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by Caitlin Kelly, 226 pages, $25.95, c.2011, Penguin Portfolio It’s all about the fit. When you’ve been shopping for just the right thing, that’s all you want: for that perfect article of clothing to look good on you. As long as it’s not stretching across the shoulders, too long or too short, sagging or making your… Continue Reading Book Review: “Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail”

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National Labor Relations Board attacks

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Should a federal government agency dictate where a business can and cannot produce goods and services in the U.S.? Of course not. Right? Well, as crazy as it might sound, that’s what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is doing to a leading manufacturer. Doing the bidding of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace… Continue Reading National Labor Relations Board attacks

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You can throw away your job description

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If you are a leader in a company or organization and have a detailed job description, throw it away. Job descriptions are useful for employees who need to understand the specific aspects of their job and responsibilities. But what person in leadership has ever been able to actually follow a specific list of duties and… Continue Reading You can throw away your job description

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Chamber gathers insight from OKC trip

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Oklahoma City doesn’t have much in common with Colorado Springs — but that’s exactly why the Chamber of Commerce wanted to pay the city a visit. The chamber and 50 civic and business leaders returned last week from a trip to OKC to measure the city’s success, and to see whether Colorado Springs can duplicate… Continue Reading Chamber gathers insight from OKC trip

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While the Colorado Division of Housing released figures last week indicating that foreclosures have peaked and are on their way down across the state, some local real estate and foreclosure experts are skeptical. The figures showed that foreclosures dropped 27 percent across the state to their lowest level in two years, about 19 percent in… Continue Reading Foreclosure numbers falling, but there’s more to the story

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Finish the game rich

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Money isn’t a bad thing and you deserve to build wealth through owning your business. You’ve worked long, hard hours, taken financial risk, and made sacrifices that non-business owners don’t have to make. You may have other reasons for owning your company, but making a significant amount of money should be a priority because your… Continue Reading Finish the game rich

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Stone Mantel brand and strategy firm has done work for the Smithsonian, wrote the signature motto for Anchorage, Alaska, and helped brand dozens of corporations and cities across the country. The firm’s principal and lead strategist, Dave Norton, has lectured at Harvard on the power of the brand and launched a popular seminar series on… Continue Reading Stone Mantel tapped to help give city a brand

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John Hoelscher is a principal at RTA Architects with 40 years of experience working on healthcare, governmental and educational facility projects. From hospitals to centers of education, RTA has designed some of the Pikes Peak region’s most prominent projects. What drew you to architecture? I had always been intrigued by building things, and had wanted… Continue Reading One on One: Hoelscher drawing on success at RTA Architects

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Businesses didn’t win all of their legislative battles this year, but that isn’t stopping Springs lobbyists from declaring the session a success. As a result of the session, businesses will soon be able to buy health insurance through co-ops known as exchanges, and they regained two tax credits lost during the last session. On the… Continue Reading Legislative session a success, Chamber says

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The last Mrs. Fields Cookies store in El Paso County will shut its doors next week after 25 years in business in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. “The reason we’re leaving is the same reason everyone is leaving,” said Bill Ross, who has owned the cookie shop for the last 10 years. “We just… Continue Reading Downtown retailers hurting, but vacancy rates hold hope

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