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Springs, Pueblo share manufacturing focus

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There is talk around town about waking the sleeping giant that once was manufacturing. After years of silence about the decline of the El Paso County manufacturing sector, alarms appear to be sounding, starting with the Economic Development Corp.’s Local Industry Council, the Southern Colorado Business Partnership and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce… Continue Reading Springs, Pueblo share manufacturing focus

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Amy and George Whitesell are doing their best to keep the music live. The duo owns A Music Company, Inc. and books more than 200 musical acts in the Springs area each year from bluegrass, to blues to rockabilly. No one is bringing in more national acts. “They definitely influence the music scene,” said Steve… Continue Reading A Music Company setting stage for Springs’ live music

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Build business value now for sale down the road

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Like many people, you may invest in the stock market. But the people in charge of Target or Ford or Chesapeake will probably never call you to ask your opinion on how to operate those companies. Go figure. Therefore, aside from deciding when to buy or sell, you have no control over the value of… Continue Reading Build business value now for sale down the road

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Successful negotiation skills

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We all negotiate — all of the time. We negotiate with our employees, with clients, with salespeople, with our children, with car dealers, and on and on. Most of what you read on negotiating skills makes it sound like you have to be a certain type of person to be a good negotiator. But the… Continue Reading Successful negotiation skills

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Graner Music is expanding its store to include a third music studio, a café and a recital hall. The long-time Colorado Springs music store, which outfits schools with music instruments in nearly the entire Pikes Peak region, is making space to showcase local musical talents, said Charlotte Baker, owner. “Colorado Springs needs a place for… Continue Reading Graner Music store adding recital hall, third studio

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Advertising sales executive Conor McCluskey wished he could clone himself. That would have solved his problem of having too many clients to personally meet each month — something he felt strongly about in order to cultivate and maintain relationships. Instead, he thought he would video tape himself with a personalized message and e-mail it to… Continue Reading Video e-mail ignites explosive growth for BombBomb

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Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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“I don’t set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.” Dick Clark Because we work with business owners, we like to keep an eye on trends that might affect them. This is especially true in times of uncertain economy, when businesses might need to adjust their product or service offerings to… Continue Reading Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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Book Review: “Perfectly Able”

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By Lighthouse International, compiled and edited by Jim Hasse BALTIMORE, MD — You’ve got an opening at work, but you’re having a hard time filling it. Obviously, you want the most talented people to work for you. You’ll do what it takes to hire them. So why can’t you find the right person for this job?… Continue Reading Book Review: “Perfectly Able”

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Small steps are big gains in momentum

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If you have tried to get a group of people to get moving in a new direction, you know that inertia often wins over action. The problem is compounded when one or more people resist what you’d like them to do. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome inertia. One trick is to get people to… Continue Reading Small steps are big gains in momentum

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Lynette Crow, founder of Colorado Springs-based Conspire drug screening company, is giving a franchise to a military veteran in Newark, N.J. Crow will announce the project next week in Washington D.C. when hundreds of franchise owners descend on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers about the issues facing small businesses. Crow founded Conspire in 2003… Continue Reading Local business owner donates franchise to military veteran

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