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Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.” Of course you have, because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone. A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. A… Continue Reading Take a vacation from your vocation, because it works

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When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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It’s no secret that in the business community, companies often experience difficulties finding qualified people to fill open positions. Will the candidate go the extra mile? Will the potential employee stick around or jump ship? Will they be able to perform the specific job needed for my unique brand? Those are many questions managers ask… Continue Reading When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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The stereotype for retirement is fishing, gardening, horseback riding or playing golf — and not doing much else. The classic idea of retirement as a life of uninterrupted leisure is evolving. With people living longer, they’re more active in early retirement, and many choose to focus this energy on a retirement lifestyle much different from… Continue Reading How much will you need to enjoy your retirement?

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How vital is your neighborhood to your well-being? How would you describe your neighborhood to someone looking to relocate? How would you rate your neighborhood’s social, physical and economic climate? Economic — Are there businesses located within a few miles of your home? Do you have choices for going out to eat nearby? Are you… Continue Reading Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

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Drake: No talk about premature death?

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Recently the Regional Business Alliance hosted a panel discussion on Martin Drake Power Plant’s future. It wasn’t a shock that nobody spoke in depth about available alternatives to coal-powered energy production, but I was genuinely surprised that nearly no attention was paid to the pollution Drake emits onto our 600,000-plus residents, employees, students and visitors.… Continue Reading Drake: No talk about premature death?

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The year of 2013 was momentous for charitable giving. With growth at nearly 5 percent, last year represented the largest year-over-year increase in giving since the Great Recession. Wealth advisors have been taking an increasingly active role in providing research to their clients when it comes to finding the right philanthropic organizations they can support.… Continue Reading Wealth management teams help in charitable giving

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Here’s some great news for the pragmatic idealists out there: It is cheaper to provide housing and support to assist someone out of homelessness than it is to leave them on the street. In case you’re a bit behind on a decade of data, here are just a few examples. Denver’s Housing First Collaborative reported… Continue Reading Let’s consider the true cost of homelessness

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Six small-business tech trends in 2014

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According to a recent report by Bank of America, small businesses continue to be bullish on 2014 and expect to hire new employees to keep up with increases in sales. Coming in the face of uncertainty and challenges tied to the Affordable Care Act, this is great news for our economy and the nation as… Continue Reading Six small-business tech trends in 2014

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Let’s help Mayor Bach leave a legacy

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Colorado Springs has been fortunate in that over the past five decades, we have had a level of city government that has always been at least adequate. Most of that time it has been quite good. For the Isaac-Makepeace era, one could argue it was excellent. While city government has been adequate to excellent, it… Continue Reading Let’s help Mayor Bach leave a legacy

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To get ahead financially and plan for retirement effectively, it’s critical to get a handle on your total current financial condition. The best way to do this is to create a personal balance sheet that shows your net worth — the sum total of everything you have and everything you owe. A balance sheet is… Continue Reading Why you should know your net worth before retiring

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