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Colorado Springs entrepreneurs, who’ve traveled a rough road finding investment money, may get a jumpstart from the JOBS Act, signed by the President last week. The “Jumpstart our Business Startups” allows small businesses to use the Internet to raise up to $1 million from small-dollar investors, known as “crowdfunding.” “This is a big deal to… Continue Reading JOBS Act could give local entrepreneurs a boost

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Karen Kelley called her daughter Samantha Bruner, 28, from the second stop on a restaurant tour in Aspen almost two years ago and told her they needed to start their food tour business. Continue Reading Food and beer tours offer eclectic taste of the Springs

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A luncheon held by the SBA and Score will feature ways to help small business. Scheduled for April 19, the guest speaker is Michael Chodos, associate administrator in the office of entrepreneurial development for the U.S. Small Business Administration, who oversees the SBA’s counseling, training and mentoring programs. He also is the head of the SBA’s… Continue Reading Luncheon features SBA entrepreneurial mentor

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A Denver-based communications firm is giving away $75,000 worth of creative services to one nonprofit organization. Pure Brand Communications is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations across the country who need branding, marketing and other creative services. For one year, the company will treat the nonprofit agency like any other client. The company, which is about… Continue Reading Marketing firm offering $75,000 branding grant to nonprofits

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Jan Erickson woke in the middle of the night from a dream and sketched a design for a loose fitting woman’s jacket that would become a signature piece of her future business, Janska clothing … Continue Reading Local clothing line, Janska, filling national niche

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by Charles Duhigg, c.2012, Random House If there’s one thing in the world that everyone can count on, it’s that you’ll be in your office by a certain time each morning. You get there via the same route, without fail. That’s, of course, after you get up at the same time each day and eat… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in business”

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Nonprofit board structure

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Last month we looked at the eight critical functions of an effective nonprofit board. This article will focus on the various types of boards one often encounters and the type of board that is more effective for a given organization. Organizations go through stages of development, and their boards evolve as well, often belatedly. Since… Continue Reading Nonprofit board structure

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A new public-private partnership will allow small businesses access to more than $300 billion in supply chain spending. The partnership involves 15 of the United State’s largest corporations and the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a press release about the new collaboration. Called the Supplier Connection, the effort was created by the IBM Foundation… Continue Reading Public-private partnership offers small biz opportunity

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Paper products company fills local gap

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A former Xpedx general manager is taking his knowledge about commercial paper products and starting his own business. The Paper Hive opened this week, said owner Steve Petrohoy. The company specializes in premium paper products, delivered to businesses – it’s not a retail store. Despite his former employer’s pull out from the local market, Petrohoy… Continue Reading Paper products company fills local gap

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Focusing on ‘big rocks’ achieves goals

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How’s this for a reality check — we’ve already gone through nearly an entire quarter of 2012. You probably started January with some business goals in mind for the year. Have you made any progress in these first three months? If not, you need to focus on the big rocks. If you’ve never seen this… Continue Reading Focusing on ‘big rocks’ achieves goals

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