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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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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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