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So, one of the city’s most honorable people asked recently, what five things bother you the most about Colorado Springs right now? But you can’t just be negative, my friend said. You have to say what you’d do differently. This acquaintance did not want to be identified, even as male or female. That’s OK, because… Continue Reading It’s OK to be frustrated if you have solutions

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

Stage 4 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge seemed to have an outright positive effect on few vendors along the Aug. 21 race route, but small business folks stand strongly in support of the event that brings international attention to the Pikes Peak region. The Colorado Springs leg exposed scores of local businesses to Pro… Continue Reading Cycling exposure trumps impact

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The year’s most overblown story

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One month ago, the most controversial new business of 2014 in El Paso County opened its doors to overflow crowds. Naysayers had insisted the business would cause a major disruption to the area and perhaps even affect the future of our military presence in the Pikes Peak region. We’re talking about Maggie’s Farm, already established… Continue Reading The year’s most overblown story

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Weighing the factors that influence investing

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When is the right time to invest in growth? That’s a multi-million dollar question constantly examined by business executives looking to invest in new equipment, new office space or a new market. Federal policy has kept interest rates at or near historic lows since the start of the housing collapse and The Great Recession. Those… Continue Reading Weighing the factors that influence investing

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Stormwater: not acceptable in current form

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Our stormwater infrastructure funding requirements have been identified: We are being told we will need around $800 million to accomplish them. A group of citizens called the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force has come up with a proposal to fund and manage this work. The Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County commissioners generally… Continue Reading Stormwater: not acceptable in current form

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Planners: Save now for retirement

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Planners: Save now for retirement

Saving for retirement is kind of like losing weight, says Colorado Springs financial planner Alan Roth. “There’s no easy answer” as to how much a person should have and when a person should start saving, Roth said. One unknown is future medical expenses — will they crack your nest egg? The more a person ages,… Continue Reading Planners: Save now for retirement

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Millennials have, as of late, been the darlings of negative news coverage. Americans have come to know my generation as one with historically low financial confidence; we aren’t getting married; we tend to be dependent on parents longer; and we carry insurmountable student loan and credit-card debt. I get it: Millennials are a bit frivolous,… Continue Reading Financial tips, from one Millennial to the next

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Experts explain higher education financing options

In a world of few constants, one thing’s for sure: College is expensive, and it’s only growing more costly. Local institutions of higher learning are no exception. UCCS, for instance, saw an increase in its full-time freshman and sophomore tuition rates from $4,695 for Colorado residents prior to the 2013 fall semester, to just short… Continue Reading Experts explain higher education financing options

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Credit union or bank? Do the research

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Credit union or bank? Do the research

Being exempt from federal income tax enables credit unions to offer products at better prices to their members, say officials from both credit unions and banks. “We are not-for-profit,” said John Worthington, Security Service Federal Credit Union executive vice president and chief communications officer. “We have to make some money to establish capital, but we… Continue Reading Credit union or bank? Do the research

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Flight training school experiences big growth

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Flight training school experiences big growth

Peak Aviation Center, through the acquisition of two aircraft over the past several months, has grown rapidly to become the county’s largest civilian flight instruction school. Since beginning in 2006 with four employees and 2,000 annual flight training hours, owners Allen Mathews and Pat Carlile have grown the operation to 16 employees, 4,000 flight training… Continue Reading Flight training school experiences big growth

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