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Retailers gathering for Halloween revenue

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Ghosts, witches and zombies are creeping into vacant retail spaces to take full advantage of the Halloween selling season. Halloween is the nation’s second-biggest shopping holiday next to Christmas and is expected to rake in more than $6.8 billion in revenue this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Six temporary Halloween shops popped up… Continue Reading Retailers gathering for Halloween revenue

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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs physics professor Anatoliy Glushchenko has planned a rigorous curriculum for students at the After School University. Under his direction, they will go from algebra and geometry to physics and the study of quantum theory and then on to computer science engineering and computer programming. After School University is a… Continue Reading After School University offers college prep for kids

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On the Horizon – October 7, 2011

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Oct. 8 Intergeneration Week The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum presents “From One Generation to the Next: Sharing Stories through Artifacts and Photographs” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community members are asked to dive into their family history and bring an artifact or photo to the museum where Pikes Peak Community College professor Katherine Sturdevant… Continue Reading On the Horizon – October 7, 2011

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People on the Move – October 7, 2011

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Financial Executives in Colorado has named a new board of directors for the 2011-2012 year. President, Clinton Knowles, Mountain States Pipe & Supply; First Vice President, Asa Beck, Cogent Strategies LLC; Second VP, Courtney Cowgill, CollegeInvest; Treasurer, Darryl Foster; Immediate Past President, John Frank, Cadre Technologies, Inc.; and directors: Andy Bishop, Hallador Energy Company; David… Continue Reading People on the Move – October 7, 2011

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Few bright spots include tourism and cost of living Remember 2007? Those were the good ol’ days, according to the Pikes Peak Quality of Life Indicators. Unemployment was low, the city boasted higher-than-average incomes and job growth was steady. But the 2011 Quality of Life Indicators, prepared by the Pikes Peak United Way and released… Continue Reading Quality of Life Indicators paint grim picture of Springs

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The number of multi-family construction permits issued so far this year is at a nine year high, but that doesn’t mean there’s going to be a building boom. The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has issued 18 permits for developers to construct 407 multi-family units so far this year, the highest number of units approved… Continue Reading Housing permit surge far from a construction boom

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The phone rang in The Broadmoor hotel archivist’s office. It was a former Miss Broadmoor Bathing Beauty on the line. She and her husband honeymooned at the hotel in 1959, and the staff photographer took their photo by the lake. Is it possible that the photos still exist? “Yes,” she was told. “You are a… Continue Reading Photographers capture Broadmoor’s tourism history

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As the 10 Days of Atonement are here, a time of reflection and stock-taking, a seasonal turning point that encourages revisiting ideas and habits alike, I want to share my sense of the value of business partnerships. My late accountant Sam Huff used to tell me the problem with partnerships is that when they succeed,… Continue Reading Partnerships bring best of times, worst of times

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Highlight progress to motivate employees

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Here’s a quiz: Which of the following tools is most powerful for motivating employees? Recognition for good work Incentives Interpersonal support Clear goals Support for making progress in work If you are like 95 percent of managers who responded to a Harvard study, the answer will surprise you. Most managers believe that recognition for good… Continue Reading Highlight progress to motivate employees

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Finding business lessons in unexpected places

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I tend to drive my family crazy with little lessons about economics and business found in everyday life. For example, mention a state during a conversation, and chances are pretty good that I’ll point out what the state’s taxes look like, and whether it’s a friendly or unfriendly place for business. And given that I’ve… Continue Reading Finding business lessons in unexpected places

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