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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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iComply to host medical cannabis forum

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iComply is hosting a medical cannabis forum Nov. 11 to discuss the economic impact of medical marijuana, the science, politics and laws of the industry. Medical cannabis is not just about patients anymore, said Mark Slaugh, CEO of iComply, an organization that works on compliance and regulations with medical marijuana businesses. The $1.7 billion medical… Continue Reading iComply to host medical cannabis forum

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A group of Colorado Springs manufacturers say that if the city waived a use tax on big ticket equipment items it would serve as an incentive to attract and retain business, especially manufacturers that spend millions each year on heavy equipment. Some say the use tax is a double burden because businesses are already taxed… Continue Reading Personal property tax still shackling manufacturers

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Good, bad or ugly — owner sets the example

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Remember the movie “The Christmas Story” and the scene where Ralph drops the F-bomb while helping his dad change a tire? His mother is stricken and certain he must have learned that word from a friend. But the grown-up Ralph narrator says he learned it from his father, who used it all the time. We… Continue Reading Good, bad or ugly — owner sets the example

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Book Review: “We Are All Weird”

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by Seth Godin, performed by the author The writing on the package couldn’t have been more succinct: One Size Fits All. And as you pulled the garment from the packaging, you wondered: were the manufacturers serious? The garment you were holding with two fingers was miniscule. It was fashion-doll size. It was crumpled and woefully… Continue Reading Book Review: “We Are All Weird”

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