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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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From the Austrian School of Economics to its Chicago School descendant, it has been an article of faith that if left to its own devices, the marketplace will perform more efficiently than if the government had anything to do with it. The rule of law, of course, should be upheld, and deviant behavior — cheating,… Continue Reading Colorado Springs – a city in search of leadership

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Colorado’s myriad trade groups compete to promote. An MFG partnership promises collaboration. Colorado’s economic development landscape is an alphabet-soup mix of acronyms and trade names. Entities that touch the maker and manufacturing sector alone include OEDIT, CAMA, CAMT, CACI, WCMA, CWIDB, CBSA, CCIA, WTC, CBDA and others. The upside of today’s system is that member… Continue Reading Acronyms aside, partnership can help state’s manufacturers

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In the 1800s, when there were but only 35,000 people living in the entire territory of what is now known as Colorado, with many small farming and ranching communities, there came times when the need to work in a cooperative manner overrode all other considerations — and the people came together to help each other.… Continue Reading We have to overcome our strife, conflict

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