The outlook for the U.S. economy appeared dimmer Monday after a report that Americans spent less at retail businesses for a third straight month in June.   The report led some economists to downgrade their estimates for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Many now think the economy grew even less than in the […]
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Colorado Springs sales-and-use tax collections are up in the first two months of 2012, higher than the first two months of 2011. Overall, collections are 6.9 percent higher than at this time last year, according to the collections report released by the city Tuesday. In February, the city reported that sales and use tax was […]
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Three Colorado Springs firms were given Pinnacol Assurance’s Circle of Safety Award. Copestone General Contractors, MechOne Inc. and Pikes Peak Steel LLC won the award this year. Copestone and MechOne are multiple-year winners. Pinnacol Assurance is Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer. The award recognizes companies for their performance in safety, loss control, and financial and […]
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For years the streets of downtown Colorado Springs have emptied as businesses closed for the day. With few nearby residential options, consumers and professionals would retire to the surrounding suburbs for the evening. But downtown residential development is on the rise, and businesses in the city’s core soon will be able to cater to a […]
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Kum & Go, an Iowa-based gas station and convenience store chain, submitted plans for a new downtown location to Colorado Springs Land Use Review last week. The chain announced plans this winter to expand into the Colorado Springs market with its larger-scale convenience stores, which are commonly Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified. Since […]
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In a world where even fast-food restaurants throw around the words “craft” and “artisan,” it can be difficult to know just how much thought goes into the food we eat, the drinks we imbibe and the day-to-day products we use. But in a state where craft is king, consumers often seek that extra bit of […]
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For local entrepreneur Kevin O’Neil, home is where his heart  — and his business — is. A Colorado Springs native and CEO of The O’Neil Group, he works passionately to enhance the city’s economy by bringing more companies to Colorado Springs. He’s purchased five buildings downtown, created a campus to train engineers and offer collaborative […]
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The Joint Commission has launched a national campaign to help Americans understand their rights when receiving medical care. “Know Your Rights” is part of the commission’s Speak Up program, which encourages people to take an active role in their health care. “Know Your Rights” provides tips to help people become more involved in their treatment, thus improving the safety and quality of care received.
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Who are the best visual artists in the Pikes Peak region? That’s an impossible question, given that there are at any time thousands of artists creating work at the foot of Pikes Peak. So let’s sharpen the focus and establish some objective criteria. • Sustained quality of work. Successful artists nurture and expand their talent, […]
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As soon as word came that Colorado Springs was revising its City for Champions proposal to the state Economic Development Commission, many assumed that public opinion had made a difference. Then we learned about the most significant change — converting the baseball-oriented downtown stadium into a truly multi-purpose, 10,000-seat facility shaped more for soccer and […]
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One of the older businesses in town with uninterrupted family ownership, Schaefer Agency has been around more than 60 years as an independent full-service insurance agency. “Most of our business is word-of-mouth,” said owner John Schaefer. “If we take care of our customers, they sell more than we do.” Schaefer’s dad Jack started the company […]
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The Downtown Partnership plans to celebrate the holiday season in style, with a parade, carolers and holiday gift coupons. The Downtown Partnership and several stores, restaurants and bars have put together free giveaway “checks” for downtown workers in Colorado Springs. Marketing to employees makes sense, said Beth Kosley, executive director of the Downtown Partnership.
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