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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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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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