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On opening day of the 2014 legislative session, the speaker of the state House of Representatives outlined an agenda that focuses on three goals: • Helping Coloradans recover from the floods and wildfires we suffered in 2013 • Enhancing the economic security of all Coloradans • Strengthening our education system to better prepare our students… Continue Reading Legislators push education funding, disaster recovery, economic security

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Be trustworthy with business communications

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a breakfast roundtable downtown. I watched the people around me greet each other, introduce their businesses by handing out business cards, shake hands and eventually engage in discussions on how their organizations provide value to Colorado Springs. Seeing that, it dawned on me that all of these subtle… Continue Reading Be trustworthy with business communications

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Does it feel like your sales process is broken? Are prospects no longer responding to your outreach? Perhaps opportunities are flaming out in the latter stages of your funnel. Or maybe you’ve noticed a decline in revenue. At some point, almost every IT organization grapples with the reality of a broken sales process — even… Continue Reading Four strategies to fix your IT company’s sales process

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Beware of making 20/20 hindsight moves

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Suppose someone went around telling people that he’d been certain of the Super Bowl’s outcome — that the Seattle Seahawks would roll over the Denver Broncos. With great brio, this person would tick off all of the reasons he was so confident of the rout, amounting to nothing more than a summary of what happened.… Continue Reading Beware of making 20/20 hindsight moves

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Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges of any life — or any business — is adequately preparing for the future. Knowing what lies ahead, even with the most thorough research and best available information, is hardly a science. Tomorrow remains a mystery. We can make plans, make predictions, hope for the best and prepare… Continue Reading Position yourself properly for a more promising future

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Downtown attracts young pros, entrepreneurs

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Downtown attracts young pros, entrepreneurs

Why are urban areas so enticing to start-ups, young professionals, and entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship needs a hub, a place with close proximity to clients, competitors, and a density of people and resources. Downtowns across the country naturally become this center of activity because their traditional structure was built to foster business relationships and constant interaction, and… Continue Reading Downtown attracts young pros, entrepreneurs

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Robin Roberts: Banking marijuana businesses – why we should care

Recently, financial institutions and marijuana-related businesses received important new information from the federal government. The guidance should remove some obstacles that restrict access to banking services for these businesses. While the new direction has been applauded by many in the marijuana industry, many in the banking community continue to express reservations that the new guidance… Continue Reading Robin Roberts: Banking marijuana businesses – why we should care

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Fraser: Restaurant owners should follow tips to avoid trouble

As if running a restaurant wasn’t hard enough. Most restaurants contend with low profit margins, high competition, costly employee turnover, food inspections and increases in rent. One more thing to add to a restaurant owner’s worry list: U.S. Department of Labor investigations. The Wage and Hour Division of the DOL is responsible for enforcing the… Continue Reading Fraser: Restaurant owners should follow tips to avoid trouble

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Are you communicating or connecting?

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“Morale around here sucks!” “Yes, this is Mr. Smith and I have a complaint about the service your company provided me.” Every organization has heard these two quotes from employees and customers. It’s frustrating for employees, managers and executives. Why are these complaints so commonplace in today’s corporate and business environment? Many people think it… Continue Reading Are you communicating or connecting?

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Perhaps you have heard people say that Colorado Springs is a “conservative community.” That people who live here tend to be “conservative people.” If that is true, then why is our community doing things that are the envy of more liberal regions? When it comes to environmental actions, we are people doing our best to… Continue Reading Community needs to stay focused on conservation goals

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