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Census 2010: It’s easy, safe and essential

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As the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, I get many questions about the upcoming 2010 Census: What is it? Why should I fill out my questionnaire? Is it safe? Is it really that important? My days are spent working with local governments and communities, and in addition to the questions I’m… Continue Reading Census 2010: It’s easy, safe and essential

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Colorado Springs, as a community, is currently grappling with the problem of chronic homelessness, as evidenced by the “campers” in our parks and wetlands. The Marian House is hosting a pair of evening meetings for all to discuss the issue and put forth ideas. My puzzlement is why has not our community seized on an… Continue Reading Why not give homeless people ID cards, like other cities have

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I am going to discuss a topic that I haven’t been that close to since my undergraduate days in Boulder: marijuana. Not recreational use, but instead, implications arising from the recent increase in the number of clinics set up to dispense medical marijuana. We have been asked several times recently on behalf of landlords to… Continue Reading A tokin’ tenant issue

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Health Department: Thanks for help with H1N1

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With the help of many in the community, the Health Department has made progress toward providing H1N1 flu vaccination to residents of El Paso County. So many individuals and organizations have pitched in time, equipment, resources, facilities and support for this vital effort! On behalf of the El Paso County Board of Health and the… Continue Reading Health Department: Thanks for help with H1N1

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Is the City Council of Colorado Springs in denial regarding the tent camps? We have a crises, it’s a real problem that is not going away. We simply cannot refuse to talk about it as a community any longer. Let’s not allow this problem to have an on-going affect on our community, tourism, business trade… Continue Reading Do we really want tent camps that will thrive for years?

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Most successful entrepreneurs remember their first time like it was yesterday. In fact, the rush of excitement they felt the first time is part of their desire to do it again and again. What am I talking about? If you guessed that I’m talking about the “s” word, you’re right, SELLING. Most successful entrepreneurs remember… Continue Reading Remember your first sale as if it happened yesterday

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Fewer, smaller branches will have to serve skittish small-biz customers By Claude Solnik Dolan Media Newswires Financial industry experts expect to see more bank branches — during the short term. Nationwide, there were 99,456 bank branches as of June, 10,000 more than during 2004, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. In Colorado Springs, in-store… Continue Reading Bank branch bubble may be about to burst

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The state of the economy has forced many companies to reduce costs to stay competitive. Labor costs are typically a prime focus during tough economic times.  Efforts to reduce labor costs should be carefully considered, however, to avoid unintended and greater liabilities than the cost savings to be realized from the change. In making decisions… Continue Reading A bit of planning can help reduce the risk of cutting labor costs

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More layoffs mean more litigation

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By Claude Solnik Dolan Media News Service Workplace litigation is at an all-time high as unemployment has risen. And experts don’t expect layoffs or litigation to slow any time soon. Attorneys said high unemployment traditionally fuels a large number of workplace complaints as former employees seek compensation for real or perceived discrimination. “We’re not seeing… Continue Reading More layoffs mean more litigation

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According to estimates, retail and service businesses earn as much as 40 percent of total annual sales during the November-December holiday months, and a successful 2009 holiday shopping season will determine whether many businesses, already struggling through a deep recession, will survive. The last 18 months have been difficult for locally owned small firms because… Continue Reading Eight steps a small business can take to survive the 2009 holiday season

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