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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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It only took surgery on my rotator cuff, putting me in a sling for a month, to discover just how uncivil we have become. The most typical response from people was to ignore my bulky black sling that led me into public places. Some had no awareness of the sling and would bump into my… Continue Reading Workplace civility needed in a time of incivility

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Austin Stubaus loves taxes. The Air Force retiree has built a $100-million-a-year business buying delinquent property taxes and he’s looking to grow it to $5 million in the next few years. “I’m not joking,” Stubaus said. “I love taxes.” Stubaus and his business partner Erik Carlson founded their company, LienLogic in 2008. They spent the… Continue Reading LienLogic takes on tax liens, properties for profit

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At the start of every year, many of us tend to think of the next 12 months as a blank slate, full of opportunity and promise. We take stock of ourselves and resolve to improve in various ways. This is a good thing because there’s always room for improvement. If we want to improve our… Continue Reading If you want to improve your business, keep learning

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‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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In this new year of resolutions and new beginnings, make it your goal to fail more often. Who knows, it might actually be the best thing you can do. Research has shown that most people who succeed in business, and in life, have done so by making failure their friend. But in today’s world that… Continue Reading ‘Failing forward’ is often the best option

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Shuttered building to become event center

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Michaela Hightower has been a professional party-thrower for more than 15 years and now is set to open her own event center Continue Reading Shuttered building to become event center

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Four months ago, Sanborn Map Co. CEO John Copple bought controlling interest in the Colorado Springs-based map-making firm … Continue Reading Copple trusting his perspective on 3D lay of the land

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Someone recently voiced concerns to Laddie about an employee who was not doing a good job and, in his opinion, was holding back other parts of the business. The employee was unwilling to implement new systems and his inability to do his own job correctly created more work for other employees, who were justifiably frustrated… Continue Reading Emotions interfere when making business decisions

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