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Wal-Mart ahead of the global economy game

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A long weekend with a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old allowed me time to watch both versions of “Shrek.” Once the kids went to bed, I put a borrowed copy of “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” into the DVD player.
It seems to me that people who already hate Wal-Mart will love this movie, but I found it boring. The “facts” that the movie displays in hammering type were not sourced, so it made me wonder about the validity of the data. Continue Reading Wal-Mart ahead of the global economy game

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Promoting Springs is everyone’s business

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I believe it was either Ed Barlow or Jeffrey Gitomer that said our tourism folks are, or should be, our leaders in economic development because they are the initial contacts for visitors to our region.
Our cab and limo drivers should know some of our business statistics and quality of life indicators so they can be ambassadors for our economic development. Continue Reading Promoting Springs is everyone’s business

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We are all Americans, and New Orleanians

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I recently visited hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. Words cannot describe the devastation that hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought to the area. But, let me try.
Sixteen parishes (counties) surrounding New Orleans were devastated by the storm. Nearly 250,000 local residents were displaced from the area to locations throughout the United States. Continue Reading We are all Americans, and New Orleanians

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A tale of two venues that’s all about shoes

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Last week, I had the opportunity to try two of downtown’s newest entertainment venues. One made quite a good impression; the other simply left an impression.
On Thursday, I spent some time at the Paradox Lounge at Southside Johnny’s. My first impression: it looks like Johnny’s has made an already good club even better. Continue Reading A tale of two venues that’s all about shoes

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Rumors of TABOR’s demise exaggerated

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Rumors of TABOR’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
The passage of Referendum C might have scarred the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, but the wounds were not fatal. In fact, Colorado taxpayers enjoy more protections against growth in government spending than those in any other state. Continue Reading Rumors of TABOR’s demise exaggerated

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Small businesses fuel Colorado’s economy

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They are everywhere. Drive down almost any street, in any city and town in Colorado and you will see them.
Retailers and manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors, one-person shops and significant employers. They are small businesses, and they are the dynamo that powers Colorado’s economy. Continue Reading Small businesses fuel Colorado’s economy

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This holiday season, hug somebody from IT

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With the holiday season fast approaching, one group of people at the office that you might want to make a special note to thank is the information technology crew.
According to a survey by Robert Half Technology, 66 percent of chief information officers polled said that their teams have more on their plates than 12 months ago. Only 4 percent of respondents reported that work levels had declined. Continue Reading This holiday season, hug somebody from IT

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UCCS molding future leaders with CLC class

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I recently got to spend some time with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC).
As you know by now, my educational experience at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire was more about playing rugby and other extra-curricular activities than actually getting a good education. Continue Reading UCCS molding future leaders with CLC class

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Admin workers should expect bump in wages

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2006 looks like it's going to be a good year for administrative professionals.
According to the Office Team 2006 Salary Guide, compensation for admin workers is expected to increase 6 percent. The guide is based on an analysis of thousands of job placements managed by the company's U.S. offices. Continue Reading Admin workers should expect bump in wages

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Signs of good things happening everywhere

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Progress.
It's something that really is happening in this town. And even outside of it. (I believe it was NBC that exposed the fanaticism of the evangelicals in the north that I mentioned in my last column). Continue Reading Signs of good things happening everywhere

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