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On the Horizon – January 20, 2012

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Jan. 20-21 Small Business Growth Summit Revenue Growth Small Business Growth Summit is at Antlers Hilton Hotel and features 60 sessions on the topic of growing business by local experts such as Action Coach CEO/President Chuck Kocher, who will discuss tips on how to grow a business. Colorado Springs Technology Incubator CEO Ric Denton will talk… Continue Reading On the Horizon – January 20, 2012

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Prepare for 2012 to be an un-friendly year

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This morning I made a bold decision: I’m un-friending nearly everyone on Facebook. It’s just plain too much for one person to handle — the constant interruption of this and that and brick-a-brack. I simply don’t have the capacity to care anymore. Not in any way. Why… Why…. WHY??? The reason I have so many… Continue Reading Prepare for 2012 to be an un-friendly year

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Stories of Enron and Bernie Madoff’s financial frauds and scheming grab headlines, but small businesses across the country are quietly being ripped off to the tune of millions every year … Continue Reading Forensic accountants are balance-sheet detectives

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Detective demand growing

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Financial detectives are the new crime fighters in a world where they are looking for patterns and weaknesses in the financial spreadsheets. Forensic accounting goes back to the days of Al Capone, a bootlegger and leader of many sorted illegal activities, brought down for tax evasion. Today, every forensic TV show has made their field,… Continue Reading Detective demand growing

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Politicians love to talk about expanding exports as an economic plus. But growth in at least one kind of export is a clear negative: people. Individuals, including entrepreneurs and investors, follow economic opportunity. If that opportunity is being restrained or squashed by costly public policies, then chances are pretty good that a state will be… Continue Reading Bad economic lessons from New York and California

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Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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I supported the strong mayor initiative and wrote favorably about the “Jenkins’ Proposal” that made it happen. I also supported Richard Skorman out of loyalty and a belief that with a new structure in place, experience would count. A strong mayor is essential, and I now believe that Mayor Bach is the right man for… Continue Reading Mayor Bach is well-equipped, so let him lead

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It only took surgery on my rotator cuff, putting me in a sling for a month, to discover just how uncivil we have become. The most typical response from people was to ignore my bulky black sling that led me into public places. Some had no awareness of the sling and would bump into my… Continue Reading Workplace civility needed in a time of incivility

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Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Election-year tension and redrawn legislative districts could make the 2012 session of the Colorado General Assembly more contentious than usual. Continue Reading Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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When the Colorado legislature convened this week, local organizations were already keeping an eye on possible new requirements … Continue Reading Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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Economic vitality chief facing an uphill battle

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Steve Cox, the city’s new economic vitality manager, has a long to-do list. He isn’t daunted by the size of the task or by his lack of business experience. A public servant of sorts for most of his career, Cox has served as fire department chief, interim city manager and deputy city manager. The economic… Continue Reading Economic vitality chief facing an uphill battle

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