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By Greg Lopez Small Business Administration Colorado Director Cash flow is the lifeblood of all small businesses. Cash flow allows a business to make payroll, pay suppliers, and keep its doors open. We have been told that there is a credit crunch and that small business lenders are no longer extending lines of credit to… Continue Reading Five critical steps to securing capital for small business

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Quality of life: Worth work

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By John “JD” Dallager and Susan Saksa Last month, the fourth edition of the Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region was released. This 124-page publication is modeled after community benchmark and report-card initiatives that drive successful community strategies, actions, and accountability in cities and counties across the country. These efforts to develop comprehensive… Continue Reading Quality of life: Worth work

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Much potential lies with Memorial nonprofit status

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By Larry McEvoy Memorial Health System is Colorado Springs’ largest employer outside the military. It generated $15 million in earnings last year, and it employs more than 4,000 people with some of the region’s best-paying jobs. But Memorial’s dollars and jobs today are just a part of real value and unrecognized growth ahead. Imagine if… Continue Reading Much potential lies with Memorial nonprofit status

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Term limits: A matter of choice for voters

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By Sallie Clark Recently, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners placed several questions on the November ballot. Since state law doesn’t provide a petition process at the county level, placement by the commissioners is the only method county questions can be referred to the voters. One initiative gives voters the option to decide on… Continue Reading Term limits: A matter of choice for voters

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Advice on living on $3,000 net a month

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Assume you have a job, which is quite a feat nowadays with some 20 percent of Americans unemployed, and assume your monthly take-home check is $3,000, which is not bad in this economy. What can you afford? How should you budget your life so as not to lose your house? There are those clever ones… Continue Reading Advice on living on $3,000 net a month

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All summer, I’ve wondered about the wrong guy. The BP-owned Macondo well blew out in April, and we’ve all watched and sorrowed over the environmental destruction of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as crude oil relentlessly spewed out of the broken pipe on the sea floor. I’ve listened to the stories of livelihoods… Continue Reading Predicting disaster in the rough, ready oil-field ethos

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Step up and lead change

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Across our city, our region and our country, leaders are in crisis. They — we­ — struggle with practical fiscal and policy issues while wrestling with deep, values-based questions: Who and what do I represent? What do we need to do and how do we need to behave as an organization? How do we survive… Continue Reading Step up and lead change

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I have lived in Colorado for the last 42 years, most of it in Colorado Springs.  For most of this time Colorado has been a great place that attracted families, businesses and talented people.  The last two decades have been different and I have struggled to figure out why and what to do about it.… Continue Reading Envisioning adequate police, nourished children

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Delivering effective feedback

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As a leader, you know that you should be giving feedback. Yet, because feedback can be difficult to give and receive, chances are high that you delay and avoid feedback conversations. While you know that feedback is a vital ingredient for success at work, it is also complex and fraught with contradictions, such as: Your… Continue Reading Delivering effective feedback

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Small business buried in paperwork

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Why do all the pro-small-business speeches offered by politicians make life so difficult for the entrepreneurs who innovate, spur economic growth, and create jobs? In late July, President Obama held a photo op at a small business in New Jersey. “Small businesses create two out of every three jobs in this country,” he said. “So… Continue Reading Small business buried in paperwork

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