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People on the Move – July 15, 2011

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Charlie Kerr has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer at Miracle Method, which specializes in commercial and residential resurfacing and refinishing. Doug O’Shaughnessy has joined Xiotech as vice president of services. He will be charged with overseeing delivery of all services and the strategic direction of Xiotech’s services organization. Dave Briggs has… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 15, 2011

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I think about “it” every day, but I just can’t seem to get “it” done. I know how important “it” is to my business, but I just can’t seem to get around to “it.” I feel stressed because “it” is hanging over my head. If you’re like most business owners, you’ve got an “It.” We… Continue Reading There are different ways to go about getting “It” done

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On the Horizon – July 15, 2011

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July 19 Insurance basics class The Mountain States Employers Council will hold a meeting from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 19 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort to discuss health insurance exchanges, employer-based insurance and wellness plans. The group normally holds members-only meetings, but has opened this one to all businesses in Colorado Springs. July 20… Continue Reading On the Horizon – July 15, 2011

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‘How to Get Out of Your Own Way’ By Tyrese Gibson Grand Central Publishing$24.99 275 pages They say the economy’s getting better. They say things are looking up, that business is starting to recover. But they couldn’t prove it to you. For months now, you’ve been spinning your wheels in the sand, your dreams on… Continue Reading Book Review: ‘How to Get Out of Your Own Way’

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Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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What difference does a year make? When it comes to the Colorado Springs economy: very little. At this time last year, the city was optimistic about the path forward. Fred Crowley, professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and principal of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, predicted steady recovery. And he… Continue Reading Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs will present the 2011 Parade of Homes Aug. 5-21, and HBA President Kyle Campbell said this year’s event will feature work from some new homebuilders. When was the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes created? How did it get its start and what is its goal? The HBA… Continue Reading Campbell overseeing HBA’s 2011 Parade of Homes

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Mandates, consumers and manufacturers

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President Obama can’t seem to make up his mind about auto manufacturers. Does he want them to survive and even thrive, or not? In the late Bush and early Obama administrations, the idea was about trying to “save” General Motors and Chrysler with bailouts. After Congress voted against subsidizing the automakers, President Bush nonetheless doled… Continue Reading Mandates, consumers and manufacturers

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Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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When I first came to Colorado Springs in the summer of 1986, with a freshly minted doctorate from a university on the east coast, I thought I knew it all, especially when it came to ethics. I was teaching ethics seminars at Boston University’s medical school. I drafted the Informed Consent form for one of… Continue Reading Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. About 10 years ago, I wrote in my book Building Trust at the Speed of Change that: “We…find ourselves at the mercy of forces beyond our control… we have lost a sense of community. We now live in a virtual workspace where relationships… Continue Reading There’ll be times of despair, times of hope

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The thermometer on the giant coffee roaster at Gold Hill Java Downtown coffee shop is broken. But, this is of no concern to roast master and coffee shop owner Paul Clarkson. He knows his beans and he knows how they smell when they are roasted to perfection. Once a week, he fires up the bean… Continue Reading Gold Hill moves coffee, roasting operation downtown

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