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Effective leaders reach four generations

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As you look out on the landscape of those that you lead, what do you see? Can you identify with the characteristics, attitudes, values, and beliefs that are present amongst all these “different” people? Is there a core group that look, walk, talk, and act just like you; and are there two or three other… Continue Reading Effective leaders reach four generations

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A  search committee is reviewing applicants now for the director’s position at the Small Business Development Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The committee hopes to start interviewing candidates in February and name a new director by March, said Venkat Reddy, dean of the UCCS  College of Business. Marcella Hurley, who took… Continue Reading Search committee hopes to name SBDC director by March

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Small businesses say demand is biggest issue

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Small business owners say their main concern is weak customer demand – not the regulatory environment. Owners polled said the number one thing that would lead to creating jobs – eliminate incentives to move jobs overseas. Reducing regulations came in fifth place. Small business owners see government standards as an important tool to level the… Continue Reading Small businesses say demand is biggest issue

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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet wants to know what businesses think about their experiences with federal grants and contracting processes. Bennet launched two online surveys for Coloradans who have applied for, submitted bids or have been awarded federal grants and contracts. “As I travel the state, I’ve heard from Coloradans who have had both positive and… Continue Reading Bennet wants business opinions of federal contracts, asks SBA for quicker loans

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Next month, local manufacturers plan to ask the city to eliminate its 2.5 percent use-tax on equipment. Continue Reading Manufacturers banding together to end city’s use tax

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Shannon and Rich Schur are fast talkin,’ number-crunchin’ auctioneers who can sell items at bullet speed. Together they run Schur Success Auction & Appraisal in Colorado Springs and have sold everything from cars and commercial property to cases of stolen Spam seized by police. To the inexperienced ear, bid calling sounds a little like child’s… Continue Reading Schur Auctions: Selling faster than a speeding bullet

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When we rebranded our consulting firm a number of years ago, we decided to call it BusinessTruths because we believe certain business adages are universally true. Things like “cash is king” or “concentrations kill companies” or “people willing to give advice are a dime a dozen but a good advisor is worth his/her weight in… Continue Reading Business owners should discern between myths, truth

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A workout buddy for your business practices

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Have you ever been a coach for a sports team? A team at work? A friend? I coach the Air Force Academy equestrian team in addition to my business and executive coaching roles, and I find many similarities. Coaching both athletes and business people involves encouragement, goal setting, deadlines, and some gentle reminding when necessary.… Continue Reading A workout buddy for your business practices

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When Stephanie Weber launched her Springs-based Internet toy-rental business in 2007, she had a hunch it would be popular. She didn’t know just how popular, though, until The New York Times featured her business, called BabyPlays.com, in a December story before the holidays. The business operates like a Netflix for toys. Customers buy memberships, which… Continue Reading Publicity turns toy-rental business marketing into child’s play

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It’s lunchtime and the chime hanging over the door to the downtown restaurant Flow of Mexico at 16 E. Bijou St. is silent. It’s been silent almost every day since Jose Flores opened his restaurant two years ago in a portion of the downtown business district that has been particularly hard-hit by failure. “The location… Continue Reading Businesses failing fast on downtown’s Bijou block

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