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Local employment figures for March show slow economic recovery for El Paso County, but political wrangling in Washington, D.C., has the power to derail progress. El Paso County’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.3 percent in March, marking a steady march downward from a high of 10.1 percent in November 2010. “Once you control for season… Continue Reading Federal budgetary haggling could derail local recovery

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While law firm merger and acquisition activity on the East coast continues at strong pace, it’s grinding to a halt in the Western U.S. Chalk it up to a difference in culture. Local attorneys say law is practiced in a decidedly different manner in the West than in other parts of the country. Lawyers are… Continue Reading Lawyers in West, Springs resist the ‘urge to merge’

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Congress is considering a bill that would help save banks from getting sucker-punched by defaulting commercial real estate loans. The bipartisan bill, known as the Capital Access for Main Street Act, is the brainchild of Colorado U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, (D-7th District), Mike Coffman (R-6th District) and Scott Tipton (R-3rd District). If passed, the bill… Continue Reading Main Street Act would let banks delay reporting losses

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People on the Move – April 22, 2011

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Evan Pappas has joined KOAA as president and general manager. He comes from KSBY in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Sarah Thomas has joined KOAA as its Internet sales director. She comes from WRGB in Albany, New York. Regunall Graham has joined the SET clinic’s board of directors. Graham is a commercial sales consultant for Brown… Continue Reading People on the Move – April 22, 2011

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On the Horizon – April 22, 2011

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April 26 Business building blocks in a digital world The Pikes Peak Library District will host a class about protecting business information in a wireless world from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26. Call (719) 531-6333 for more information. April 28 Nonprofit Workshop The Pikes Peak Library District will host a class from 8 to 10… Continue Reading On the Horizon – April 22, 2011

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Lawmakers tackling homeowner transfer fees

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The General Assembly is considering a ban on a practice that is making at least one company millions: private transfer fees attached to real estate. Private transfer fees, usually between 1 and 3 percent of a property’s value, are added to a property and assessed every time it is sold for up to 99 years.… Continue Reading Lawmakers tackling homeowner transfer fees

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It sure would be nice to put the state’s business personal property tax to sleep for a few years, but now is not the time to do it. There’s just too much depending on the revenue it raises. House Bill 1141, which sought to exempt all business equipment purchased in 2012 and 2013 from the… Continue Reading Business Personal Property Tax should stay, for now

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‘Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool’ By Taylor Clark, Little, Brown and Company $25.99 320 pages BALTIMORE, MD — Imagine that everybody’s naked. No, wait, that won’t work. That’s just going to make you feel more self-conscious. And taking deep breaths only makes you lightheaded. Why in… Continue Reading Book Review: ‘Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool’

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Trade trends and deals suffering greatly

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Trade policy largely has been in hibernation during the presidency of Barack Obama. That’s unfortunate given how important trade is to U.S. businesses and workers. During and after one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression, trade has suffered greatly. From a peak in July 2008 to April 2009, U.S. exports dropped by 26… Continue Reading Trade trends and deals suffering greatly

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Sustainability trip shows opportunity

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By Heather Kelly Sustainability is no longer a fringe issue — it’s big business. Mix increased demand for resources with limited supply and the economic risks and opportunities become clear. With the stakes this high, most Fortune 100 companies already have C-level sustainability staff whose job goes well beyond compliance to value creation and innovation.… Continue Reading Sustainability trip shows opportunity

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