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Powerful business tools are often forgotten

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Recently I helped refinish a basement for a friend and kept lamenting the fact that I often didn’t have the right tool to effectively get the job done. It is frustrating knowing that the perfect tool exists but I can’t put my hands on it to do the job. But imagine how I’d feel if… Continue Reading Powerful business tools are often forgotten

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Many Valentines, one day

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You don’t have to be a cynic to admit that Valentine’s Day is a big business opportunity for retailers, florists, jewelers, and restaurants. Once the New Year’s celebration is over, the shelves at most stores become red and pink. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second -highest expenditure holiday, accounting for about $18 billion in… Continue Reading Many Valentines, one day

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Jackson sees auto sales jump from idle to roar

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Colorado Automobile Dealers Association Tim Jackson has a lot of good news. His organization released a report recently that said 2011 registrations of new cars and light trucks in Colorado rose 15.5 percent since 2010. The report also indicates that auto sales might be on the rise for while because registrations were up 20.8 percent… Continue Reading Jackson sees auto sales jump from idle to roar

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Lessons from the business of baseball

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Ignore the snow and the cold. Even though it’s only February, the hope of spring is upon us. That is, the hope that comes with Major League Baseball’s Spring Training. It’s been a long three-plus months since the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series. But pitchers and catchers are reporting… Continue Reading Lessons from the business of baseball

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For business couples, marriage is a lot of work

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This Valentine’s Day, small business owner Terry Jenson is on the hunt for the perfect card for his business partner … Continue Reading For business couples, marriage is a lot of work

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Book Review: “Against Thrift”

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By James Livingston The bill for the holiday spending spree came the other day, delivered by an industrial-sized forklift. Okay, not quite, but it sure seemed like it. That bill was thick, it had too many numbers to the left of the decimal point, and you’re feeling somewhat ashamed. You should be saving money, not… Continue Reading Book Review: “Against Thrift”

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We’ve really enjoyed both of the recent Sherlock Holmes movies and Laddie has read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on his Kindle. The fictitious Holmes is a genius at solving mysteries, seemingly with ease. A famous quote attributed to him is “Elementary, my dear Watson,” but it turns out his character apparently never said that.… Continue Reading “Elementary, my dear Watson” — back to business basics

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Debt collection might be one of the most maligned professions in the country, but it’s one that manages to keep thousands of small businesses afloat and pumps billions of dollars into the economy each year. It’s easy to see why debt collectors get such a bad rap. Whether they are third-party guns for hire or… Continue Reading Springs’ debt collectors comfortable with their calling

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Apt. builders brush off overbuilding concerns

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Despite fourth quarter apartment vacancy increases and rental-rate declines, Colorado Springs real estate insiders say the market is still on the upswing and will be able to support new development. Year over year, fourth quarter vacancies in Colorado Springs apartments were down, according to two reports — a statewide report from the Colorado Division of… Continue Reading Apt. builders brush off overbuilding concerns

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Spending, marriage like a horse and carriage

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In the post-holiday shopping lull, retail businesses are already counting on future holiday sales, but those in the wedding industry are counting something else — phone calls, tours, consultations and sales. Continue Reading Spending, marriage like a horse and carriage

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