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Carol owned a thriving company. Her best friend was a bookkeeper and needed a job, so Carol hired her. The arrangement seemingly worked well for 15 years. The two friends remained as close as ever, with their families sharing children’s events and major holidays. Carol trusted her friend completely and gave her unrestricted access to… Continue Reading Take these steps to protect yourself from employee theft

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Our marketplace is volatile and constantly changing. The speed and complexity of changes that affect our businesses is only increasing. To lead our organizations in this environment requires a leadership culture that rests on solid ground, fully engages the workforce and their creativity, and can adapt and adjust to the many twists and turns of… Continue Reading Collaborative governance: The key to leadership trust

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Weldon Long was sitting in a prison cell when it occurred to him that his thoughts represented his actions. Continue Reading Local businessman, author to speak at PVG meeting

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Video contests showcase small businesses

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Small business owners could win big if they break out the video camera and turn it on themselves. Two national organizations, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Neustar, the  are sponsoring video contsts. SBA contest The Small Business Administration, in celebration of Small Business Week 2012, is encouraging Colorado small businesses to send in videos… Continue Reading Video contests showcase small businesses

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On a typical day from the headquarters of C&D Security in Colorado Springs, nearly 700 security guards will be dispatched to keep a watchful eye on some of America’s most high-value targets. The guards will screen thousands of employees and visitors through the X-ray and magnetometers at the Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington D.C.;… Continue Reading With 700 employees, C&D Security keeping an eye on growth

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Book Review: “For Better or For Work”

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by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg Your boss can be such a tyrant. He makes you labor extra hours; in fact, he thinks it’s natural that work has consumed your life. He’s a workaholic and believes you are, too. He’s obsessed with the biz, hopes you’re the same and by the way, he’s your spouse, so now… Continue Reading Book Review: “For Better or For Work”

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Effective leadership and time management

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On a scale of one to 10, with ten being the best, how many of you believe you maximize your time on a daily basis and accomplish everything you seek to accomplish? Based on my observations, informal interviews, and personal experiences, this is one of the most challenging aspects of a leader’s life. There are… Continue Reading Effective leadership and time management

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It can be a heartbreaking search for an entrepreneur with a great idea to find an investor interested in what they have to offer. Likewise, investors say it’s grueling to meet one entrepreneur after another who just isn’t their type. Now, they can hookup virtually on Invertual, a global matchmaking website that promises to get… Continue Reading Website promises hookup for entrepreneurs, investors

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Small businesses aided by new lending fund

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Some businesses in Colorado are getting more loans than in recent years under a new Small Business Lending Fund. The U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report this week showing that Colorado banks have increased their small business lending by $79.4 million since receiving capital through the fund. The SBLF was established as part… Continue Reading Small businesses aided by new lending fund

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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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