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Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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It’s easy for businesses to offer domestic partner insurance benefits, as long as they follow a few legal — and cultural — steps. Most insurance companies, for example, offer domestic partner benefits. Kaiser Permanente was one of more than 300 companies to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for its equality efforts. Communication is… Continue Reading Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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Entrepreneurship is for everyone

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I stand corrected. That’s one of the luxuries I have as a university professor. In my profession, we view it as virtuous to be wrong and to admit it. I admit that I was wrong. I do so not to garner any accolades, but rather to give myself the opportunity to advocate for a new… Continue Reading Entrepreneurship is for everyone

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By Wendy Mack and Vinnie Garufi Imagine that your firm has just completed its first employee engagement survey. The results aren’t nearly as good as you would like. What would you do? You could sit in a conference room with other leaders and try to come up with action plans that will lead to improvements.… Continue Reading Real employee engagement means involving everyone

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As El Paso County faces a multimillion dollar shortfall from reduced property taxes next year, officials are realizing, once again, how far the business personal property tax could go in easing their financial woes. El Paso County is the only county in the state that does not levy a business personal property tax, a tax… Continue Reading Business personal property tax eyed as budget shortfall mounts

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People on the Move – March 4, 2011

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Mountain States Employers Council has added Patrick Butler and Ryan Nelson to its Colorado Springs office. Butler is a human resource consultant, and Nelson is a staff attorney specializing in employment law. Kevin Bowcock has successfully completed FirstBank’s management trainee program and has been promoted to the position of banking officer. He works at the… Continue Reading People on the Move – March 4, 2011

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On the Horizon – March 4, 2011

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March 8 Minding your business A free class about the resources that Pikes Peak Library District has to help start or grow your business is scheduled from 8:30 — 10 a.m. on March 8 at the Penrose Library downtown. Call 531-6333, ext. 2335 to register. March 9 How to hire your first employee Ent Federal Credit… Continue Reading On the Horizon – March 4, 2011

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Book Review: “Army of Entrepreneurs”

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by Jennifer Prosek, c.2011, Amacom$23.00 / $26.00 Canada 209 pages These days, it’s a battle to stay in business. From your command post at HQ, you see the daily skirmish as your employees go hand-to-hand with the competition. Sometimes they capture new clients and other times, they’re just not strong enough to withstand other forces.… Continue Reading Book Review: “Army of Entrepreneurs”

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How to deal with Fannie and Freddie?

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Since the credit meltdown hit in September 2008, a question has loomed: What to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The Dodd-Frank financial regulatory bill that was signed into law by President Obama in July of last year was unprecedented for its intrusiveness into the marketplace. But it failed to deal with Fannie and… Continue Reading How to deal with Fannie and Freddie?

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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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