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Year-end tax planning should be kicking into gear

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As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to begin thinking about tax planning. Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action can nail down a host of tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them. The expiring tax provisions for individuals… Continue Reading Year-end tax planning should be kicking into gear

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Anybody can be an entrepreneur, but not everybody

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I’ve been using this little phrase for a number of years to express the view that literally anyone can be an entrepreneur. However, not everyone should be encouraged to follow the entrepreneurial career path. This perspective has been fashioned over the years by both personal experience, and by a careful reading of the scholarly research.… Continue Reading Anybody can be an entrepreneur, but not everybody

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Dear Editor, City Council, facing unprecedented budget shortfalls, made the decision to reduce the city’s contract for promotional services with Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau by nearly $600,000 or about 25 percent. News of this reduction in CVB funding has led some to question the role and… Continue Reading Money appropriated for CVB an investment, not an expense

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Dear Editor: As a member of the board of directors for Experience Colorado Springs (the local convention and visitors bureau), I offer a different perspective on how the local bureau operates to solicit and retain tourism dollars. Many people think of a CVB as an antiquated visitor center in a world where all facets of… Continue Reading City Council shouldn’t cut LART dollars sent to CVB

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Many business owners think benchmarking is for big or troubled companies. But no company, regardless of size and performance, can afford to ignore it. In today’s changing business environment and economy, it’s hard to keep up with your competitors — and benchmarking allows companies to compare their productivity and efficiency to other businesses. Two types… Continue Reading Benchmarking — how can it benefit your company?

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Last week, I was a writer in residence. I’d volunteered for the gig, but that morning, I moaned on Facebook. What was I thinking? I’d be talking to a bunch of snarky middle-schoolers about my writing process? Reading my little pieces about pets and kids and the Czech Republic to kids who were probably expecting… Continue Reading Who needs 2C? Believe me, Colorado Springs does

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On plans, people and progress

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The Southern Colorado region, like many regions around the country, has reacted to the economic crisis by becoming introspective. Introspection can be a healthy thing, and often results in improvement over the long haul. For example, individuals will often become introspective after a financial, health or other personal setback. If correct conclusions are drawn about… Continue Reading On plans, people and progress

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A time for transformation

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States’ fiscal problems have never been worse, so what are they going to do about it? By Bill Clements and Charley Shaw Dolan Media Co. World War II jolted the United States out of its last massive financial crisis, but with no global war to propel a recovery this time, states are scrambling to staunch… Continue Reading A time for transformation

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Even smart businesspeople might lose focus when it comes to promoting their business in a down economy, treating promotional efforts as a “non essential” expenditure of time and money. This is a mistake, because there is no better time to pursue smart promotional opportunities than during tough times to gain ground on those who pull… Continue Reading Promote your business to gain ground during challenging times

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Dear Editor: Recently, more than 3,500 members of the hospice community sent a letter to President Obama asking for his immediate action to stop the Medicare rate cuts enacted by the previous Administration. Hospice offers a dignified and compassionate way for a patient to spend precious time at home surrounded by loved ones at the… Continue Reading Obama should permanently rescind Bush Medicare rate cuts

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