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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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By Larry Small Items to Fund with Property Tax: Police/FirePublic Safety Sales Tax Uses Stormwater Enterprise Services Total 2008 Requirement $114,960,764$23,484,081 $16,225,206 $154,670,051 2009 Property Tax Mil LevyRequired Property Tax Mil Levy 4.94434.400 $22,229,444$154,670,051 City Property Tax on $262,000 homeProposed Tax on $262,000 home Annual Property Tax Increase $103$717 $614 $1,238 Total in School District… Continue Reading Analysis of Necessary City Property Tax Using 2009 Ammended Budget as a Basis

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Dear Editor: RE: Silos, silos everywhere (June 12) The one thing I hear over and over from the people who went on the Austin trip was that their city leaders encourage everyone to check their egos and politics at the door. They key to their success was to welcome everybody to the table and use… Continue Reading Time we started working together to solve community’s problems

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Our younger workers are most affected by the current economic crisis even as our older employees are able to handle the trials of this difficult economic time. These findings were reported in a study by Boston College’s Sloan Center on Aging & Work. According to the report, “The Difference a Downturn Can Make,” part of… Continue Reading Older employees’ better coping skills mean better engagement

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Dear Editor: In your last “At Issue” editorial you answered your own question – whether or not the Army is important to the “vitality” of Colorado Springs. Of course it is – economically. But the Army does not station its troops in places such as Fort Carson for the economic welfare of the local community.… Continue Reading Army’s focus is on training soldiers, not local economic impact

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