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As we look back on Small Business Month, this is a good time to reflect on just how important small businesses are to our economy. We value the employment provided by large enterprises, but the fact is that nearly all of the net growth in U.S. jobs over the past 30 years has been created… Continue Reading Colorado depends on its thriving small businesses

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From business plan to retirement plan

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When you ask small business owners about the future of their businesses, chances are, they’ll have an answer. Revenue forecasts, employee development, plans for expansion — issues such as these are always top of mind. Yet, ask them about their own future and their individual retirement plan, you’re likely to get an amorphous answer or… Continue Reading From business plan to retirement plan

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Air Force Academy Director of Athletics Hans J. Mueh has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, which will be his 11th as athletic director and 43rd overall at the Academy. “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to be in the chair as [athletic director] of the best Division… Continue Reading Air Force Academy athletic director announces retirement

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Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. Whether it’s Heart of Jersualem’s gyros, Dogtooth’s coffee, Zeezo’s costumes or Bristol’s microbrews, small businesses contribute in a substantial way to the Pikes Peak economy. During National Small Business Week, we recognize them. Nationally, more than half of all Americans own or work for a small business,… Continue Reading Helping Colorado small businesses as they start and grow

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Convenient capitalism deviates from ideals

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Academic circles and news media are abuzz with the latest French critique of capitalism by Thomas Picketty. In his historically-informed tome (685 pages), Picketty illustrates how capitalism over the last three centuries retains its tendency to concentrate wealth in the hands of the few, so that overall inequality increases (except for three decades in 20th… Continue Reading Convenient capitalism deviates from ideals

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Learning lessons from the Mindset Paradox

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Two electrical contractors work in the same community. Their skill set, market focus, demographics, pricing and customer service philosophies are essentially identical. At one time they were friends, but one business continued growing and enjoying success while the other never grew past the start-up phase. Both started with a workforce of only one employee and… Continue Reading Learning lessons from the Mindset Paradox

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Gallup’s Economy and Personal Finances Poll last month asked Americans to choose the best option for long-term investments: real estate, stocks and mutual funds, gold, savings accounts, and CDs or bonds. Results indicated more Americans (30 percent) now consider real estate to be their best option. In 2011, Americans chose gold at the time when… Continue Reading Americans prefer real estate over stocks, gold

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In 401(k) plans, for many the only retirement vehicle, people have to be their own financial planners. Yet employers don’t provide enough advice, or the right kind of advice, so most are ill-equipped to manage the 401(k) effectively. Many fail to contribute enough to take full advantage of employer matching money, when available. They also… Continue Reading Working together to improve individuals’ 401(k) plans

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Business is back: time for reinvestment

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After many years of recovery, finally the Colorado Springs economic picture is brightening. Businesses are feeling more confident and are growing. As of January, Colorado Springs was just 2 percent below the national recovery of jobs lost since the last recession. That strengthening of our business community is additionally evident as business loan applications are… Continue Reading Business is back: time for reinvestment

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It would take an Act of Congress” is an old saying, to be sure, but also applicable in the current situation banks are facing to legally provide services to the marijuana industry. Despite bankers’ varied attitudes about legalizing marijuana, now that it is legal in Colorado, banks are supportive of government efforts to permit financial… Continue Reading Banks need law, not guidance, to deal with MMJ

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