Unpaid internships are back with the Labor Department’s blessing

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Labor Department rolled out new guidelines last week that make it easier for companies that want to hire interns but don’t want to pay them. The new rules establish a “primary...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Side hustles you can start with no money

NEW YORK – Starting a business is often a pricey ordeal, but no- to low-cost ideas exist for aspiring entrepreneurs with unique and marketable talent. Take inventory of the skills you already...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Rig-count chaos: Shale drillers are confusing oil analysts

For U.S. shale drillers who have seen prices climb almost 50 percent in six months, it’s been largely a rig-less recovery, a conundrum for traders seeking to forecast the future. Normally, you’d...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

IRS warns that tax season brings security risks

NEW YORK – While cybersecurity should be a year-round concern for small business owners, income tax filing season can bring some particular risks, according to the IRS. The agency says it has...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

A Maryland bank is quietly solving the marijuana industry’s cash problem

WASHINGTON – Most banks refuse to open accounts for cannabis-related businesses even in states where pot is legal, citing federal laws that outlaw the drug and consider it on par with cocaine and...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

U.S. rig count jumps by 15 to 939

HOUSTON – The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 this week to 939. That exceeds the 659 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Houston oilfield...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Average 30-year mortgage rates rise to 3.99 percent

WASHINGTON – The cost of borrowing money to buy a home rose slightly this week but remains historically low. The average rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose to 3.99 percent, from 3.95 percent...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Solar and Energy Storage Awards seeking nominations

Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association is seeking renewable energy innovator nominations to be honored at the first annual Solar and Energy Storage Awards Reception at the 2018 Solar Power...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Region 9 hires economic project manager

Region 9 Economic Development District recently hired Heather Otter as its economic development project manager, effective on Monday. Otter is the current program manager at La Plata Economic...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Know Your Dough seeking volunteers

Know Your Dough, a nonprofit that provides personal financial wellness programs to local youth and young adults, is recruiting volunteers to teach spring fourth-, seventh- and eleventh-grade...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

HomesFund to offer home-buyer education

HomesFund, a local nonprofit that helps prospective homeowners reach their goals, will hold a home-buyer education class from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Education-Business Hall, Room 64,...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

FLC now accepting Hawk Tank teams

Fort Lewis College is accepting teams for the 2018 Hawk Tank business plan competition through Feb. 12. The competition offers up to $5,000 to current students and recent alumni with ideas for new...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business