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Downtown attracts young pros, entrepreneurs

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Downtown attracts young pros, entrepreneurs

Why are urban areas so enticing to start-ups, young professionals, and entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship needs a hub, a place with close proximity to clients, competitors, and a density of people and resources. Downtowns across the country naturally become this center of activity because their traditional structure was built to foster business relationships and constant interaction, and… Continue Reading Downtown attracts young pros, entrepreneurs

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Robin Roberts: Banking marijuana businesses – why we should care

Recently, financial institutions and marijuana-related businesses received important new information from the federal government. The guidance should remove some obstacles that restrict access to banking services for these businesses. While the new direction has been applauded by many in the marijuana industry, many in the banking community continue to express reservations that the new guidance… Continue Reading Robin Roberts: Banking marijuana businesses – why we should care

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Fraser: Restaurant owners should follow tips to avoid trouble

As if running a restaurant wasn’t hard enough. Most restaurants contend with low profit margins, high competition, costly employee turnover, food inspections and increases in rent. One more thing to add to a restaurant owner’s worry list: U.S. Department of Labor investigations. The Wage and Hour Division of the DOL is responsible for enforcing the… Continue Reading Fraser: Restaurant owners should follow tips to avoid trouble

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Are you communicating or connecting?

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“Morale around here sucks!” “Yes, this is Mr. Smith and I have a complaint about the service your company provided me.” Every organization has heard these two quotes from employees and customers. It’s frustrating for employees, managers and executives. Why are these complaints so commonplace in today’s corporate and business environment? Many people think it… Continue Reading Are you communicating or connecting?

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Perhaps you have heard people say that Colorado Springs is a “conservative community.” That people who live here tend to be “conservative people.” If that is true, then why is our community doing things that are the envy of more liberal regions? When it comes to environmental actions, we are people doing our best to… Continue Reading Community needs to stay focused on conservation goals

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From the Austrian School of Economics to its Chicago School descendant, it has been an article of faith that if left to its own devices, the marketplace will perform more efficiently than if the government had anything to do with it. The rule of law, of course, should be upheld, and deviant behavior — cheating,… Continue Reading Colorado Springs – a city in search of leadership

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Colorado’s myriad trade groups compete to promote. An MFG partnership promises collaboration. Colorado’s economic development landscape is an alphabet-soup mix of acronyms and trade names. Entities that touch the maker and manufacturing sector alone include OEDIT, CAMA, CAMT, CACI, WCMA, CWIDB, CBSA, CCIA, WTC, CBDA and others. The upside of today’s system is that member… Continue Reading Acronyms aside, partnership can help state’s manufacturers

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In the 1800s, when there were but only 35,000 people living in the entire territory of what is now known as Colorado, with many small farming and ranching communities, there came times when the need to work in a cooperative manner overrode all other considerations — and the people came together to help each other.… Continue Reading We have to overcome our strife, conflict

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If you own a small business, you probably know first-hand the increasing importance of being able to accept debit and credit card payments. Because businesses have unique payment needs — from the mix of retail, online and mobile purchase volume to the size of an average payment — we advise businesses to request proposals from… Continue Reading Don’t minimize the value of choosing a payment process service

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Label … Webster’s — la•bel a descriptive word or phrase … to affix a label to. Every news story, whether in print, the electronic media or in most every community conversation in which I have participated, the focus seems to be on labeling our friends, our enemies, our city, our county, our state, and country.… Continue Reading We need to move beyond labeling – then cooperate

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