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The economic and political Medicare mess

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Do the American people have the courage and clarity to do what’s needed to get government under control? Let’s face facts. Every penny in a federal budget estimated to hit $3.8 trillion this year — along with a deficit of $1.6 trillion and federal debt held by the public reaching $10.9 trillion — has a… Continue Reading The economic and political Medicare mess

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Is it worth going to college?

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As college graduation season is upon us, and we consider the cost of college education — from $60,000 to $250,000, depending on whether it’s private or public, with or without room and board, with or without travel expense for holidays, with or without books ($4,000 on the low side) — it may be worth listening… Continue Reading Is it worth going to college?

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By Teresa Carson Savvy business executives don’t like to leave money on the table, but few are taking advantage of big tax breaks available to companies located in Enterprise Zones. The EZ program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate, expand and invest in areas of the state that are designated “economically distressed.” The… Continue Reading Many businesses unaware of Enterprise Zone credits

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Christie Mackey’s two-bedroom apartment at Galley Manor is a nice place. There’s glimmering new tile in the dining room and kitchen, tile countertops, new carpet, six-panel doors, fresh paint and new energy-efficient windows. “Oh man,” she said. “Everything you see is new. There was not a lot of TLC here, for sure.” Mackey is both… Continue Reading Apartments offer work, profit during down economy

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Sky Sox call up ticket sales

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The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are nearly one-third of the way into their season, and so far it’s shaping up to be another home run — as far as attendance goes. Despite playing a losing season so far, the organization is expected to break attendance records again this year. Last year, the team saw a… Continue Reading Sky Sox call up ticket sales

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Aim for Energized Alignment

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The term alignment is receiving increased attention in the business world. CEOs are looking to align their entire organizations. Managers are attempting to align their teams. Change leaders at all levels are attempting to align people behind new strategies and initiatives. So what is alignment? Generally, alignment means that a team, a group, or multiple… Continue Reading Aim for Energized Alignment

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Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, calls tourism the “invisible industry,” and based on his policy for sharing how the CVB spends public money, he intends to keep it that way. Despite the fact that taxpayers provide the CVB its money, Price has declined to release information about his own… Continue Reading CVB offers few details about how it spends tax money

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Since the dawn of the automobile industry, the relationship between those who make the cars and those who sell them has often been an uneasy one. That holds true for Colorado dealerships, as witnessed by a bit of wrangling this spring over just how much control the manufacturers should have over infrastructure spending by their… Continue Reading Dealership branding: ‘If you want to play, you have to pay’

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Create partnerships with Denver. Collaborate with the county and the rest of the state. Become Colorado Springs’ business recruiter, head cheerleader and economic developer. Those are just some of the pieces of advice from Colorado Springs’ top business leaders for the city’s newly elected strong mayor, Steve Bach, who has said that enhancing the city’s… Continue Reading Springs business leaders offer advice for Mayor Bach

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At Zach Plagenza’s gym, pushing, shoving and hitting are absolutely encouraged. He opened X-Treme Challenge Gladiator Fusion Arena in Colorado Springs eight months ago and kids and adults have been smacking each other around ever since. X-Treme Challenge is a 6,500-square-foot gym inside Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., and features more… Continue Reading Get in touch with inner gladiator at X-Treme Challenge

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