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Seven reasons to export

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While many small businesses are in survival mode during the current economic downturn, there are still strategic decisions that can be made today which may have a positive impact on this year’s bottom line. Small businesses account for 30 percent of all U.S. exports — a staggering $500 billion per year. The fastest growing segment… Continue Reading Seven reasons to export

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The ingredients of growth

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I’ve been in Colorado Springs for far too short a period of time (six months) to comment intelligently about its many economic development activities. The number of ongoing initiatives for a city of this size is striking. We have Operation 6035, the Dream City initiative, a very active Chamber of Commerce, and an equally active… Continue Reading The ingredients of growth

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Tax bills hurt businesses

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As this country tries to reign in the deficit and increase employment, we need to maintain certain tax incentives that encourage businesses to stay open and maintain productivity. Therefore the federal government’s proposals to raise taxes on the oil and natural gas industries at this critical time for the economy is particularly ill advised. I… Continue Reading Tax bills hurt businesses

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It wasn’t long ago when it seemed that the answer to every business challenge was to “get out and sell more.” Now, business owners are scrutinizing their operations for ways to squeeze out every last drop of profitability. This is a healthy exercise for any economy to undergo, and the surviving businesses tend to emerge… Continue Reading Economy reminds us of ways to increase profitability

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Small businesses need proper tools to create jobs

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The message from President Barack Obama is clear: we must give small businesses the tools they need to create the jobs America needs. Small businesses are the biggest engine for job creation, having created nearly 65 percent of net new jobs over the last 15 years. However, in this tough economic climate, small businesses still… Continue Reading Small businesses need proper tools to create jobs

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Press reports coming out of Haiti tell of hope and hopelessness, heroic rescues and somber burials. The disaster hit us hard here in Colorado Springs. Some of our neighbors were victims. Predictably, though, news coverage and commentary are now turning away from the victims and toward arguments about who is to blame and what should… Continue Reading Haiti news coverage holds lessons for crisis planners

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RE: Jan. 29 story “Spending in Springs keeps money here, locals say” As the Whole Foods Market representative largely responsible for (and highly passionate about) establishing relationships with local farmers in the Rocky Mountain Region, I’d like to address the inaccurate comments made in Amy Gillentine’s January 29th article, Spending in Springs Keeps Money Here,… Continue Reading Letter to the Editor – February 5, 2010

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The Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City is one of the leading organizations promoting entrepreneurship worldwide. The Foundation supports a wide range of activities, including sponsoring university based initiatives, grass roots entrepreneur development efforts, and important research. Most entrepreneurs are not, by nature, interested in the results of academic research. They are too busy taking action… Continue Reading Entrepreneurial success factors

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PTAC in our own back yard

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In case you haven’t heard, Colorado was recently awarded a Procurement Technical Assistance Center in September. The Center’s office is located right in Colorado Springs at 6 S. Tejon St. Getting a Center in Colorado was a difficult two-year process led by several key members of the local business community. I have the honor of… Continue Reading PTAC in our own back yard

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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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