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A Democrat full-court press campaign this week for the extension of the payroll tax cut failed to sway Senate Republicans. Thursday they defeated President Obama’s plan to extend the payroll tax cut through the end of next year. The Senate Republicans also voted down an alternative plan backed by Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to renew an… Continue Reading Payroll tax cut decision affects 130,000 Colorado firms

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Inappropriate sexual remarks to co-workers Inconsistent productivity Reduced profit Disparaging comments about the company left on Facebook Taking money from a cash register. These are all real examples that have forced employers to terminate jobs. No business owner wants to be put in the position of having to fire someone or have lay-offs but sometimes… Continue Reading When you terminate an employee, take care to avoid lawsuits

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Retail pessimism dashed away

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Black Friday and weekend holiday sales were strong throughout the country and Colorado Springs was no exception. Traffic was heavy at the city’s shopping malls, and several stores reported higher sales this year than last. Independent shops also saw a surge of activity. Retailers cited several factors they believe created improvements. A strengthening economy, earlier… Continue Reading Retail pessimism dashed away

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Four questions employees want answered

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Supervising people is a thankless task. Anyone who has supervised employees knows that directing the performance of others requires patience, skill, and courage. People come to work with all of the messy stuff of life, including their own expectations and demands. And as business becomes more complex, and management styles more involved, it is hard… Continue Reading Four questions employees want answered

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The holidays are upon us and it’s time for most of us to enjoy time with family and friends, indulge in overeating, and have some fun. It’s also the time of year when we take stock of our lives and show gratitude for our blessings. If you’re a business owner and have successfully navigated the… Continue Reading Business owners should give thanks this season, too

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The Downtown Partnership and the Colorado Springs Police Department are teaming up to make downtown more inviting during the holiday season. Patrol officers will walk the streets four days a week and groups of volunteers called ambassadors will be on hand to answer shoppers’ questions about parking, gift buying and restaurants. Officers Barry Rizk and… Continue Reading Police and ‘ambassadors’ on downtown streets during holidays

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Ric Rooney is an athlete, a businessman and a believer in mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For more than two years he has provided pressurized oxygen therapy to clients in Colorado Springs and Denver at Pikes Peak Hyperbaric. He has seven mild hyperbaric chambers, where people breathe in ambient air purified up to 50 or 60… Continue Reading Rooney believes in hyperbaric benefits and business

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Careful planning will make company policies stick

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Have you ever had this experience? You recognize a problem in your business and formulate a policy or procedure to govern how it should be handled in the future. You put the policy in a memo to your employees and send it out by email, discuss it at a staff meeting, and maybe even post… Continue Reading Careful planning will make company policies stick

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by Susan Wilson Solovic with Ellen R. Kadin, foreword by Edie Weiner You’re not going to do it anymore. You’re not going to haul your carcass out of bed at 5 o’dark in the morning, throw down some coffee and dash out the door so you can make it look like you slept at your desk.… Continue Reading Book Review: “It’s Your Biz: The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss”

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Where to take a stance in during tough times

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We live in tough times: volatile markets; European nations threatening bankruptcy and global financial meltdown; persistent gridlock in our own politics; an Occupy movement that has mobilized thousands way beyond Wall Street; extreme weather. And on top of that we have the challenges and crises of our own workplaces. Where can we stand in these… Continue Reading Where to take a stance in during tough times

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