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Colorado Springs State Rep. Larry Liston is hoping the fifth time will be a charm. This is the fifth straight year that the state Legislature will duke it out over a bill like the one he’s sponsoring, HB 1284, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. It’s hard to say whether… Continue Reading Beer sales: Is it all froth or do we need change?

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Taking the hard road

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When did taking the easy way out become the way to do business? Or to boost the economy, build communities, improve our schools, raise our kids and solve our problems? When did we decide that being a leader was a cushy job? Deep down, don’t you remember the thrill of taking the hard road? The… Continue Reading Taking the hard road

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Is Operation 6035 dying a slow, quiet death?

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It happens all the time. In the interest of economic development or some type of change, government bodies or community groups hire consultants to help guide them toward a better tomorrow. These consultants — professional advice givers — charge a hefty fee for their expertise and insight. They are usually outsiders to the community, and… Continue Reading Is Operation 6035 dying a slow, quiet death?

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As deficit hawks circle Washington, D.C., expenditures are up against the knife. Even popular programs aimed at preventing urban decay and providing affordable housing could be on the chopping block. The U.S. House will vote on a bill next week that would kill the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which provides funding to cities for purchases of… Continue Reading Foreclosure renovation funding plan facing cuts

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Tax breaks intended to energize economy

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Sitting down with your accountant isn’t always a cause for celebration, but small business owners have reason to be grateful for small mercies as they file their 2010 taxes. That’s because of the Small Business Jobs Act passed in September. The biggest temporary change is an increase in bonus depreciation for assets purchased from 50… Continue Reading Tax breaks intended to energize economy

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Painting business back in broad strokes

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When Greg Unseth started his painting business in 1981, his wife Kathy and their kids waited in the car while he gave estimates to potential customers. “We just crossed our fingers,” Kathy Unseth said. “He would come back to the car, and I’d say, did you get a down payment?” These days, Greg and Kathy… Continue Reading Painting business back in broad strokes

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People on the Move – March 18, 2011

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Lori Ondrick has joined Grubb & Ellis|Quantum Commercial Group as a broker specializing in retail leasing and Investments. Before joining Grubb & Ellis, she was a retail broker associate with Sierra Commercial Real Estate. She brings with her more than 7 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience. Deana Hunt has been named executive director… Continue Reading People on the Move – March 18, 2011

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On the Horizon – March 18, 2011

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March 19 Minding Your Business A free class about the resources that Pikes Peak Library District has to help start or grow your business is scheduled from 8:30 — 10 a.m. on March 8 at the Penrose Library downtown. March 22 Mayoral Forum (may include ballot measures) A mayoral candidate forum is scheduled from 5:30… Continue Reading On the Horizon – March 18, 2011

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There’s no better time to be generous. The 2010 Tax Relief Act, signed Dec. 17, temporarily raised the tax-exemption threshold for gift and estate giving. The law was set to revert to a $1 million threshold this year, with a maximum tax rate of 55 percent. Instead, the estate tax exemption was increased, during 2011… Continue Reading Still time to take advantage of estate-tax gift threshold

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The Woodland Park of the future could look considerably different, as Sturman Industries’ model for city-building seems to be catching fire. Earlier this year the Business Journal profiled Sturman Industries’ invitation for like-minded companies to relocate to Sturman’s 400-acre campus in the mountains around Woodland Park. The industrial applications firm hired a team of developers,… Continue Reading Woodland Station to fill hotel, meeting space void

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