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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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Just in time to honor veterans for this Veteran’s Day, a Colorado Springs franchise has joined a national effort to hire more veterans. Lynette Crow, founder of Conspire!, a Colorado Springs-based drug screening franchise, will waive the franchise fee to a military veteran in the U.S. to help them get started in one of her… Continue Reading Franchise industry commits to hire 75,000 veterans by 2014

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The U.S. Small Business Administration has made changes in its lending program that makes it easier for small businesses to get a line of credit, said Dan Hannaher, who oversees Region VII, which includes Colorado. The newly reworked CAPLines program gives small businesses more flexibility to finance contracts, subcontracts and purchase orders, Hannaher said. The… Continue Reading SBA makes it easier for small businesses to get credit

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UCCS flexing its technological muscles

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UCCS physics professor Anatoliy Glushchenko is building a bridge he hopes will lead to growth of high-tech companies in Colorado Springs. He calls the bridge the Center for Innovation in Biophysics and Energy Research, Advanced Technologies and Optical Materials, or CiBER-ATOM. It links the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the area’s high-tech industry… Continue Reading UCCS flexing its technological muscles

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As Pinery business grows, so do Fish Market plans

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The Pinery’s full-service wedding and event business in Black Forest has grown so dramatically over the last three years that one executive says the economic collapse saved the business from expanding too little, too soon. In August 2008, The Pinery purchased the old Fish Market building that is perched atop the hill at 775 W.… Continue Reading As Pinery business grows, so do Fish Market plans

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A client recently gave us the book Delivering Happiness: A path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. It’s a great book and one story particularly stood out to us. Hsieh talked about how he developed his poker-playing skills through study and practice. He went on to illustrate similarities between poker… Continue Reading Be sure to take a seat at the best possible business table

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