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On the Horizon – September 16, 2011

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Sept. 20 TLBI monthly seminar Tri-Lakes Business Incubator will host “Influence and Power of Social Media,” presented by Stevie Knight, 7 Spheres Media, at 7 p.m. at 14960 Woodcarver Road. Learn how social media can help you find new customers, keep them happy and get them to buy your stuff. RSVP to Heather McEntee, 719-481-4877… Continue Reading On the Horizon – September 16, 2011

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One of my favorite places to learn about technology is at the Flea Market. I find generations of typewriters, cameras, and hand-powered coffee mills displayed side by side on the tables, and I can instantly understand how they work just by looking at them. Then I think about the last technology purchase I made, and… Continue Reading Who’s in the driver’s seat — icons or instructions?

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By April Speake Executive Director, The Home Front Cares The war stories I’ve heard from military spouses are heart-wrenching — hardships and obstacles that are seemingly insurmountable, uncertain futures and a society that is sometimes oblivious to the struggle. And those challenges are magnified by fear for loved ones who are deployed thousands of miles… Continue Reading Help show military troops and families that you care

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Springs’ renewable energy emerging from shadows

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While Colorado has a reputation for having one of the fastest-growing green economies in the nation, Colorado Springs has limped behind in the shadows through most of these formative years. But that may be changing. That’s what David Amster-Olszewski hopes. He’s behind an effort to persuade the Colorado Springs City Council to approve a program… Continue Reading Springs’ renewable energy emerging from shadows

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Book Review: “Social BOOM”

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by Jeffrey Gitomer, c.2011, Financial Times On your way to work this morning, you checked in with your peeps and your tweeps. You told them you were wearing your lucky shirt, you asked for good wishes, then you hit “send” and posted it on Facebook and Twitter for all to see. But aside from your followers… Continue Reading Book Review: “Social BOOM”

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China, the U.S., politics and exchange rates

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When it comes to exchange rate policies, it’s often hard to tell the difference between a conservative Republican and a liberal Democrat. Especially in a tough economy, both sides of the political aisle tend to get exchange rate economics wrong. The political class might be forgiven in this instance as many economists, business executives, and… Continue Reading China, the U.S., politics and exchange rates

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Too big to manage?

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We’ve heard enough of the slogan “Too Big To Fail.” For some it was an excuse for government handouts; for others, it was a symbol of the corrupt relationship between regulators and those they regulate, benefitting undeserving mega-banks whose leaders are compensated more that than their institutions pay in taxes. Was it justified after the… Continue Reading Too big to manage?

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Successful negotiation skills

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We all negotiate — all of the time. We negotiate with our employees, with clients, with salespeople, with our children, with car dealers, and on and on. Most of what you read on negotiating skills makes it sound like you have to be a certain type of person to be a good negotiator. But the… Continue Reading Successful negotiation skills

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Franchise options fewer for entrepreneurs

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When Rob Taylor borrowed $5,000 to buy a Chick-fil-A franchise 21 years ago, he did it because he wanted to be his own boss. Franchising holds the same allure today and continues to draw entrepreneurs. Interest in franchise ownership historically rises during economic downturns and this one is no different. But buying one isn’t as… Continue Reading Franchise options fewer for entrepreneurs

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Advertising sales executive Conor McCluskey wished he could clone himself. That would have solved his problem of having too many clients to personally meet each month — something he felt strongly about in order to cultivate and maintain relationships. Instead, he thought he would video tape himself with a personalized message and e-mail it to… Continue Reading Video e-mail ignites explosive growth for BombBomb

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