FirstBank contributed $4.2 million to more than 1,000  nonprofit organizations across the state in 2011. FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the locally owned banking organization in Colorado, released the results today of its annual community investment program. Since 2000, FirstBank has donated more than $36 million to area nonprofits. “FirstBank invests heavily […]
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Charles Lamb never thought he would work for a bank, but he’s found a passion during his three years at Central Bancorp. The 34-year-old marketing director moved to the Springs to take the position in 2010, leaving the home he made for himself in Indianapolis. Starting in public relations for the Indiana Governor’s Office, he […]
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A conservative Christian pastor says he’s launching a high-profile campaign to urge religious followers to buy up corporate stock in an attempt to stop mega-corporations from financing “ungodly ventures.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the Rev. Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Washington is convincing followers to start buying shares of Microsoft and begin […]
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The last thing anyone in the Small Business Development Center’s business planning class expected was relationship advice. The participants had spent 13 weeks and 39 hours developing business plans, working the numbers, developing spreadsheets and practicing their 30-second “commercial,” also known as the business pitch. They, the 13 business hopefuls in the class, are sure […]
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Barring unforeseen circumstances, the risk of a double-dip recession is “pretty unlikely,” Keith Hembre, U.S Bank’s chief economist, told the audience at U.S. Bank’s Economic Update and breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel on Tuesday. Across the developed world, interest rates are basically at zero. And governments have used unprecedented policy action, so they aren’t apt […]
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A spoonful of humor helped ease the dose of bitter medicine during the Southern Colorado Economic Forum. Like a prizefighter-turned-comedian, Eugenio J. Aleman, Wells Fargo’s senior economist, interspersed his one-two jabs of truth with humor to take the sting out of the punches. “I have a lot of bad news for you,” Aleman told the […]
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