Residential builders in the Pikes Peak region say construction defect lawsuits, especially those being brought in California, are to blame for the fast-rising costs of liability insurance. Chris White is a project manager for Mahler GC, a general contracting company in Colorado Springs. Mahler GC was awarded a contract to build between 200 and 300 […]
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Among military spouses, the unemployment rate is 16 percent — four times the national average. And of those with work, many are settling for part-time jobs when they’d rather work full-time. It’s a familiar problem for women and men married to active duty service members. Deployments and frequent moves mean their career paths are constantly […]
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Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rises and falls akin to ocean waves, even occasionally crashing as breakers. The Nasdaq composite index and Dow Jones industrial average do much the same, although stock markets have been remarkably resilient lately, despite political turmoil. One characteristic stays certain — investing in one’s future remains necessary, regardless of market […]
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As aging members of the Silent Generation struggle to pack up their memories and move into smaller houses and assisted-living centers, Baby Boomers are still buying real estate. “There’s no easy way to define what a senior is,” said Adrian Reed, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Properties. “I certainly can’t say. I think AARP […]
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A lot of Colorado Springs businesses have been taking advantage of lower lease rates and moving into nicer office spaces. Class A office space, which is the newest and nicest space in town, was a bright spot in most commercial brokers’ quarterly reports. “This is the most positive quarter we’ve had, if you look at […]
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The Weather Rock didn’t miss a beat in more than a year of Colorado extremes — 100-plus summers, sub-freezing winters, rain, snow. “It worked great for a year, then it got hit by a car,” said Brandon Tripp, COO of XplotraX, which has the Weather Rock prototype and patent. “It was over by the airport […]
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Karen and Bobbie Moore dropped in on the Colorado Springs SCORE office in 2002 to seek advice about the future of their four-year-old company, Mountain Scapes Equipment, a small-engine and commercial-equipment repair business. The drought had severely impacted their business, and their commercial lease was about to expire. They had discussed diversifying their services and […]
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MONUMENT — To be transported to a parallel universe in taste, try a truffle from 1492 Chocolates, a new company started by an executive pastry chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu. Eat it in small bites to elongate the delight. Operated by Courtney Lundin and her parents, 1492 Chocolates has been in business just weeks, […]
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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose — or, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As we entered 2013, the Denver Broncos were 13-3 and hopefully bound for the Super Bowl. The Pikes Peak region was recovering from a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes, the local economy was enjoying […]
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Stories of Enron and Bernie Madoff’s financial frauds and scheming grab headlines, but small businesses across the country are quietly being ripped off to the tune of millions every year ...
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Two years ago, the scenic stretch of State Highway 105 separating downtown Monument from downtown Palmer Lake was pocked with vacant storefronts, many remnants of foreclosures in an area largely forgotten. Today, once-vacant commercial buildings are filling with tenants. “I think the increased business is a sign that the economy is improving,” said Trish Flake, […]
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The biggest change coming in the local sports scene next year involves one of the biggest sports organizations in the world: The U.S. Olympic Committee is preparing for a series of events that will boost its profile in the Springs, as well as globally. “We have a nice list of premier events on tap,” said […]
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