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Who deserves the big bucks?

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When I teach lessons in business and economics, a few people, even among MBA students, will express frustration or annoyance about who actually makes the big bucks in our economy, and who, according to those expressing outrage, should earn the big dollars. Some are annoyed by CEOs of large businesses making so much more than… Continue Reading Who deserves the big bucks?

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“Look up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s….” a bright shiny object — the next program of the month designed to save the company from the perils of the market or the organization’s culture. Whether it is another restructuring, a performance improvement program, business process re-engineering, or the latest guru’s… Continue Reading Beware of bright shiny objects, or next projects

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Strong mayor candidates on business issues

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Although seven people are running for the office, the Business Journal chose to survey the top five candidates, based on campaign contributions. A brief bio of each candidate and their answers to four questions pertinent to the business community are listed below. Continue Reading Strong mayor candidates on business issues

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Strong candidates for strong mayor

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Walking away from the mayoral candidates’ forum for business leaders last week, it was easy to feel optimistic about the direction the city will be taking with the new strong mayor. Most of the candidates appeared to be focused on the right things, the city’s image and economic health, and they readily admitted there are… Continue Reading Strong candidates for strong mayor

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When Hunt Hodgkins needs inspiration while designing digital characters, he rides a scooter around the office to visit his colleagues or joins them for Nerf dart-gun battles. “The atmosphere here is so open, and everyone’s available for communication between teams. It allows us to work together and be more creative,” he said. Since 2009, Hodgkins… Continue Reading Companies believe having fun at work is serious business

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Two years after Operation 6035 was launched, a key group is being formed to implement its recommendations. Other than that, there’s little hard evidence of any progress since the initial economic development strategy was published. Phil Lane was appointed to head the operation in February 2010, and he acknowledged the program hasn’t unfolded as swiftly… Continue Reading 2 years after launch, 6035 creeping at a glacial pace

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Karen McClaflin flips houses, and she’s good at it. She sees damaged and neglected properties as diamonds in the rough. She buys them, guts them and makes them livable again. She’s adding a new twist to her home-flipping business, Home Source Partners, Inc. She will carry the financing on a house for a buyer for… Continue Reading Home Source Partners flipping houses for affordability’s sake

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Nationwide, domestic manufacturing is growing at the fastest pace in seven years, and that could translate into jobs in Colorado Springs — especially at small businesses. The Institute for Supply Management reported that its index of manufacturing activity is at its highest level since 2004 — a big improvement from December 2008, when the index… Continue Reading After U.S. manufacturing spike, Springs seeks rebound

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Mark Rohlena has been CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs since the beginning of February. Before that he was a litigation attorney for Holland & Hart in Denver; for the past five years he advised nearly 500 attorneys on ethics issues. Rohlena earned his juris doctorate from the Ave Maria School of Law, then… Continue Reading Lawyer offers new stewardship at Catholic Charities

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A program that has helped almost 1,000 struggling Colorado Springs homeowners renegotiate their mortgages is under threat in Congress this week, but local housing advocates say it is too important to eliminate. The initiative, the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program, has been dogged by administrative and legal problems since its inception two years ago,… Continue Reading Advocates fight to keep Home Affordable Modification Program

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