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Raise the roof for change

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What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list? If you’re like most leaders today, you have many problems to solve and a host of complex, unwieldy dilemmas that seem beyond solution. Challenges that defy easy answers are everywhere — finding the right business models in shifting markets, innovating to stay ahead of the competition,… Continue Reading Raise the roof for change

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The digital age of marketing

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As our addiction to social media increases, and as we spend more and more time with our hand-held devices rather than in front of television sets, it was only a matter of time before the commercial potential for these technologies would become apparent. And, for small businesses and start-ups this seems like the best thing… Continue Reading The digital age of marketing

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All winter long, white-water rafting and kayaking expedition guides pay close attention to snow forecasts. Heavy snowpack will mean business when the snow melts in the spring and rivers swell and rapids begin to rage. That’s music to the ears of outdoor enthusiasts. Bob Hamel, owner of Arkansas River Tours in Cotopaxi said even though… Continue Reading Heavy snowpack will keep rafting’s financials afloat

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After three long years, there is relief in Claude Comito’s voice. “People are calling,” said Comito, owner of Comito Building and Design, which specializes in million-dollar custom homes in exclusive Colorado Springs neighborhoods. “We have resurrected some deals that people put on hold a few years ago when the market started crashing,” he said. “We… Continue Reading Comito seeing a comeback for custom-homebuilding

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Have you ever been burned by a contract or committed to something you later wished you could get out of? Business commitments can be risky because they lock your company into obligations that could potentially have a negative impact on the company in the future. While the risk of commitments can be a problem for… Continue Reading Commitments, contracts are risky for small businesses

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Tom Elam has vast amounts of experience dealing with government contracts — first, as a member of the Air Force and then as a civilian. So when Colorado received permission for its first Procurement Technical Assistance Center, organizers knew exactly who to call. There are PTACs scattered throughout the United States, aimed at helping private… Continue Reading Elam shepherding companies through contracting maze

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In the first quarter of this year six companies courted by the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. either moved to Colorado Springs or expanded their presence in the city. Four companies chose to move to Colorado Springs over competing markets such as Boise, Idaho; Salt Lake City; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Denver. Those companies are… Continue Reading 6 companies choose the Springs during first quarter

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Local employment figures for March show slow economic recovery for El Paso County, but political wrangling in Washington, D.C., has the power to derail progress. El Paso County’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.3 percent in March, marking a steady march downward from a high of 10.1 percent in November 2010. “Once you control for season… Continue Reading Federal budgetary haggling could derail local recovery

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While law firm merger and acquisition activity on the East coast continues at strong pace, it’s grinding to a halt in the Western U.S. Chalk it up to a difference in culture. Local attorneys say law is practiced in a decidedly different manner in the West than in other parts of the country. Lawyers are… Continue Reading Lawyers in West, Springs resist the ‘urge to merge’

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Congress is considering a bill that would help save banks from getting sucker-punched by defaulting commercial real estate loans. The bipartisan bill, known as the Capital Access for Main Street Act, is the brainchild of Colorado U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, (D-7th District), Mike Coffman (R-6th District) and Scott Tipton (R-3rd District). If passed, the bill… Continue Reading Main Street Act would let banks delay reporting losses

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