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Book Review: “The Consuming Instinct”

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by Gad Saad c.2011, Prometheus Books You weren’t looking for it. No, you were searching your calendar for something else but as you flipped the pages, there it was: Christmas. It’s coming, and though the weather still says “summer,” you’ll have to start your dreaded gift list soon. And that list keeps growing, much to… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Consuming Instinct”

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CWIS, a Colorado Springs real estate appraisal company, has jumped into the middle of the biggest housing market boom in the country — foreclosures. The company, that just one year ago had only three full-time employees, won a five-year, $50 million contract last summer to manage and maintain homes for the U.S. Department of Housing… Continue Reading CWIS finds growth, profit managing homes for govt.

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A look at the impact of outsourcing — Part 1

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Outsourcing is a subject that often creates strong emotions and, perhaps, justifiably so. For many people, the word conjures mental images of U.S. companies closing their doors, and lost jobs as company operations have been moved overseas. But outsourcing can also be a positive concept that aids American companies and workers. World events and technology… Continue Reading A look at the impact of outsourcing — Part 1

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Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s Excellence in Customer Service award gala. The gala, Sept. 23 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, celebrates the BBB’s awards program, which began in 1995. Each year, the BBB names local businesses that have superior… Continue Reading BBB honors businesses with excellent customer service

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Joyce Holmes wasn’t immediately sold on the idea of sinking her family’s savings into an indoor shooting range and gun club. It took some big-time lobbying, said Bob Holmes, her husband and owner of Whistling Pines Gun Club in Colorado Springs. “I looked around and there was no indoor shooting range here in the Springs… Continue Reading Whistling Pines cleaning up the shooting range business

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Anyone who has been in business for any period of time knows you can’t tackle everything yourself. Sometimes you just need some help. But let’s face it, asking for help can be tough. You might be a “private person” and not want to tell someone outside your business about the issues it’s having. Maybe you’ve… Continue Reading Asking for help can be tough for small business owners

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by Eddie Brown with Blair S. Walker c.2011, Wiley$27.95 / $33.95 Canada Sell or stay? Stay or sell? In times like these, when the market resembles a cheap yo-yo, you don’t know which to do. Should you sell your stocks before they drop further, or sit tight? Should you buy now that prices are down,… Continue Reading Book Review: “Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown’s Investing and Life Strategies”

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Donna Nelson is the city’s new economic vitality specialist, a position that replaces the city’s traditional economic development efforts. Continue Reading City opts for vitality over economic development

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Avoid these mistakes to increase profit

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Many business owners miss opportunities to increase their profit by leaving the proverbial money on the table. We’ve seen clients make five common mistakes that eat into their profit and want to share those with you so you can watch for them in your own company. The first mistake has to do with pricing. It’s… Continue Reading Avoid these mistakes to increase profit

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Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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For several years Payroll City was a one-woman show run by its owner Kathleen Fox. She had about a dozen Colorado Springs clients and was zipping through their payroll needs. But, she grew frustrated when she couldn’t find a computer program that produced all the spread sheets and kept the data the way she wanted.… Continue Reading Payroll City’s secret to success: software

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