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“information technology-no matter how powerful-is ‘merely’ an enabler. You can wire yourself up until you are blue in the face (and broke)&but in the end it’s a people game.” -Tom Peters Technology is here to stay, but it is changing everyday. Whether you are upgrading to XP, switching e-mail programs, bringing new accounting software into… Continue Reading A five-point plan for adopting new technology

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Investors coming out of hibernation

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Depending on any particular newspaper account or news broadcast, the economy is either still in a slump or on the road to recovery. The truth is with the moneylenders. Many investors took it in the shorts when the high-tech boom bottomed a few years ago, and they have been lying low since. Many moneylenders, rather… Continue Reading Investors coming out of hibernation

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If approved by local officials, the proposed downtown convention center will create 1,200 jobs and contribute more than $90 million annually to the local economy says Ron Butlin, vice president of Classic Companies and project manager for the $168 million hotel-convention center-sport complex initiative. Among the project’s stakeholders, none would profit more than the downtown… Continue Reading Momentum for downtown convention center picking up

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Jiban Shrestha came to the United States from Nepal in 1991. He is now the owner of a downtown restaurant and three import shops. Shrestha, who is 32, worked in his brother’s restaurant in Fort Collins before opening an import shop in Manitou Springs in 1994. “That location was not very good for business,” Shrestha… Continue Reading Nepal native sees retail import business flourish

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When Howard Smith opened the Chef’s Table on West Colorado Avenue in November 1969, he had no clue that the most popular item on the standard-fare menu would be his barbecue ribs. The barbecue sauce, concocted from what Smith said is “sheer trial and error as opposed to some old family recipe,” has been his… Continue Reading Barbecue king advises minority kids to get an education first

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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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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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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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