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Re: Goodwill takes heat over wages

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I’m writing to present the perspective of local advocates for people with disabilities. I appreciate that your story included comment from Chris Danielsen of the National Federation of the Blind. For 73 years, the NFB has been the leading catalyst for change in the area of civil rights, rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities.… Continue Reading Re: Goodwill takes heat over wages

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During the past two years, the SBA has been working directly with the private and public sector lending community to prepare loan products that are more responsive to the needs of small business. In particular, we exchange ideas with banks, credit unions, certified development companies, chambers and various lender associations, resulting in products that simplify… Continue Reading Small Business Administration simplifies loan process

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Chance to voice concerns at TBD meeting

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Most people don’t equate transportation with a thriving economy, mobility and freedom of choice. The truth is that having a modern transportation system is essential to our way of life. Unfortunately, we’re taking for granted the roads and bridges we inherited from our grandparents. It’s time for us to get in the driver’s seat and… Continue Reading Chance to voice concerns at TBD meeting

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Food carts: Eating our way to better times

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Colorado Springs is getting hungry again. I can feel it when I listen to Sandy Vanderstoep passionately advocate for more downtown food carts and I hear the choruses of stomach rumbles behind her. Passion about food carts? Well, you’d understand it if you knew more about Vanderstoep and more about modern food carts. I met… Continue Reading Food carts: Eating our way to better times

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SBA, AARP team to help boomers in business

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By Dan Hannaher The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are launching a strategic alliance to provide counseling and training to entrepreneurs over age 50 who want to start or grow a small business. Through SBA’s online training courses and its nationwide network of business mentors and counselors, the two organizations have a goal to… Continue Reading SBA, AARP team to help boomers in business

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SBA: Customers want green

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Green dry cleaners, Green energy. Green puppy food. Green car washes. Green wall paints. Green grease removal. Green: It’s everywhere. It’s taught in the first grade. It’s at the center of many corporate manufacturing and marketing policies. And whether you believe in climate change or still have doubts, consumers are now demanding GREEN. Adopting environmentally… Continue Reading SBA: Customers want green

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Consider use-tax plan with businesses in mind

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As Colorado Springs wrestles with business tax questions, it should ask the simple question of what tax structure would most align business taxes with the demands a business places on local governments — i.e. be the most fair to businesses. The traditional ways of taxing businesses are on their property and income. Neither arguably is… Continue Reading Consider use-tax plan with businesses in mind

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Your fire department is the deal of a lifetime

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I’m writing in response to Raphael Sassower’s Dec. 16 editorial, “Eliminate the Fire Dept?” My initial reaction to the article was one of disappointment and frustration. This stems from the multitude of inaccurate information and lack of understanding from an author that has admittedly yet to find himself in need of emergency services. We appreciate… Continue Reading Your fire department is the deal of a lifetime

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Increasing employee engagement, military style

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By Mary Kelly Corporate managers frequently complain that employees are unfocused, unproductive, and struggle to work cohesively. Employees not actively engaged generally lack interest in the goals of the organization. In economics, we call this the ‘principle-agent problem’ meaning employees look out for their own interests before considering their employer’s interests. Motivating employees and ensuring… Continue Reading Increasing employee engagement, military style

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WELLS FARGO/COLORADO SPRINGS BUSINESS JOURNAL LEADERSHIP FORUM October 27, 2011 Antler’s Hotel Colorado Springs, Colorado Reported by: Connie S. Dyke, RPR, CRR APPEARANCES Moderator: BOB BEVERIDGE, Wells Fargo Bank Panelists: ETIENNE HARDRE, Principal, Next Exit Advisors LISANNE McNEW, Director, Placement and Internships, College of Business, University of Colorado — Colorado Springs JAN MARTIN, President Pro… Continue Reading Wells Fargo/CSBJ Leadership Forum: Young Professionals

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