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Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the Blue Star Recyclers plant in Colorado Springs Thursday saying he needs to get out of Denver and see what is going on in the rest of the state. Blue Star was founded in 2008 to recycle electronics waste: old computers, keyboards, printers and televisions. In May, the company transformed itself… Continue Reading Hickenlooper gets out of Denver, visits Springs’ businesses

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Take steps to improve account collection

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The work is done and your customer has been invoiced, so the sale is complete. Right? Wrong! Your sales aren’t complete until you’ve been paid. As many people have found over the last few years, receivables collection has become more difficult and this has caused a lot of problems for companies’ cash flow. Although it’s… Continue Reading Take steps to improve account collection

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Women helping women up corporate ladder

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Call them professional BFFs or mentors — they are among a new breed of women in the work force who are reaching back to pull up their sisters, share their secrets and propel the next group of business women to success. It’s a far cry from the 90s when women who shattered the glass ceiling… Continue Reading Women helping women up corporate ladder

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In the 1880s when William and Cara Bell entertained guests at their beloved Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, their children scampered among the guests. Nearly 139 years later, they still do. Modern-day visitors to the manor, a restaurant known for award-winning fine dining, have reported seeing a red-haired girl, dressed in Victorian-era clothes, playing on… Continue Reading Haunted history scares up business for Briarhurst

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The throes of a recession might not seem like the most opportune time to expand a business, but Bob Penkhus had an inkling that adding Volkswagen to his dealership would be good for business. And he was right. Penkhus bought the Volkswagen franchise two years ago from Hueberger Subaru across the street from his Volvo… Continue Reading Volkswagen line fueling sales, revenue for Penkhus

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Veterans transitioning out of the military are choosing entrepreneurship. And, the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center wants to help them make the leap from military life to owning their own business. The organization is hosting a two-day workshop for veterans who are interested in starting their own business or expanding their business. “Based on… Continue Reading SBDC hosts veterans’ business planning conference

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Manufacturers seeking future work force

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Sparks fly every day in Scott Mannering’s classroom. Continue Reading Manufacturers seeking future work force

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If you were the coach of a football team, one of the things you would spend a lot of time doing is studying your opponents. You would watch tapes of their games over and over again to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses. Then you’d use this information to develop strategies that would make… Continue Reading Study your competition if you want to win the game

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Is it possible to have truth in the workplace?

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It’s happened to all of us. We are told one thing by leadership, and then they do the opposite. One company had as its slogan that it valued its people, promised no layoffs, but 3 months later laid off 5 percent of the workforce. By the third layoff in 18 months, the workforce certainly did… Continue Reading Is it possible to have truth in the workplace?

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A few years ago Chris and Jill Phillips were advertising “a football field of furniture” in their 60,000 square-foot retail store on Academy and Union boulevards. Now, they are coaching football and other sports, in their showroom that was once packed with sofas, lamps and desks. The couple changed their game plan so their business… Continue Reading Furniture makes way for play at Play it Now Sports

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