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It would take an Act of Congress” is an old saying, to be sure, but also applicable in the current situation banks are facing to legally provide services to the marijuana industry. Despite bankers’ varied attitudes about legalizing marijuana, now that it is legal in Colorado, banks are supportive of government efforts to permit financial… Continue Reading Banks need law, not guidance, to deal with MMJ

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King responds to CSBJ editorial

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(Editor’s note: Keith King, president of the Colorado Springs City Council, sent the following statement to the Business Journal in response to an editorial in the March 21 issue of CSBJ under the headline, “Time to battle C4C opponents.”) Council President’s Statement regarding the Business Journal’s Editorial The only correct statement in the Business Journal’s… Continue Reading King responds to CSBJ editorial

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Letters to the Editor – April 4, 2014

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Time for new strategy on our airport I arrived in Colorado Springs in 1964 when my father was transferred with the Air Force. My father’s final assignment was in Virginia Beach, but I decided to remain in Colorado, making it my adopted home for 50 years. I was fortunate enough to see the old Antlers, Sheriff… Continue Reading Letters to the Editor – April 4, 2014

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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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