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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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The U.S. Small Business Administration launched an initiative to invest $1.5 billion in cleantech and technology companies across the country. The SBA licensed the first nationally-focused Impact Investment Fund, SJF Ventures III LP and will make equity investments in cleantech and technology companies in communities nationwide as part of an initiative to invest up to… Continue Reading SBA will invest $1.5 billion in cleantech and technology companies

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New rules guiding businesses about accessibility for disabled people go into effect March 15. The Department of Justice’s revised regulations work toward fulfilling the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 1991. For example, for the first time since the passage of the ADA, there are now accessibility standards specific to the  features of… Continue Reading New rules on business accessibility go into effect March 15

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Seven Colorado banks and credit unions have signed up to participate in the Small Business Administration’s Export Express loan guaranty program. It means more access to capital for small businesses interested in beginning or expanding their export services. Seven private lenders, covering most counties in Colorado, have signed agreements to participate in the program. SBA… Continue Reading SBA creates express loan program for exporters

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About three years ago, Jesse Russow wanted to open his own business, using experience gained from years as an entrepreneur and as a traveling roofing salesman. Continue Reading Small Business Development Centers seek bigger budget

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There’s an old expression in business that “cash is king” and it’s so true. Cash is the lifeblood of any business because you can’t operate without it. In recent years, cash flow has consistently been listed as one of the top reasons why businesses fail, although that may be improving according to The Gallup Economy… Continue Reading Give yourself advantage by projecting weekly cash flow

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by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss c.2012, Harvard Business Review Press You’ve never had a worse shopping experience in your life. The store wasn’t even busy that day, but there was nobody on the sales floor. When you finally did spot a human being with a nametag, she was surly and the cashier snarled a… Continue Reading Book Review: “Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business”

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Tips for communicating effectively at work

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Technology is wonderful in most areas of our life. Yet there are some aspects where using advanced technology may not be the best route. There are times at work when we miscommunicate because of technologically-based assumptions. We assume that our emails went through, that our slides were attached, that the texts were received, or that… Continue Reading Tips for communicating effectively at work

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The Colorado Springs-based firm Matrix Design Group is providing an Alabama police department with free munitions and explosives safety training. Matrix Environmental Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Matrix Design Group Inc., is training the Oxford, Ala., police department on explosives safety and identification of homemade explosives and improvised explosive devices. It is part of… Continue Reading Matrix Design Group trains police about explosives safety

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