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No budding entrepreneur wants to go down in flames over a misunderstanding of the tax code. But, it happens, local experts say. CPA Etienne Hardre, owner of Next Exit Advisors, watched a startup company go bankrupt because its owner made a fatal payroll tax mistake when it classified workers as independent contractors instead of employees.… Continue Reading Entrepreneurs: Beware costly, even fatal, tax mistakes

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First in a three-Part series on energy   Oil and politics mix like, well, oil and water. In his 2006 State of the Union address, for example, George W. Bush declared, “America is addicted to oil.” It was a striking and bewildering comment from a Republican president, not to mention a former oilman. As for… Continue Reading Are we addicted or spoiled when it comes to oil?

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Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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The latest J.P. Morgan debacle concerns the loss of $2 billion thanks to ill-conceived trades that were intended to hedge risk. It’s the tip of an iceberg of similar activity that many consider to be shrewd entrepreneurial dealing — but it is not. Any kind of arbitrage, despite however Wall Street might justify it, ends… Continue Reading Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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In the vibrant new democracy of South Africa, Ubuntu is a way of life. With its roots in the Bantu languages of southern Africa, Ubuntu literally means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is the essence of true collaboration, where the primary focus of cultural transformation is to move… Continue Reading Ubuntu Collaboration: Lessons from South Africa

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The future of the Neustream coal scrubber is in doubt, and that puts the future of Colorado Springs-based Neumann Systems Group in jeopardy as well … Continue Reading C.S. Utilities puts stop on Neumann

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Simple tools that can help avoid problems

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When our son, Patrick, was in the Air Force, he worked on F-15 fighter jet avionics systems. Everyone who touched one of those airplanes was required to fill out a checklist and sign it. If something went wrong, the powers-that-be had a written record of who did what and when. After a crash occurred (thankfully,… Continue Reading Simple tools that can help avoid problems

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New business helps seniors on the move

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Monica Young took one fragile glass item at a time off the shelves of Alma Moser’s china cabinet Tuesday morning. Continue Reading New business helps seniors on the move

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Every day Jack Myers opens his medical marijuana shop and hopes to get one new patient. Continue Reading Competition for patients increasing among MMJ shops

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People on the Move – May 18, 2012

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Derek Hemmer has joined The First National Bank of Monument as assistant vice president/loan officer. He joins the bank from a financial institution in Colorado Springs where he served as assistant vice president/commercial loan officer for two years. Hemmer will work with mortgage loans, commercial loans and personal loans. Spire Investment Partners announced that Jeffrey… Continue Reading People on the Move – May 18, 2012

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