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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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Colorado small businesses were loaned more money in 2011 through the U.S. Small Business Administration loan program than in years past. The state had record breaking numbers SBA backed loans in 2011, which follows a national trend of increasing SBA-backed lending. “Due to the Small Business Jobs Act and a return to pre-recession lending levels,… Continue Reading Colorado sees record lending to small businesses in SBA loan program

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In a world of GPS technology, a little Colorado Springs atlas store is determined to stay on the map. New products, a move to in-house printing and distribution of maps in five states coupled with good-old-fashioned street smarts has kept MacVan Map Co. from losing its way in a digital world. “The electronic maps have… Continue Reading MacVan mapping the road to success for businesses

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How do you know when you should fire a customer?

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Many of us started out in business hearing “the customer is always right” and some people still adhere to that philosophy. But sometimes we want to shout out a resounding “No!” The customer is not always right and sometimes you need to end the relationship. This idea may seem counterintuitive for those who have been… Continue Reading How do you know when you should fire a customer?

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