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Legislation that weakens some federal controls to help startup companies raise capital and help small-scale investors put money into promising new ventures is set to pass the Senate Thursday. President Barack Obama supports the measure, which stands to be one of few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this politically contentious election year. The final… Continue Reading Senate moves to final vote on small business bill

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Social networks as the new leadership?

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More than 75 million people — and counting — around the world have viewed “KONY 2012,” the video about the horrific treatment of children in Africa. Social networks provide leadership across the world, raising global awareness. You might say, “That’s great, but what does this have to do with leading our businesses?” Everything. Social networks… Continue Reading Social networks as the new leadership?

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by Jonah Lehrer, c.2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The painting you hung on the wall near your desk relaxes you. Looking at it reminds you of a happy memory, and you wonder how the artist managed to create such a vivid emotion with colored goo. It’s pretty amazing, and it makes you wish you could paint like… Continue Reading Book review: “Imagine: How Creativity Works”

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Small disadvantaged businesses can get some face-to-face time with federal contractors and other small businesses who have been successful in landing government contracts in a series of matchmaking meetings hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The free Mentor-Protégé Matchmaking Conference series is set for Denver on April 11. The program gives small disadvantaged businesses… Continue Reading Small businesses get some matchmaking help on landing government contracts

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Chuck Mardosz and Diana Love found an empty little garage on the eastern edge of downtown Colorado Springs at 109 S. Corona St. and knew it would be the home of their new business, an art gallery. Continue Reading Gallery hoping to sculpt arts district near Cottonwood

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The most rewarding part of owning a consulting firm has been helping business owners improve their companies and see tangible results. On the other hand, the hardest part has been meeting someone who had allowed problems to progress to the point that their business was in desperate trouble. In many cases, it was questionable whether… Continue Reading Don’t ignore your business’ danger signs — get help!

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Colorado Springs-based Springs Fabrication acquired a small manufacturing facility in Fort Collins with the intent to grow there in the next three years. Continue Reading Springs Fab expands manufacturing to Fort Collins

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Blue Star Recyclers seeks donors for move

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Blue Star Recyclers, a nonprofit organization that focuses on recycling electronic waste and providing jobs to developmentally disabled adults, is looking for a new building — and the money to move into it. Continue Reading Blue Star Recyclers seeks donors for move

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You hear a lot about work/life/balance these days. In fact, a Google search on that combination of words yields more than 36,000,000 results. People are busy and none more so than business owners. Busy entrepreneurs have to balance running their companies with having quality family and personal time, taking care of their health, and simply… Continue Reading Life, work, family — How full are your tanks?

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Book Review: “The End of Money”

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by David Wolman, c.2012, Da Capo It was hardly worth picking up. Yep, there was once a time when that penny you spotted on the pavement was worth something more than just one cent. You could buy lots of things for a penny back then, and saving them was rewarding on many levels. Now they’re… Continue Reading Book Review: “The End of Money”

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