties. Here’s a look at where the new city council… Continue Reading City Council: Where members stand on city issues

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When Dave Blivin wanted to move the Global New Energy Summit from Santa Fe, N.M., where it had been for two years, Denver was his first choice. But a stop in Colorado Springs on his way to the state capital changed his mind. The two-day seminar, scheduled for April 17-19 at The Broadmoor, brings together… Continue Reading Global New Energy Summit takes root in the Springs

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On the Horizon – April 8, 2011

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April 8 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 – April 8, 2011

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The sports industry could teach the nonprofit sector something about succession planning. Professional sports teams are in continual recruiting mode, teambuilding up to 10 years in advance. Nonprofits, however, are often left scrambling to find new leadership when an executive director moves on. Few young people, it seems, even consider careers in the nonprofit sector.… Continue Reading Springs nonprofits looking for leaders of tomorrow

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Small business thoughts on the economy

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Tune in to Wall Street, and hope exists that the economic recovery might be strengthening. But that does not seem to be the predominant feeling on Main Street. Despite the obvious importance of Wall Street in terms of capital and credit, America very much is a nation of small businesses. For example, according to the… Continue Reading Small business thoughts on the economy

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As we have observed the latest political fighting in Wisconsin, the labor movement and its unions has been forced to justify some of its sacred cows, such as collective bargaining. But this kind of labor struggle brings about more interesting and fundamental questions not only about unions and their membership, but about what we think… Continue Reading Are pensions a right or a privilege this day and age?

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It could very well be a first in Colorado election history: A city clerk calls it quits on election night with votes left uncounted and a message to voters: Check back tomorrow. The unusual move leaves a slew of unanswered questions. Exactly how many votes were left uncounted? Why were conflicting vote-count reports issued throughout… Continue Reading City clerk’s judgment an issue this election season

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Embrace open-book management style

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Open book management is not a new concept, but most businesses executives are still hesitant to embrace it. That trend is changing, however, starting with top performing companies. 83 percent of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces honored by Inc. Magazine open their books to employees. Many have been inspired to do so by the… Continue Reading Embrace open-book management style

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Woodland Park cashing in on USDA loans

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While many homebuyers in Colorado aren’t aware that they might be eligible for a little-known federal loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Woodland Park has quietly become a major beneficiary of the program. Continue Reading Woodland Park cashing in on USDA loans

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