business and finance

Good ingredients, emotional ties fuel Durango Soda Company

It’s been nearly 10 years since Durango Soda Company sold it’s first bottle of Zuberfizz at a local Dairy Queen. The company now bottles and sells 170 cases of the sweet stuff each day.Despite the...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

At Zuke’s, experience proves a bright idea always pays

Recession can’t suppress focus, vision and heart.That’s Patrick Meiering’s philosophy. And the world has yet to prove it wrong.Meiering is the founder, chief executive officer and “Head Bone Maker”...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Ska Brewing opens up a can of growth

The way that co-owner Dave Thibodeau talks about Ska Brewing Company, no one would guess there’s an economic recession going on.In the first half of this year, sales have been up 33 percent over...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango’s outdoorsies help Mercury thrive

It all started with an idea and a handful of employees in 2002. Now, Mercury Payment Systems employs more than 400 people and will process $18 billion in credit-card transactions for retailers and...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Worker benefit thefts increase

The Department of Labor says the recession is financially stressing business owners, and in a few cases they’re pilfering employee contributions to 401(k) and health-benefits accounts. The...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Dollar gains strength, not stocks

NEW YORK – Stocks slumped to a mixed finish Monday as the dollar posted its second day of gains over concerns that Europe is on the edge of another bailout.Investors believe that Ireland may seek...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Fed bond-buying plan raises trade tensions

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve’s plan to buy more Treasury bonds has incited critics at home to complain about inevitable high inflation and financial turmoil.It turns out many foreigners are...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Holiday shopping battle starts to get pitched

NEW YORK – From free shipping from Walmart to Sears stores open on Thanksgiving for the first time, the battle for holiday shoppers’ dollars has begun in earnest.The early competition to break...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Business Briefs

Foundation names new board member New board member Michael Whiting of Pagosa Springs has joined the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado Board of Directors.The foundation allows people...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

New Business Brief

New store opens on 10th Street Tracy Campbell, formerly of Urban Homestead, announces the opening of her new store Nectar.Nectar will offer exclusive lines of intimate apparel, lounge and...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Resort for the dogs

The Durango Pet Resort, the name of Durango’s newest pet kennel being built east of the city, may seem a bit extravagant in today’s tough economic times. A resort for pets seems a hard sell at a...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

Taxed to death

With the Bush-era tax breaks set to expire in January, aging farmers and ranchers are one demographic group that could feel the effects of increased taxes more acutely than most.Local ranchers...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2010 | CATEGORY: Business

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