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One anonymous donor made countless lives better last month with a hefty gift to eight non-profit organizations by way of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Totaling nearly $1 million, the Alamo Avenue Fund grants were awarded to local groups that are working for a variety of causes, ranging from domestic abuse to historical preservation to… Continue Reading Anonymous grants astonish eight local organizations

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“A branding program should be designed to differentiate your cow from all the other cattle on the range. Even if all the cattle on the range look pretty much alike.” -Al Ries, Branding Authority Branding is an effective way to distinguish your company from the herd of professional service providers and consultants. Whether you are… Continue Reading Branding to distinguish yourself from the herd

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Advertising and public relations. Reporters sometimes call these fields the “dark side” to their work, the necessary but often covetous edge to the altruism of print and broadcast journalism. Whether sly or showy, “huckster” and “flack” are too often the terms that comes to mind. They’re selling us something we don’t want. They write fluff.… Continue Reading PRACO takes psychological approach to marketing

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“I’m looking for usability – when it is tough, I just go the other direction. It just turns me off – because if you can’t navigate your way through, if there are too many clicks, there’s gotta be somebody else who has an easier way to do this.” – Brad, User Testing Participant If visitors… Continue Reading Mesuring how intuitive your Web site should be

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In every state, there is a quirky, off-center and unconventional city, where many of the nonconformists reside. Florida’s off-the-wall area might be Key West. San Francisco could be to California what Eugene is to Oregon – a mixed bag of people and attitudes. Colorado? Some might say Boulder fits the state’s oddball niche; others might… Continue Reading Manitou Springs is reaping the benefits of outdoor activity

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Imagine being able to provide your heirs, possibly for generations to come, with a really special gift – a tax break. Recent changes to the Individual Retirement Account distribution guidelines make such a benefit possible. For years, the IRA has been a tool to save for retirement and defer tax payments until distribution. Once used… Continue Reading Stretch your IRA to your heirs and even theirs

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The business of caring for the elderly

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Nursing homes are evolving. Patient profiles are changing – nursing home residents are dependent and increasingly infirm, requiring the skilled level of care germane to hospitals. The traditional culture of long-term facilities is changing to reflect the desires of the residents. Nursing homes are switching from a systematic structure to an all-inclusive and spontaneous concept,… Continue Reading The business of caring for the elderly

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A staff report Record numbers of Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday despite record high gas prices, according to AAA. The organization estimates that 36.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a robust 3.6 percent increase from last year. Approximately 30.9 million travelers (84 percent of all holiday… Continue Reading AAA projects record holiday travel despite gas prices

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Getting out – When to sell your business

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Neal and Teresa Taylor were not planning to sell their printing business; however, that all changed when two Californians were sidetracked as they traveled the back roads north on Highway 83. Kathy and Bill Brown had decided to check out the Tri-Lakes area. They were in Colorado to inquire about a couple of print shops… Continue Reading Getting out – When to sell your business

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Like any entrepreneurial-minded individual, Jim Wyss wanted to share in the equity of an industry that had captivated his career for almost 30 years. “If you do good work, you want ownership in that work,” he said. The blood and sweat poured into a life-long career in banking paid off when Wyss and his partner… Continue Reading Banking industry sees influx of startups, expansions

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