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Health Quarterly: Wellness plans are tricky

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Nearly every company has a wellness plan or is contemplating one. And why not? The right plan can save money on insurance premiums, create healthier employees, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Not really. That’s because wellness plans — depending on how they’re structured — can lead to sticky problems with… Continue Reading Health Quarterly: Wellness plans are tricky

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As a veteran of the business world, I certainly understand why many business owners are apprehensive about the health care system. They have enough on their plates simply dealing with the day-to-day challenges of a slowly recovering economy, meeting payroll, making a profit and keeping the lights on. Businesses already pay a bulk of health… Continue Reading Health Quarterly: How businesses can improve health care

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Borrowers who thought they could walk away from a foreclosure, dust off their jackets and pick up where they left off have been surprised to find their debt continues to haunt them. That’s because banks are pursuing the balance owed on a property after foreclosure sale. Before the real estate crisis, banks rarely claimed deficiencies.… Continue Reading Banks going after every last foreclosure penny

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Andy Bohlmann cancelled a Cycling Pro cross country mountain bike race this year because he couldn’t find enough business sponsors to back it. Continue Reading Rough terrain: Small sporting events struggle for sponsorships

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Running the city like a business is odd

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Not only did the citizens of Colorado Springs want a “strong mayor” with commensurate strong salary, they wanted the city to run like a business, which is code-word for efficiency. They found a perfect match in Steve Bach, a former commercial real-estate broker whose regal appearance bespeaks of a successful CEO and hopefully a mayor.… Continue Reading Running the city like a business is odd

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sentiment expressed by Winston Churchill so long ago is heartily embraced by many Americans today. In fact, nearly 27 percent of adults volunteered 15 billion hours in 2009 to U.S. nonprofits. Of these, many are proven business… Continue Reading Serving on a nonprofit board is serious business

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This week, 10 apartment buildings that will house 230 luxury living units began to emerge at the undeveloped corner of Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard. But, getting to this point has been a long — and expensive — road. Developer John McWilliams of Talos Holdings said the project, called the Peaks at Woodmen, took two… Continue Reading Developers break ground on the Peaks at Woodmen

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Take steps to be more productive

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Would you like to be more productive? Most likely you would. In fact, we can’t recall ever discussing this issue with a business owner who didn’t wish he or she could find ways to be more productive. Ways to get more done in a day, have more time off, or have more time to just… Continue Reading Take steps to be more productive

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Many business owners have had to tighten their belts in the past few years and bootstrapping has become a hot topic. In fact, a Google search of the phrase “business bootstrap” showed more than 3 million entries. For those of you who didn’t grow up hearing about people “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps,” the… Continue Reading In hard times, bootstrap to conserve your cash

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