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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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Colorado’s small businesses may get some promising news about increased access to capital next week when bankers release the details of their “Let’s Talk Small Business” initiative. Continue Reading Colorado bankers set to help small biz access capital

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We had an interesting experience this past summer. Wanting to see if we could lower our home phone and Internet bills, we called around to get quotes. One of the giant companies offered a great deal if we “bundled” our phone and Internet service, so we decided to give them a try. The deal didn’t… Continue Reading Customer service should be businesses’ primary concern

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When the real estate market crashed in 2008 and 2009, Realtor Mike Mazzola knew it was time to try something different. Continue Reading Outdoor-gear sales fulfill military need, sense of purpose

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Toni & Guy Academy plans move to central Springs

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The Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy is moving from its far south Colorado Springs location into a three-story building at Union and Academy boulevards. The move allows the academy to double its space to nearly 18,000 square feet, and give the school a more campus-like feel, said Sandy Chandler, academy owner and director. The academy… Continue Reading Toni & Guy Academy plans move to central Springs

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