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Capitol report: Helping state’s businesses

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Last Saturday, March 7, marked the midway point of the 2015 legislative session, and I would like to update you on what we’ve done the past two months. Continuing my commitment to economic vitality, I am sponsoring three bills supporting Colorado’s business community. Colorado Crowdfunding, HB15-1246, which has bipartisan support in the House and Senate,… Continue Reading Capitol report: Helping state’s businesses

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On the Horizon – March 13, 2015

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March 17 Manage emotions Fred Pryor Seminars and CareerTrac sponsor a seminar on managing emotions under pressure, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Radisson Hotel, 1645 N. Newport Road, $145. To register, pryor.com or 800-780-8476. Job Fair prep Make the Job Fair Work for You workshop at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 10 a.m.-noon, free, 1675 Garden of… Continue Reading On the Horizon – March 13, 2015

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Ads influence the world of media consumers

Can you have newspapers or magazines without advertising? Every editor longs for such a perfect world, one shielded from the clamorous demands of commerce. Imagine: no powerful advertisers who might pull their ads if displeased by an editorial, no imperious publishers who drive revenue by cutting newsroom staff, no fighting to get your great investigative… Continue Reading Ads influence the world of media consumers

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Bach looks back

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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him… Continue Reading Bach looks back

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Is this a hot spot for young entrepreneurs?

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Is this a hot spot for young entrepreneurs?

The Colorado Springs business scene is often perceived as unappealing for young entrepreneurs, but local small business experts — with successful startups as evidence — argue otherwise. “This is not necessarily a ‘sexy’ place to be in business,” young local entrepreneur Kyle Harmande said of the negative perception. “Young professionals from Harvard Business don’t graduate… Continue Reading Is this a hot spot for young entrepreneurs?

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Springs boasts many YP groups, programs

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Springs boasts many YP groups, programs

Colorado Springs will retain more of its young professionals if the region’s current leaders acknowledge the ideas that come from YPs now, says the director of the Leadership Pikes Peak YP program Leadership Now!, Sylvia Sedrak. The Colorado Springs business community has grown several YP organizations and leadership courses for young professionals between 20 and… Continue Reading Springs boasts many YP groups, programs

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Charlie Whelan is the CEO and executive director of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Federally funded with a budget close to $8 million annually, the center offers multiple layers of help to people seeking employment in this region. Whelan, who describes himself as a “young-at-heart [Baby] Boomer who embraces the new world every day and… Continue Reading Whelan nurtures the local workforce

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The following brief is adapted from a report by The Economist titled “Competing across borders: How cultural and communication barriers affect business.” Business executives are increasingly aware of the need for harmonious and productive cross-cultural relationships that transcend differences or, at a minimum, leverage polarities. To access new global markets or recruit new talent, members… Continue Reading Business without borders: Avoiding underperformance

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Twelve of the 13 at-large candidates for City Council were seated uncomfortably Tuesday evening behind tables that arced across the stage at Stargazers. There they would sit for the next two hours, giving bite-sized replies to complex questions (“you will each have 30 seconds to answer”). It was Westminster for local politics, the biennial City… Continue Reading Candidates differ, despite common backing

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Charting the best path for tourism

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Look at the comparative numbers, showing how little the Pikes Peak region spends to market its tourism industry in relation to other cities, and one can’t help but cringe. As you see in the accompanying news story, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has decided to turn anecdotal information into solid statistical data, setting… Continue Reading Charting the best path for tourism

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