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By Marylou Doehrman Staff Reporter U.S. Bank is taking advantage of legislation that took effect in October – Check 21 – the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act – allowing banks to use digital imaging in the processing of checks. Sending banks photograph incoming checks and transmit the images electronically to the receiving banks, […]
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A growing number of employees are no longer receiving paychecks. Yes, they’re still being paid but with a payroll card instead. The payroll card functions like an ATM or debit card, allowing employees to access their earnings with a swipe of the card rather than depositing or cashing a payroll check. The card arose as […]
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Bronco fans owe a great deal to Gerald H. Phipps. In the early 1960s, the Colorado commercial builder and his brother purchased a controlling interest in the Broncos after owner Rocky Mountain Empire Sports threatened to move the football team out of Colorado. They saved the day for diehard Denver football devotees and bought themselves […]
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Signs look good

The Colorado economy is stable and gaining strength. That’s what is coming down through the pipeline from those in the know at the state and local levels. State Treasurer Mike Coffman released a statement on Jan. 19 that the “best reflection of economic optimism” is a forecasted 3.8 percent increase in sales and income tax […]
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Buy a Volkswagen this weekend and no more credit card debt. If it snows more than four inches on New Year’s Day, the SUV you purchase this week is free. Come in and buy a Ford truck today, and we’ll send you on a shopping spree. It’s how they lure the customer through the doors. […]
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Let’s face it. Working in a drab, outdated office is no fun. Most folks spend at least eight hours per day at work and they don’t want to feel smothered, cramped or uncomfortable. They don’t want to forget what blue skies, sunshine and the outside world look like. Companies all over the United States are […]
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The time for making New Year’s resolutions has arrived. Some folks say their goal is to lose weight. Others vow to spend more time with their families. And an even smaller percentage of adults in the United States have their careers in mind when drafting resolutions. A survey developed by Accountemps, a division of Robert […]
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The National Automobile Dealers Association, in coordination with statistics from financial services company Comerica, reports that in 1979 Americans had to work 22.9 weeks to buy a new car. Despite that today’s new car costs are about the same as a house in the Midwest in the mid-to-late seventies, Americans have to work a couple […]
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In the last column, I hoped to convince you not to chase the hot stocks or follow the top investment gurus. The same is true regarding the hot asset classes – cash, bonds, and stocks and subsets like foreign and domestic stocks. In this column, I’m going to show you what does work – asset […]
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The wilderness of the Rockies and the sands of Maui beckon. Things like sleeping in and spending time with loved ones are probably long overdue. Everyone deserves some time off. From coaches and caregivers to CEOs and investment bankers, the employed in the United States could use a break every now and then. Americans work […]
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They pop up on computers all over the country. The ads that often make Internet browsing and research a chore have a way of slowing things down. They want people to click yes to receive a free credit report. They ask for survey participants. They are even the bearers of bad news. When someone receives […]
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Franchise or concept?

Franchised businesses in the United States employed more than 9 million people in 2001 (the last figures available), according to the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation. In the same year, a total of 767,483 franchises, from retail food operations to automobile dealers, spent $229.1 billion in U.S. payroll. The foundation released its findings in March, […]
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