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Consider these types of business owners: One is dynamite at cold calling. While most cringe at the thought, he loves it and has a high success rate. Another is a whiz at designing and engineering new products that can solve customers’ needs. One is a master at networking. She uses her skills to connect with… Continue Reading Want to be successful in business? Tap into your greatness

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Buck Blessing is CEO of Griffis Blessing real estate company, which manages office and residential properties. The business has grown to become one of the largest local employers. Blessing took some time recently to talk to the CSBJ. How did Griffis/Blessing get its start? Ian Griffis and I started the company in 1985 during our senior… Continue Reading Blessing’s business among city’s prominent employers

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A new volunteer program for the Colorado Springs police and fire department; a new bicycle shed for Urban Peak; a new name and image for a 100-year-old Colorado Springs nonprofit. These projects — plus many more — were special projects that Leadership Pikes Peak graduates undertook as a way to serve the community. This year,… Continue Reading Leadership Pikes Peak seeking nonprofit projects

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If Memorial Health System makes it onto the November ballot, and if voters choose to turn it into a nonprofit, it will need a new board of directors. The task force charged with studying the change is considering recommending new board members. Memorial’s board is six members short of the limit of 15, so even… Continue Reading Memorial task force turns attention to board’s future

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Where do Colorado Springs jobs come from? It’s true that the city relies heavily on its public sector, employers such as Fort Carson and Memorial Hospital, for roughly 40 percent of the city’s workforce. But it’s the private sector that’s the real backbone of the economy, providing the other 60 percent. Here’s a look at… Continue Reading A look at some of Colo. Springs’ top private employers

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The Colorado Division of Housing reported last week that Colorado Springs average rental rate hit an all-time high in the second quarter of 2011 at $759 a month. But whether that’s really an all-time high and what that says about the market depends on whom you ask. Division of housing spokesman Ryan McMaken said median… Continue Reading Apartment vacancy rates prompt differing analysis

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Like it or not, the 2012 presidential election season is well under way. With the first Republican primary coming in January — a little more than five months away — candidates already have been raising money, and crisscrossing key early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Heck, the first debate among GOP candidates… Continue Reading The early outlook for President Obama’s re-election effort

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Let’s look outside the military for brand

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We all have strengths and weaknesses, and we all try to capitalize on our strengths. Colorado Springs has plenty of strengths, but I’m not sure we’re capitalizing on the right ones. City officials and economic development gurus in our town have for years clamored to attract and promote military installations and their subcontractors after realizing… Continue Reading Let’s look outside the military for brand

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What do you think is the chance that in the next 12 months customers will raise the bar and demand more from companies they do business with? And what is the chance that during this same period our employees will expect a raise after so many years of cuts and salary freezes? The result will… Continue Reading Competitive advantage begins with customer focus

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Remember the 1979 tune, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles? Here’s round two: the smartphone is well on its way to killing the laptop. Everyone’s talking about it, venture capitalists, users, developers. It’s happening. I started noticing the reality of this trend when I saw an iPhone app that I could use to… Continue Reading Laptop being replaced by a younger, thinner model

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