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Continuing a long-term trend, race discrimination claims were the most frequently filed charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during fiscal year 2007.
“Corporate America needs to do a better job of proactively preventing discrimination and addressing complaints promptly and effective,” EEOC Chairwoman Naomi C. Earp said in releasing the agency’s 2007 job bias charge statistics. Continue Reading The 10th Circuit offers lessons about racial harassment claims

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Many of us are tired of hearing that the economy is heading into a recession. The trouble is that businesses can either make good strategic decisions and grow through tough times or risk becoming a victim of the down economy.
An important exercise in any type of an economy is to study your business and separate your activities into two categories — core and other. Then decide if any of the non-core activities make sense to outsource. Continue Reading Outsourcing can provide an important strategic advantage when done right

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Conventional wisdom states that index funds do very well in an up stock market but stumble during a bear market.
The logic goes that an active manager will be able to see the signs of a downturn in the stock market and know when to get defensive. An index fund, on the other hand, will just stay in the stock market and rack up those losses.
I think we can all agree that we are currently in a down market, so let’s examine how the index funds did versus their actively managed peers. Continue Reading Do actively managed funds shine during bear markets?

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Are you an entrepreneur or a technician?
Most business owners are viewed as entrepreneurs because they have the risk tolerance, vision and wherewithal to start or buy their own businesses. However, once the initial decision to own and run a business has been made, most business owners spend less time operating as entrepreneurs and more time working as technicians.
To explain this in a bit more detail, let’s look at a typical employee structure that exists in successful businesses. Continue Reading Working ‘on’ your business not just ‘in’ your business

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We’re fortunate to be in a city that is a wonderful place to live, work and do business.
Colorado Springs has been rated as the best place to live in the United States by Money magazine and among the top 25 cities for business by Forbes.
Access to a dependable supply of water is critical to ensure that it stays that way. We need the Southern Delivery System to provide water for our future. Continue Reading Keeping healthy business climate requires water

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Government to the rescue 2008

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During the last 20 years, there have been two major real estate meltdowns involving easy money for questionable real estate deals.
The first was the RTC/FDIC debacle during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the second, of course, is the current home mortgage meltdown. Without belaboring in detail the similarities and differences between the two, each episode contains the following elements: (1) vast amounts of capital (far exceeding the market demand) flowing into the real estate market, Continue Reading Government to the rescue 2008

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A top 10 list that’s no joke

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“I’m from the government and I’m here to help” is an old punch line that always generates a laugh.
But it is no laughing matter when the annual cost of complying with federal government mandates has grown to more than $1.1 trillion. That means the per household cost of complying with regulations now exceeds that of health insurance. Continue Reading A top 10 list that’s no joke

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Are you worried about the upcoming tax season and the bill that the Internal Revenue Service may be sending you?
Most of the time when we’re unexpectedly caught in a tight financial situation, panic can overcome us and visions of prison creep into our minds. If you think you might soon be in this situation, take a deep breath and relax. Approach the situation logically; you are not going to jail because you owe tax. Continue Reading There are options available if you can’t pay the IRS

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Recent revelations concerning contractor and government misconduct in the federal contracting sector culminated recently in the adoption of strict new ethics rules. The rules mandate the adoption of a Code of Business Ethics for most companies doing business with the federal government.
Effective Dec. 24, 2007, all federal government contractors must have a written Code of Business Ethics and Conduct and a corresponding awareness program and internal control system within 30 days of award of a covered contract. Continue Reading New regulation sets mandatory ethics standards for government contractors

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Look for candidates who respect the Congress

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You might not have noticed, given the media’s fascination with the presidential campaign, but there are 435 U.S. House contests and 35 U.S. Senate races taking place this year.
These are important elections, for even more reasons than you might be hearing about. Indeed, unless I miss my guess, the candidates and press in those many contests are barely talking about one of the most important issues we face: the role of Congress itself. Continue Reading Look for candidates who respect the Congress

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