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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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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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