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One of Colorado Springs’ favorite venues is undergoing a $2 million makeover and expansion – and that’s just the beginning, officials say. Managed by the city and El Paso County for the past 30 years, the former Penrose Equestrian Center has catered primarily to rodeo events, concerts, Oktoberfest, home shows, automotive shows and to horse owners, providing facilities for equestrian sports, stabling, riding lessons and boarding since its construction in 1974.
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J.E. Dunn Construction and Kevin O’Gara have their cranes in everyone’s business. A survey of the city, the state and even the Rocky Mountain region will turn up numerous projects that have J.E. Dunn to thank for their construction. Closer to home, the construction company is working on three schools for Falcon School District 49 and facilities for Memorial Health Systems north and south campuses. All the local work is done under the direction of O’Gara.
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Taxpayers used the Internal Revenue Service Web site at record levels on April 17 – and during the days leading up to it. During the week prior to the income tax filing deadline, there were 3,385,936 visits to IRS.gov. That number trumps last year’s 3,337,300.
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A comprehensive system has been established in Colorado for reporting sick, dying or dead birds that might be carriers of avian flu or West Nile virus. Although no avian flu has been identified in any birds in the United States or in Colorado, the system is a precautionary measure in case infected birds do reach this continent through world migratory paths.
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In May 2003, Steve Bigari opened a McDonald’s call center in Colorado Springs. Six of his 12 stores tested the idea of off-site order taking. Now other McDonald’s franchises are beginning to latch on to the call center idea.
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Government contracts mean good business to small companies that provide a variety of business-to-business services. The contracts have been good to Byron Spinney and his technology support business, Periapsis, which provides technology, design analysis and support. Attaining subcontract work for lucrative government contracts requires good relationships with a number of larger companies that bid for the work. Knowing this, Spinney said his top priority is maintaining close relationships with those businesses that have the power to tap Periapsis into government contract work.
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The Internal Revenue Service has released the winter 2005-2006 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin. The SOI Bulletin includes information about on data from individual income tax returns for 2004. In 2004, adjusted gross income rose for the second year in a row, increasing by 8.9 percent to $6.8 trillion.
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Dr. Ajit Singh, a leader in cancer research and treatment, is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. April 26 at Colorado College as part of the inaugural event in school’s Visiting Innovative Minds series. Singh will discuss advances in cancer treatment, as well as new technology available to treat various cancers.
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Retailers are losing their traditional television audiences to cable, their radio listeners to satellite services and newspaper readers to the Internet. So Vestcom, a company that makes price labels that adorn shelves nationwide is developing a different way to reach shoppers: video monitors attached to store shelves.
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All bankers know they are stars in their own right. But folks visiting downtown’s First Community Bank on April 7 may have done a double take when they saw their favorite bank employees dressed as movie stars. It was part of First Community Bank’s “Not Your Typical Day,” theme to celebrate the banks motto of “Not Your Typical Bank.”
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If David Twibell’s name looks familiar in print, it’s for good reason. Twibell is director of wealth management for Colorado Capital Bank and has established himself as a local authority on financial matters and as the go-to guy for a number of financial publications. He’s weighed in on stories for the Wall Street Journal as well as national trade publications such as The Journal of Financial Planning and Better Investing. He also is a contributing writer for the Rocky Mountain News and various local business publications. Twibell hasn’t always focused on a career in finances. He started doing that full time after he decided to quit practicing law.
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The nation’s biggest retailer announced its urban renewal plan this week: Wal-Mart plans to build stores in distressed metropolitan areas. Lee Scott, the company’s CEO, said that during the next two years Wal-Mart will open 50 stores that will create between 15,000 and 25,000 new jobs.
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