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Nearly 17,400 Colorado high school students failed to graduate in 2009 — something that will cost them $4.5 billion in personal income over their lifetimes. The Pikes Peak United Way is trying to strengthen those statistics with a new program it hopes will increase graduation rates among students who are now entering kindergarten. “About one-quarter… Continue Reading United Way’s ‘Success by 6’ seeks to boost literacy

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Have you ever posted a Facebook status update only to instantly regret it? I’ve done it more than I care to admit, but was pleased to find that the Urban Dictionary has already addressed the sentiment. These statements are called “epiphanots.” Urban Dictionary defines epiphanot as: An idea that at first seems like an amazing… Continue Reading The ‘epiphanot’ killing social-media endeavors

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Book Review: “Perfectly Able”

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By Lighthouse International, compiled and edited by Jim Hasse BALTIMORE, MD — You’ve got an opening at work, but you’re having a hard time filling it. Obviously, you want the most talented people to work for you. You’ll do what it takes to hire them. So why can’t you find the right person for this job?… Continue Reading Book Review: “Perfectly Able”

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Texas and the Perry record

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Since jumping into the race for the Republican presidential nomination in mid-August, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stirred things up. Most notably, according to polls in late August, Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, had been dethroned as the GOP frontrunner by Perry. Is this a good thing for the business community, especially given Romney’s business… Continue Reading Texas and the Perry record

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Refinancing mortgages, solving foreclosures

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Perhaps soon enough we’d be in a position promised to Jeremiah (and repeated in Ezekiel) that the proverb “Parents have eaten sour grapes and children’s teeth are blunted” shall be replaced by an appreciation that everyone shall pay for his or her own sins. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. The housing bubble with its… Continue Reading Refinancing mortgages, solving foreclosures

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Small steps are big gains in momentum

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If you have tried to get a group of people to get moving in a new direction, you know that inertia often wins over action. The problem is compounded when one or more people resist what you’d like them to do. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome inertia. One trick is to get people to… Continue Reading Small steps are big gains in momentum

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Pot shops forced to stash their cash

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Colorado Springs marijuana dispensary owners might resort to stuffing their money in mattresses if no changes are made to federal regulations that bar banks from doing business with them. In recent weeks, dispensaries across the state received notice from Colorado Springs State Bank that they have until Sept. 30 to clear out their accounts. The… Continue Reading Pot shops forced to stash their cash

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What is the Regional Leadership Forum?

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The Regional Leadership Forum made headlines last week when the Colorado Springs City Council tapped it to sort out requests to lease Memorial Health System. But what — and who — is the Regional Leadership Forum? It’s a private, volunteer group comprised of business and community representatives from the city’s most powerful organizations that has… Continue Reading What is the Regional Leadership Forum?

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This week, Dr. Glen House is shopping his catheter technology to investors in hopes of raising $1.5 million for a big push to get his product to market by December. House, founder and CEO of Adapta Medical Inc. in Colorado Springs, has taken an age-old product, the catheter, a tube system placed in the body… Continue Reading Adapta Medical’s catheter technology heading to market

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A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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If you think outsourcing will never impact your business, you’re essentially sticking your head in the sand. Outsourcing can potentially help your business, harm it, or both. You need to be informed so that you can benefit from using it, or protect yourself by creating strategies to compete against it. Outsourcing is a double-edged sword… Continue Reading A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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