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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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Sports economics

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By Mark Udall The message I hear from Coloradans as I travel the state is that tackling our unacceptably high unemployment rate must be job number one for Congress. I couldn’t agree more. I heard that message again — though with a uniquely Colorado twist — in Colorado Springs earlier this fall. That’s when I… Continue Reading Sports economics

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By Eliot Pulham If Hunter S. Thompson were still alive (bless his cannon-scattered ashes), he’d surely describe the atmosphere in our nation’s capitol as Fear and Loathing in Washington, D.C. In all my years of travel there, never — not even after the September 11 attacks — have I seen such dread in the halls… Continue Reading Fear and Loathing in Washington: 10 investments to protect

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Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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I applaud the Colorado Springs Business Journal coverage of the recently released 2011 Quality of Life Indicators report. This is relevant community reporting with important social and economic impacts. I would, however, like to clarify some of the issues addressed in the section of the article on suicide. This is not the first time the… Continue Reading Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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By April Speake Executive Director, The Home Front Cares The war stories I’ve heard from military spouses are heart-wrenching — hardships and obstacles that are seemingly insurmountable, uncertain futures and a society that is sometimes oblivious to the struggle. And those challenges are magnified by fear for loved ones who are deployed thousands of miles… Continue Reading Help show military troops and families that you care

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Venture capitalist Brad Feld in Colo. Springs

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By Bob Todd and Marcus Haggard At 7 a.m. Sept. 9 in Colorado College Bemis Hall, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Feld Feld, who has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for more than 20 years will offer a keynote address. He is considered to be an authority on accelerating successful start-up ventures. Feld is co-founder… Continue Reading Venture capitalist Brad Feld in Colo. Springs

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