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The drug testing business is booming, and local drug-screening company Conspire2Hire is set to expand into four states by year’s end. Conspire2Hire, which began selling franchises in 2010, sold its second franchise to an operator in Fort Worth, Tex., which is scheduled to open Sept. 1. The Texas drug-testing business will open in an industrial area,… Continue Reading Local drug-testing business eyeing 200 nationwide franchises

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Small businesses could be held legally responsible if customers use Wi-Fi internet access for illegal downloads. That’s the word from the National Federation of Independent Business, which noted that record labels and movie studios struck a deal this month to issue warnings to Internet providers whose accounts are used to steal content. Small businesses that… Continue Reading Business could be responsible for customers’ Wi-Fi use

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SpectWare owners Eric and Tabitha Skinner were en route to the biggest construction expo in the country and their stomachs were in knots. They were about to debut their new crane inspection management software, SpectWare Pro, to 120,000 experts in the crane and rigging industry at the March 2011 ConExpo in Las Vegas. Everything they… Continue Reading Crane software sees lift in national business

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Colorado Springs Utilities is looking for a few good businesses to work on the Southern Delivery System. The municipal utility is hosting its annual business opportunities workshop Thursday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. The free event will give subcontractors the chance to meet… Continue Reading Utilities looking for businesses to work on SDS

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Commentary: The small business paradox

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Among the many reasons budding entrepreneurs start their small businesses is to gain a level of control over their product or service that can’t be found in the larger corporate environment, and to generate financial independence and schedule flexibility. Once the new venture begins to gain success, the paradox introduces itself. The challenge of managing… Continue Reading Commentary: The small business paradox

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Have you had it with the corporate world, but lack entrepreneurial experience? If that’s the case, you may want to talk with Maggie Mae Sharp, a self-styled, award-winning lady cowboy poet and successful designer of the “Dear Sweet Memories” greeting cards – the first in a series of 29 different lines including, “Wildflowers”, “Auntie Mae”,… Continue Reading Wisdom artfully delivered by local greeting card guru

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As the dot.com and technology sectors recover from last year’s blow to the economic solar plexus, thousands of students enrolled in computer science and IT courses – along with seasoned industry professionals – faced diminishing job prospects. Fortunately, an entrepreneurial young woman with experience on the job at Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum Corporation, and later… Continue Reading New co. gives IT students real-world experience

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Lawyer specializes in succession planning

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Dennis Goldberg could have been a CPA or a Financial Advisor – after all, he has an undergraduate degree in Business, an MBA in Finance, and a law degree, all from the University of Denver. But through the Goldberg Law Center, P.C., started in 1985, he is able to offer his clients the best of… Continue Reading Lawyer specializes in succession planning

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