business and finance

Smart marketing can lend a boost to shy salesmen

I had an interesting conversation today with a professor of English. The topic was business; specifically what it takes for a business to be successful. My friend has a latent desire to own a used...

DATE: July 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Bottom Line

Oil prices drive stock rise

NEW YORK – Stocks climbed Tuesday in an abbreviated holiday trading session after an encouraging report about manufacturing. Energy stocks rose the most because of increased tension over oil-rich...

DATE: July 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Durango cycling business announces new mechanic Mountain Bike Specialists announces Brian Bluemle has been hired as a mechanic.Bluemle has experience in the bicycle industry, he trained at USA...

DATE: July 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Owners to forfeit health insurance?

NEW YORK – A big worry for small businesses that were against the Obama administration’s health-care law was that it would increase their costs. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld it, some...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Neb. thrift store caters to tribe

WHITECLAY, Neb. – In a tiny Nebraska border town that has become known more for alcohol than anything else, KC Willis is hoping to change perceptions.Willis has opened LightShine Thrift Store in...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Leadership shift opens door for new possibilities

When the director of any organization moves on, the organization can either enter into turmoil or see the transition as an opportunity to regroup and re-energize. The Durango Area Tourism Office is...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | COLUMN: Destination Durango

Up in smoke?

RICHMOND, Va. Sometimes, a cigar isn’t just a cigar.From large hand-rolled cigars and smaller machine-made cigars to little cigars that are similar in size to cigarettes, there are nearly as many...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

U.S. unemployment aid applications fall

WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, but the level of applications remains too high to signal a pickup in hiring.The Labor Department said Thursday...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

New Business Brief

Sustainability consulting firm opens Bright Green is a new strategic sustainability consulting firm in Durango. Elsa Jagniecki is the founder, and Erika Brown will serve as principal...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Art Supply House announces new owner Art Supply House Inc. announces its new owner, Jeramiah Townsend.Townsend is an art school graduate and has a background in business consulting. The art supply...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Music to Soundtraxx’s ears

The head of La Plata County’s newest Colorado Company to Watch acknowledged that many people have never heard of her business, and that’s OK.The company, Soundtraxx, is a designer, manufacturer and...

DATE: June 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

European leaders weigh urgent steps

BRUSSELS – European leaders are reaching for bold solutions to end a 2-year-old debt crisis that’s spread economic misery across Europe, raised doubts about the future of the euro currency, rattled...

DATE: June 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

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