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The 2012 economic forecast

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You innocently ask people you just met what they do, and sometimes the answer isn’t what you expected. I asked a woman I had met recently that question. The answer: dental hygienist. Then I asked her what’s the most interesting thing she learned in that career, and she cheerfully answered that if you floss your… Continue Reading The 2012 economic forecast

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‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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In this new year of resolutions and new beginnings, make it your goal to fail more often. Who knows, it might actually be the best thing you can do. Research has shown that most people who succeed in business, and in life, have done so by making failure their friend. But in today’s world that… Continue Reading ‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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The entrepreneurial landscape in Colorado Springs appears to be on the verge of change with local business leaders tearing down walls, sharing information and pledging to build a city with a national reputation for budding entrepreneurs … Continue Reading Entrepreneurs banding to change the Springs scene

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Four months ago, Sanborn Map Co. CEO John Copple bought controlling interest in the Colorado Springs-based map-making firm … Continue Reading Copple trusting his perspective on 3D lay of the land

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Someone recently voiced concerns to Laddie about an employee who was not doing a good job and, in his opinion, was holding back other parts of the business. The employee was unwilling to implement new systems and his inability to do his own job correctly created more work for other employees, who were justifiably frustrated… Continue Reading Emotions interfere when making business decisions

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Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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So I’ve started teaching at a prominent university in Baltimore. I signed up mostly because I like to hear people call me “Professor DeVries,” but I also thought it might be fun to see what kids are all about these days. As usual, I was completely unprepared for what I would find there. The Internet… Continue Reading Needles, haystacks and the new work force

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People on the Move – January 6, 2012

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Gerrit Slatter, PE, PTOE, vice president and director of transportation at Matrix Design Group Inc., passed his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer exam. Locally owned Campbell Homes has promoted Chelsey Perfumo to community sales manager for its new home community in Indigo Ranch. She has extensive background in both customer service and new home sales and… Continue Reading People on the Move – January 6, 2012

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On the Horizon – January 6, 2012

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Jan. 10 Hot Marketing Trends Chamber Advertising & Marketing Program counselors will discuss the hottest marketing trends for 2012 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at University of Phoenix, Southern Colorado Campus, 2 N. Cascade Ave. Suite 100. Cost is $5 for chamber members and $15 for non members. RSVP at www.coloradospringschamber.org and click on “Calendar… Continue Reading On the Horizon – January 6, 2012

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The space industry is planning to make giant strides in commercial space travel, space exploration and satellite technology during 2012. Continue Reading Space industry to go where few men have gone before

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Bad news recently hit about the Sears Holding Company. Or, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that more bad news was reported. After all, this is nothing new for the long-troubled retailer. It’s easy to forget that Sears once ranked as the nation’s largest retailer. Today, though, Sears serves as another example of how vulnerable… Continue Reading Lessons from a Sears’ century of success and troubles

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