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Wealthy Americans have a lot more spending cash these days. A recent tally estimates that about 73 million U.S. households have discretionary income. That’s up from about 57 million during 2002, according to statistics from The Conference Board. But, nearly 78 percent of all that discretionary income is held by households earning more than $100,000,… Continue Reading Households with discretionary income up 16 million in four years

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Colorado may soon see a new face in the smoothie market, with more than just the popular flavored ice drinks.
Mark Thompson, president of Monument-based Pinnacle Business Authority, has purchased the rights to develop Froots franchises in Colorado.
“What separates Froots from other smoothie franchises in the market is the offering of wraps and salads as well,” Thompson said. “Two-thirds of the sales are wraps and salads versus just smoothies.”
The headquarters for Froots of Colorado will be in Monument. Continue Reading Froots thinks there’s room for additional smoothies

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Colorado now nation’s biggest beer producer

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Colorado is known for its majestic mountain ranges, natural beauty, rich history – and now for beer. The state outpaced former first place beer producer California last year when it produced more than 23.3 million barrels or 724.5 million gallons of beer, according to newly released data from the Beer Institute. California now ranks No.… Continue Reading Colorado now nation’s biggest beer producer

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The holiday season means a lot of differing things to different people, but for the post office it surely means one thing – a lot of work. Postal carriers will deliver an estimated 21 billion pieces of mail this season. So, to ensure smooth, timely delivery of holiday packages, the Colorado Springs branch of the… Continue Reading Post office offers holiday mailing tips, deadlines

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FDA to gain recall authority

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President Bush proposed yesterday that the Food and Drug Administration be empowered to order mandatory recalls of food products suspected to be unsafe. Bush made the announcement yesterday after an oversight panel recommended the FDA be given recall authority. Currently, the FDA lacks the authority to order recalls, but works with producers on voluntary recalls.… Continue Reading FDA to gain recall authority

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Old Colorado City dreaming of green Xmas

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This year Old Colorado City will replace incandescent holiday lights with LED lights like the ones pictured here. Christmas lights photo courtesy of HolidayLEDS.com Old Colorado City has traded in its old incandescent holiday lights for new LED lights. The new bulbs are more efficient and offer a different kind of glow. Planners of the… Continue Reading Old Colorado City dreaming of green Xmas

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Wal-Mart leading drug cost inflation drop

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Ever since Wal-Mart and its competitors started selling prescription medicines for $4 each, the annual inflation in drug costs has dropped – and is now at the lowest rate in three decades. In July, Wal-Mart launched the low cost prescription drug plan, offering a month’s supply of 140 different generic medications for $4. The medicines… Continue Reading Wal-Mart leading drug cost inflation drop

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HoneyBaked Ham marks 50th Anniversary

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The HoneyBaked Ham Co. is celebrating 50 years of business this year – and regardless of how you feel about ham, half a century of family-owned pork sales is worth noting. The business was started in1957 with $500 by Harry J. Hoenselaar, who developed a unique curing method that featured a sweet and crunchy glaze.… Continue Reading HoneyBaked Ham marks 50th Anniversary

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If you have a Verizon Wireless cell phone with Mobile Web 2.0, you now have added shopping capabilities. Boulder-based mShopper, a mobile shopping service, has teamed with Verizon Wireless to allow customers to compare prices, browse and buy from their cell phones.
More than 9.2 million products are available at the touch of a button on your phone’s Web browser at shop.mshopper.com. Continue Reading Verizon, mShopper team up to launch mobile offerings

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CEO shopping tips

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CEO-to-CEO gift giving, a $17 billion industry, can be tricky business; here’s what one gift-giving consultant has to say about the matter. “Gift giving is an important element of an executive’s skill set, particularly on a CEO-to-CEO basis, but most business leaders don’t have the time to learn the intricacies of high-level corporate gift giving… Continue Reading CEO shopping tips

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