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Wayne Heilman

Business Reporter

  • U.S. economy in 2014 will outshine last year's performance, bank executive says

    Updated: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    Think of the U.S. economy were a movie. Last year, the original came out, and it was so-so. This year? Expect a much better sequel, says UMB Bank's top investment strategist. K.C. Mathews, executive vice president and chief investment officer for the Kansas City, Mo., bank, told 100...

  • Fire, flooding take a big bite out of 2013 hotel business in Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    Two nationally televised events last year - a wildfire and flooding - combined with the two-week federal government shutdown to pound the Colorado Springs area hotel industry, sending the 2013 occupancy rate to a four-year low and keeping room rates to the smallest gain in three years....

  • Colorado Springs company opens on-site health clinic

    Updated: Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    At a time when some companies are cutting back on health insurance for employees or making them pick up a bigger share of the premiums, Spectranetics Corp. of Colorado Springs is going in the other direction. Spectranetics has partnered with Denver-based Paladina Health LLC to open...

  • Another pitch-night event is on the horizon in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Jan 13, 2014

    The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is taking another dip in the shark tank. The El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Collaboration at UCCS is partnering with Peak Venture Group to sponsor a business plan competition from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Lodge on the college's...

  • Stock show: Public companies in El Paso, Douglas counties see mixed results in '13

    Updated: Sun, Jan 12, 2014

    El Paso and Douglas counties don't have a lot of public companies traded on major exchanges, but the ones they do have outperformed the rest of the stock market last year, led by a Highlands Ranch-based business that more than tripled its share price. - The combined prices of shares in...

  • Mixed forecasts tied to past numbers on job growth, wages

    Updated: Mon, Dec 23, 2013

    One step forward, a half-step back. That's the picture of El Paso County's job market, painted by the latest data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, which showed strong job growth but declining wages in the second quarter when compared with the same quarter a year...

  • Hiring survey holds gloomy news for Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    The Colorado Springs area job outlook for the first quarter of next year is the most pessimistic in two years, according to a quarterly survey by staffing giant ManpowerGroup. The percentage of employers planning to hire in the January-to-March quarter exceeds those planning cuts by...

  • H&M store at Castle Rock outlets to open Thursday

    Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Hip and trendy Swedish clothing retailer H&M will open its first outlet store in Colorado at noon Thursday at The Outlets at Castle Rock. With the 20,000-square-foot store, H&M will have eight locations in Colorado, including one at the Chapel Hills Mall. More than 400 people lined up...

  • Atmel in Colorado Springs devotes part of plant to touchscreen technology

    Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    For the first time since Atmel Corp. bought its Colorado Springs manufacturing plant 24 years ago, the San Jose, Calif.-based company is producing a product other than semiconductors here that could give the 40-year-old facility a bright future. This year, Atmel began producing a...

  • Rick's owners find growing garden center a challenge

    Updated: Fri, Nov 29, 2013

    Mike and Gail Estes knew all about running a garden center, and it seemed a natural fit to expand into the nursery business. But they found it wasn't quite as easy as planting seeds and waiting for them to grow. Mike Estes, 59, who, with Gail, has owned Rick's Garden Center since...

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