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Family business – how to make it work

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A printing company was owned by three siblings. They had purchased it from their dad a number of years prior. Although the industry has been challenged, they are successful and supporting essentially four families: the three siblings and their dad. I interviewed this family for a book I wrote called “The Family Business:  How to… Continue Reading Family business – how to make it work

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Make the most of your health insurance choices

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People throughout Colorado are facing or preparing for open enrollment, when most Americans select or switch their health insurance plan for the next year. In Colorado, employees are reviewing and selecting their benefits package for 2014. In many cases, consumers who spend time reviewing their options can find ways to save money on their health… Continue Reading Make the most of your health insurance choices

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Budget uncertainty hurts business, government

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When asked to compare my experience as a senior business executive with my time as an Air Force general officer, my response is that the two are not all that different. People matter most; leadership with clear goals is essential; assessing risk and reward is a constant requirement. Another common thread: Stability and predictability are… Continue Reading Budget uncertainty hurts business, government

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City for Champions deserves full support

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Mayor Steve Bach’s City for Champions is a big idea that deserves broad-based community support. Colorado Springs is graced by having a number of world-class institutions located in its midst. The City for Champions concept arises from the well-placed belief that Colorado Springs should embrace and incorporate its world-class assets into its public identity, personality… Continue Reading City for Champions deserves full support

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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act became law on April 5, 2012, intended to increase jobs by making it easier for business startups to raise money to grow and expand operations. Title II of the Act directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue regulations lifting the ban on general solicitations or general advertising in… Continue Reading Regulations undermine JOBS Act for startup investors

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So today, “It’s our Nature.” Over the past 10 years, we’ve been “Colorful as Colorado,” been asked to “Advance Colorado” and reminded we’re “In a Place Called Colorado.” What we’re not, apparently, is certain who we are. It’s the prerogative of each governor’s administration to put its own stamp on marketing the state, so this… Continue Reading What’s worse, state’s new logo and slogan, or process?

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Resolve to solve nagging workplace conflicts

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Hercules, according to legend, grew increasingly irritated by a strange, menacing animal that kept blocking his path. In a fit of anger, he struck the animal with his club, killing it. As he continued his path, he kept encountering the same animal, each time larger and more menacing than before. At last a wise messenger… Continue Reading Resolve to solve nagging workplace conflicts

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Talking to a friend, I made an offhanded comment about journalism in the modern era. To which my friend responded, convinced that journalism is no longer relevant in today’s world, “Isn’t journalism dead?” With fewer soggy newspapers sitting on driveways and an overabundance of tweets that consume my in box, it’s easy to see why… Continue Reading Citizen journalism works here and around the globe

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UCCS offers close-to-home job training

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No matter what type of business you are in, continued training is essential to success. Companies are experiencing a powerful movement in the workforce with the Baby Boomer generation retiring and a new generation entering the workforce. As the Boomers leave, they take with them valuable skill-sets, experience and years of training and education. Incoming… Continue Reading UCCS offers close-to-home job training

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When hard work turns into hard cash

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Part 3 — A True Story: Using Value Drivers to Sell a Valuable Business. In our first article (Feb. 28), we encouraged entrepreneurs to “begin with the end in mind” when they start their business. A plan needs to be focused on the kind of business you plan to create over time. Then in our… Continue Reading When hard work turns into hard cash

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