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Hiring new or replacement employees is not an easy or inexpensive task. Hiring for excellence is a fine art that Dr. Pierre Mornell calls “an incredibly expensive people-reading game.” And yet, in spite of the numerous pitfalls and complicated people-reading skills that hiring requires, most managers approach hiring far too casually. There is certainly no… Continue Reading Ten overlooked principles for hiring excellence

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Steve Ducoff, executive director of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association, has a lot of worries — difficult economic times, razor-thin margins and increasing taxes. But he says there are some bright spots. The Quizno’s Pro Challenge cycling event will bring 6,000 room nights to Colorado Springs, and the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament will provide… Continue Reading Big-name events have Lodging Association’s Ducoff smiling

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The Colorado Trust issued a brief last month that claims President Obama’s health care overhaul measures will dramatically cut employee insurance costs for Colorado businesses and individuals. But many experts and business owners aren’t buying it. The biggest factor in the issue is whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be implemented, changed… Continue Reading Health care, business at odds about overhaul

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Ryan and Greg Unseth thought it was absurd that online shoppers in Colorado Springs would buy products from other cities and states when they could buy the same products here. But then again, maybe shoppers didn’t know they could find the same products here. That’s when the father-son duo decided to start listing locally made… Continue Reading Wizbee.com a link between local business, shoppers

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The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is painting a vibrant economic picture. While other nonprofits have struggled during the financial downturn, for the third consecutive year the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has surpassed its own revenue record, even while paying down major debt. FAC officials attribute the increase in revenue to vigorous grant writing… Continue Reading Fresh palette of events sustaining Fine Arts Center

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Homeowners opt to remodel rather than buy

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The last thing the Colorado Springs residential real estate market needs is more competition, but that’s what it’s getting. Local real estate professionals are already battling a hot rental market, slack demand and a drain of workers willing to commute from as far as Pueblo in exchange for more affordable housing. Now a growing number… Continue Reading Homeowners opt to remodel rather than buy

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Sleep: Doctors finding their dream business

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It might be bad news for the coffee industry. More Americans are opting to seek medical treatment for problems related to sleeplessness, and health care professionals are seizing the opportunity to tap into a new revenue stream. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the trade organization that certifies sleep centers, estimates that 100 million people… Continue Reading Sleep: Doctors finding their dream business

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Meetings and conventions have been called the invisible industry, but hoteliers in Colorado Springs intend to change that. And if the Convention and Visitors Bureau has its way, the region will be a hotbed for group business. With the economy starting to turn around, convention business is poised to recover, locally. Last year, while hotel… Continue Reading Convention industry grows as corporate stigma fades

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Sleep disorders more common

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They’ve watched patients talk, walk and even get into fights with invisible people. The doctors at the area sleep labs say they have seen it all. There are about 84 recognized sleep disorders, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They’re not all as easily cured as sleep apnea, which can usually be treated… Continue Reading Sleep disorders more common

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Aerospace park opts for Denver over Springs

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While Colorado Springs missed out on an aerospace manufacturing park planned for the metro-Denver region, the city will be considered for a satellite location. The Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology entered a partnership with NASA to create the Aerospace and Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park last December. The business site, designed to shorten… Continue Reading Aerospace park opts for Denver over Springs

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