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Though unemployment numbers remain high and incomes levels have fallen, most gyms and fitness facilities are still doing well. The International Health, Racquet & Sportclub Association says U.S. health club membership was 50.2 million in 2010, up 10.8 percent from 2009. Industry revenues also rose 4 percent. Trevor Poling owns a Gold’s Gym franchise in… Continue Reading Exercise businesses powering through recession

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The Mountain States Business Conditions Index, which surveys supply managers, shows positive growth is likely over the next several months for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. For the 15th straight month, leading economic indicators for the mountain region were positive, indicating economic growth is on tap for the first half of 2011. With a score of… Continue Reading Growth and potential inflation projected for Mountain States

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The importance of next April’s mayoral election to the business community can hardly be overstated. Whoever fills the office will wield unprecedented power, able to single-handedly decide issues of crucial importance to business. Despite such high stakes, the business community is unlikely to unite behind a single candidate. Although some prominent business figures, led by… Continue Reading Business may remain on sidelines in mayoral race

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Business at home at the mall

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After arriving back in Colorado Springs during 2008, Jennifer Knight kept herself busy as sort of a freelance marketing consultant. She met contractors around town and at home shows where she offered them traditional marketing services. She designed Web sites and built logo designs. Around that time she remembers hearing a few of her clients… Continue Reading Business at home at the mall

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Tax bills hurt businesses

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As this country tries to reign in the deficit and increase employment, we need to maintain certain tax incentives that encourage businesses to stay open and maintain productivity. Therefore the federal government’s proposals to raise taxes on the oil and natural gas industries at this critical time for the economy is particularly ill advised. I… Continue Reading Tax bills hurt businesses

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Business tax bills head to governor

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DENVER (AP) – A package of bills taxing everything from candy and soda to online sales provides only one-tenth of what Colorado lawmakers need to close a $1.5 billion shortfall this year and next, but Republicans and Democrats say the impact will be widely felt in this year’s elections. Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis has… Continue Reading Business tax bills head to governor

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