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On the rise: Homebuilders and developers see major spike in sales activity

The numbers tell the story of a sudden boom in business for area homebuilders and developers. And most are optimistic the growth will continue. There were 680 new single-family building permits issued in the first quarter of 2013 in El Paso County, almost 40 percent more than in the first quarter of 2012 and the… Continue Reading On the rise: Homebuilders and developers see major spike in sales activity

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Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

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Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

Rocky Mountain Worm Company Website: rockymountainwormcompany.com Location: 411 Tia Juana St., Suite A Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Employees: 2 Earthworms and red worms are good for fishing and for gardens — but good for business? If you don’t think so, just ask Ken and Jay Williams, a father-son business team who started… Continue Reading Local shop has the dirt on earthworms

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City-funded projects begin at OTC complex

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City-funded projects begin at OTC complex

After five years of drama and intrigue, the multi-million-dollar, tax-funded projects promised to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s training center are under way. Crews are working on two major projects at the Olympic Training Center campus — part of a $40 million city-funded incentive package inked in 2009 to keep the USOC from packing up its… Continue Reading City-funded projects begin at OTC complex

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Passing torch creates family business stress

David Perkins walked into his dad’s roomy office and sat in a chair facing his desk. They were both wearing black shirts with a Perkins Motor Co. logo. “We’ve got lots of colors, but somehow we always end up wearing the same one,” said company owner Tom Perkins. They both shrugged and smiled. Their relationship… Continue Reading Passing torch creates family business stress

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Hospitals brace for sequestration-related cuts

Hospitals across the state are bracing for billions in financial losses, thanks to sequestration and a series of other federal budget cuts. While some cuts were expected and planned for, sequestration was not – and hospitals are struggling to figure out how to deal with the loss of revenue. For example, sequestration cuts Medicare provider… Continue Reading Hospitals brace for sequestration-related cuts

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Local entrepreneur sells energy-saving device

Sonny Mata was looking through patents a couple of years ago when he stumbled onto a green-energy business he could easily get behind. “I’d been selling solar panels,” he said. But at that time it would take most homeowners 12 years to realize a return on their investments, which was a hard sell. “I wanted… Continue Reading Local entrepreneur sells energy-saving device

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Insight goes right finding what went wrong

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Insight goes right finding what went wrong

Insight Analytical Labs Current location: 2430 Waynoka Road New location (in May): 11641 Ridgeline Drive Founded: 1993 Employees: 15 Thomas Paquette and his team at Insight Analytical Labs perform autopsies on broken electronics. But don’t call the lab about your busted toaster. Companies from all over the world — from Colorado Springs to California, New… Continue Reading Insight goes right finding what went wrong

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Businesses saving green with energy

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Businesses saving green with energy

After adding insulation and replacing light fixtures and HVAC systems, the owners of CityRock are saving almost 60 percent on utility bills — about $11,000 a year. It’s a huge savings, said Joe Groshong, who owns the 17,000-square-foot climbing gym in downtown Colorado Springs with his wife Lara. While they weren’t solely motivated by finances,… Continue Reading Businesses saving green with energy

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Greenland oasis could benefit counties

Growth in northern El Paso and southern Douglas County has long depended on a single factor — and it’s not roads, drainage infrastructure, government regulation or land costs. It’s water. Without reliable and predictable sources of water to sustain development for the long future, communities can neither grow nor thrive. A variety of small providers… Continue Reading Greenland oasis could benefit counties

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Liquor stores: small-retail model

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Liquor stores: small-retail model

Seventy years ago, small retailers dominated most markets in Colorado Springs. Food was distributed through scores of small independent grocery stores, each serving its immediate neighborhood. Small hardware stores sold everything from sledgehammers to staples from storefronts in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Wholesalers supplied shoes, men’s clothing, sporting goods, books,… Continue Reading Liquor stores: small-retail model

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