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The difference between hiring a good employee and a bad one can make or break small companies. Many businesses require a background information as part of the application process, and even more check with a job candidate’s previous employers and references to determine what type of person the company is considering. The typical U.S. business… Continue Reading Applicant screening saves businesses time, money

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If you build it, they will come&or will they? All too often, professionals in charge of learning focus their efforts on building programs only to be disappointed with responses such as: “I’m too busy.” “It’s a waste of time.” “Is it mandatory?” “I’m doing OK already.” Inadequate marketing practices are generally to blame. Busy professionals… Continue Reading If you build it and market it, then they will come

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An unexpected office crisis impedes the day’s order of business and shifts priorities from production to patchwork. How can a manager, who is constantly putting out fires at the office, keep employees on task and objectives on track? According to a survey conducted by Accountemps, a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping… Continue Reading Extinguishing office fires before the alarm goes off

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Mortgage lending takes an environmental turn

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The average home produces more air pollution than the average car. The average family spends $1,400 a year on energy bills, and half of that amount goes toward heating and cooling costs. If one in 10 U.S. households used heating and cooling systems approved by ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s energy-efficiency standard-setting program,… Continue Reading Mortgage lending takes an environmental turn

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High performance buildings can give owners a competitive advantage in the marketplace by increasing cash flow, improving capital assets and providing a high-quality environment that satisfies occupants. Energy efficiency is one strategy to designing and constructing a high performance building. High-performance buildings can achieve higher occupancy, improve productivity and create higher revenues in the marketplace.… Continue Reading High performance buildings should be energy efficient

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More good news as the economic recovery continues

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Economic stimuli will continue to boost the economy in 2004. The tax reduction in 2004 will be $140 to $150 billion dollars, including $47 billion from the cut in the marginal tax rate, $36 billion in marriage-penalty relief and $16 billion in child-care credit. In addition, federal expenditures, both defense and non-defense, are soaring. Overall,… Continue Reading More good news as the economic recovery continues

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Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is credited with saying: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” This particular saying may have particular relevance to today’s investment scene – with some potentially unfortunate consequences. Over the past several months, investors enjoyed the appreciation of many stock prices – just as they did in the months before… Continue Reading Using margin accounts for hot stocks? Don't get burned

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Most economists predict Colorado’s economy will pick up – even if only slightly – in 2004. Certainly any improvement after two years of job losses and stagnant growth is music to business owners’ ears. But is your business financially prepared to take advantage of a recovering economy? If you’ve been riding out the “economic storm”… Continue Reading A good time to get business' financial house in order

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Interior design has long been a step-child to the architecture community – its status unclear. Is interior design a totally integrated perceptual experience of space, or an afterthought that may or may not bear some relation to the shell? Is it part of the discipline of architecture or outside it? Whatever your opinion is, interior… Continue Reading Communication between the architect and interior designer

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Tech worker characteristics for the 21st century

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In many sectors of the economy, workers involved in a technical field or industry seem to be facing fears and anxieties. Changes over the past few years have laid heavy on their minds and there is a prevailing sense of uncertainty. Is this fear and anxiety based upon fact, or the paranoia developed by the… Continue Reading Tech worker characteristics for the 21st century

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