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Gallup’s Economy and Personal Finances Poll last month asked Americans to choose the best option for long-term investments: real estate, stocks and mutual funds, gold, savings accounts, and CDs or bonds. Results indicated more Americans (30 percent) now consider real estate to be their best option. In 2011, Americans chose gold at the time when… Continue Reading Americans prefer real estate over stocks, gold

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In 401(k) plans, for many the only retirement vehicle, people have to be their own financial planners. Yet employers don’t provide enough advice, or the right kind of advice, so most are ill-equipped to manage the 401(k) effectively. Many fail to contribute enough to take full advantage of employer matching money, when available. They also… Continue Reading Working together to improve individuals’ 401(k) plans

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Business is back: time for reinvestment

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After many years of recovery, finally the Colorado Springs economic picture is brightening. Businesses are feeling more confident and are growing. As of January, Colorado Springs was just 2 percent below the national recovery of jobs lost since the last recession. That strengthening of our business community is additionally evident as business loan applications are… Continue Reading Business is back: time for reinvestment

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As tax time comes around, and as the president keeps bringing up minimum wage, let’s consider our attitudes toward income, wealth and inequality. One of the basic tenets of the capitalist marketplace (Adam Smith) was that a moral code binds the community within which markets operate. Our moral sentiments provide the framework for fairness and… Continue Reading Looking for the right standard to implement wage fairness

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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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