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Ownership Thinking: new business model

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Ownership Thinking describes exactly what is trying to be achieved: to create cultures of employees who think and act like owners, with the purpose of creating wealth. Creating wealth creates opportunity. Without wealth, there is no opportunity. At the same time, create a great place to work. As a business owner or leader, you’ve probably… Continue Reading Ownership Thinking: new business model

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Open spaces more valuable than you realize

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It’s the fire season … and the tourist season. Fires cost us money. Tourists bring us money. And when the fires come, the tourists don’t — which is a double hit on the economy. Fortunately, in Colorado Springs, we have a remarkable asset that can be used to fight fires and draw tourists: protected open… Continue Reading Open spaces more valuable than you realize

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The status of a worker as an “employee” or an “independent contractor” continues to be an issue for employers and the IRS. The basis of the issue is how the particular designation affects employers’ payment of employment taxes. For those employers who have incorrectly in the past treated workers who are employees as independent contractors,… Continue Reading Contractor vs. employee: what you need to know

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Good news keeps coming for real estate

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For years, through good and not-so-good times, I’ve provided an eNewsletter twice a month for a mailing list of clients, friends and others. Business Journal readers should recall one of those letters appearing here a few months back, describing how well the local market had performed in February. The next eNewsletter wasn’t scheduled until next… Continue Reading Good news keeps coming for real estate

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A critical thing that sets a company apart in today’s market is content. Whether talking about a website, emails, brochures, sales sheets, advertising, blogs or social media — every business is communicating more and more with current and prospective customers through the written word. We all want to get our message out. The challenge is… Continue Reading Content matters in today’s attention battle

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One hundred years from now, when cultural histories of this era are written, entire chapters will be devoted to the effects on society of the 24-hour news cycle and the 24/7 Internet. In the investing world, this media bandwidth has provided a forum for a generation of gurus who tell us what we should do… Continue Reading Pundits don’t have to account for missteps

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“Oh, you’re a brand consultant? Our company just went through a re-branding effort six months ago. We’ve all got new business cards, a new logo and new ad campaigns coming out.” I cannot tell you how many times I hear this and similar statements from those I meet on a daily basis. And I cannot… Continue Reading Fallacy of re-branding applies to airport’s strategy

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A gift for the 18-year-old who has everything

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A durable power of attorney for your soon-to-be 18-year-old son or daughter? Aren’t these more suited for older adults? Not always. Once your child is 18, he or she is an adult in the eyes of the law, whether or not he or she is still in high school. That reality will hit the first… Continue Reading A gift for the 18-year-old who has everything

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According to Gallup research, the United States is spending $2.5 trillion in health care and this is predicted to grow at 6 percent over the next 10 years. The Center for Disease Control reports more than 75 percent of total health care spending is on people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and… Continue Reading Building a healthier city through social enterprise

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Space Symposium rises to a global event

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We just concluded the Space Foundation’s 29th National Space Symposium and, despite a very difficult ramp-up, it was successful beyond our imagination. I’ll run through just a few themes that emerged during the week: U.S. government challenges: First, the Space Symposium underscored that, as a nation, we need to resolve our budget disputes and delays… Continue Reading Space Symposium rises to a global event

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