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I often speak to leaders who desire to increase the level of performance, initiative, productivity, enthusiasm, competence, and overall engagement of their direct reports. When I ask them what the relationship looks like between themselves and their direct reports, I often get a puzzled look as if to say “What does relationships have to do… Continue Reading Achieving results through effective relationships

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The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is looking for a few good CEOs. The association has launched a Cleantech Fellows Institute in an effort to jump start advanced technology startups in Colorado by training CEOs to lead the firms. CFI is an intensive program that aims to train 12 to 15 business executives this fall to… Continue Reading Wanted: Cleantech Industry CEOs, will train

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Colorado Springs manufacturing represents about 4.4 percent of all jobs in the area –  and 40 percent of them are considered high-tech. After a decade of losing manufacturing jobs, Colorado Springs saw a .5 percent employment growth in the fourth quarter of 2010. However, Pueblo is the real manufacturing come-back-kid, with 9.1 percent manufacturing growth… Continue Reading Southern Colorado manufacturing growing

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The number of small businesses that offer health insurance to employees continues to decline, according to a new report from the Colorado Division of Insurance. Continue Reading Fewer small businesses offer health insurance

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The nation’s smallest businesses continue to outperform large companies in job creation, according to payroll company Automatic Data Processing Inc. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees created half of all new jobs in April, while small businesses overall accounted for about 96.7 percent of new jobs last month, said ADP. The figures reinforced the notion… Continue Reading Small businesses created most jobs in April

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Some small business owners say they are having an easier time getting credit now than in recent years. The result of having credit has helped them stay open, hire more people and expand services, according to a Wells Fargo-Gallup Small Business Index survey released this week. Since January, the number of small business owners who… Continue Reading Small businesses feel better about access to credit

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Nine months ago, Jason and Gina Rivera owned three Phenix Salon Suites locations in Colorado Springs, but during this short period they’ve grown to operate a total of 15 locations across the country, including three they opened in California last weekend. Continue Reading Local Phenix Salon Suites cutting into national market

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Peer advisory groups

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Are you feeling a bit lonely at the top of your business? As a leader in your business, who can you turn to for trusted advice, perspective, experience, and accountability? When you have important decisions to make, who can you trust to check your thinking? Imagine having over a dozen peer company executives and leaders,… Continue Reading Peer advisory groups

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Florida-based Brightway Insurance is looking for people interested in opening one of its insurance stores in Colorado Springs. The company’s CEO David Miller said he expects to expand his franchise into the Springs this year. He wants to open 40 stores in the state. It might seem like a big goal. But, Miller started the… Continue Reading Brightway Insurance moving in, looking for franchisees

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Cab company defied big competitor to advance company Springs Cab has proven that the Colorado Springs is big enough for two cab companies, despite earlier protests from its competitor that this should remain a one-cab-company town. Springs Cab just added seven cabs to its fleet and plans to be up to 25 by mid-May. That… Continue Reading Fare market: Cab company defied big competitor to advance company

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