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Small business thoughts on the economy

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Tune in to Wall Street, and hope exists that the economic recovery might be strengthening. But that does not seem to be the predominant feeling on Main Street. Despite the obvious importance of Wall Street in terms of capital and credit, America very much is a nation of small businesses. For example, according to the… Continue Reading Small business thoughts on the economy

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As we have observed the latest political fighting in Wisconsin, the labor movement and its unions has been forced to justify some of its sacred cows, such as collective bargaining. But this kind of labor struggle brings about more interesting and fundamental questions not only about unions and their membership, but about what we think… Continue Reading Are pensions a right or a privilege this day and age?

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It could very well be a first in Colorado election history: A city clerk calls it quits on election night with votes left uncounted and a message to voters: Check back tomorrow. The unusual move leaves a slew of unanswered questions. Exactly how many votes were left uncounted? Why were conflicting vote-count reports issued throughout… Continue Reading City clerk’s judgment an issue this election season

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Embrace open-book management style

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Open book management is not a new concept, but most businesses executives are still hesitant to embrace it. That trend is changing, however, starting with top performing companies. 83 percent of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces honored by Inc. Magazine open their books to employees. Many have been inspired to do so by the… Continue Reading Embrace open-book management style

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Woodland Park cashing in on USDA loans

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While many homebuyers in Colorado aren’t aware that they might be eligible for a little-known federal loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Woodland Park has quietly become a major beneficiary of the program. Continue Reading Woodland Park cashing in on USDA loans

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After four years, the 4th Judicial District is re-examining the case for a commercial docket. After a four-year experiment, many think it’s time to judge the success of the Fourth Judicial District’s commercial docket. The only program of its kind in the nation, it has been praised for its expeditious nature and fair-minded approach. But some legal… Continue Reading Re-examining the case for a commercial docket

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Altia’s display-screen vision realized

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Michael Juran and his three business partners had this crazy idea that display technology was about to explode into the market. They left their jobs at Hewlett-Packard and started their own company, Altia Inc. to develop technology that would help humans interact with computers. They felt the world was on the verge of a touch… Continue Reading Altia’s display-screen vision realized

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The first winners from Fort Carson’s new aviation brigade will be construction companies: The Army plans to spend $224 million on buildings and hangars alone. But for local business, the economic impact will be muted, at least at first. That’s because local companies have a chance to be subcontractors but probably won’t be in the… Continue Reading Brigade’s impact will take time to develop

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We recently met a business owner who was telling us about her company. After about 10 minutes she left and, by the blank look on both of our faces, it was clear that we had no idea what her business did. Worse yet, neither did she. We would like to say this only happens occasionally… Continue Reading A business strategy has to be crystal clear to work

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Recycler can prosper better as nonprofit

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At the end of 18 months in business, Blue Star Recyclers has reached a crossroads. The Colorado Springs company was founded to recycle electronics waste: old computers, keyboards, printers and televisions. But each month it has come up about $9,000 short in covering expenses. Investors Tony and Mary Fagnant, owners of Qualtek Manufacturing, have covered… Continue Reading Recycler can prosper better as nonprofit

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